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 19th February 2017

    Services in the Benefice

    February 2017

    Information about Messy Church

    Benefice Calendar 2017          


  • Login



    Sunday 19th February 2017 - Second Sunday before Lent


    This Lent we will be running a selection of Lent Courses which will allow you to explore or deepen your faith.

    Please join us – details are below.

    For more information do contact Rev’d Carole

    Screening of “Bruce Almighty”

    This very popular film starring Jim Carey and Morgan Freeman will be the subject of our Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon courses. But whether you are attending the course or not, do come and watch the film with us - it is both funny and thought-provoking. Bring your friends and neighbours along. Bar and nibbles available at this

    Benefice Cinema Night.


    Saturday March 4th Helmdon Church

    7pm for 7.30pm

    * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Lent Courses for all in the Astwell Benefice

    “Why God”

    This course uses clips from the film ‘Bruce Almighty’ along with discussion over refreshments, we will explore the question that so many ask – Why God does this happen or not happen?’ This 5 week course runs on Wednesday evenings alternating between Syresham and Helmdon Churches and then is repeated on the Thursday afternoon at  Helmdon Church. This is a course for all those new to faith or those wishing to deepen their faith and take part in a Lenten discipline. Please invite friends and neighbours to join us


    Wednesday 5th March, Syresham Church

    Wednesday 15th March, Helmdon Church

    Wednesday 22nd March, Syresham Church

    Wednesday 29th March, Helmdon Church

    Wednesday 5th April, Syresham Church

    And Thursdays at 2.30pm from 6th March at Helmdon Church

    * * * * * * * * * * *

    “Beyond Lent” - The Way

     The film “The Way” tells the story of a grieving father who walks the Camino de Santiago. This 5 week in-depth course forms part of our ongoing “Beyond Lent” bible study group. You are welcome to join us.

    This Group will meet weekly on Monday nights

    from March 6th, 7.30pm at the Rectory and then monthly again from May.