United Benefice
Baptism - St Pauls
St Marys Tower
St Pauls
Swithland Tower
St. Leonard
St Marys
St Pauls Snow
St Leonards Altar
Baptism at St Pauls
St Marys
St Pauls Church
Baptism - St. Leonard
St Leonards Snow






Benefice Church Services

St. Mary-in-the-Elms

11:15 am Parish Eucharist (BCP)

St. Leonard’s

8:00 am Holy Eucharist (BCP)
9:45 am Morning Prayer


St. Paul’s

9:30 am Parish Eucharist (CW)




Lent Thoughts

Monday 2nd March

Write a letter or send a message to someone you haven’t see for a while.


Thursday 5th March

Donate 10p for every TV, radio, phone, or mobile communications device which you have.

Wednesday 4th March

Thank God for being able to communicate with family and friends, pray for lonely people.

Saturday 7th March

Remind yourself of anything which you have given up or taken up for Lent and why: resolve to continue.

Tuesday 3rd March

Do something creative… cooking, art, gardening, knitting, sewing, webpage design or woodwork.

Friday 6th March

Turn off the TV or radio: listen to the sounds which you hear: remind yourself that God loves you.



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‘Come and see’ .........

the church that is here for you........



Welcome to our united benefice website. We believe that every single person is unique and valued whoever and what ever they are. You can be sure of a very warm welcome at any of our three local churches where we hope you will come and find a home with us and become part of our living communities. 
Within our benefice we believe that there is something for everyone within our variety of styles of  worship.We believe in being thoroughly inclusive of all people and being a warm and welcoming church that meets people where they are.

This Benefice has three Churches covering three parishes and we are here to serve you and walk alongside you whoever you are. As rural parishes of Leicestershire, we have the gift of working and worshipping together with our brothers and sisters from the Baptist, Methodist and Roman Catholic Church families and this is a gift that we cherish and wholly support. 
Our Church buildings are very old where worship and spiritual growth have been taking place down through the centuries and we are proud of our historic roots.

If you would like to know any information on baptisms, weddings and funerals please do browse through our website or contact me by email or telephone. Or if you would someone just to simply listen, to pray with or just be alongside you then please do contact me or any member of our benefice ministry team.

As the parish church in the parishes of Woodhouse Eaves, Woodhouse & Swithland we are committed to serving you, being a vital part of our community and making the love of Jesus known.

Just come as you are ..... See you there .....


Revd. Lisa

The Rectory
165 Main Street
Swithland
Leicestershire
LE12 8TQ

Telephone: 01509 890972


Email


Faith in God

A seasonal prayer for Lent

Lord, it feels like we are embarking
on a Lenten journey together, you and I.
The beautiful words in the today's prayer talk about
the "quiet remembrance of our need for redemption."
That feels like what I am looking for -
or what you are looking for in me.
I want to remember how much I need you in my life
and how much my life needs redemption.
I want to remember it clearly and
in the background of my day today
and all through Lent.

On this special day, Ash Wednesday,
may my small sacrifices in fasting be a way to clear away
the clutter in my life to see you more clearly.
May my longing for meat and other food,
help me to focus my life today more outside myself.
Let me be aware of those who are in so much more suffering than I am
and may I be aware of them as the brothers and sisters you have placed in my life.

Lord, I know there is darkness
within me and around me.
Bless these days with your Word.
Let your Light shine in the darkness.
Help me long for that Light
until we celebrate it at the Vigil six weeks from now.

And most of all Lord,
help me to honour this day with the ashes
on my forehead.
They help me remember where I have come from
and where I am going.
May I acknowledge to you my sins
and my deep need for your
loving forgiveness and grace.
I pray that this Lenten season
will make me so much more aware
of how much I need your healing in my life.


Amen

Lent

Take on The Big Boot!

Sponsored by De Montfort University, this great half-time competition at Leicester Tigers challenges each member of a team to successfully complete a high catch, one after another, as our Big Boot machine launches the ball high up into the sky!

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This is Reverend Lisa doing her best impression of Eddie Warings “Oooop and Under”….

The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt. Revd. Tim Stevens led a team of 10 Church of England clergy taking part in Leicester Tigers ‘
Big Boot’ competition this Sunday (4 January 2015), to raise money for Leicester Cathedral’s King Richard III Community Appeal.

Dressed in clerical cassocks, the team attempted to catch rugby balls mechanically projected high into the air during the half time interval, in front of a sell-out Welford Road crowd at Tiger’s game against arch-rivals Bath. Tigers won!!

The pack of priests, including two female vicars, have been in strict training across Christmas, making sure they don’t drop too many mince pies.

“Leicester is preparing to bury the warrior King, Richard III. Tigers are Leicester’s modern day warriors. While the Big Boot is a bit of fun, the Community Appeal is part of our effort to raise money which jointly supports the
CombatStress charity for military veterans and Leicester Cathedral’s costs of reburying Richard III, ” says Canon Pete Hobson, Acting Canon Missioner and Tigers season ticket holder.

The
King Richard III Community Appeal is a project for Leicester and Leicestershire, which aims to raise £60,000 before the end of February. Half of the money will go to the CombatStress charity. The other 50% will contribute towards the costs of reburying King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.

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