As the Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, we have re-opened our church buildings for individual private prayer on Sundays and have begun to worship in church one more. Our first Sunday service in church will take place on Sunday 19 July 2020. Each Sunday we will have a service in church, one on Zoom and our Prayers and Reflections for use at home (or in our gardens). We will continue to keep in touch with church members by phone. If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina.
Click here for details of our Sunday Worship in Church.
Click here to find out how to sign up for Sunday Worship on Zoom.
Click here for this Sunday's Prayers and Reflections for use at home.
Three of our churches are also open for individual private prayer on Sundays. For details - click here.
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).
For more information and contact details, please follow this LINK.
Reverend Katrina writes...
This week's theme is "What should we do with the weeds?". It is inspired by Jesus' second parable involving a field. This time, he is inviting us to take a close look at the weeds.
If you take a walk through one of the local fields where crops are growing in the sunshine and rain, you will find weeds standing up above the linseed, barley and broad beans, or sheltering underneath them. As a gardener, it's rather tempting to pull them up. BUT - in doing so, I could trample on the crops or pull them up with the weeds. So, what should happen to the weeds? What is Jesus suggesting should happen to the weeds in our own lives - our mistakes and failings, our annoying traits and faults, our struggles and dilemmas? Well... the answer may surprise you. Sometimes, God puts up with them (like the farmer does the weeds in Jesus' story). He puts up with them and uses them to bless the lives of others.
God can work with our weaknesses as well as our strengths. Simon Peter was a prime example of this. He fails time and time again yet Jesus picks him up, dusts him off and sets him back on the road to becoming one of the Church's early leaders. He does not give up on him. Or, reject him. He loves him for who he is, and helps him to become an inspirational leader in his Church, faults and all. There is hope for every one of us! I wonder - how is God working with your weeds and using them to encourage others to keep going when life is tough? Or, as a sign of his love?
May the whole of our lives and who we are be of service to God as part of his loving plan for our hurting world.
Here is a lovely prayer from the Church of England to help us be there for others, and to allow them to be there for us, in these challenging times:
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name's sake.
For more of the Church of England's prayer resources to use at home, please follow this LINK.
For a Children's guide to the Coronavirus, please follow this LINK. It's been produced by the UK's Children's Commissioner and can be helpful for parents and carers too.
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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.