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.


    Normally, 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 23rd October 2016

    Services in the Benefice

    in October 2016

    Information about Messy Church Benefice Calendar Oct - Dec 2016  


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    Last Sunday afte Trinity - 23rd October 2016

    Some thoughts from The Astwell Benefice……

    All Souls - ‘A Time to Remember’

    Remembering those who are now with God

    ‘All Souls’ comes just before All Saints Day in the Church calendar and it is a time when we hold special Services of Thanksgiving for loved ones who have departed this earth. A time for us all to take the opportunity to give special thanks for those we loved & those we still very much miss. And so I would like to invite you and your family and friends to join us at one of our services. Or if it is simply too painful, or too far to travel, we just want you to know that you are in our prayers and that we have not forgotten you!

    At the service we will read out the names of all those who have died in our parishes in the past year, along with all the names sent into us, and thanks will be given for their lives. We will also  be giving thanks for other departed loved ones who are not resting in our churchyards, but are connected to our community as family or friends. For those attending there will also be a chance to light a candle and to take away a rose to lay on a

    loved one’s grave or simply to have in your home.

    If you would like loved ones to be included, please write their name on the adjacent slip of paper, and leave it on the table by the door in Church, send it to the Rectory, email or call Reverend Carole. Whilst you don’t have to attend, many find these services deeply moving and helpful on their journey of grief.

    Services will be held at:

    St John the Evangelist, Whitfield, Friday 28th October, 7.30pm

    St Mary Magdalene, Helmdon, Saturday 29th October, 4pm

    St Mary & St Peter, Lois Weedon (with St Loys), Tuesday 1st November, 9.30am (shorter service)

    St James the Great, Syresham, Tuesday 1st November, 7.30pm


    ‘A Time to Remember’

    Please include my loved one(s) in the service at



    Please write the names of your departed loved ones and any details you wish to include below: