Welcome


 

We have learned now how to make our churches as COVID safe as possible. Our bishops suggest this does not seem to be a season for the Church to step back, or for us to avoid being in communication with our neighbour. But clearly, we should do this carefully. Loneliness and isolation lead to illness of a different kind.

We have lots of services and opportunities to come together in small and fuller groups, inside and out.

Please do come (unless you are ill or isolating) and please wear a face covering.

Holy Communion, where it is offered, is prepared and given with sanitised hands. Hold out a flat hand please, to receive the wafer bread dipped in wine, so the priest does not touch your hand. Thank you.

Hopefully those unable to come in person can be welcomed to a Zoom service here or elsewhere.

Services this week

This weekend Sunday 23rd January
8:00am BCP Holy Communion at St Mary's
9:30am Holy Communion at St Thomas'
11:15am Mattins at St Mary's
11:15am Holy Communion at St Andrew's
4:00pm Silent Prayer for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Our Lady and St John Catholic Church, Goring
5:00pm Discoverers
Wednesday 26th January
10:30am Little Lights at St Mary's
10:30am BCP Holy Communion at St Thomas'
Next weekend Sunday 30th January
8:00am BCP Holy Communion at St Thomas'
9:30am Holy Communion at St Thomas'
11:15am Holy Communion at St Mary's
11:15am Holy Communion at St Andrew's
See the newsletter for details, Zoom links and passwords.
Do come and join us, but please follow all the usual hygiene guidance.
Morning and Evening Prayer will resume on Tuesday 4th January 2022 as follows:
8.30am and 4.30pm on Mondays at St Thomas'
8.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St Mary's
8.30am on Fridays at St Thomas'

 

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St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Goring St Andrew's Church in South Stoke St Mary's Church in Streatley

In more normal times...

...you are warmly welcome to come to church at any stage of Christian understanding, whether you are a firm believer or simply interested in finding out more. You may have moved into the area recently. You may be a visitor passing by. Maybe you have been through a difficult time and feel in need of some spiritual support, or perhaps you have lived nearby for a long while but the time hasn't seemed right till now. Whatever the reason, just come to one of the services. Christianity is about developing a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and in community with other people.

Walking through the doors of a new church takes courage but be assured that you will be well received. Everyone of all nationalities, interests, ages and backgrounds is welcome. We pray that your encounter with one of these churches will develop your faith and meet your needs at a deep level. Spend some time in these beautiful places of Christian worship. Many people feel a sense of inner peace and joy in church, that may escape us in our usual world.

Attending church regularly may help you discover a new purpose in life, a new direction. If you live in the local area, do consider joining a small home group to explore your faith further. Other Christians can guide and support you in your journey of faith.

However much we may stumble and fall in life, know always that God's eternal love, mercy and compassion are available to each one of us, as we turn to follow our Lord, Jesus Christ.