Church and school working together

The church and St John’s C.E. (Aided) primary school are physically linked and as such the church and school play a large part in the lives of each other.  Team, Key Stage, class and whole school assemblies are held in our church, in addition to plays and performances, extra-curricular and fund-raising events .

A member of the Clergy leads the address at our traditional church services – Christmas, Harvest, Easter and Leaver’s Services.  Parents are invited to attend these services which are advertised on our dates list.

The Church Refectory also offers coffee to parents after children have been dropped off in the morning.

Help a New Town school go solar

New Town primary school is aiming to raise £15,000 so that it can install solar panels, helping provide a cleaner environment for the future and a great way to teach pupils about energy and climate change . 

New Town Primary School is relying on parents and the local community to help raise the money needed to turn the school into its own clean, green power machine. There are three things they say that you can do to help:

  • They are looking for volunteers to help sell books of vouchers to friends and families across town. If you would like to sell a few, get in touch!
  • Persuade your own workplace to buy a panel on our roof
  • Donate some time! From organising a cake sale to running a sponsored marathon, New Town school would love your help. Please get in touch as they are  planning lots of fundraising ideas to meet their target!

If you would like to find out more or would like to donate to this project, please visit

Young people lead prayers for Reading homeless

What would you do to help those who are homeless in Reading?
The young people in St John’s church spent the evening of Saturday February 4th building shelters and learning about the experiences of those who have to live out on the streets of Reading at night.
The next morning, waking bleary-eyed from their shelters, they helped lead the morning all-age service with Alison Peyton.


Good Friday march

On Good Friday, members of St John and St Stephen church and Wycliffe Baptist church joined together to walk around Newtown and pray for the local community

We handed out hot cross buns, talked with passers-by, found out more about the community we serve and prayed for those who live and work there.
Look at a few photos taken during the march.