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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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.


Queen of Katwe
Thursday 21st March, 2hrs 4mins
A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.
Thursday 18th April, 1hr 57mins
Young Irish immigrant Ellis lands in 1950's Brooklyn. Initially very homesick she falls in love, but when her past catches up with her, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
The Children Act
Thursday 16th May, 1hr 46mins
British drama in which a High Court Judge (Emma Thompson) must make a life-or-death decision on behalf of a child while struggling with her own problems in her personal life.
The Young Victoria
Thursday 20th June, 1hr 45mins
Resolved to establish her authority over those who rule in her stead, a young and inexperienced Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) draws strength from the love of Albert, the handsome prince who's stolen her heart.

Next dates for your diary: 18th July, 19th September and 17th October.


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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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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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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Goring Chamber Choir presents Shall we go dance?

7:30pm on Saturday 11th May
St Thomas' Church, Goring
Music director: Frances Brewitt-Taylor
Accompanist: Olivia Canolle

A Spring concert of traditional seasonal folk songs and dances. Olivia Canolle will play Norwegian dances and Lyric Pieces by Grieg for piano solo. Tickets £10 or £5 for students in full time education from Inspiration in Goring, from a choir member, or on the door.


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