Christ Church, Reading

Here at Christ Church we enjoy a dynamic, multicultural and intergenerational community.

Situated South of the town centre, our parish covers a large geographical area which ensures a diversity of members, from longstanding resident parishioners to relatively short-term visitors studying at Reading University.

Within the set times of our services, we offer a variety of styles designed to reflect the diversity of our community. We are fortunate in having several regular preachers and value the participation of members of our congregation. We welcome everyone to join us in our act of worship.

Choir and Music

Christ Church has a proud and ambitious musical tradition. Music at our church ranges from congregational singing of hymns to Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong. The robed choir, made up of children and adults, leads worship on Sundays at both morning (10am) and evening (6pm) services, and also at festival services throughout the year.

The choir sings music from the Anglican tradition as well as other European music and spirituals. Our repertoire includes music by Byrd, Tallis, Palestrina, Purcell, Mozart, Wesley, Stanford, Howells, Duruflé and contemporary composers – including members of the choir. In recent years the choir has sung services at Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral and York Minster.

There are no auditions to join the choir and we are always keen to have new members – whether children or adults. The junior members of the choir work towards Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) awards to develop their musical understanding and we also run a programme of Choral and Organ Scholarships for young musicians. To find out more about joining the choir, or to receive the monthly Music List please email music.ccreading@gmail.com

Advent and Christmas Services

  • Sun 19 Dec 6pm: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 
  • Christmas Eve Fri 24 Dec 11.15pm: Midnight Mass 
  • Christmas Day Sat 25 Dec 10am: Holy Communion 

Coronavirus regulations for attending services at Christ Church Reading are as follows:

  • It is not necessary to book for Christmas Services but it is mandatory that a face mask is worn whilst in church (including when singing) and to maintain social distancing and hygiene measures as much as possible.
  • If possible  please take a lateral flow test before attending any Christmas Services or Events.
  • If you have been in close contact with anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, or have any symptoms of Covid-19 yourself, or have received a positive Covid-19 test result, please do not attend church.
  • If you are currently in a vulnerable category, please consider your visit carefully and do not risk your health.

Please note these regulations may be subject to change.