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St Andrew's URC Reading

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Welcome

to the St Andrew's URC website,

part of the URC ReadGroup.

 

We have a shared ministry team of

Revd.'s Robert Barthram and John Downing

and lay preachers and we invite you to join us at one of our morning worship services where we hope you will feel very welcome.

 

Sunday Worship and Junior Church begins at 11.00am      

(10.45 on Remembrance Sunday)

Children and toddlers are most welcome  and our Junior Church Children and Leaders leave  for their own group activities part way through the service.

We hope you will join us for Tea or Coffee in th Hall downstairs after morning worship.

 

The German Lutheran church meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 4.30pm

The Imani Lutheran Church meets on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 2.30pm

 

To contact one of our ministers

 Revd Robert Barthram or Revd John Downing, 

please click email links below or see our Contacts page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church Profile 

We have prepared the following Church Profile (below) which was part of our search that brought John to join Robert in our team ministry.

 

 

 

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church 

Here is a little of the early history of how our church came into being almost 140 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 Our Church

Who we are

Copyright St Andrew's URC, Reading 2015

Where we are

We are situated next to Readings' Royal Berks Hospital on the corner of London Road and Craven Road and close to both Reading and Thames  Valley Universities. The entrance to our car park is via Craven Road.

 

Our worship room is up-stairs with lift for those who find stairs difficult and we have full accessible facilities on the ground floor.

We are family friendly church from a gathered community with a large multi-ethnic diversity. 

 

As a multicultural Church, the URC affirms its reforming, uniting and non-conforming ethos, intentionally committing itself to an intercultural journey and that calls us to

    embody God's love,

    live God's word,

    promote God's justice,

    and practice expansive hospitality,

    the Jesus way.

 

Vision

In our mission, we seek to be at the heart of the local Community and provide joyful and thoughtful worship and to show God’s love for everyone in all we say and do.  

 

 

Moderator's Blog

Read what Revd Dr Michael Jagasser, Moderator of the URC General wrote about us following his visit  to conduct morning worship on Sun 23rd February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hospital Chaplaincy

We support the work of the RBH Trust Hospital Chaplaincy team Revd's Bob Simmons, Steve Sankey, and Lorraine Colum in the witness and support they provide to Staff, Patients and their families.

Please join us in prayers for the patients and their families, and all those who care for them, doctors, nurses and auxilliaries, carers and volunteers in our hospitals and care homes throughout the country                                                                                  

Rev Robert Barthram Map - St Andrew's URC welcoming_logo St Andrew's adjusted 6.5 cm length i.e. in proport St. Andrews Church Profile May 2014

St Andrew's URC

                      - the Role of the Elder

 

The election of Elders takes place each year and the role of individual members is important in this process.

 

In St Andrew’s, Elders are elected from our Church Membership to serve for a period of four years. Only full members are entitled to vote.  

 

 

 

 

Elders responsibility are wide and varied but can include

- ensuring public worship is regularly

 offerred and sacrements duly  

 administed.

- pastoral oversight of Church members

- encouraging concern and witness to

 the Community, both local and wider.

- and Safeguarding of our Children and

 Adults  at risk.'

Document 'Called to be an Elder' St Andrew's, Reading - a sure foundation Rev John Downing Robert Bartram John Downing