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 at the Reading University Chaplaincy centre.  All are welcome at these Meetings.

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.

Times of Meetings for Worship

Sundays at Reading Quaker Meeting House: 10:30 to 11:30
Wednesdays at Reading Quaker Meeting House: 12:15 to 13:00

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.

Latest news - Reading

See home page for all Mid Thames Quakers’ news

  • Sanctuary meeting

    Sanctuary meeting

    Reading Quaker meeting is now a Sanctuary meeting that is committed to building a culture of welcome for newcomers to Britain. Reading itself has become a City of Sanctuary …Read More »
  • What can we do?

    What can we do?

    Reading Quakers are concerned about the uncertainty that has been brought out by recent events in Britain. All are welcome to join with us to reflect on what we …Read More »
  • Quakers at Christmas

    Quakers at Christmas

    17th century Quakers would have shunned any special celebrations for Christmas: they believed that each day, and all of life, was sacred and Christmas Day was no different. We’ve …Read More »
  • Interfaith dialogue: silence, listening and food

    Interfaith dialogue: silence, listening and food

    Huge thanks to the Dialogue Society and the Fellowship Educational Society for bringing together around 70 adults and children from Reading’s different faith groups for an interfaith reception at …Read More »

Upcoming events - Reading

See home page for all Mid Thames Quakers’ events.

Jan
26
Fri
1:00 pm Meeting for Worship @ Reading University Chaplaincy
Meeting for Worship @ Reading University Chaplaincy
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:20 pm
All students and staff are welcome at this Meeting for Worship, held every Friday in the Reading University Chaplaincy Centre.  Enjoy a short time of quiet and reflection at the start of a busy term:…
Feb
2
Fri
1:00 pm Meeting for Worship @ Reading University Chaplaincy
Meeting for Worship @ Reading University Chaplaincy
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 1:20 pm
All students and staff are welcome at this Meeting for Worship, held every Friday in the Reading University Chaplaincy Centre.  Enjoy a short time of quiet and reflection at the start of a busy term:…
Feb
4
Sun
10:30 am Meeting for Worship @ Reading Quakers
Meeting for Worship @ Reading Quakers
Feb 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
 
3:00 pm What can we do? @ Reading Quakers
What can we do? @ Reading Quakers
Feb 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
What can we do about the uncertain social and political circumstances in which we find ourselves in Britain. Join us for a Meeting for Worship followed by Worship sharing, afternoon tea and fellowship. All welcome.