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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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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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.


My week with Marilyn
Thursday 21 June, 1hr 39mins
In 1956 England Colin (Eddie Redmayne) lands a job on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl" starring Marilyn Monroe. Seeing her driven to exhaustion Colin arranges a week's respite in the British countryside.
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Thursday 19 July, 1hr 47mins
At the end of the First World War, A A Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) creates the magical world of Winnie the Pooh, bringing him immediate acclaim. However, the books' international success come at a personal cost to the author, his young son Christopher Robin, and his wife.
Whisky Galore (2016)
Thursday 20 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.

Next dates for your diary: 18 October, 15 November and 20 December.


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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Midori Komachi, violin recital

Midori Komachi, virtuoso violinist, will be returning to St Mary's Streatley on Thames for another fabulous violin recital on Saturday 28th July at 19:30. Tickets £12 full, £10 concessions.

The program will be solo violin pieces by composers from JS Bach to the present day. If anyone should feel unsure about a solo violin concert we all discovered last year that when it is played by Midori a violin transforms into an entire orchestra. Her playing was aptly described in the Delius Society Journal in Spring 2014 as "her sonorous, tuneful violin floating in a cloud which changed its colours all the time reflecting various kinds of mood of the music, such as joy, yearning, and sometimes wistfulness and sorrow."

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