What's on in the Benefice

Weekly newsletter and monthly calendar

17th February

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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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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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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.


The Greatest Showman
Thursday 21st February, 1hr 46mins
Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary (played by Hugh Jackman) who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a world wide sensation.
Queen of Katwe
Thursday 21st March, 2hrs 4mins
A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

Next dates for your diary: 18th April, 16th May and 20th June 2019.


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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Recital by Michael Overbury: Six centuries of organ music

Six centuries of organ music including works by Hildegard von Bingen, Bach, Handel and Mozart

St Mary's Church, Streatley
4pm Sunday 17th February 2019
Followed by tea

Tickets £8 full, £7 concessions. Donations for tea. Tickets on the door or from Inspirations, Goring. For advance bookings and enquiries, text 0776 233 9853 or email StMarysConcerts@hotmail.co.uk


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Alpha course 2019

For the last two years, we have run the Alpha Course where over 20 people each week explore some of life’s big questions concerning the Christian faith.

Each session looks at different questions around faith, followed by small group discussions at which no questions are off limits and much lively discussion takes place. Some of the comments from the last course: Give it a go and you won't be disappointed, Just come; you will be surprised how good it is.

The course here will start on Thursday 28th February for seven weeks and will take place in the Canterbury Room at St Thomas' from 7:30pm. It will start with a meal, so you don't need to eat first and could come straight from work. After this there will be the talk/video, followed by discussions, finishing at about 9:30pm. Please do get in touch to sign up or just turn up on the night. If you have any questions, email alpha@thomandmary.org.uk


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Come and sing evensong

Do join us at St Thomas' Church, Goring, at 4pm on Sunday 3rd March for our monthly Evensong Service, either as part of the congregation or in the choir.

In March, it is a Come and Sing Evensong where we invite extra singers to augment the choir. If you wish to sing in the choir, you need to arrive at 1.45pm ready to start our practice at 2pm. There are additional (optional) practices for those singing with the choir from 7pm to 7.45pm on Friday 15th February, Friday 22nd February and Friday 1st March.

We will be mixing the new with the old at this particular Evensong. Our main anthem will be by local composer, Michael Howell, a beautiful new piece composed for the occasion of the licensing of Ben Phillips, our new vicar, at the start of February. We’ll also be singing Come Holy Ghost by Gibbons, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in Eb (no. 2) by Wood and Reading responses.

Contact Elizabeth Parkinson (email parkinsonfamily1@btinternet.com or phone 872020) for more information.


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Ecumenical Lent Groups

Our popular Ecumenical Lent Groups will begin in the week of Monday 11th March and run for five weeks, followed by a combined Celebration after Easter on 2nd May.

The Course is The Uphill Road to Calvary in the company of St Luke, and was written for us by Revd Leighton Thomas. The signing up lists will be in all the Churches from Sunday 3rd February. Please join us; everyone is welcome.


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