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Forthcoming Events

The Parish Calendar lists the services and events at all three churches.


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The three churches in our parish will be celebrating Christmas in a variety of ways this year: with formal and informal services, but ones which are welcoming of all people. Please do join us as we celebrate God becoming one of us as the Light of the World.

Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 11 December at 6.30pm at St Margarets

A service for everyone as we fill this ancient church with candlelight, and sing carols of joy and peace.

Carol service

Wednesday 14 December at 7.30pm at St Johns

A traditional service of Bible readings, carols for all, and choir pieces, followed by seasonal refreshments.


Sunday 18 December at 4pm at St Johns

The Christmas story retold with oranges, ribbons, sweets, candles, and carols. Suitable for all ages, with refreshments afterwards. In aid of The Children’s Society.

Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday 18 December at 6.30pm at St Peters

The best way to start the Christmas festivities with our traditional service of Bible readings, carols and other choral music, led by our church choir.

Carols at Caversham Court

Monday 19 December at 7.30pm at Caversham Court

The Caversham community gathers for this outdoor celebration of carols at Caversham Court Gardens (or in St Peter’s nearby, if wet)

Christingle Services

Christmas Eve at 3pm and 4.30pm at St Peters

Two services exactly the same, telling the Christmas story for all the family. Come to sing and be prepared to get involved! The doors open half an hour before the services start.

Christmas Eve at 4pm at St Margarets

The centuries-old tradition of telling the Christmas story to children with oranges and sweets, and singing some of the most-beloved Christmas carols.

Nativity Live!

Christmas Eve at 4.00pm starting at Caversham Baptist Church

Come and be part of the drama of Christmas. We will start from the Baptist Church, Prospect Street, then journey with Mary and Joseph and live donkeys, singing carols and meeting shepherds, sheep, angels and wise men on the way. We will end with a Nativity scene at St John’s. Do come in costume if you would like to. Refreshments afterwards.

Please note: all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Midnight Mass

Christmas Eve at 11.30pm at all three churches

The start of Christmas itself. Come and celebrate the coming of Christ on this most holy of nights, at a service of Holy Communion with well-known carols.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day at 8.00am at St Peters

Holy Communion: Using the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer.

Christmas Day at 9.30am at St Johns

All age Communion: A shorter Christmas communion service for all, followed by tea/coffee and Christmas cake!

Christmas Day at 9.30am at St Peters

Christmas Communion: A celebration for all the family – bring your presents, and come to receive the gift of Christ

Christmas Day at 11.15am at St Margarets

Christmas Communion: A celebration of Christmas for all ages.

Combined Worship

Sunday 1 January at 9.30am at St Peters

The three congregations join for a communion service at St Peters. This will be the only service in the parish today.

Winter Ramble

Sunday 8 January at 2pm starting at St Peters

The next Sporadic ramble will take place this afternoon. Start the New Year as you mean to go on with some fresh air, exercise and conversation with friends. The Winter Ramble will leave St Peters and traverse fields and woodland to reach The Packhorse where seasonal refreshments will be provided.

St Peter’s Occasional Rambles And Dawdles In the Countryside