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.


Whisky Galore (2016)
Thursday 20th September, 1hr 38mins
Starring Eddie Izzard, this is based on the true story of a community of islanders on a remote Scottish Island during WW2 coming together to relieve a sinking ship of its cargo of 50,000 cases of whisky.
Viceroy's House
Thursday 18th October, 1hr 46mins
In 1947 Lord Louis Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) arrives at Viceroy's House in Delhi, in charge of overseeing the dissolution of the British Raj and the establishment of an independent Indian nation.
Mr Holmes
Thursday 15th November, 1hr 44mins
Long-retired and near the end of his life, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) grapples with an unreliable memory and must rely on his housekeeper's son as he revisits the still-unsolved case that led to his retirement.
Paddington 2
Thursday 20th December, 1hr 43mins
Settled with the Brown family, Paddington Bear is a popular member of the community. One day he spies a book in an antique shop which he feels is perfect for his aunt's 100th birthday and when the prized book is stolen he embarks on a quest to unmask the culprit before her big celebration.

Next dates for your diary: 17th January, 21st February and 21st March 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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Summer recitals in St Thomas'

Director of Music at Bradfield College
Matt Lowe
With John Paul Ekins on piano
3pm Sunday 23rd September

Geoff Brown, Mary Daniels and Clare Mayo (local pianists)
3pm Saturday 6th October

Tickets £12 or £10 (concessions) on the door. An "Early Bird" discount is available for tickets bought more than a week before each concert; these are £10 or £8 and are available from Inspirations or Elizabeth Parkinson on 872020 or email parkinsonfamily1@btinternet.com All recitals will be approximately one hour in length and all are in aid of St Thomas' Organ Fund.

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The Bible Course

What do you know about the Bible? Want to know more? This autumn, the Benefice of Goring and Streatley with South Stoke will be running an exciting new course in Goring. Whether you are new to the Bible or want to go deeper, this course is for you. The Bible course will show how all the books, characters and events fit together to form one BIG story from Genesis to Revelation. There will be eight sessions and each will include video content, discussion and time for personal reflection. Between sessions there are daily readings to help you prepare for the following week.

The course will be held in the Canterbury Room at St Thomas's church on Thursday evenings, beginning on 27th September, and then 4th October, 11th October, 1st November, 8th November, 15th November, 22nd November and 29th November. Each session will begin at 7.30pm with coffee and cake, and will finish at 9.15pm.

If you would like to come, please contact Jill Kirby at the church office on 875651, or email her on vicarofgsandss@yahoo.com or just turn up! We look forward to welcoming you.

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Harvest "Come and Sing" Evensong

4pm Sunday 7th October in St Thomas' Church, Goring
Look at the world Rutter, Thou visitest the earth Greene, Sumsion in G and Reading Responses

If you would like to sing with the choir, please arrive at 1.45pm ready to start practising at 2pm.  As well as the Sunday afternoon practice, there are additional optional practices from 7pm to 7.45pm on Friday 21st and 28th September and Friday 5th October.  For more information contact Elizabeth Parkinson on 872020 or email  parkinsonfamily1@btinternet.com

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Janet Pound piano recital

A program of short compositions for piano including both well-loved favourites and more unusual pieces. 4pm on Saturday 13th October in St Mary's Church, followed by tea.

Tickets £8 full, £7 concessions. Donations for tea. Tickets on the door, or from Inspirations in Goring. Advance bookings and enquiries text 0776233 9853 or email StMarysConcerts@hotmail.co.uk

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Goring Chamber Choir presents "Fairest Isle"

Saturday 27th October 2018 at 7:30 pm in St Thomas' Church, Goring
Music director: Frances Brewitt-Taylor
Accompanist: Bryan Almond and a string trio

Music for church and stage by Henry Purcell, including songs, duets and choruses from King Arthur. The programme will contain everything from rousing battle cries to rustic comedy, joyful anthems to lovesick laments.

Tickets £10 or £5 for students in full time education, available from Inspiration in Goring, from a choir member, or on the door.

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