Raunds: The church of St Peter
Hargrave: All Hallows' Church
Ringstead: The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Stanwick: The Church of St Laurence
St Peter's, Raunds 'Great Past, Greater Future' campaign. To go to the appeal website please click here
Rev. Shena Bell, Rector of Raunds, Hargrave, Ringstead and Stanwick
I was ordained in the year 2000 as Deacon and Priest in 2001. I served as Curate at All Saints, Earls Barton and at the end of this time spent some months assisting at St Mark, Kingsthorpe before coming to this benefice as Priest in Charge in September 2004.
In 2007 the benefice was legally united and I became the first rector. We have spent time working to get to know each other and learning how to work together as a united benefice. Our focus for the next five years is to encourage each church community to develop in its own way for the benefit of each local community, to consider how we can best serve the wider community and bring a fresh and vibrant touch to our services of worship.
We give a high priority to families and children. Each church offers something slightly different in worship and social activity. At the same time we are glad to serve more elderly people and offer events for those who live alone or visit those who are housebound. A very dedicated group of lay people regularly visit many residential homes within the benefice.
Our church building takes a huge amount of money, energy and time to maintain. Our great desire is not only to maintain them but also to adapt them for use in the twenty-first century. Three of our buildings are in the middle of reordering. St Peter's in Raunds is seeking help to underpin the foundations.
The Ministry team, Church wardens and I are all very willing to help with any questions you may have concerning faith, worship or services the church can offer.
In short, we aim to make Christ known in our communities - in word and with action.
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Prayer of the Week
Merciful God, teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainity, that trusting in your word and obeying your will we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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