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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.

Times of Meetings 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

See home page for all Mid Thames Quakers’ news

  • 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 »
  • Interfaith week reception

    Interfaith week reception

    Come and share food and thoughts about the theme: “Can our faith or spirituality bring us into a healthier relationship with the natural world?” Thursday 14 November 2019, 7-9pm, …Read More »
  • Quakers welcome new Reading Uni students

    Quakers welcome new Reading Uni students

    It’s been a busy start to the new academic year at the University of Reading Chaplaincy.  The Chaplains, including our Quaker Chaplain, have met and greeted new students from …Read More »
  • How are we tackling climate change?

    How are we tackling climate change?

    Read our 2018 sustainability report to find out what Mid Thames Quakers are doing to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges. The report covers all seven local Quaker …Read More »

Upcoming events - Reading

See home page for all Mid Thames Quakers’ events.

Oct
25
Fri
1:00 pm Meeting for Worship @ Reading University Chaplaincy
Meeting for Worship @ Reading University Chaplaincy
Oct 25 @ 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:…
Oct
26
Sat
10:00 am Berks & Oxon Regional Meeting @ Reading Quakers
Berks & Oxon Regional Meeting @ Reading Quakers
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The topic of the meeting is ‘Building Understanding and Tolerance in a Divided Society’, with the keynote speech delivered by Oliver Robertson, and a workshop ‘Opening our eyes’  run by Martin and Robyn Appleton. ‘Building…
Nov
1
Fri
1:00 pm Meeting for Worship @ Reading University Chaplaincy
Meeting for Worship @ Reading University Chaplaincy
Nov 1 @ 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:…
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