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Friday 4 October 2019

It's Harvest

This Sunday morning our 10am service is an all-age family service followed by our Harvest Lunch in the church hall afterwards. As we celebrate God’s goodness and give thanks for all we have, we are going to bring Harvest gifts which will go to those in need in our town in the form of food parcels. 

There are three things you could do to prepare if you can:

  • Bring a harvest food gift which will go to local families (packets, tins or fresh)

  • Bring a pudding to share at the lunch (main course is provided)

  • Pray for all those in the world who don’t currently get a fair share of the world’s harvests

See you Sunday!

With love in Christ,


10 Days of Prayer

Invitation to God’s people in Reading to stop, pray and seek God for our town during the 10 days from 29th September to 9th October.

The big idea is for individuals, groups, churches, businesses, and organisations to cover the town in prayer to see more of God’s Kingdom come to transform Reading.

Please see the website for more details: click here 
10 Days of Prayer, Reading 2019


Registration for our October Holiday Club is now open!

Please go to  to Register and Pay ONLINE

Café Alive - "Cake Dates" 

St Matthew's will be hosting Café Alive - and providing home-made cakes - on the following dates:
  • October 9th
  • November 6th and 27th
  • December 18th
If you are able to bake a cake -or two- for us on those dates, we'd be immensely grateful. You can bring them on Sunday or to the office, anytime during the week, even well in advance as we can keep them safely stored in our freezer.

New Wine 2020: Teams

Can you see yourself as part of a New Wine Team?

Team places for United 20: APPLY NOW!  

New Wine are excited to welcome you back, along with all new recruits, for 2020.

Here’s a few of the favourite Team Testimonies from this year:

'While on Team in the Presence venue I saw God heal many people’s backs as well as being refreshed and sent out in his power back into their spheres of life. It was such a privilege.’

‘I had some amazing Holy Spirit moments. I started stepping out to pray for people and God gave me words and pictures. The more I gave out, the more I received. It was tiring but God provides rest and strength. And God answered a prayer of many years and I found the man of my dreams. It’s early days but God brought us together in a miraculous way.’

‘I was serving on Team this year for the first time and I was very anxious. I suffer with CFS, Fibromyalgia & OCD. During set up a new friend prayed that I wouldn’t feel tired, suffer with headaches or chronic pain and that my OCD would be gone. From that day on I noticed massive improvements - my headaches and chronic pain were gone.'

Come and Sing with SONGS OF PRAISE!

Songs of Praise invites you to a special recording of hymns and songs at Reading Town Hall, Sunday 20th October featuring a special performance from Rick Astley. All are welcome, especially if you are an enthusiastic singer who can lead the viewers at home in the singing.
Recording: Sunday 20th October, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Reading Town HallBlagrave StreetReadingRG1 1QH
To apply for free tickets, please send your name, address, contact phone number and number of tickets requested to
Please include ‘Songs of Praise Reading’ in your subject header.
Alternatively, call 0161 873 7073 to book your tickets.

The Pilgrim's Progress

On Friday 25th October the animated feature film ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ is being released at Showcase in Reading. For Christian films to be released in UK cinemas it is important that they receive support and box office sales. This film is brilliant for children 8+ and is currently scheduled to open in 36 cinemas nationwide. Showcase CDL Reading has it running for the whole of half term @ 2pm & 5pm.
The trailer can be seen here:
UK Release Date:     25th October.
There are currently 17 confirmed cinemas including  Showcase Reading
Screening Times: 7 days @ 2.00pm and 5.00pm

Vacancy at St Matthew's

Do you have a bit of free time in your hands? 

St Matthew's is looking for a cleaner to help us keep the hall and church looking nice and tidy. Ideally Tuesdays and Thursday mornings, 6-8 per week. We're super friendly and willing to be flexible to suit personal circumstances.

If you know someone in the St Matthew's or wider community who would like to help us, please tell them!

This is a paid position.
Please contact Isabel in the Parish Office - 0118 954 7964 or email

Reading Borough Council 

We have just received the latest 'Wellbeing Newsletter' from the Wellbeing Services at the RBC. This contains a lot of information on classes, courses, open days, fairs, meals and workshops for the residents of our town.  It also contains health and home tips to get ready for winter, for older people, people with disabilities and their carers.

Please have a look as you might find it interesting or useful to share with a friend: just click on this link - Wellbeing Newsletter Autumn 2019

If you would like a paper copy, please call the Council on 0118 937 3747

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