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.)

    Sarah Rudkin, Parishes Administrator, can be contacted on: rectorastwellbenefice@aol.com

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

    Weekly Pews News for

    20th August 2017

    Services in the Benefice

    in August 2017

    Benefice Calendar 2017          


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    Sunday 20th August 2017 - Tenth Sunday after Trinity

    Thoughts from Astwell Benefice

    As Christians we are called on daily to renew and strengthen our relationship with God, through Christ. But this can be hard. With all the many different pulls on our lives -family, work, hobbies, even “the Church”, it is often hard to find time to simply “be” with God for more than few moments. Jesus understood the need for this one-on-one time and often took himself away to a quiet place to pray. He always returned refreshed and renewed

    by the Spirit and it is a lesson we should all heed. Next week I’m off on ‘Retreat’, spending quality time alone with God, and I am really looking forward to recharging my spiritual batteries.

     But “retreats” aren’t just for priests. There are Retreat Houses all over this country and abroad, which offer anything from a day to a fortnight. There are silent retreats, monastic retreats, musical ones, artistic ones and even walking ones, so they cater for every taste but they all share the same goal: to allow you to spend quality time with God, without the day-to-day distractions that can get in the way.

    So why not put “retreat” into your search engine and book to go away with God this year!