Regular activities and groups

Spiritual and Pastoral Care in the Benefice

Do you feel a spiritual hole which needs filling in your life? Would you appreciate the chance to chat informally over a cup of tea and cake? In addition to services at our village churches on Sunday, our benefice offers:

St Matthew’s Café – an informal gathering with tea and cakes and a story on the first Thursday of the month at St Matthew’s Midgham between 3.00 and 4.30 pm.

Communion Service – a quiet service at Watermill Court at 3.30pm on the third Wednesday of every month followed by tea and cake.

Personal visits to your home to celebrate a home communion or simply chat.

For more information contact Revd Pat Bhutta: 0118 971 0124, email .

a dwelling in the word

Dwelling in the Word

Deep listening to the scriptures, silence and contemplation...

‘Dwelling in the Word’ is a monthly group for the benefice and open to all.

Based on the ancient practice known as Lectio Divinia this is not a Bible study or discussion group but an opportunity to enjoy an hour’s stillness and silent reflection inspired by listening to the Bible.

At Aldermaston Rectory RG7 4LX

Wednesdays 26th April, 24th May, 21st June at 2pm for less than an hour.

NOTE: on 22nd March there is no meeting at the Rectory as we will be dwelling in Mark's Gospel at Aldermaston Parish Hall as part of the Lent course.

No need to book, just turn up.

Come and join us for
Messy ChurchMessy Church
A way of being church but not as you know it: Fun, crafts, story, celebration time and refreshments
Time 3.30—5 pm
Place Woolhampton Primary School, RG7 5TB
Suitable for all ages—children to be accompanied
No need to book—just turn up
Contact Pat Bhutta—0118 971 0124,
Chat, play, singing and a Bible story!
Revd Becky warmly invites you to come along to our group for babies, toddlers and their carers.
10:00AM – 11:00AM

tea and cake 

Do you fancy some company,
a chance to meet old friends and make new ones,
enjoy a slice of homemade cake and tea,
PLUS share stories, and more...?

 PLACE: St Matthew’s Church, Midgham

TIME: 3:00 to 4:30 pm – the first Thursday of each month

For more information or if you need transport :

Tel: Pat Bhutta 0118 971 0124 email:

Monthly Benefice Communion

This short, quiet service of Holy Communion (without hymns) takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month at 11.30am at St Matthew’s Church, Midgham and will include prayers for all the Benefice. All welcome.

Weekly Benefice Prayers

This 30-minute service, which includes the readings for the coming Sunday, a Psalm, and intercessions, takes place every Thursday at 11:30 and moves around the Benefice as follows:

  Aldermaston: September, October, November 2016
  Woolhampton: December 2016, January, February 2017
  Aldermaston: March, April, May 2017
  Beenham: June, July, August 2017

All welcome.

Bell ringing

bell ringing activities

St Mary's Aldermaston: Every Thursday at 8:00 pm (except Holy Week)

We are a friendly band with various numbers of years of ringing behind us – you will be most welcome to come along.

St Mary's Beenham: Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm

Please feel free to join us any Tuesday night to learn more about bell ringing. For further info Tel 0118 971 4446.





An important announcement:

After nearly seven years, Becky, our Rector, is moving on. She has been offered and has accepted the post of Vicar of St George and St John Newbury. Whilst she will leave us with a touch of sadness in our hearts it is also with all our best wishes for the future journey ahead of her.

Becky’s final service here will be a Benefice Communion at 3:00pm on Sunday 30 July in St Mary’s Church, Aldermaston. This will be followed by a “send-off” celebration in Aldermaston CofE Primary School. Everyone welcome. Should you wish to make a donation to Becky’s leaving present please contact your local churchwarden. Their details can be found at the back of the magazine or at the foot of each church’s page on the website.

As we all prepare for this forthcoming change do hold Becky, Phil and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they gear up for this new chapter in their lives.