We extend a warm welcome to all Quakers, visitors or enquirers. Our main Meeting for Worship is from 10.30 to 11:30 am every Sunday. We also have a mid-week Worship 12:15 to 13:00 every Wednesday. Quaker worship is mainly silent, but anyone may stand and speak if moved to do so. The end of the Meeting is signalled by two Elders shaking hands. Newcomers are then welcomed, notices are given, and a collection is taken for Quaker funds or another cause.
After this, all are welcome to join us for tea and coffee and chat. Friends will be pleased to tell you more about the beliefs and values of Quakers, and the activities of Quakers in Reading. We are diverse in our spiritual outlooks and life experiences. We do not try to persuade people on questions of faith, nor put pressure on anyone to accept particular views.
We are fortunate to have many families with children in our Meeting. Children and teenagers usually join the main Meeting until 10:45 am, when they go to their own Meeting. If you are bringing a young child to Meeting for the first time, you need to go with them to the children’s Meeting. If you become a regular attender, and your child is happy for you to leave them, you may return to the main Meeting.
There is disabled access to the meeting house, a disabled toilet and a hearing loop. Contact us if you have any specific access requirements.
If you are looking for a peaceful, central venue for a meeting in Reading (regular or one-off) then our main Meeting Room and five other rooms are available for outside groups to hire.
You can view the details of rooms, prices and our terms and conditions of hiring here.
If you are interested in hiring room(s) at Reading Friends' Meeting House, please first check availability with the Warden by phone on (0118) 950 7736 or by Email
If the rooms are available then the Warden will send you a booking form.
We hire rooms to a wide range of organisations, including public sector groups, charities, individuals and some for-profit activities. However, we reserve the right to refuse a booking if the hirer’s activities and aims are in conflict with Quaker values. When a group or individual makes a hiring enquiry, they are therefore required to give information regarding their activities.
Tel: 0118 950 7736
The address is 2 Church Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2SB.
The Meeting House is near the centre of Reading, see map below. (nb: There is an alley leading from London Street to Church Street. The Meeting House is closer to London Street than the placemarker on the map suggests.) Full directions to get to the Meeting House by foot, public transport or car are given here Directions
By Bike, Foot
Our Meeting House is close to Reading town centre. From Broad Street (John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, entrance to the Oracle) head east and then turn south down Duke Street and over the old hump-back bridge to the east of the Oracle shopping centre. Cross the dual carriageway and head up London Street. Watch out for a sign “Quaker Meeting House” pointing down an alley to the right. This opens out into Church Street, and the Meeting House is through a black double iron gate on your right.
Reading station is on the main line from London Paddington to the Midlands, Wales and the West of England, but also has trains to and from the south coast and the north. The meeting house is a 20 minute walk from the station. Walk up Station Road and Queen Victoria Street to Broad Street, turn left into Broad Street and carry on as above.
See the map here: maps.google.co.uk/maps. Church Street is a cul-de-sac. If you need to drop someone at the gate of the FMH, turn right off Southampton Street (A 327 northbound) into Deansgate Road (just after the church) and then turn right and then left into Church Street. The FMH is near the end on the left (iron gates). There is no parking. On a Sunday you may be able to park in St Giles Close and walk through the alley at the end of the close to the FMH. Alternatively, park in London Street and follow the finger-post down the alley into Church Street. Note, however, that on London Street (A 327 southbound), South Street and East Street parking charges are in force every day, including Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 60p for the first 20 minutes, then various increments up to £4.20 for the maximum time permitted of three hours. On a weekday or for a longer period you will probably need to park in the Oracle Shopping Centre car park or Queens Road car park.