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

    19th August 2018


    All Services in Astwell Benefice during August 2018

    BENEFICE CALENDAR 2018 (version 17/08/2018)


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    Thoughts from the Astwell Benefice

    Sunday 19th August 2018  - Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

    As Christians we are called to daily renew and strengthen our relationship with God, through Christ. But this can be hard.With all the many different pulls in 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, who will 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 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” in your search engine and book to go away with God this year!


    Rev’d Carole

    Is there something you would like advertised? Is there an event coming up? Is there a charity you are passionate about? Or are you part of a group or society linked to the church that you would like to tell others about? Now is your chance! From October, we are opening up this spot to you as well as regular updates from your representatives and Churchwardens about the Interregnum.

    We would like to hear from you!

    Please send all contributions to Sarah Rudkin at: rectorastwellbenefice@aol.co.uk