Earley St Peter's Church
Welcome to the Earley St Peter’s website. St Peter’s is the original Church of England parish in Earley on the eastern side of Reading.
We will be pleased to welcome you at any of our services or other events. On Sundays we normally offer services at 8am, 10am and 6.30pm and full details of these and weekday services are given on the Services page.
Some items of interest are below but you will find much more about us in these pages which we hope will be of interest and whet your appetite to join us in worship and other fellowship activities.
Sunday 9th December
3pm Christmas Crafts, Christingle-making, refreshments (Hall)*
4pm-4.30pm Christingle Service (Church) a celebration of light*
Sunday 16th December
6.30-7.40pm Nine Lessons and Carols
the Christmas story: traditional music, readings, familiar carols
Monday 24th December – Christmas Eve
2.30-3pm Journey to Bethlehem*
a simple, short service with carols and the Christmas story –
especially suitable for families with under-6s
11pm Carols from the Choir
11.30pm Midnight Communion
- 12.40am celebrate the joy and wonder of Christmas night
Tuesday 25th December – Christmas Day
8-8.40am Holy Communion
a short, quiet service for the start of the day
10-11am Festival Communion for Christmas Day*
celebration and carols for all ages
Come and celebrate Christmas at Earley St Peter’s, you will be very welcome.
Services marked * are particularly suitable for children.
This Advent we will be running Bible study groups as usual to help us re-focus on God’s word in the run-up to Christmas. We will be following the Bishop of Oxford’s three-session study guide on the raising of Lazarus. Sessions on Mondays 3rd, 10th, 17th December 7.30-9.00pm (in the Church) and repeated on Tuesdays 4th, 11th, 18th December 10.30am-12.00noon (in the Church Hall). There are lists at the back of church if you would like to sign up or contact the Parish Office. The study guide is available for the reduced price of £2 from Elaine in the Parish Office.
Sunday Evening Worship
At a time when fewer churches offer a service every Sunday evening, we are blessed at St Peter’s to have a regular and enthusiastic congregation at our 6.30pm services. We have been reflecting with them on the pattern of worship on Sunday evenings and in October, November, and January (December of course is different with special Advent and Christmas services) we will test the following general pattern of Sunday evening 6.30pm services:
First Sunday: Evening Worship
Second Sunday: Choral Evensong
(where the choir sings most of the service)
Third Sunday: Holy Communion
Fourth Sunday: Evensong
(led by the choir, but with more congregational singing)
Fifth Sunday: Compline
You can see more information in the September issue of the keys.
To read or hear recent sermons, including Philip on "Can Christians ever support war?" and Hannah on "Prayer", click here.
For more on our Mission Action Plan - our parish's priorities for the next few years - click here.