We are still partnering our schools, helping them to find new ways to worship – outdoor Harvest and video assemblies are just two examples!
Some of our churches are open for private prayer, and some have occasional services. Check your local church noticeboard for details.
The Facebook page makes it easy to find us – https://www.facebook.com/avonswiftbenefice/
With the support of North Kilworth Parish Council we are working on a media project called ‘North Kilworth Lockdown Memories’.
The idea is to create a virtual ‘book’ of how we remember lockdown. Collating has already begun with volunteers recording their highs and lows of lockdown life in the village. If you live in NK, you can be part of it – we’d love to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Maybe your village could do the same thing!
We continue with regular outdoor events in our family of churches. The next is ‘Church in the (church) Yard’ in North Kilworth on Sunday October 18th at 10:30am. The building is still closed, so we will be actively exploring nature. Children are welcome and we will be socially distanced – we will carry on whatever the weather, so dress appropriately!
ZOOM is coming in handy for many things- all Parochial Church Councils need to have their annual (APCM) meeting before October 31st.
Contact the office for details if you need help.
As we get ready for the months ahead, we remember that Harvest is happening! These verses from Mark 4:26-28 encourage us –
“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.”
Whether we have been ill, distracted by events around us, worrying about the future and how we will manage…. the grain has kept growing.
Although it’s not a great year for wheat in particular, we can look around, appreciate God’s goodness to us and reap the benefits.
It’s the same with the Kingdom of God. We might not be ‘in church’ but we are with God – more people than ever have found time to pray, to reflect, to think about what life really is all about.
Priorities have changed – and so it is with the church. We are not ‘doing’ church so much as ‘being’ the people of God. We look forward to the harvest that will bring!
Please take time to follow the latest advice about churches in our group opening. Look on your church noticeboard or contact your church warden for details.
The Church of England also has a page where you can find the latest updates here:
Following the trial events we did in August we will be holding prayer times over ZOOM during the month of October.
They will run every Monday in October at 7pm and will last 45 minutes.
You can join all of the meetings by clicking on the above link, or by using the ZOOM app on your phone or PC to join a meeting using the following info.
Meeting ID: 917 5903 2018
If you have a safeguarding concern, you can contact the local Independent Person for your parish.
Their details can be found on individual church websites or on the church noticeboard.
Also see the links page or on A Church Near You.
If you are not sure who to contact our local benefice Safeguarding Administrator is Karen Morgan 01455 699259 or 07853 339936.
In Leicester Diocese, if you have concerns about a child, young person or an adult who may have been harmed or be at risk of harm, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers for advice and support: Rachael Spiers 0116 2615341 or Peter Holloway 0116 261524.
If you have concerns about the immediate safety of someone please don’t delay in ringing the Police on 999 or Children or Adult Services:
- Leicester City Children and Adults Services (incl. out of hours for Children’s Services) – 0116 454 1004
- Leicester City and Leicestershire Adult Services out of hours – 0116 255 1606
- Leicestershire Children’s Service (incl. out of hours) – 0116 305 0005
- Leicestershire Adult Services (daytime) – 0116 305 0004
- Thirtyone:eight tel 0303 003 1111 (Option 2) - Callers should state that they are calling from 'Leicester Diocese'.
For children who want someone to talk to
Tel: 0800 1111
t’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated,
whatever age they are."
“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."