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The churches of Beech Hill, Shinfield, Spencers Wood & Swallowfield serving the community
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The churches of  Beech Hill,  Shinfield,  Spencers Wood  &  Swallowfield serving the community
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The churches of
Beech Hill,
Shinfield,
Spencers Wood
& Swallowfield

serving the community

 Church Services from 4th April 2021

All Saints, Swallowfield
Booking will not normally be required
• 1st Sunday, 10.30am, “First Sunday” service, informal worship, often lay-led.
• 2nd and 4th Sunday, 8am, Book of Common Prayer, traditional communion
• 3rd Sunday, 10.30am, Common Worship, Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Shinfield
Booking required via the Benefice office email: or phone: 0118 988 5923, Mon-Thu, 9am-1pm
• 1st & 3rd Sunday, 8:00am Book of Common Prayer Communion
• Weekly 10.00am Family worship & craft via Zoom
• 2nd and 4th Sunday, 11am Holy Communion, with the option to attend via Zoom

St Mary the Virgin, Beech Hill
• 9.30am Sunday CW, Holy Communion

St Michael & All Angels, Spencers Wood
• 10.30am Weekly Morning Praise with the option to attend via Zoom

Benefice Newsletter

The 64th Newsletter for Sunday 6th June 2021 follow this here

june 5th concert

Zoom Coffee Lounge - will be open each Friday between 11.00am – 12.00noon for anyone who would like company, fellowship or someone to talk to

please click here

Resources

10.00am Sunday worship from the Oxford Diocese


9.00am Sunday worship from the Church of England


There's Diocesan Worship on Sundays and Holy Days on 01865 920930. You need to dial 0 for the short service or 1 for the full Church at Home
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

For anyone caring for someone in a care home or elsewhere, please click here for Visual Prayers at the bedside.
If anyone wishes to follow a liturgy for a funeral service they are unable to attend please click here

Reflections from Bishop Steven

Bishop Steven podcast - Come and Eat - The Exhausted Prophet

                                    - Come and Eat - The Bread of Life                         

                                     – Draw near with Faith

 

Prayer Resources


Daily prayer online


Daily prayer app Apple or Android


Lectio365 daily devotional prayer app Apple or Android

Pray as you Go daily reflections app Apple or Android

Archbishop Stephen Cottrell -daily prayer reflections - Prayer - where to start and how to keep going

Bible app on your phone, click here or the Bible in one year are some examples

 

Wellbeing


Family life during lockdown This helpful guide has been put together by a range of agencies including the local NHS, local authorities and the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership

Church of England supporting good Mental Health

 

Soul time Christian meditation & Mindfulness app for Apple or Android

3 minute retreat app Apple or Android or online

Sacred space online or Apple or Android

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time as we come together to work out how to do things differently but still staying connected.

 

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Prayer Request SOS

Let us know if you would like us to keep someone in our prayers. Please contact any of the ministers (see contact details) or send an email to the Benefice office where Karen (our administration officer) will contact the relevant minister in complete confidentiality:

In happy moments, praise God
In difficult moments, seek God
In quiet moments, worship God
In painful moments, trust God
In every moment, thank God. 

Exploring Christianity

There are many ways to explore Christianity, but perhaps the best way is to simply come along to church. Here you will find a group of people who haven’t got all the answers, but are seeking after God and discovering together the joys and challenges of the journey of life and faith.

Study groups can also be helpful and we hold these regularly in the Benefice. We will advertise the next course in ‘Activities & Events’ page and also on the Benefice Calendar, so please do feel welcome to join us.

The following links to other websites provide information about the Christian faith:

At Loddon Reach Benefice we are exploring Christianity with the help of the Pilgrim Course:

pilgrimcourse

What is Pilgrim?

Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.

Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers.

Pilgrim is comprised of two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.

The dates of the next course will be advertised on our ‘Activities & Events’ page and also on the Benefice Calendar.

Beech Hill Bible study group

On Thursday mornings there is a Bible study group in the village – please contact Penelope Carter, tel 0118 988 3714 for more information.

St Michael's Library

A Christian library is available upstairs in the gallery for your use.