Our Response to COVID-19 Restrictions

IMPORTANT NOTICE   For the time being our church building is closed.  We are unable to offer public worship on Sundays. All our usual weekday activities are also suspended. We are meeting for worship on Mondays at 9.30 for Morning Prayer and on Sundays at 11.30, via Zoom, if you would like to join us, […]


Living water

St John and St Stephen’s Church, Reading, March 15th 2020, Lent 3 Psalm 46, John 4:5-42     What a strange time. We can’t go anywhere, talk to anyone, turn on the TV, radio, internet or look at your smartphone without a blaring mention of coronavirus. Now let’s add to that the now visible effects […]


Advent nourishment

At this time of year we get to enjoy seven “Advent Antiphons” when we say Morning Prayer, and I always look forward to them. The ‘O Antiphons’ developed in the early church as sung prayers before and after Mary’s hymn, the Magnificat. They refer to different names of Jesus from the Old Testament Wisdom and prophetic […]


All Hallows

31 October – All Hallows Eve – and it’s an in between kind of time. In between because late autumn the year turns, the clocks tick back, and we resign ourselves to the temporary dying of nature as the leaves swirl down the streets towards winter and the end of another year. In between the […]