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 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. Next ones: 6th September and 4th October.

Communion Service – a quiet service at Watermill Court at 3.30pm on the third Wednesday of every month followed by tea and cake. Next ones: 16th October and 21st November. Phone Pat Bhutta (see below) for details of venue.

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:

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Dwelling in the Word

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

12th September and 17th October

at 2:00pm for less than an hour

at Kiln House, 22a The Street, Aldermaston, RG7 4LN

No need to book, just turn up

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

Come and join us for
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A way of being church but not as you know it: Fun, crafts, story, celebration time and refreshments
Date 22nd September
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,
Chat, play, singing and a Bible story!
We warmly invite you to come along to our group for babies, toddlers and their carers.
5th October, 2nd November, 7th December

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Do come and join us on the first Thursday of the month for tea and cakes, chat and a story.

 PLACE: St Matthew’s Church, Midgham

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

Next dates: 1st November and 6th December (with carols)

For more information or if you need transport :

Tel: Pat Bhutta 0118 971 0124 email:

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.

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.

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.

Events in and around the Benefice

Benefice Bible Study Course for Advent

We are running a short course of 3 sessions in November using material from our Bishop, Steven Croft, on the letter to the Colossians. A chance to explore together in friendly informal groups this letter of thanksgiving, prayer and what it has to tell us about being Christ’s church in 2018.

The courses will take place in the evening or the day in two venues as follows:

Tuesday – 6th, 20th and 27th November at 7.30pm
at The Rectory, Wasing Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4LX

Friday – 16th, 23rd and 30th November at 2.00pm
at 1 Church Lane, Brimpton, RG7 4TJ

Everyone welcome - No need to book – just turn up

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Messy Church comes to Beenham!

Saturday 1st December

Victory Hall, RG7 5NT

Messy Church is a way of exploring a Bible story through crafts and activities, hearing a story and sharing food and drink together.

All welcome, suitable for all ages, children please bring a grownup.

And on Sunday 2nd December, join us at 4pm for the Christingle Service at Beenham Church.

For more details contact our children’s worker, Cara Smart on 0118 981 1885 or

Beetle Drive

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Saturday 17th November

6.30pm till 10.00pm

Aldermaston Parish Hall

Fun family-friendly evening playing the traditional Beetle Drive Game

2-course Supper – Cash Bar - Raffle

£10 per person

For tickets contact Cathy Jones email:
Or mobile: 07853 065387
Funds raised to go to Aldermaston and Wasing churches

Remembrance Service

including 2 minutes’ silence


Sunday 11th November

Meet at the WAR MEMORIAL 10.45 a.m.

Refreshments in church after the service

candles and crossA time to Remember

a special service to commemorate loved ones who have died

Sunday 28th October, at 4pm

This is an opportunity to gather together in church, to light a candle for those we want to commemorate, to offer prayers and to give thanks for the lives of the departed. For all who would value a special time to remember a loved one whether connected to St Mary’s Aldermaston or not.

The service of less than an hour will be followed by refreshments for those who wish to stay.


This year's quiz, in aid of St Peter’s Church, will take place from 7:00pm on Friday 16th November in the village hall. Previous year’s events have been a great success and oversubscribed so it would be a good idea to get your teams (up to 6 in a team) together as soon as possible.

There will be a licensed bar and tickets at £10 each, which includes a ploughman’s supper, need to be purchased in advance. They are available from:- David Nicholls 01635 874088; Gillian Sitch 0118 971 3172 or Charles Davison 0118 971 2810

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
17th October and 21st November

Up the hill from the Coach and Horses pub