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

    26th November 2017

    Services in the Benefice

    December 2017

    Benefice Calendar 2017          


    Benefice Calendar 2018


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    Sunday 26th November 2017

    Christ the King


    This Sunday sees the end of another Church year, but as with every New Year’s Eve, today we are leaving Year A and our journey through Matthew’s Gospel with a big celebration! Christ the King is a look forward to the day when Jesus will not just reign in glory in Heaven, but his Kingdom will be on earth. So today allows us to look forward, as well as back; setting us up for the anticipation of Advent and the inexpressible joy of Christmas.

    Speaking of Christmas, our festive magazine complete with Christmas services is at the printers and we are looking for people willing to deliver copies to their neighbours and friends. If you would be willing to drop copies through some doors this week, then please let the churchwardens know as soon as possible.

    Today’s collect also reminds us that Christmas is round the corner. It is, of course, the collect for ‘Stir Up Sunday’ synonymous with preparing the Christmas pudding.

    But even if this call will not make you rush home to get out the mixed peel and switch the mixer on, it should remind all of us to pray that God will stir up our wills for the year ahead, and that, as we head into Advent, we might yet listen to his call to each and every one of us. A call to action! A call to do all the things he wants us to do for him.

    And so, I end with the prayer we will all hear today that says it all:

    Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that they, bringing forth

    the fruit of good works, may by you be richly rewarded;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    Rev’d Carole xxx