Church of England Diocese of Oxford St. John the Evangelist, Reading

About Us

We are an engaged, forward thinking, friendly and diverse church, valuing good preaching and the weekly Sacrament. We love to explore about how our faith plays out in real life. Many of us attend house groups, where what we heard on Sunday is further discussed. We value honesty and informality in our life together, but also desire to go deeper with God in our Sunday worship and in our devotional life. We are an Eco Church and socially engaged. We are also serious about keeping action and contemplation in balance.

We are on the east side of Reading - one mile away from the centre, in the middle of mixed housing, with offices, shops, main roads, railways and a canal. In the late 1970’s two closely linked parish churches, St John’s and St Stephen’s, joined with the local Church of England primary school to become the Parish Centre. St Stephen’s church was demolished and St John’s has been taken over by the Polish Roman Catholic community.

The parish is in an urban priority area and has about 2,800 flats and houses in 3 main areas.

Accommodation is increasing in the parish with some new flats and a large housing development.

Visitors are most welcome to join us on any Sunday; at present the Cafe is closed due to Corona restrictions.

We are presently discerning God's way forward for us as we emerge from the pandemic and re-think some aspects of our mission and ministry accordingly. Anyone can expect a warm welcome on a Sunday morning. Booking via the office phone number will be necessary until all the Covid restrictions are lifted.