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World Day of Prayer

Come – Everything is Ready! (prepared by Christian women of Solvenia)

At St Matthew’s Church, Midgham, Friday 1st March 2019 at 2pm
At the heart of the service is an open invitation for all to come to God’s table, ‘Come – everything is ready!’
Please do come. There will be refreshments after the service


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: 7th February, 7th March, 4th April.

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: 20th February. Phone Jane Manley (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 Jane Manley; tel: 0118 971 2891; mail:

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 - Revd Jane Manley; tel: 0118 971 2891; email:

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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

February 20th, March 13th and April 10th

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
Messy Church
A way of being church but not as you know it: Fun, crafts, story, celebration time and refreshments
Date: Watch out for our 2019 dates
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.
1st February& 1st March

tea and cake 

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: 7th February, 7th March

For more information or if you need transport :

Tel: Pat Bhutta 0118 971 0124 email:

Time to Pray

This 30-minute service, which includes prayers for the day and intercessions, takes place on every Thursday – except second Thursdays – at 9.30 at The Recory in Aldermaston, followed by coffee.

Monthly Benefice Communion

This short, quiet service of Holy Communion (without hymns) takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 9.30 am at St Matthew’s Church, Midgham and will include prayers for all the Benefice. 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.

Events in and around the Benefice


Burns Supper

Friday 25th January 2019

7.30pm to Midnight

The Old Mill at Aldermaston

4 Course Meal, Bar, Entertainment & Raffle

Dress code – Smart – Tartan Optional

Tickets £35 per person

To purchase tickets please contact Cathy Jones 07853 065387

Proceeds to Aldermaston & Wasing churches

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Songs of Praise

3.30pm, 27th January 2018

St Matthew's, Midgham

pat bhutta

Time to sing some of your favourite hymns and say good bye to Pat, giving thanks to God for all she has done and given to our benefice.

Please stay for tea and cake after the service.


Do come to our


Coffee and Cake

on Wednesday 23rd January

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Place: St Peter’s Church, Brimpton

Purpose: to discuss how our newly refurbished church can be used to benefit the whole community

For more information about the project, please click here:

Brimpton Fête, 29th June 2019

Calling all knitters

There will be a stall for knitted Teddy Bears, and we need as many different knitted bears as possible!

If you have odds and ends of wool in your bottom drawer and wonder what to do with them, here is the answer. Get out your needles and knit a Bear for Brimpton.

If you like, you can download and use the basic pattern here, but feel free to use your imagination to create exotic bears, ballet bears, football bears… anything that takes your fancy.

There will be information in the New Year about how to donate your bears, but in the mean time, please start knitting. Every bear will be welcome.

© 2019 Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton
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