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

serving the community


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Daily Prayer

the prayer

Just as communication is important in any relationship, prayer is a central ingredient of our relationship with God.

But how to do it?

Primarily prayer is like any good conversation where there’s a time to speak and a time to listen. Sometimes we forget that dialogue is preferable, more constructive and helpful in understanding than monotonous monologue can ever be.

It is said that seven days without prayer makes one weak!

So don’t worry about it – just have a go! Here are some links to various resources and online prayer sites that may be helpful:


The Loddon Reach Magazine

Regrettably due to the Covid 19 virus and the current 'lock down ' we are unable to deliver the April issue of the magazine to your door. However, copies have been left in the porches of St. Marys Shinfield, All Saints Swallowfield, St Marys Beech Hill and the Co-Op Shinfield for those who are able to pick up a copy while on their exercise walk. If the supply runs out please leave a message on Facebook and we will endeavour to relenish.

The April issue can also be accessed on this website by accessing the pdf copy through magazine in the menu at the top of this page.

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:


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.