• 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.

     

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  • On Sundays, we worship in church, on Zoom and at home with our weekly Prayers and Reflections.  When in church, we continue to follow the Covid-19 regulations and best practices, including requiring those coming in to church to wear face coverings.  Christenings, weddings and funerals can take place in church in line with our Covid-19 best practices.  We keep in touch with each other by phone and by outdoor and home visits.  If you have any prayer requests, please contact Revd Katrina.

    Click here to find out about our services 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 (uploaded on Thursdays).

    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 by the Benefice Church Council in September 2020.  It follows and is consistent with the Church of England's House of Bishops' Promoting a Safer Church - Safeguarding policy statement for children, young people and adults 2017 and Parish Safeguarding Handbook, and incorporates Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Care Act 2014.

    For more information and contact details, please follow this LINK.

    Reverend Katrina writes...     

    As January continues, I wonder what you are looking forward to in the coming months.  May be, like me, you are excited about an upcoming family wedding. I'm so looking forward to the family one in August.  Can't wait!  It is so wonderful to be able to watch on as a couple you love make their loving and lifelong promises, and to clap with enthusiasm as they are declared - married!  To know that they are settled in life, and to dream dreams for the happy couple.  I'm looking forward to meeting the groom's parents and his family too.  Weddings bring families together and create new friendships.  Two become one in more ways than one.  Weddings are moving and memorable.

    Probably, the most famous wedding of all time is the wedding at Cana.  Strangely, though, not because of the couple who got married - we don't know their names - but because of who was there, Jesus.  It is when he saved the host from disgrace by turning water in wine.  Lots of wine.  Finest wine.  It was a marvellous sign of God's abundant and overflowing love for us.  Jesus didn't just provide a few extra bottles to keep the party going.  He provided the equivalent of 800 bottles.  Imagine!  More than enough to keep family and friends dancing into the early hours.  â€śAbundance” is such a delightful way of describing God's love and care for us.  He would do anything for us.  When we look at Jesus, his Son, we know this to be true.  For he sent his only Son to live and die and rise again for us.  Why?  So, that we can truly know how much God loves us.  He wants us to live in the light of this love - always.  Also, knowing how much we are loved by God helps us to realise that we are not the only one God loves.  He loves everyone with the same generous… overflowing… abundance of love.

    Let's try to remember this when we face life's frustrations!

    Every blessing,

    Revd Katrina

    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, as the coronavirus crisis continues to ease across the nation:

    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.
    Amen.

    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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