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.
“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...........
Christmas has come and gone – the birth of Jesus and the promise of salvation and transformation, just a distant memory. The new year resolutions, fitness…or a diet to compensate for over indulgence at Christmas have already been broken and the rest of the year lies open ahead. Perhaps for you there is a dread of what the year might hold – uncertainties and fears: for self, for loved ones or for the world in which we live. Certainly, it feels as though we started this year with a greater global and national sense of unknown, uncertainty and unpredictability: whether it is Brexit, global tensions between leaders and countries or the uncertainty of employment, visa status etc. How do you feel as you look out on the rest of the year ahead?
I have had the privilege during the last year in my day-job/full-time job as Head of Learning and Ministry Development for the Diocese of Leicester, of travelling all over the Diocese trying to get to know the people and places. Getting to know over 300 traditional churches and 200 new missional activities is something of a challenge, but the delight has been spotting God at work in lots of unexpected places.
As I look ahead into the rest of 2019 with all its uncertainty I am seeking to do two things: firstly, to find my security, not in the things around us that feel shaky and uncertain, but in the God who created and sustains the world and loves and cares for us. Secondly, to walk through the year ahead with an expectancy that God will be at work both in my life and the lives of those around me. May you have hope and certainty for the year ahead and know God’s presence with you.
Rev’d Dr Rob Hay