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 10am 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

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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 3rd May -- Oliver Wass (harp)
  • Wednesday 21st June -- Michael Foyle (violin) and Maksim Stsura (piano)
  • Wednesday 4th October -- Anna Szalucka (piano)

All concerts begin at 1pm in St. Thomas' Church. Tickets £10, available from Inspirations, The Arcade, Goring, in advance, £12 at the door, or from Joan and Nigel Fountain (phone 873341).


At our first concert on 3rd May, Oliver Wass will play music by JS Bach, Britten, Ravel, Mussorgsky and De Falla.

Oliver received his first harp lessons from his mother, a professional harpist, and while at school played as principal harp in the National Youth Orchestra. Later, he pursued his studies with Imogen Barford at the Guildhall School of Music, where in 2016 he won the School's prestigious Gold Medal.

Oliver has a busy concert schedule and, in addition to solo recitals, he is a member of the Pelleas Ensemble -- a flute, viola and harp trio -- winners of both the Grand Prize and Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition in 2016.


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Goring Chamber Choir presents Magyar Melodies: Sacred music, folksong and dance music from the Hungarian region

7.30pm on Saturday 13th May at St Thomas' Church, Goring. The programme will include sacred music by Zoltan Kodaly, including Jesus and the Traders, Ave Maria, and Missa Brevis, plus folksongs and dance music from the Hungarian region. Conducted by Frances Brewitt-Taylor with Steve Bowey (organ) and Janet Pound (piano).

Tickets £12, concessions £10, students £5 available from Inspirations in Goring, a choir member, or at the door.


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Concert by Midori Komachi and Sophie Rosa

Photo by Helen Rae

Midori Komachi and Sophie Rosa, both violinists, will be giving a concert in St Mary's on Saturday May 20th at 19:30. Tickets will cost £12 full and £10 concessions, and will be available on the door. The program will be:

  • EJ Moeran: Sonata for two violins
  • Alan Rawsthorne: Theme and variations
  • Bela Bartok: Duos for two violins
  • Louis Spohr: Duo for two violins Op.67 in A minor
  • Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia (arranged for two violins)

Enquiries and advance bookings to: StMarysConcerts@hotmail.co.uk

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