Earley St Peter's Church

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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.

Follow the star

This Advent join us on our wonderful journey to celebrate the birth of Jesus

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

4.30-5.30pm    Crib Service with Nativity Play*                                                                                                            the Christmas story with colour and carols, suitable for all ages

11pm               Carols from the Choir

11.30pm          Midnight Communion 

- 12.40am        celebrate the joy and wonder of Christmas night


NativityTuesday 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.


Advent Bible StudyStudy book

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.

Recent Sermons

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.

The Visiting us page contains links to our weekly news sheet (Life at St Peter's) and the latest edition of our parish magazine (the keys).  Earlier editions of the keys may be found here.

  Go here to learn of some of the significant happenings at St Peter's over the last  year or so.