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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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.


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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Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir, 7:30pm Saturday 28th April

This acclaimed choir will be performing at St Thomas' Church as part of its 90th Anniversary celebrations. The soprano Rosalind Dobson will also be singing. The choir recorded a new CD at St Thomas' in the autumn which will be on sale. Refreshments will be served during the interval and it promises to be a wonderful evening.

Look out for the posters. Tickets are £10, are on sale at Inspirations and are going fast. Christine has also very kindly agreed to host the Box Office tel: 875094

More information at http://www.oxfordwelshmvc.org.uk/ where you may find some photos of the choir’s visit to St Thomas' in 2016 and the Goring and Streatley Festival in 2014.

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Millbrook Ensemble: Arias for a May evening

The Millbrook Ensemble based in Blewbury will be giving a concert in St Mary's on Saturday 12th May at 7:30pm.

Louise Innes, Mezzo Soprano, Louisa Fuller, Violin, and Charlotte Brennand, Piano, will be performing pieces by Joseph Haydn, Clara Schumann, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Frank Bridge, Camille Saint-Saens, Edward Elgar, Gabriel Faure, Rebecca Clarke and Lili Boulanger. A charming way to spend a late Spring evening!

Advance booking and enquiries to StMarysConcerts@hotmail.co.uk Tickets also available on the door.

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