Welcome to The Avon-Swift BeneficeWe are 11 Church of England Parishes in South Leicestershire, in the Diocese of Leicester. We welcome everyone to join us in worship and community in our village churches.
If you have a safeguarding concern, then please contact the local Independent Person for your parish. To identify the right person, please complete the contact form below or call Revd Dave Hover on 01162 779900 . Details can also be found on individual church websites (please see the links page or on A Church Near You:
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Our Latest News
Church Ministry Team news
Canon Emma Davies moves to the Cathedral - from the beginning of July I shall be working full-time at Leicester Cathedral, on secondment for a year. I shall take on the role of Acting Canon Precentor, which means I shall be responsible for all the services that take place in the Cathedral, liaising with the musicians and other Cathedral staff, volunteers and a great range of people who want to visit the Cathedral for services and events. I am looking forward to this unexpected opportunity which will be a new challenge, but of course I am sad to be leaving the people of the churches and communities here. I assure you of my continuing prayers.
Rev’d Dave Hover will take over responsibility for church matters from July until he takes up an exciting new role in the Autumn leading the churches at Leicester Forest East and Braunstone Town with Thorpe Astley. We all wish him every success but will be sorry to see him go!
Meanwhile we look forward to welcoming our new Administrator – Grace Bridgeman – who will join the team in mid-July and who will be based at St. Mary’s Church Office in Lutterworth in the first instance, but working for all of our churches here in The Avon-Swift Benefice.
So many changes at once can seem unsettling, but I do believe that God has a much bigger picture than any of us and will provide us with what we need, even if we cannot see the way. At times like this I often turn to Psalm 139 which in beautiful words reassures us that no matter where we find ourselves, God is there with us, knowing and loving us:
‘If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.’ (Psalm 139.9,10)
Whether, like me, you are facing change in your life, or whether you are staying just where you are, I pray you may know the peace and love of God surrounding and upholding you until our paths cross again.
Canon Emma Davies
The Revd Canon Dr Johannes Arens and The Revd Canon Emma Davies
The Bishop announces that from 1st July, The Revd Canon Dr Johannes Arens, Canon Precentor at Leicester Cathedral, will move to be Faith Adviser at De Montfort University.
The Revd Canon Emma Davies, Team Vicar in the Avon Swift Benefice, will become Acting Precentor at Leicester Cathedral from the same date.
The Revd Rob Hay
The Bishop announces that The Revd Rob Hay, Curate at St Denys Evington (and Head of Learning and Ministry Development for the Diocese of Leicester) has moved to complete his curacy in the Avon Swift Benefice, where he has been recently on placement.
The Revd David Hover
The Bishop is pleased to announce the appointment of The Revd David Hover, curate in the Avon-Swift Benefice, in this Diocese, as Priest in Charge [Rector Designate] of Leicester Forest East and Braunstone Town with Thorpe Astley.
David will be licensed by the Bishop of Loughborough, The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, on Monday 23rd September 2019 at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Leicester Forest East.
“We the parishes of The Avon-Swift Benefice commit ourselves to God and to one another, seeking to become a community that is centred on Christ and inspired by the Spirit to respond to the love of the Father and share it with others."
From the ministry team...........
Every day, everyday…
Our language is a remarkable thing – it’s amazing what a difference the lack of a space between two words makes!
Every day. That means repeated action – brush your teeth every day, eat five fruit and veg every day…
Everyday though is different. It means something we do that’s so usual that we don’t notice it much. Brushing our teeth is an everyday task! Everyday tasks are those we don’t question but which are essential to our lives – core tasks and activities.
Our Christian attitudes to one another and to situations we come across every day should be everyday too. I mean that we should routinely be showing kindness, tolerance, patience – all the Christian virtues – our core tasks. Our Bishops Martyn and Guli recently asked us to look at how everyday our faith is. It’s not just a matter of going to Church, and keeping our faith to ourselves, but a matter of living confidently every day by the values we claim as ours when we call ourselves followers of Christ.
They suggest that we should make prayer everyday, just talking comfortably to God about things – someone suggested that we can pray while we clean the bathroom! They suggest that we can witness to our convictions every day, by being brave enough to talk about what we believe as well as living by it. And that we take action, making personal acts of kindness an everyday part of our lives. Not just for brownie points, but because it’s the right thing to do.
That is how Jesus lived – he never turned away from anyone who approached him in faith – faith in God, that is. He was willing to talk, explain, listen and understand, and to offer his love and generosity to everyone. He taught us that there is nothing more important than loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves. That’s not just the people next door, but everyone we share the world with.
Just imagine for a moment what the world would look like if we all did that…
Beautiful, isn’t it? That’s the Kingdom of God. We can’t just sit about and wait for it to come. We have to make it happen, to consent to it, to make its values our everyday guide. In these times of world-wide chaos and uncertainty, it is hard to visualise that Kingdom. But if we make our faith an everyday thing, a perpetual practice, then we each do our small part in making it happen for us and those around us.
It’s a start – and we’re not doing it on our own! Jesus said, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age”. Alleluia!
Yours in faith,
Rev’d Jane Kennedy