Upcoming events across 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 1st Sunday of each month.

St Mary's Church, Streatley: For the time being, families from Streatley join others for the Benefice's monthly Family Service at St Thomas' on the first Sunday of every month. We've had some good services recently so don't miss the next one!

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.

Good News services at St Andrew's Church in South Stoke take place on the fourth Sunday of each month at 10.30am. Preaching is given by members of the local ministry team.

For both churches, check for any change to the normal schedule on the calendar.


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Parenting Children Course *POSTPONED*

17th September 2017: This course was due to be run from September, but has now been postponed.

As we all know, children do not arrive with an instruction manual and yet no role we undertake is more important. Family life is under great pressure today and parents face bewildering choices and often conflicting advice about how to parent effectively. Being reminded that we are not alone in the challenges we face and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference.

The Parenting Course is based on a course devised by the National Parenting Initiative and is for any parent with children in primary education. While the course is based on Christian principles, it is relevant and helpful for any parent with or without a Christian faith or church background.

We would love both parents to attend the course, but we recognise that this can be challenging for those with young children and so we are hoping to offer babysitters, if you find it difficult to find someone. Topics covered in the course include:

  • Laying strong foundations
  • Love in action
  • Setting boundaries and managing behaviour
  • Building character
  • Growing a confident child

Each evening will start with desserts and refreshments which will be followed by a talk and then discussion in small groups. Where the course has been run previously, there has been good feedback; one participant said: I'm feeling much more positive, more determined to have fun as a parent. And another: I feel much encouraged and inspired by ideas for family time and have realised the importance of fun and security and of family life itself.

To let us know you are planning to come, or to request a possible babysitter please contact Steve Johnson, Assistant Curate via stthomasmaryandrew@gmail.com


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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.


Thursday 19 October, 1 hr 40 mins
Biographical drama following Jackie Kennedy in the days folowing her husband's assassination in 1963. Whilst being dignified and composed in front of the cameras, behind closed doors she struggles to cope with the loss of her husband and the weight of the world that now rests on her shoulders.
Thursday 16 November, 2 hrs
A five year old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty five years later he sets out to find his lost family.


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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Michael Howell Organ Recital

The last in this year's series of St Mary's Concerts will be by Michael Howell at 4pm on Sunday 22nd October.

Michael will be playing baroque music to go with our beautiful baroque-style organ, and the program will include works by Sweelinck, Pachelbel, Buxtehude and Bach.

Tickets £8 full or £7 concessions.


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Goring Chamber Choir "A night at the theatre"

Goring Chamber Choir presents

A night at the theatre

Dramatic, storytelling scenes from opera, musicals and more...

Saturday 28th October at 7:30pm
St Thomas' Church, Goring

Vocal solos, ensembles, choruses and descriptive piano music, painting the stories of life. Accompanied by Olivia Canolle, who will play Debussy solo piano pieces. Tickets 12 and 10, obtainable from Inspiration in Goring, from a choir member, or on the door.

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Janet Pound piano recital

If you are wondering what you could do on a cold and dreary Autumnal Sunday afternoon, then look no further! From 3pm to 4pm on Sunday 19th November, Janet Pound will be giving a piano recital in St Thomas' Church followed by refreshments in the Canterbury Room.

Janet has devised a delightful romantic autumnal programme with works by Clementi, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Debussy. There will be no charge for the recital, but donations are welcomed to go towards St Thomas' Church expenses.

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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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