What's on in the Benefice

St Andrew's United Benefice Prayer Group

The St Andrew's United Benefice Prayer group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Crossways in South Stoke from 2.30-3.30pm.

The group meets to pray together for matters of concern and thanksgiving. In particular, prayers are offered for the St Andrew's development appeal; for the local community and for those who are ill or in need. Prayers follow an established pattern but are informal in nature. Everyone is welcome to come to any of these meetings.


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Family services

Family Services take place on:

St Thomas' Church, Goring: The first Sunday of each month.

St Mary's Church, Streatley: The first Sunday of each month at 11:15am.

St Andrew's Church, South Stoke: Quarterly.
St Andrew's Church in South Stoke holds four special family services each year, commencing at 10.30am. Refreshments are served afterwards. For more information go to the family service programme.


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Letter Writing Group for persecuted Christians

This group meets from 10.00 to 11.00am on the second Wednesday of every alternate month to write notes and cards to persecuted Christians around the world. Led by Judith Aguda, Licensed Lay Minister in this Benefice, the group follows the guidance of the charity, Open Doors UK.

Everyone is welcome. If you have any postcards or notelets, please bring them along. Do join in if you can. This is something practical we can all do and it does make a difference. Contact Judith for dates and venues.


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Stillness on Sunday Service

This monthly service is led by members of the church community. It takes place at St Mary's Church in Streatley every second Sunday in the month at 5.30pm. It lasts 30 minutes and offers the opportunity to enjoy a period of reflection, prayer and music for spiritual peace and tranquillity.

Everyone is welcome to the Stillness Services; they are an informal time of readings, prayer, sometimes music and silence: it is an opportunity to escape the pressures of normal life, to refresh yourself by resting in the calm, loving presence of the Lord.


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Good News services

Good News services are held in St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Goring and St Andrew's Church in South Stoke. These services are more informal than the usual Eucharist services. There is no Communion to give more time to explore the New Testament Bible teachings. Everyone is welcome to come to this service. Refreshments are served afterwards.

Good News services at St Thomas' Church in Goring begin at 9.30am. For more information on upcoming services see the Good News programme; to listen to past sermons go to Good News sermons. Check for any change to the normal schedule on the calendar.


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Coffee morning at St Andrew's Church in South Stoke

This event happens every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10.30am to noon.

This event is popular. There is always a choice of delicious mouth-watering cakes and a chance to catch up with friends in the village. Come and make new friends at St Andrew's Church. Everyone is welcome.

Check the calendar for dates.


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Coffee and cake at St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Goring

Coffee and Cake is held on the last Saturday of each month (except November and December) between 10.30am and 12.15pm in The Canterbury Room of St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Goring. Everyone is welcome. Delicious homemade cakes are served and there is a chance to browse through some second-hand books and other items for sale. Occasionally there are informal music recitals.

Check the calendar for dates.


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Pick-a-Flick is for retired people of Goring, Streatley and South Stoke. A filmshow and light lunch are provided every 3rd Thursday of the month (except August) from 10:30am to 2pm in The Canterbury Room at St Thomas' Church, Goring.


Jungle Book (2016)
Thursday 21 December, 1 hr 51 mins
Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli must leave the only home he's ever known. Along the way he meets an array of jungle animals and learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.
Churchill (2017)
Thursday 18 January, 1 hr 50 mins
Tensions mount for beleaguered Prime Minister Churchill as D-Day nears in June 1944. Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large scale campaign that the entire war effort hinges on. Clashing with political opponents, unwavering support from his devoted wife Clementine inspires him to achieve greatness.
Whisky Galore (2016)
Thursday 15 February, 1 hr 38 mins
Based on the true story of a community of islanders on a remote Scottish island during WW2 coming together to relieve a sinking ship of its cargo of 50,000 cases of whisky.

Next dates for your diary: 15 March, 19 April and 17 May 2018.


If you would like to be invited to this event or you know of anyone who would appreciate an invitation, please contact Jenny Boyd via the United Benefice email. The cost is £3 per event including light lunch; extra donations are very welcome towards the United Benefice Church expenses. Unless you have signed in for always attending, please RSVP a few days before each event so we can cater correctly. It is not necessary to book in advance, but if you would like a lift to the church please contact Jenny Boyd 872109 or Billie Richards 873540. We look forward to welcoming you.


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Come on Board!

The light and airy setting of The Canterbury Room provides a Mecca for keen scrabblers of the Goring Gap. It is held on the fourth Friday of every month from 3-5pm. A lively mix of young and old, experienced and novice, arrive to find tables laid out for tea, with bright chequered table cloths and scrumptious homemade cakes.

While occasional recourse is made to a selection of dictionaries, much hilarity is generated in the interpretation, or complete disregard, of any rules.

All are welcome to join the fun; there is no need to book. This is a United Benefice initiative. Cost: £2.50. Transport can be arranged if needed. Check the calendar for changes to the normal schedule or, for any other queries, contact Antoinette Jackson here via the web editor.


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St Mary's New Year Coffee Morning

Come and join us (and please bring friends and neighbours) for our New Year Coffee Morning at Gatehampton Manor on 10th January from 10:30am.

This is a Bring and Buy event, so anything is welcome from cakes to unwanted Christmas presents. Everybody will be made most welcome, with fellowship around a log fire. There is lots of parking in the Courtyard, and the proceeds will go towards the running costs of St Mary's. Phone Tina Farr (874031) for further details.

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Explore! Alpha Course

We live in a wonderful part of the country, with so many places to explore and discover, but I wonder where you go when you are working through life's big questions? No matter what questions you have, you can be sure that you are not alone in asking them!

Last year, the Anglican churches of Goring and Streatley with South Stoke ran an Alpha Course in which over 20 people each week explored life's big questions and the Christian faith, looking at what it has to say about the meaning of life. Each of the sessions looked at different issues around faith, followed by small group discussions at which no topics were off limits and much lively debate took place. Among the comments from participants on last year's course were: "Give it a go and you won't be disappointed." "Just come; you will be surprised how good it is!"

Alpha is run all around the globe, in cafes, churches, universities, prisons, homes, Bars. It is free, and everyone is welcome! No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation. It is free, and everyone is welcome! No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation. We too are undertaking another Alpha course, which will start on Thursday 25th January 2018 in the Canterbury Room at St Thomas' Church, Goring at 7:30pm.

Please do get in touch to offer help or if you have any questions or to book your place by e-mailing alpha@thomandmary.org.uk or phoning 873770.

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Gary Jordan, Classical guitarist


Gary Jordan will be presenting a Classical Guitar concert in St Mary's on Saturday 24th February beginning at 7:30pm. The programme will be a variety of music from England, Spain and Latin America, including works for lute by John Dowland, John Rutter, Augustin Barrios and Isaac Albeniz.

Ticket prices are £10 full, £9 concessions, available on the door or for advance booking please email StMarysConcerts@hotmail.co.uk

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Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir

This acclaimed choir will be making a return visit at 7.30pm to St Thomas' Church on Saturday 28th April 2018 so save the date!

More details nearer the time, but in the meantime there are some photos from their visit in 2016: http://www.oxfordwelshmvc.org.uk/2016photos/sttomgoring16.html

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