Services and events this week and next

This weekend Sunday 28th November
8:00am BCP Holy Communion at St Mary's
9:30am Holy Communion at St Thomas'
11:15am Mattins at St Mary's
11:15am Holy Communion at St Andrew's
4:00pm Advent Carol service at St Thomas'
Wednesday 1st December
10:30am BCP Holy Communion at St Thomas' followed by coffee in the Canterbury Room
Next weekend Sunday 5th December
8:00am BCP Holy Communion at St Thomas'
9:30am Holy Communion at St Thomas'
11:15am Holy Communion at St Mary's
11:15am Christingle service at St Andrew's (no need to book)
4:00pm Christingle service at St Thomas' (booking required)
See the newsletter for details, Zoom links and passwords.
Do come and join us, but please follow all the usual hygiene guidance.
Morning and Evening Prayer is now taking place in our churches again:
8.30am and 4.30pm on Mondays at St Thomas'
8.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St Mary's
8.30am on Fridays at St Thomas'

Other resources are available during these difficult times:
The Oxford Diocese is streaming a service every Sunday. Do watch and join in!
More resources and support advice can be found on the Church of England website

Covid regime update 22nd July: We are relaxing a little but still being cautious.

We know that the virus is more present than before, but thank God for the effectiveness of the vaccinations on all the vulnerable who have been able to have it. We have plenty of space to remain at a safer distance to each other during the service, and will have plenty of ventilation. We will no longer need booking for any service but names will still be taken for a while. Singing will be allowed in all services and refreshments will sometimes be available. (Please do offer to help with these.) We will continue to Zoom on Wednesdays and on the second Sunday of the month.

People can choose about face coverings, but are asked to be thoughtful both about deaf people who need to lip read and those who are more vulnerable. Any loud organ voluntaries will be short so no-one is obliged to speak loudly above it. :-) We will continue being very careful at the Communion table and distribute bread only for a while.

All this will be subject to review.


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St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Goring St Andrew's Church in South Stoke St Mary's Church in Streatley

In more normal times...

...you are warmly welcome to come to church at any stage of Christian understanding, whether you are a firm believer or simply interested in finding out more. You may have moved into the area recently. You may be a visitor passing by. Maybe you have been through a difficult time and feel in need of some spiritual support, or perhaps you have lived nearby for a long while but the time hasn't seemed right till now. Whatever the reason, just come to one of the services. Christianity is about developing a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and in community with other people.

Walking through the doors of a new church takes courage but be assured that you will be well received. Everyone of all nationalities, interests, ages and backgrounds is welcome. We pray that your encounter with one of these churches will develop your faith and meet your needs at a deep level. Spend some time in these beautiful places of Christian worship. Many people feel a sense of inner peace and joy in church, that may escape us in our usual world.

Attending church regularly may help you discover a new purpose in life, a new direction. If you live in the local area, do consider joining a small home group to explore your faith further. Other Christians can guide and support you in your journey of faith.

However much we may stumble and fall in life, know always that God's eternal love, mercy and compassion are available to each one of us, as we turn to follow our Lord, Jesus Christ.