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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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):
Sunday 15th January 2017 - Second Sunday of Epiphany
Some Thoughts from Astwell Benefice
Because we have to celebrate all the key events in our Lord’s life in a yearly cycle, today, just a week after we celebrated the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus; we jump at warp speed some 30 years to find Jesus with his cousin John the Baptist by the River Jordan. Why such a jump?
Well, celebrating the start of our Lord’s ministry at the start of our New Year and in the week after we celebrated his revelation to the Gentiles, allows us to remember that we are the living legacy of both events. So while last week we remembered the first gifts brought to the holy babe, this week we celebrate the gift that he gave back to us:
The gift of unconditional love, the gift of forgiveness and the power to change lives forever! With that on offer, why would you ever want to give up on a resolution to accept it! And so my prayer for us all at this the start of 2017 is this:
May we all keep our resolution to renew a right relationship with Christ, not just
this year but through our whole lives.
And also congratulations and blessings to our twins - Alexandra Grace & Thalia Alice who are being baptised this Sunday at Helmdon, and welcome to their family and friends who are joining them for the celebration.