Welcome to the Astwell Benefice

    Welcome to the Astwell Benefice Website.  The Astwell Benefice is a group of parishes with six churches situated in beautiful rural South Northamptonshire.

    Our parishes are:

    St Mary Magdalene, Helmdon with Stuchbury and St Lawrence, Radstone
    St James the Great, Syresham with St John the Evangelist, Whitfield
    St Mary and St Peter, Lois Weedon with Weston and Plumpton
    St Mary the Virgin, Wappenham

    We hope our website will help you find out about the services we offer, and we welcome

    anyone to join us for worship  at any of our churches.

    Our Rector, Reverend Carole Peters-King can be contacted on

    01327 860798, or carolepeters@aol.com.

    (She is usually 'off-duty' on Thursday evenings and all of Friday.)

    Please click on the following links for regularly updated useful information (pdf files will open in a new window):

    Weekly Pews News for Sunday 26th March 2017

    Services in the Benefice

    March & April 2017

    Information about Messy Church

    Benefice Calendar 2017          


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    Sunday 26th March 2017 - Mothering Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

    Some thoughts from the Astwell Benefice……

    Today is Mothering Sunday. It is a day when we say thank you to God,

    not just for our Mums, but for “Mothers” and surrogate Mums everywhere.

    Being a Mum isn’t always easy and while Mums always want to provide the solutions for their children’s problems and issues, this isn’t always possible and that can almost break a Mum’s heart. Our Bible story today tells us of a mother who faced a heart-breaking decision - to save her child she was forced to abandon him, and then look on as he was given a home by a stranger whom he might one day come to view as his mother.

    So today we need to remember all mothers, those whom we love and those who have lost the love of their children. We need to remember step-mums, adopted and foster Mums, those who cannot be Mothers but who as surrogate Mums offer a “mother’s love” in so many, many ways. Today we honour the “traditional” and the untraditional mothers, grandmothers, godmothers and all those women who care for or have cared for ‘their’ children, young and old. So whether we give flowers, gifts or simply offer up prayers, we will be remembering our own Mums, their Mums and the generations of Mothers who have gone before, each as special as the next.

    And so a simple prayer by Susan Kramer for mothers everywhere :

    Blessed be all mothers

    who have come into our lives.

    Whose kindness, care and loving

    remain with us as our guide.




    Please welcome

    Elsie Lydia Georgina Toms

    who will be baptized today during our Mothering Sunday service at St James the Great, Syresham.