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 St Andrew's Church 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 10.00am. 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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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.


Driving Miss Daisy
Thursday 18th May, 1 hr 40 mins
Covers the 25 year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron, Miss Daisy, and her equally indomitable black chauffeur, Hoke. Both employer and employee are outsiders -- Hoke because of the colour of his skin and Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant-dominated society.
A street cat named Bob
Thursday 15th June, 1 hr 43 mins
A homeless man struggling with drug addiction comes across an injured stray cat. He nurses him back to health and names him Bob. They become inseparable and make for an unusual street music act and Bob's companionship inspires James to overcome his drug addiction.
Tea with Mussolini
Thursday 20th July, 1 hr 57 mins
In 1930's fascist Italy Luca has lost his mother and is sent by his father to be taken care of by Mary, a British expatriate, and her cultured friends, but things change when Allied forces declare war on Mussolini.


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 Bille Richards 873540. We look forward to welcoming you.


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M.O.T. (Mum's Out Tonight!)

St Thomas' Church warmly invites all mums (who have young children) to an M.O.T social evening every 4th Monday of the month. Unless otherwise stated, it is held at 18 Wallingford Road in Goring from 8.00-9.30pm.

This group is intended to be a relaxed evening out. Guest speakers discuss topics of general interest, after which there is a short reflection and time to chat with friends. All mums who have young children are welcome to join.

  • Events for 2017 TBA

Contact Joan Downham here via the web editor if you would like to attend.


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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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Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come: A week of prayer for the evangelisation of our Nation, from 25th May until 4th June. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling every parish, fresh expression of church, church school, retreat house and praying community to join a wave of prayer across the UK and around the world -- praying that people you know might know Jesus.

The hope is that as Christians pray together we will:

  • be transformed through prayer;
  • be given new confidence and encouragement by the Holy Spirit;
  • be effective witnesses to Jesus Christ.

In a letter inviting every clergyperson in England to take part they wrote: Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might "be one that the world might believe." There is an invitation then, to make a lasting difference in our nation and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer.

Don't miss out on this life-changing movement. Pledge2pray by visiting: http://www.thykingdomcome.global or join us at noon for lunchtime prayer in St Thomas' each day from Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June inclusive.

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Come and Sing Evensong

There will be a "Come and Sing Evensong" in St Thomas' Church at 4pm on Sunday 4th June. Directed by Michael Howell, we will be singing: Introit: Beati mundo corde by Grayston Ives, Responses by Sanders, Canticles in C by Stanford, and the anthem Let their celestial concerts all unite by Handel.

Practices are as follows:

  • 7pm-7.30pm Friday 19th May
  • 7pm-7.30pm Friday 26th May
  • 7pm-8.15pm Friday 2nd June
  • 2pm-3.30pm Sunday 4th June

More details from Elizabeth Parkinson (872020) or parkinsonfamily1@btinternet.com

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Music for Reflection

Everyone is welcome to visit St Thomas' Church, Goring-on-Thames from 3pm to 4pm on Sunday 25th June when there will be an hour of reflective music for choir and organ. This will be followed by refreshments in The Canterbury Room.

This event is in response to the many people who visit our Church to spend some quiet time praying or reflecting. Although the event is for anyone who would like to attend, we are aware that 25th June would have been George Michael's birthday and there may be many people visiting the village that day who may want to spend some time at our Church.

The event is not a formal service or a concert. The door will remain open and people are welcome to join us for a short time or for the whole hour. There will be no charge for the music or refreshments but, if people wish to, there will be an opportunity to make donations towards our organ fund.

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Ride and stride for churches

You are invited to cycle, walk or horse ride to as many churches, chapels and meeting houses as you wish by a route of your own choice on the annual sponsored Ride and Stride event from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 9th September, raising money for Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust.

There's usually a warm welcome and plenty of refreshments along the way! For more information see http://ohct.org.uk/ride-stride/ (registered charity no. 235644) or contact Brenda Kerr Muir, St Thomas' Church Coordinator.

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Friends of Music at Goring concert series

Friends of Music at Goring are pleased to announce their programme of concerts in their 2017 season:

  • Wednesday 21st June -- Michael Foyle (violin) and Maksim Stsura (piano)
  • Wednesday 4th October -- Anna Szalucka (piano)

All concerts begin at 1pm in the church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Goring. Tickets £10, in advance, available from Inspirations in The Arcade, from Nigel Fountain nigelfountain@tisacli.co.uk phone 873341, or £12 at the door.

Michael Foyle was born in Ayrshire and made his first appearance as a soloist at the age of eight in the Edinburgh Festival. During school days he was leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and in 2008 was winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Prize. After training at Royal College of Music in London he undertook postgraduate study in Vienna with Maxim Vengerov and Pavel Vernikov. Since then he has established a wide reputation as a soloist, playing concertos in major venues across the UK, Europe and Russia.

Maksim Stsura was born in Estonia, and began piano lessons at the age of six. He studied first at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, and subsequently at the Hochschule fuer Musik, Hamburg. He then came to London where he received a Master's degree from the Royal College of Music, London, and where he is now completing a doctorate.

Michael and Maksim started their collaboration as a duo in 2012, since when they have given performances at Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St James' Piccadilly, Purcell Room, and in European centres. They have received commendation in the national press for the compelling conviction of their playing. They will be playing music by Mozart, Poulenc and Brahms.

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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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