Reverend Katrina writes...
It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas across our village churches. Preparations are well underway for our Yuletide Glow concert, Christmas Coffee Mornings and Christmas Tree Festivals. All wonderful opportunities to get in the mood for the big day itself - Christmas, Christ's birth day, and our services to celebrate his coming into our world. Do come and join us, and make the most of these opportunities to put the shopping and other busy preparations for our family celebrations on pause for a little while.
I'm particularly excited about the Christmas Tree Festival in Sywell Church. Groups and organisations and schools will decorating over 20 trees - our beautiful village church will be a twinkling delight! And there's going to be one special tree - a memory tree - which you can help us to decorate by writing your loved ones' names on stars and hanging them on the tree. It's a chance to light up their lives. The tree is going to stay in church all the way through Christmas and on through the New Year to Epiphany. Christmas is often a time when we pause and think of the empty chairs at our dining tables and the presents that'll be missing from under our Christmas trees. At Sywell Church, we'll be remembering those precious gaps during our Christmas services. And, I'll be holding them in my thoughts and prayers too.
There is one life who lights up all our lives, who shines in the bleakest of times and in the darkest of places in our world, and he is Jesus - the Light of the World. With so much political turmoil in this country and with so many conflicts and rebellions continuing across the globe, he is a beacon of hope. He is our Prince of Peace - one who can give us inner peace amidst the storms of life and all its busyness. He is our Wonderful Counsellor - who can advise and guide us when the road ahead seems uncertain. May he come and bless each one of us, our families and our villages, as we journey towards Christmas and as we prepare to celebrate his coming at Bethlehem.
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Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults within this benefice
In this benefice, we take safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. Our Safeguarding Policy and Procedure was adopted at a Benefice Church Council Meeting held on Thursday 9 May 2019. It follows and is consistent with the Church of England's House of Bishops' 'Promoting a Safer Church 2017', 'Protecting All God's Children 4th Edition 2010', and 'Safer Recruitment Policy 2013' (Church of England and Methodist Church.
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Welcome to our website
A warm welcome to the benefice of Mears Ashby, Hardwick, Sywell and Overstone. Across our four historic churches, we offer a variety of services for people of all ages and stages in the Christian faith. We have traditional Holy Communion and Evensong services, as well as more contemporary and informal All-age worship. We also have regular coffee mornings (socials) and evening fellowship gatherings (faith discussions).
Whether you are a regular churchgoer or someone seeking to know more about the Christian faith, we would love to welcome you at our services. If you have any questions or requests, please contact our vicar Revd Katrina or e-mail the Benefice Team secretary.