Regular activities and groups

(26 February – 11 March 2018)
Join us in Aldermaston Parish Hall from 10 – 11am on Friday, 2nd March, for a Fairtrade Noah's Ark, where we will have a variety of Fairtrade snacks and drinks, information and games, as well as our usual activities (see below).

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 is closed for the cold winter months of January and February but will be back on 1st March. The café is 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.

Walk and talk – this group meets on the third Friday of the month at 12.00 noon for a short walk ending with a drink together at the Pub.  Next meeting Friday, 16th February at The Six Bells, Beenham.

Dear Dementia: “its time I found out more about you”

Would you like to find out more about what it is like to live with dementia and how you can help someone with dementia?

dimentia friendsCome to a Dementia Friends Information Session.
Date – Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Time – 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm
Place – The Victory Hall, Picklepythe Lane, Beenham, RG7 5NT

For more information contact Revd Pat Bhutta.

Communion Service – a quiet service at Watermill Court at 3.30pm on the third Wednesday of every month followed by tea and cake. Next one, 21st February. 

Prayer – A small and completely confidential group meets every month to hold those in need in prayer. If there is someone or something you would like us to support through prayer, do let us know

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

Benefice Pastoral Team

Winter with its short days and long dark nights can be time we all need more love and support. The Benefice has a pastoral team made up of both lay and clergy members from our villages who have particular gifts and have also received training in pastoral work.

If you, or someone you care for, would like one of the team to visit, either to receive a home communion or simple chat, please do get in touch with our Pastoral Care Co-ordinator, details below, who will find the best person for you.

Benefice Pastoral Care Co-ordinator -  Rev. Pat Bhutta – 0118 971 0124 –

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The Bishop of Oxford is asking all churches to work towards a common vision of following the way of Christ by becoming more Contemplative, Compassionate and Courageous.

Our churches offer the following time to be still and discover the joy and depth of contemplation:

a dwelling in the word

Dwelling in the Word

A chance to simply listen to a passage from the Bible, in quiet and peaceful contemplation

21st February and 21st March 2018

at 2:00pm for less than an hour

No need to book, just turn up

at The Vicarage, Birds Lane, Midgham, RG7 5UL

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

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 Cara Smart,
(26 February – 11 March 2018)
Join us in Aldermaston Parish Hall from 10 – 11am on Friday, 2nd March, for a Fairtrade Noah's Ark, where we will have a variety of Fairtrade snacks and drinks, information and games, as well as our usual activities (see below).
Chat, play, singing and a Bible story!
We warmly invite 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

Next dates:
7th December – when we will be celebrating the Christmas season with mince pies and carols – and 1st March 2018

Please note: there is NO café church in January or February.

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 second Thursday of each month at 11.30am at St Matthew’s Church, Midgham and will include prayers for all the Benefice. All welcome. Please note the change to the second Thursday from 2018.

Weekly Benefice Prayers

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

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

All welcome.

Bell ringing

bell ringing activities

St Mary's Aldermaston: Every Thursday at 8:00pm (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 8:00pm

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





Benefice Lent Course

A way through the wilderness:
Experiencing God's help in times of difficulty

We are running a short course of 5 weekly sessions this Lent starting on Wednesday 21st February. The course will run in Aldermaston in the evening and Woolhampton during the day. We will explore God’s promise to comfort us when we struggle though life’s wildernesses.

Wednesday @ 19.30 at Kiln House, The Street, Aldermaston

Friday @ 14.30 at 5 Orchard Close, Woolhampton

Everyone welcome – no need to book

For more information do contact Revd. Pat Bhutta (0118 971 0124) or just come along to one of the sessions to find out more.