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 email@example.com.
(She is usually 'off-duty' on Thursday evenings and all of Friday.)
Sarah Rudkin, Parishes Administrator, can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on the following links for regularly updated useful information (pdf files will open in a new window):
Sunday 16th July 2017 - Fifth Sunday after Trinity
Thoughts from Astwell Benefice
I suspect it comes as no surprise to anyone that down the centuries the worship for a Saint’s Feast Day has always included a shared meal. But were you aware that this ‘feast’ was as much a part of the worship as the said or sung liturgy of The Word and The Eucharist? Those previous generations who gathered to mark a Saint’s Day would never consider leaving until the eating part was also over. To do so would mean leaving midway through the act of worship.
Today, at our churches, this continuous act of worship - liturgy and feast - is still offered at our Patronal Services. But today the demands on our lives means that we tend to end our commitment to this special worship at the “sending out”, when we should stay as it continues through the shared fellowship of the Feast Day ‘bring and share’ part of this service. As Christians we are called to be a community who eat and drink together in the fellowship of the Lord, to sit at table together, just as our Lord did with his disciples, and successive generations have done so ever since.
And so next week, at the Feast Day of St Mary Magdalene, please don’t leave half way through our service. Instead, please stay to continue to worship with us and let’s make sure the tradition
of Christian community feasting services never ends!