Good news for the South Newbury benefice

The Pastoral Scheme to transfer the parish of St Michael and All Angels Enborne into this benefice was made by the Church Commissioners on 29th April 2024 and came into effect on 1st May. The official name of the new benefice is The Benefice of South Newbury Saint George, Saint John and Saint Michael. This will celebrated with a joint service and party on Sunday 29th September (the Feast of St Michael and All Angels) – be sure to put the date in your diary.

Tiddlers & Toddlers Group Leader vacancy

Join the team!

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person who is well organised and proactive to lead our team of volunteers delivering a popular and well-established toddler group at St George’s Church, Wash Common, Newbury.

This is a paid 4 hours per week role, term time only, on Wednesday mornings, 9am-12pm and an extra paid hour for preparation.

If you enjoy working with young families and have experience of toddler groups and know their value in community life, then find out more about this vacancy by clicking HERE  where you can read the full job description and information about how to apply.

Deadline for applications is 13th May 2024

Children and Families Worker Vacancy

St George’s Church is seeking to appoint a Children’s and Families Worker from September 2024. This is an exciting role to communicate and build relationships with families and their children, both within the church and in the wider community.

Full details of the role and how to apply are available by clicking here.

Café communion at St George’s

Starting on Thursday, 11th April, there will be a short communion service at St George’s Church, Wash Common at 12 noon each Thursday, followed by the opportunity to bring and share a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided. The service will take place in the café area in church and all are welcome.

The Monday Meet – talk and wine tasting by All Angels Vineyard

Monday, 18 March 2024, The Monday Meet at The Bowler’s Arms (7.30pm for 8pm start) will feature Mark Darley from All Angels Vineyard coming to talk about the vineyard and lead a wine tasting session. The cost of the evening will £5, payable in cash on the door, to cover the cost of the wines. Please let Craig Brown know if you plan to attend. And in case you were wondering about the location of All Angels Vineyard – it’s right next door to St Michael and All Angels Church, the newest addition to the South Newbury Benefice! Full details about the event and the wines that we’ll be tasting can be found on the following link:

Let there be light!

St George’s Church is undergoing a major refit of the lighting system. Moving from halogen lights that were increasingly failing, to environmentally-friendly LED lights that will last longer, and return the church to brightness. The church building is closed for two weeks while the work is done, but all mid-week activities will continue in the meeting room on the south side of the building, including the Welcome Café which will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Services on Sunday will take place in St George’s Hall and we will return to the church for Palm Sunday on 24th March. Grateful thanks to all those who have so generously donated to allow this vital work to be done.

The church emptied to allow the work to be done.

Night prayer during Lent

There will be evening services held across the South Newbury benefice this Lent, all beginning at 7.30pm and starting on Tuesday 27th February at St George’s, Wash Common. The following Tuesday 5th March will be at St John’s, Newbury and then St Michael’s, Enborne on 12th March. These services offer an opportunity to come together in this season of Lent for quiet, reflective worship using the ancient and beautiful structure of Compline (Night Prayer).

Lent lunches at St George’s

Come along for a bowl of homemade soup and bread. Followed by an informal eucharist for those who wish to stay. All welcome – no need to book.

Donations are invited to support the work of Christian Aid.

Choral workshop at St George’s Church

On Saturday 2nd March there will be a workshop at St George’s Church titled ‘How to get the most out of your singing voice’ with renowned tenor Jeff Stewart. The day runs from 10am to 5pm (latest) and the cost is £25/head (£15 for under 18s). For more details contact St George’s Church Office on 01635 41249 or by email at

Benefice Quiet Day

The South Newbury benefice is holding a Quiet Day on Saturday 3rd February in the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Convent, Wantage, led by Bishop Andrew Proud. For full details or to book a place, see the posters below or contact the church office at or 01635 41249.