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

Who we are


We are a group of Christians who come together to praise God and learn from his word, the Bible. But our church is more than meetings. We support one another in our daily lives and seek to show Christ’s love in all our relationships. We live in various parts of Reading and meet together in homes as well as at the Emmer Green Community Centre each Sunday.

We are a mixture of ages, nationalities, backgrounds, and vocations. You will find among us single people, families, young children, and couples. We are mainly English, but also Welsh, South African, Australian, Ethiopian, and American. A random sampling of our congregation would include a student and a retired widow, a builder and an accountant, and graduates and people who have never been to university.

Testimonies of members

Jenny King, mechanical engineer:

I can’t tell you when I became a Christian as God has been working in my life for many years now. I can tell you though that God has been faithful to me when I have not been faithful to him, He has persevered with me when I have given up on Him, and He has loved me continually as I have tried to turn away from Him."

I am a sinner and He has mercifully and lovingly worked in my heart to bring me to Him and I am trusting completely in Jesus Christ for my salvation.

Keith Baxter, builder:

I survived the Christian Essentials Course…!

This is the testimony of a man who came to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour through participating in one of the Christian Essentials courses.

Moving to Reading

I came to Reading University to study for a Masters degree. Prior to coming, I had not had any close contact with Christians, or really thought about God. I was my own man. I had no need for a God. I had just finished studying geology for my first degree. I was full of all I had learned about the origins of life, the evolution of man and how the world had come to be via the Big Bang.

Meeting a Christian

I met a Christian on my Masters course. I was intrigued as to why she was never around on Sunday or why she was not sinking the number of beers I was. It became apparent that my friend had different priorities to me. I later learned that Sunday was the day she went to worship and dedicate that day to God; and she did not lose control because she knew Jesus Christ and His ways and wanted to follow them.

Going on a course

My friend invited me to attend a Christian Essentials course. I was nervous, and the group was fairly small. However, the people were friendly and I was made to feel at home. The course was an eye opener; some of the claims, to start off with, did seem immense. However, they were all taught from the truth in the Bible. I learnt that actually the Bible does not need defending as it defends itself. For me the point at which I started to turn and believe what I was hearing, was when we looked at ‘man, our true nature’. That really opened my eyes. I had always thought that I was a normal decent sort of a chap. I came to realise that, actually, God’s standard requires much more than that. He requires us to be perfect! Worst of all, I actually discovered that deep down I hated God. I resented the fact that He should want this perfect life from me. I discovered sin in my life! For me attending the Christian Essentials course changed my life. I now could see my need for Jesus Christ.  He lived the perfect life I cannot.  He died on the cross to pay the price for my sin.  I now live with a solid hope that when I die I will be able to go to heaven and be with God because my sin has been dealt with by Jesus Christ the Son of God.        

History of the church

Caversham Evangelical Church was founded in November 1990, when a group of like-minded families wanted to start a new evangelical witness for Christ in Caversham. The church was established with the advice and support of elders and pastors from other similar churches. The founding members adopted a constitution in March 1992, in which the teaching and practice of the church were set out. The church became a part of the Grace Baptist fellowship of churches, and continues to be listed in the Grace Directory.

Throughout the early years the church prayed that God would provide a man to fulfil the role of pastor and teacher within the fellowship. Bruce Jenkins responded to such a call in 1994, and has been supported by the church as its teaching elder since 1995.

There was a period when a number of Reading University students found their way to the church. Over time they courted, married, and some of them have settled with us as couples with young children.

We have sought throughout our existence as a church to evangelise the local community in a variety of ways, including the distribution of newsletters, evangelistic meetings for adults and children, and personal witness. The membership has grown slowly but steadily, for which we thank God, and at present about 40 people meet on Sundays for worship.