Reading Quakers

Welcome to our Meeting

Our Meeting house is close to Reading’s busy town centre

On Sundays, about 60 people meet in Quaker Worship. There is no programme or leader: anyone may speak if they feel called to do so, but often Meetings for Worship are largely silent. Children come to the start of the Meeting, before joining their own programmes. There are hot drinks and a chance to talk to people after the Meeting, sometimes followed by a speaker or discussion. All are welcome.

A smaller group meets for Worship each Wednesday lunchtime. Hot drinks are provided afterwards, and you are welcome to bring your lunch. On Fridays, the Quaker chaplain holds a short Meeting for Worship for students and staff at the Reading University Chaplaincy centre.

Full details of Meetings for Worship and other upcoming events are in the calendar below

Reading Meeting house has wheelchair access throughout. There is a hearing loop in the main meeting room and an accessible toilet.

Reading Quakers are trialling online Meetings for worship, and hope to hold these at the normal Sunday and Wednesday times during the Covid-19 lockdown

Normal times of Meeting for worship

Sundays at Reading Quaker Meeting House: 10:30 to 11:30

Wednesdays at Reading Quaker Meeting House: 12:30 to 13:15

Fridays at Reading University Chaplaincy Centre: 13:00 to 13:20

Find us

Reading Quaker (Friends) Meeting House
2 Church Street
Reading RG1 2SB

Location: Church Street is a cul-de-sac with a passageway linking to the A327 London Street.

Train: The Meeting House is about 20 minutes’ walk from Reading station.

Bus: Numbers 5, 6, 6a, 21 and 21a from the station and town centre all stop in London Street.

Parking: There is car parking on London Street (two hours free for blue badge holders and free for all after 20:00). The Oracle and Queens Road car parks are nearby.

Contact us

Post: use the address above
Phone: 0118 950 7736 (voicemail)

Email (room hire) Email (other enquiries)

More about Reading Quakers

Room hire
We are pleased for others to use our Meeting House, and a wide range of organisations, individuals and groups hire our rooms. Further details are available here

Conservation plan
This guides how we maintain and develop Reading Meeting House while conserving its important historic features - Download the PDF 

Quaker Meeting House heritage project
In 2016, a survey was undertaken of the condition and use of all 345 Quaker Meeting houses in England. Findings will soon be made available here.

Latest news - Reading

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  • Meetings suspended

    Meetings suspended

    Quakers won’t gather together for worship over the coming months. But our Meetings won’t stop. Some of us will wait in silence from our homes, at our normal times …Read More »
  • Parliamentary candidates listened…

    Parliamentary candidates listened…

    …and responded to questions and opinions from 60+ community members at Reading Quakers’ election hustings on 28 November. We focused on three topics: Our future relationship with Europe – …Read More »
  • Letlapa Mphahlele leads discussion on shared humanity

    Letlapa Mphahlele leads discussion on shared humanity

    What is it that unites us as human beings, beyond all our different cultures and beliefs?  Students and local residents recently took part in a thought-provoking discussion of this …Read More »
  • Climate crisis protests

    Climate crisis protests

    Quakers from the Mid Thames area took part in Extinction Rebellion protests in London over the past two weeks, highlighting the risks posed by the climate crisis.  Here’s a …Read More »

Upcoming events - Reading

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