What's on this week


9:45 10:15 am    
        Explorers Bible class
ages 5-9, 10-13

10:00 am
        Prayer meeting

10:30 am
Morning Service

4:30 pm
        at Sonning Common
        Free Chruch Hall


7:45 – 9:00 pm
Bible study & prayer
- in a local home

Alternate Thursdays

2:00 – 3:00 pm
        Ladies bible study
in a local home


8:00 – 9:00 am
        Prayer Meeting
        - in a local home

5:45 – 7:00 pm
        2nd Saturday each month



The church recognises two offices of leadership: elders, who share responsibility for the oversight of the church and deacons who have responsibility for relieving the elders of practical aspects of the operation of the church.

CEC has two elders, supported by a deacon who manages the church's finances.


Introducing Bruce Jenkins our pastor and teaching elder:

I was born in Durban, South Africa, next to the Indian Ocean, where the sun is hot, the surf is good, and nets keep the sharks at bay. My parents were loving and our home was happy, and the more I hear of other people’s childhood experiences the more grateful I am for the way they raised me. Football and the beach were my early loves, but the happy contentment of my childhood was shaken in my teenage years when I heard a man preach on the parable of the prodigal son. I hadn’t done anything conspicuously evil, but I trembled under the acute pain of the conviction of the sin of my heart that alienated me from God. I knew that I was the prodigal who needed to return.

That began a long and difficult period of spiritual struggle, characterised by earnestly seeking peace with God but inadequately responding to His insistent call. Peace finally came in a moment, when I discovered that I could be accepted as righteous by God through faith in Jesus Christ, on account of the perfection of Christ’s righteousness and not the quality of my response to God.

After school I studied architecture at university, and then did two years’ compulsory national service, courtesy of the South African Defence Force, during which time I married Carolyn. I then worked for about ten years as an architect, spending much of that time working on the development of hospitals among the fever trees in Zululand. It was the best job in the world, next to Christian ministry.

Encouraged by my church I left architecture and prepared for pastoral ministry by studying at the London Theological Seminary in North London while Carolyn worked in Oxford to support us. A semester lecturing in Ethiopia followed, and then we moved to Reading, and I have served Caversham Evangelical Church as its pastor since 1995. My first love is preaching God’s word.

Introducing Joe King:

My family emigrated to the UK in 1961 when I was approaching my fourth birthday. Since then I have lived in and around the Thames Valley, moving to Reading in 1975.

When I was in my late teens, I thought I was a Christian, as I attended church each Sunday, joining the youth activities on Sunday evenings. I didn't doubt there was a God, but the truth and reality of Christ's saving work was a bit puzzling.

It was a difficult day for me when I realised during a Bible study in the book of Romans that there were a number of aspects of the things we read that I didn't know were true of me. "Was I really saved?" I found I couldn't answer this with any certainty. But the others in the group clearly could, and so started a period of searching for answers.

I was helped greatly by two things. First, joining friends and attending a Baptist church for the first time, I heard exposition of the Bible like I'd never heard it before. Then secondly, it was what the preacher was addressing. week by week he spoke about the basic truths of what the Bible teaches, rather like our summary of doctrine. For the first time things began to fall into place and I could with sincerity say that I knew what it was to trust Christ as Lord and Saviour - and that I was following Him. I was a Christian!

Baptism as a believer followed, and I now look back on over 30 years of being a Christian.

I spent six years at Reading University in the Maths department, the last three of which involved working for a PhD in numerical modelling. I now work for an oil field services company in the software division where I have responsibility for our technology strategy.


Introducing Kevin Judge our finance deacon:

Kevin was appointed as finance deacon in 2011.