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 at St Thomas' in Goring are held on the first Sunday of each month at 9:30am.

Family Services at St Andrew's in South Stoke are held on the first Sunday of each month at 11:15am.

There is no family service at St Mary's in Streatley so you are welcome to join in with St Andrew's or St Thomas' instead.

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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. 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 usually begin at 9:30am, but check the calendar for any changes to the normal schedule.

Digital recordings of Good News themes that we have had in the past are available.


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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.


Esio Trot
Thursday 15 March, 1hr 47 mins
Gentle Mr Hoppy lives alone with only his balcony garden for company. Hopelessly in love with Mrs Silver who lives downstairs but who is only interested in her tortoise, he decides to hatch a plan to win her heart.
Victoria and Abdul
Thursday 19 April, 1hr 51 mins
On arriving from India to participate in Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, Abdul Karim, a young clerk, finds favour with the Queen herself. The two form an unlikely and devoted alliance that her inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes.
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
Thursday 17 May, 1hr 43 mins
Newly widowed, Mrs Palfrey moves to London hoping to gain independence and see her grandson. Staying at a residential hotel for senior citizens she forms an unlikely friendship with an author which is bolstered by the residents believing he is her estranged grandson.

Next dates for your diary: 21 June, 19 July and 20 September.


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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Ecumenical Lent Groups


The Ecumenical Lent Groups begin on Monday 19th February and the lists for signing up are now open!

The course we will be following is "On the Third Day" by Bishop John Pitchard and the cost of the booklet is £5.00. Do come and join us on our journey through Lent towards Easter. Everyone is welcome.

The other dates are:

  • 2nd week:Monday 26th February
  • 3rd week: Monday 5th March
  • 4th week: Monday 12th March
  • 5th week: Monday 19th March

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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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Matt Lowe, cello recital


Matt Lowe, Director of Music at Bradfield College and one of Britain's leading cellists is giving a recital at St Thomas' Church, Goring-on-Thames at 3pm on Sunday 18th March in aid of the Church Organ Fund.

The cello recital will include Mendelssohn's Sonata in D and Martinu's Slovak Variations. John Paul Ekins will be accompanying Matt on the piano. Tickets are £12, (£10 concessions). Available from Inspirations, or Elizabeth Parkinson (872020) or on the door.

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Goring Chamber Choir presents "Ubi Caritas" -- Songs for a Nordic Easter

Sunday 25th March at 3pm in St Mary's Church, Streatley, accompanied by Michael Howell.

Easter songs from northern countries rejoice especially in spring sunshine and flowers. Reflective music from Canada, Iceland, Norway and Sweden combines with seasonal English music for Evensong, with texts from our great poets. The Choir will sing this music in Jonkoping and Vadstena in Sweden during the week after Easter.

Tickets £12 and £10 from Inspiration, Goring, from a choir member, or on the door.

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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 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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Celebrating the music of John Rutter


John Rutter is one of the most famous British composers of the 20th Century. Writing mainly choral works, he has written carols, anthems and larger works such as his Gloria and Requiem. His anthems are hugely popular and sung regularly by many Church and secular choirs.

In celebration of John Rutter's 70th birthday which was on the 24th September 2015, we are holding a service of praise at 4pm on Sunday 4th October at St Thomas' Church, Goring-on-Thames. The United Benefice choir will be singing many of Rutter's most well-loved anthems including All things bright and beautiful and Amazing Grace.

Do join us!

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