The East Downland Benefice includes nine churches in the Downland north of Newbury, which are part of the Newbury Deanery in the Church of England Diocese of Oxford.

What's Different!
Cafe Church takes a break in August so our next United Benefice Cafe Church  takes place on Sunday 17th September at 11am in St Mary's Church, Chieveley. Come at 10.45am for coffee beforehand. 
And have a look at the Saints Alive file on the Benefice Calendar page.  Find out when Saints' Days fall and a bit about each one.

And Regularly!
Enjoy a peaceful oasis in the middle of the week - come to Wednesday Holy Communion in Chieveley at 11am. Everyone welcome, wherever you live.

Tea and Toast
is a drop-in at Chieveley, first thing on a Friday morning 
during term-time. 8.45 to 10.30am.  Tea, coffee, toast and cakes, toys for pre-school children and a chance to chat.  Everyone welcome, however young at heart you are. 
Easter at Tea and Toast

Easter at Tea and Toast

Receiving Easter egg donations from the Rotary Club of Pangbourne and the Thames Vale Vultures Motorcycle Owners Club.  Thank you so much.

w at West Ilsley church: a church cafe now on the second Sunday of each month from 10-11am.  Free drinks and cakes with donations to the chosen monthly charity.  January was a huge success and raised a wonderful sum for the Children's Society.
Open to all people from across the benefice and their friends and families.

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East Downland churches

 The Benefice Office is now open for business!!There is still some work to complete so for the moment we will continue to man it twice a week, usually Thursday and Friday mornings. A huge thank you to the small band of people who have worked tirelessly every spare moment on it over the past 3 months  for it to be ready. In due course we aim to staff it with volunteers for five mornings a week. Please note our new telephone number is 07957 458107.







Our Mission Prayer

God of new beginnings, we pray that you will transform your church as you renew us by your love. Give us vision for the journey that we may travel light and live increasingly by faith. Inspire, enliven and empower us, so that along the Way we may be sustained by the life of Christ in ourselves, in one another and in the world. Amen