Are you interested in joining a home group? Have you found yourself questioning things or wanting to learn more about the Christian faith? These home groups are for anyone living in or near the Goring Gap. If you would like to develop your knowledge and love of God, we encourage you to join a home group. Contact the Ministry team via the United Benefice email.
Monday night home group
We meet on alternate Mondays at 8.00pm. We rotate the venues around the different homes represented. Our main focus is to explore our faith in a relaxed atmosphere. We aim to increase our knowledge of the Bible; share our questions and answers on aspects of faith with the help of commentaries and examples of our own and other peoples' experiences. We just enjoy fellowship with one another and give time for any prayer requests we might have. We watch occasional DVDs, such as, Prom Praise and various relevant TV programmes. We enjoy the odd meal out and have a lot of laughs!
Bible study group
This second Bible Study group is the oldest of the home groups. It has been meeting every fortnight in Goring on Tuesday evenings in term-time since 1985. Light refreshments at 7.45pm are followed by the meeting proper at 8.00pm. The standard form is to read and then discuss a bible passage or theme chosen by the members. Our basic assumption is that the Bible, although more a library than a book and written by many hands in many styles over many centuries, is the inspired and living word of God for all time. We take advantage of biblical scholarship to ensure that we understand the contemporary significance of the passage at the time it was written. That is the means. The end is to enrich and inform our understanding of what the passage is teaching us as 21st century Christians. We have derived enormous benefit from sharing our individual insights and experiences. We have also occasionally used video and audio recordings for the same purpose. The meeting is normally over by 9.30pm.
Bible study group
This Bible Study Group meets in members' homes in Streatley on alternate Wednesday evenings during term time. Numbers vary between about eight and twelve. The meeting start at 7.45pm with coffee, etc., and usually ends by 9.15pm. Leadership rotates amongst those willing to lead; there is no compulsion to do so. Our approach to study is basic rather than 'academic' and there is an emphasis on the practical applications of biblical truth in our own life situations. Examples of study have been two epistles of Peter, and also the book of Jude. We have also been viewing and discussing an attractive series of DVD presentations entitled 'The Christ Files', made for Australian Television. We have social events too: a firm fixture is pancake night on Shrove Tuesday.
The Monday Faith Group
This small group was moved from an evening to the day time to enable people who find it hard to get out in an evening (e.g for babysitter reasons, driving at night etc) to meet together for friendship, Bible Study, prayer and support. We meet on alternate Mondays from 1.30 – 3.00pm in order to fit in with end of school times. Any new members are most welcome.
Thursday night home group
The Thursday evening home group meets roughly every fortnight during term time. We have followed various courses of study, but particularly like materials that come with a DVD we can watch. We learn from each other as well as the course material and the meetings give us an opportunity to grow in faith. At the end of term we can often be found enjoying a shared meal together in someone's home.
Advent and Lent groups
Advent and Lent courses are attended by a number of people from every church in the local area. That is, the Anglican churches of Goring, Streatley and South Stoke; the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St John, and Goring Free Church. Several other people come from surrounding parishes too.
Everyone meets in small, friendly, house groups (usually five sessions) to share their journey towards Easter and Christmas. Each Group Leader uses a set Course Book to help and guide group members. The culmination of each of these courses is an Easter or an Epiphany celebration, giving everyone an opportunity to meet together. One of the most valuable aspects of each course is meeting with fellow Christians from different churches. Many new friendships have formed as people come to know and understand each other through their discussions and fellowship.
Please join a group when they are being advertised. Everyone is welcome. Advertising for the Advent Groups begins during November. More information to follow: details will be found in all the churches, on this website and on the calendar. For any other queries contact Judy Crawford here via the United Benefice email.
The St Andrew's United Benefice Prayer group 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 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.
On the third Wednesday of each month, from 10.30am to noon, you can be assured of a very warm welcome, a choice of delicious mouth-watering cakes, coffee and a chance to catch up with friends in the village.
The coffee mornings are made possible thanks to the skill and generosity of the (now famous) home cake-bakers of South Stoke! If you've not already experienced one of these coffee mornings, please do come and join us at St Andrew's Church. Everyone is welcome.
Check the on-line calendar for changes to the normal schedule or Upcoming Events webpage for details of the next film to be shown. For any other enquiries, contact Lady Horton here via the United Benefice email.
Pick-a-Flick is a sociable monthly filmshow event, much enjoyed by the folk of Goring, South Stoke and Streatley.
Pick-a-Flick is held on the third Thursday of every month (except August) in The Canterbury Room of St Thomas' from 10.30-2.00pm. A wide variety of films is shown, often requested by the audience. Subtitles are used wherever possible and there is a loop system. Delicious homemade soup, crumble and custard are served after the film by a lively band of volunteers. Pick-a-Flick costs £3 and transport can be arranged if required. This is a United Benefice initiative.
Newcomers to Pick-a-Flick are always welcome. Check the on-line calendar for changes to the normal schedule or Upcoming Events webpage for details of the next film to be shown. For any other queries, contact Jenny Boyd here via the Unted Benefice email.
A small group of people come together every two months on a Wednesday to write notes and cards to persecuted Christians around the world.
Do drop by this group whenever you can. The letter writing group meets in The Canterbury Room at St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Goring from 10.00 to 11.00am. With the help of Judith Aguda, the Licensed Lay Minister, the group looks at some case histories and guidelines from the charity 'Open Doors Uk', before each person writes their own messages. If you have any postcards or notelets that you can spare, please bring them along too, although these are not essential. Writing letters is something practical we can do and it does make a difference.
'Open Doors UK' provides Bibles, Christian literature, training and practical support to the persecuted church worldwide. Open Doors is the world's largest outreach to persecuted Christians, working in the most high-risk places.
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.