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Thank you, Mike

As the country slowly comes out of lockdown, the St Peter’s congregation were given the opportunity to thank Mike for his leadership and support during the pandemic. This picture showing some of the messages was presented to him at a recent online church forum. Mike expressed his thanks for this and the full texts of all the messages which he also received. He added that this week is the 25th anniversary of his becoming a priest, and this is a really touching gesture to mark the occasion.Click on the image to see a larger version Read more...

Christmas Market report

St Peter, Caversham
In December 2020, volunteers at St Peters ran an online version of the annual Christmas market. The final total raised for the St Peter's re-ordering fund was £645 - thank you for everyone who took part. Read more...

Online Covid Christmas Market

St Peter, Caversham
Here is a small offering of some exciting homegrown products that are available for Christmas. All proceeds will go to the St Peters Reordering Fund. Read more...

Everyone’s invited to be a carol singer this Christmas Eve

"What will happen at Christmas?" the churches wondered: what could they offer the people of Caversham with all the Covid-19 constraints? Only a few, mostly online, services would be possible. So, Churches Together in Caversham, 13 churches of various denominations, hatched a plan to put Christ not just into Christmas but into every home and to invite every home to come out and sing."We are producing a Christmas card that we are sending to every house in Caversham (16,000 addresses in the RG4 postcode area)", said the Rev Andy Storch, curate at St John the Baptist Church... Read more...

Ordination of Andrew Storch

On the afternoon of Saturday 19 September 2020, our curate Andy Storch was ordained priest in a service at Reading Minster led by Bishop Olivia. The service had been postponed from June, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and restrictions were in place at the service – social distancing, face coverings, and copious amounts of gel!Nevertheless it was an intimate and moving ceremony as three deacons (Andy, Amy Cavender and Julie Howell) were presented to Bishop Olivia, and declared their intentions to pray, lead God’s people, proclaim the gospel and minister the sacraments, and fashion their lives according to... Read more...

Caversham churches share stories in Voices of Colour

Members of many church denominations in Caversham joined together on Monday, July 20, via Zoom, to listen to the stories of black, Asian and minority ethnic residents of Caversham in response to recent demonstrations after the death of George Floyd in the USA and other racial attacks and incidents.Bishop Headley Gayle, pastor of the New Testament Church of God, brought together more than 60 people from Caversham churches and beyond. They were joined by the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading.They heard stories of lives encompassing journeys from Jamaica, Barbados, Nigeria and India to Caversham. Some included... Read more...

St Margaret’s re-opening for private prayer

St Margaret, Mapledurham
We are delighted to be able to say that St Margarets reopens for private prayer on Monday 6 July. The aim is to be open daily 10am to 5pm, but with a later opening time of 1pm on Sundays. Visitors are asked to follow the safety measures in place to avoid danger of infection. Read more...

Church Fete cancelled but worship grows online

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, there will, sadly, be no Caversham Church Fete this year. On the plus side, the organisers, Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham Parish say they stand ready to help Caversham celebrate when life returns to normal and, meanwhile, are providing a variety of ways to worship online.This is the first time the Caversham Church Fete, sponsored by Walmsley Estate Agents, has been cancelled.“We have kept the fete under constant review in line with the coronavirus advice,” the fete committee told its supporters. “As you will understand, we could not hold a major public event... Read more...

Pentecost

For Pentecost, 2020, Churches Together in Caversham were planning to hold a combined service and picnic in a local park. Thanks to the Corvid-19 outbreak, that was not possible.Instead, the video experts at Caversham Baptist Church put together a 40-minute service with contributions from the different churches. Read more...