What to expect
No matter where you are in your journey with God, doubting, seeking or fully committed, we hope you will find a place here. We look forward to meeting you.
St Matthew's is a warm and welcoming Anglican church on the West side of Reading, with people of all ages and backgrounds. We have a heart for families, children and teenagers, and so invest a good deal of time, energy and resources in them.
Quite simply, we love God, we love to worship him and we love to serve him by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those we come into contact with. We know we're not perfect but we try to get it right, a bit more every day. We say our prayers, read our Bibles and want to share the joy of our Christian faith with the world around us. We take an active role in the life of our local neighbourhood and partner with other churches in the area for joint initiatives that benefit the community.
Our Sunday meetings are generally informal and contemporary in style, and we also have some traditional services - turn up just as you are.
If you have never been to church before
We know that it can be difficult to arrive somewhere new. At each service we have a team of welcomers
, who will answer your questions and introduce you to other people.
We are part of the Church of England
And we welcome people from all church backgrounds - or none!
The service starts at 10am and lasts a little over 1 hour.
For the first 10 minutes, the children and adults stay together. Then, we pray for the children as they join their respective activities, either Crèche
, Kidz Church
or The Gap
. All the adults who work with children have been DBS and reference checked, and have received basic first-aid training. You can also stay with your child if you see that they won't let go off your hand! On special occasions we have an all-age service, where the kids stay with the adults throughout the service. We know some of them won't sit still - that's fine with us!
Our services consist of the kind of things you'd expect in a church: songs, readings from the Bible, a talk on an aspect of faith and life, prayers and Communion (when we share the bread and the wine). If you don't feel ready to take communion, you can stay in your seat or come up for a blessing instead. Feel free to participate in as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.
At the end of the service
You are invited to come and join us in the church hall for tea and coffee
and cake 'on the house' (gluten-free options are available, just ask). We catch-up with friends or try to get to know new visitors to the church.
If you are interested in finding out more about Christianity, we run an Alpha
course several times a year. This is the very best place to explore, in a group who will have similar questions to yours.