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 15th January 2017

    Services in the Benefice

    January 2017

    Information about Messy Church

    Benefice Calendar 2017          


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    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.


    Rev’d Carole


    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.