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A rural walk within urban Reading

By John Cooke - Last updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A small but select band met up outside in the shade next to the minster church at St Mary’s Butts central Reading. Had we been transported 500 years ago rather than walking we would likely have been practicing our archery (pictured) on this site. The select band ignored the retail temptations as we passed through […]

Sermons on the Beatitudes

By John Cooke - Last updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

In the eight weeks after Trinity this year we will be focusing our attention on a few verses at the beginning of Matthew chapter 5. Commonly known as the Beatitudes, these are sayings of Jesus to his disciples at the start of his ministry with them. Artwork by members of the St Peters Sunday Club […]

Spring Ramble with Tulips

By John Cooke - Last updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

The most stunning display of tulips and other garden delights awaited us at the end of the Spring Ramble. Richard and Chris Bisgrove have produced the most beautiful garden and a hush fell upon the walkers as they contemplated the scene. The route from St Peter’s, led by Chris, took us along paths and bridleways […]

Children and Families Outreach Worker

By John Cooke - Last updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018

The closing date for applications has now passed. Do you have a passion to see children growing in their understanding and love for God, and a heart to reach out to families who don’t yet know God’s love in their lives? Are you imaginative, creative and excited about building community and developing new ways to […]

2018 Sunrise Service

By John Cooke - Last updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On April 1 about 50 April fools for Christ gathered around a warming fire in Caversham Court at 6am for the start of the Easter Liturgy, including music and readings. Having watched the sun rise the congregation entered a still dark St Peter’s with the newly-lit Paschal Candle. There we lit the church and concluded […]

Two donkeys and a bishop

By John Cooke - Last updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

On Palm Sunday, 2018, more than 150 people and six dogs joined donkeys Buffy and Solomon as they walked with the Bishop of Reading, Andrew Proud. The journey began at St Margaret’s Mapledurham, and continued via St Peter’s Caversham, Caversham Court and Christchurch Meadows all the way to St John the Baptist, Gosbrook Road. There […]

2018 Electoral Roll Revision

By John Cooke - Last updated: Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Parish Electoral Roll is open for revision until Saturday 24 March 2018. Forms are available in all churches or can be downloaded from here. You will find a copy of the current roll on a noticeboard in your church or church porch. Please ask a churchwarden if you cannot find it. If your name […]

The way of Christ leads across the river

By John Cooke - Last updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A new crossing over the River Thames lived up to its name as the Bishop of Reading, Andrew Proud, led a transfer of worshippers across Christchurch Bridge from Reading to Caversham. The group of 15, from Greyfriars in the town centre, have joined the evolving community at St John the Baptist, Lower Caversham. “They have […]

Winter Ramble

By John Cooke - Last updated: Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Winter Ramble’s route took us past the mistletoe in Caversham Court, over Caversham Bridge (pausing to read the plaque on St Anne’s Chapel set into the wall) and along the south side of the Thames. We crossed at the exciting surging Caversham Lock and explored the nature reserve on View Island before returning along […]

2017 Christmas Market

By John Cooke - Last updated: Monday, January 1, 2018

The Christmas Market in 2017 raised £3,120.59 for the Myanmar refugees which will be sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which covers 13 charities including Christian Aid and Tearfund. It was a very happy occasion with wonderful homemade goods, games to play and seasonal refreshments and was great fun. A tremendous effort by all […]