Regular activities and groups
(26 February – 11 March 2018)
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 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, 9th March at The Six Bells, Beenham. Please note: Walk and Talk is now on the 2nd Friday of the month.
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.
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.
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:
Dwelling in the Word
A chance to simply listen to a passage from the Bible, in quiet and peaceful contemplation
Please note the change of week and place
14th March and 11th April
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.
(26 February – 11 March 2018)
Chat, play, singing and a Bible story!
ALDERMASTON PARISH HALL
10:00AM – 11:00AM
ST MATTHEW’S CAFÉ
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:1st March and 5th April
For more information or if you need transport :
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:
|Aldermaston:||March, April, May|
|Beenham:||June, July, August|
|Brimpton:||September, October, November|
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.
UPCOMING BENEFICE EVENTS
FOR PARISH EVENTS SEE CHURCH PAGES
Special Church Services in the Benefice for
Holy Week starts on Sunday 25th March with:
Palm Sunday. Special services in four of our churches. Please see Weekly Notes from Sunday 18th March for details.
Monday 26th, 7.30pm at St Peter’s Woolhampton
Tuesday 27th, 7.30pm at St Peter’s Brimpton
Wednesday 28th, 7.30pm at St Mary’s Beenham
Maundy Thursday 29th, 7.30pm at St Matthew's Midgham
Holy Communion with Taizé music
Good Friday 30th, 2pm at St Nicholas' Wasing
A Devotional service with Bishop Andrew
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.
GOOD FRIDAY ‘MESSY CHURCH’ FOR CHILDREN
On FRIDAY 30th March 10.00 – 11.30am
- Crafts and activities to make and do
- Help make and plant an Easter garden
- Songs and the Easter story
- Hot-cross buns
This year's Good Friday Messy Church will once again be held at Aldermaston Parish Hall. Come and join us for crafts and activities to explore the Easter story. Suitable for all ages; children please bring an adult.