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Forthcoming Events

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


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.


Sunday 16 December at 4pm at St Johns

The Christmas story retold with oranges, ribbons, sweets, candles and carols. Suitable for all ages, with refreshments afterwards.

Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 16 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.

Carols at Caversham Court

Monday 17 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)

Carol service

Wednesday 19 December at 7.30pm at St Johns

A traditional service of Bible readings, carols and choir pieces, followed by tea/coffee and seasonal refreshments.

Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday 23 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.

Christingle Services

Christmas Eve 24 December at 3pm and 4.30pm at St Peters

A service, held twice due to popular demand, 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 24 December 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 24 December at 4.00pm in Lower Caversham

Come and be part of the drama of Christmas as we journey with Mary and Joseph and live donkeys, meeting shepherds, live sheep, angels and wise men on our way from Caversham Baptist Church, via Caversham Methodist Church to St Johns Church along Gosbrook Road. We will sing carols as we travel and end with a Nativity scene. Come in costume if you wish! Refreshments follow.

Midnight Mass

Christmas Eve 24 December 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 25 December at 8.00am at St Peters

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

Christmas Day 25 December 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 25 December at 9.30am at St Peters

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

Christmas Day 25 December at 11.15am at St Margarets

Christmas Communion: A celebration of Christmas for all ages.

Combined Worship

Sunday 30 December at 11.15am at St Margarets

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

Trip to Bath

Saturday 2 February at 3.30pm at Bath Abbey

St Peter’s Choir will be singing Evensong at Bath Abbey. Members of the congregation and friends are invited to travel with them for a day out. The likely cost for the coach journey will be approximately £15, leaving from St Peter’s at about 10.30pm and returning at about 7.30pm. If you are interested, please contact Ian Westley, either directly or via the parish office.