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Forthcoming Events

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

Christmas Fair and Fun

Saturday 17 November at 2pm to 4pm at St Johns

Stalls include homemade cakes and preserves, tombola, toys, jewellery and books. There will be a raffle and you can relax afterwards with a cup of tea or coffee. There will be games and craft activities for all the family in Caversham Hall nearby. Admission is free.

Advent Carols

Sunday 2 December at 6.30pm at St Peters

We begin the season of Advent.

Christmas Market

Saturday 8 December from 10am to 12.30pm at St Peters

This year we will be supporting the Indonesia Tsunami Appeal. There is now a ‘sign up’ sheet at the back of church for help needed to man stalls etc. Please could you look out for small prizes for children, new and nearly new (£1-2) and also for adults for the Raffle and Tombola.


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. Starting at Caversham Baptist Church, we will sing carols as we travel. Come in costume if you wish! The journey ends at St Johns Chruch with refreshments.

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.