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Each week a printed notice sheet is available at services and afterwards in the rack in the halls entrance.
This is also available electronically to church members.
Some of the more important and interesting items are reported on this page.

*Church Charity Project 2014

It was decided that our Church Charity Project for 2014 is Mercy Ships.   Church Project Flyer (PDF).
At the morning service on 23rd February the congregation were shown Mercy Ships "Love Is" video.
The first fund raising event was the Pancake Evening on 4th March which raised £226.

The next events are "To Jerusalem" and Countdown in Reading.

*New Methodist Circuit

It has been announced that the Reading and Silchester Citcuit is merging with the Basingstoke Circuit from September 2014. The new name, decided by popular vote, is the Basingstoke and Reading Circuit.

*Church Charity Project 2013

It was decided that our Church Charity Project for 2013 should be the Reading Branch of The Samaritans. The first major event supporting this was Pancake Day from 17:30 to 19:30 on Tuesday 12th February 2013 in the Lower Hall. This raised £215. The Spring Fair on Saturday 11th May 2013, with the usual variety of stalls and entertainment, raised over £1000. The total raised was nearly £4200 and was presented to a a representative from the Samaritans at the morning service on 23rd February 2014.

Woodley Sheep Trail

The Woodley Sheep Trail was back for a second season and children had to find the woolly sheep lost in ten Woodley shops. Amongst those to be found were Angus in Boots, Theo in Robert Dyas, Bert in Cargo, Michael in Chapter One, Rambo in Fabric Warehouse and Alan Shearer in Oxfam Books.

Christmas Concert

On Saturday 7th December Christ Church hosted a concert by the Reading Spring Grdens Band, a brass band who rehearse in our halls on a Thursday evening. The played a variety of tunes, with a loose Christmas connection. Also singing with them were the choir for St. Joseph's College and pupils of the College also perfomed excerpts from their 2014 drama production. The event raised £472.40 for the church charity project (Reading Samaritans).

Rob Wilson

Woodley Poverty Forum

The first session of the Forum, "Truth and Lies about Poverty", was on Thursday 5th September. The debate continued at the second session, "Experiencing Poverty", on Thursday 3rd October. The final session on Thursday 7th November was "What can we do about poverty?", a "Question Time" panel session. On the panel were Rob Wilson MP for Reading East and the representatives of various charities. They successfully fielded questions from a keen audience of some 60 local people.

Space Academy

Holiday Bible Club 2013 - Space Academy

It ran from 5th until 9th August from 10:00 to 12:30, as usual, and was free for about 70 children, aged 5 to 10, who enjoyed games, art, crafts, cookery, stories, jokes, puppets and music. It was called "Space Academy", based on material from Scripture Union on the story of Daniel.


From 22nd July 2013 Christ Church Woodley (Methodist & United Reformed Church) is its own separate charity, number 1152991. This has been done in line with current legislation regarding large churches. Formerly we operated under the registration of The Methodist Church (1132208).

Monthly Quiz

The Monthly Quiz alternates between daytime and evening sessions, where possible. The first, held on the afternoon of 25th April involved recognising faces of famous people and The next quiz, on the evening of Saturday 25th May, was in the style of Only Connect. Details of the other varied formats can be found on the Quiz page. Check the Events Calendar for the next one.

Praise in the Park

Woodley Carnival Service - "Praise in the Park" - was held on 2nd June on the edge of Woodford Park, next to Coronation Hall. Puppets and music were provided by Emmanuel Church. Thanks to Janet Blackburn we have a photo montage and another montage. The 2014 edition is on 8th June.

Results of Elections

As a result of elections held at our AGM on 18th April 2013, we welcome Neil Graham to the Church Leadership Team as Mission and Youth Elder, and confirm Sandra Alderson as a Steward Elder. Derek Benham is taking over as Gift Aid Secretary.


Our evening worship on 7th April was "Snedrick: The Graham Kendrick Musical". It was performed by High Spirits, enhanced by a couple of extra singers and musicians. Playing the lead, and writer of the script, was Tony Atkins. The story of Jesus's life, from calling the disciples through to the resurrection, was told through 18 songs of Graham Kendrick and as seen through the eyes of Snedrick, a first century song writer and disciple. It also raised money for the church project.

Countdown in Reading 2013

The second Reading Countdown competition raised £400 (plus tax refunds) for our Church Charity Project for 2013 (the Reading Branch of The Samaritans) on Saturday 30th March. The results show that the best of the 34 players was Mark Deeks from London, who beat Giles Hutchings in the final, watched by a crowd of players, spectators and pirates!

Woodley Food Store

Starting from our Harvest Festival on 25th September 2011, we are collecting food and drink for the new Woodley Food Store based at Woodley Baptist Church. Parcels will be available to support members of the local community in urgent need. They now have a store in Coronation Hall. Also drivers are needed to help deliver the occasional package. We again collected our harvest gifts for them in 2012. Food Store Requirements

Church Anniversary

The minister during the creation of Christ Church, Revd Bernard Arnold, led our 25th Anniversary celebrations on 4th November 2007. Our history weekend was on 29th September 2007. Our new banner was dedicated at a service at 15:00 on Sunday 11th May 2008. The 26th Anniversary service featured Revd Pam Richardson on 16th November 2008, the 27th Anniversary featured Revd Audrey Simpson on 15th November 2009 and the 28th on 21st November 2010 featured Revd Nina Mead. Revd Valerie Fisher led our service on 20th November 2011. The 2012 service was led by Revd David Shaw, Reading Circuit Superintendant. The 2013 service was led by Revd Gordon Connell from Twyford URC.

Community Activities

This new leaflet has been produced by Churches Together in Woodley, listing many groups, such as cafés, social meetings and youth clubs, that are run by the Woodley churches. Look out for copies, which are available at the church.

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Page last updated: 3rd April 2014.