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Friday 18 September 2020

Dear Church Family,

As the weekend approaches and with excellent weather predicted, I hope and pray that you have a really lovely weekend break. On our day off on Thursday, Kirstie and I (and Archie, the dog) did a circular walk from The Bull at Stanford Dingley taking in the Pang Valley with beautiful views and an incredible variety of countryside. I realised again how blessed we are in the UK with our almost unique network of footpaths which gives so much access to the land and nature, which is so restorative, both physically and spiritually.

Do join us on Sunday morning for what I’m sure will be a joyful 10am online. We have music from Emma, Martin, Mitch and Martha as well as the Cheeky Pandas. The vicar gets theological with a box of fruit (in a light-hearted way), and Ian shares more of the new life we have in Christ from 1 Peter. And if you’re not on a circular walk in the countryside, do join us for the 11am Tea/Coffee Zoom – I love catching up with you!

Grace and peace for this weekend,
Love, Pads


  • All our school teachers who are under huge pressure, teaching under current conditions as well as dealing with covid positive cases at school
  • All our health workers who are facing increased pressure with the rise in infections whilst trying to provide crucial non-covid related healthcare
  • Those facing unemployment as the furlough scheme runs out soon
  • Leaders in every sphere, having to make difficult decisions at this time


 Sunday                     10.00am                     Sunday Online
                                    11.00am                     Zoom Tea/Coffee chat  Zoom Link
                                                                         Meeting ID: 850 5011 8785
                                     3.00pm                       Prayer walk from St Matthew’s car park
                                     4.00pm                       Informal gathering at church 
Monday                       7.45pm                       PCC Meeting in church
Tuesday                      1.00pm                      Post-Alpha Course in the church
Monday & all week    8.00pm                      Prayer Meeting over Zoom
                                                                         Meeting ID: 601 586 1513
Wednesday                10.30am                      Holy Communion in the church
Sunday 27th               10.00am                      Sunday Online - family service
                                      11.00am                     Zoom Tea/Coffee chat
                                      11.45am                     Holy Communion in the church
                                        3.00pm                     Prayer walk from St Matthew’s car park
                                        4.00pm                     Informal Gathering at the church

Sunday Services

10.00am | Sunday online | followed by our 11am tea/coffee Zoom chat - click on this link

Email us or phone 0118 954 79 62 to obtain password.

4.00pm | Informal gathering at St Matthew's 

A lovely time of sharing together, music, prayer, and word.
Everybody welcome - socially distanced.


10 Days of Prayer

Sat. 19 - Mon. 28 September 2020

 Join us as we pray together for our town and our world


  • 10 Minutes of Prayer - 19-28 September 7:45am - Zoom (joining details to follow)

  • Global Virtual Prayer Room | Saturday 19 to Monday 28 September 8-9am - Zoom
    We are joining with cities around the world in a virtual global 24-hr prayer room throughout the 10 days. We are hosting 8-9am every morning, and we’d love you to join us then, or you can be part of the zoom at any time of day or night. To register, email 10daysreading@gmail.com.


  • 10 Minutes at Lunchtime - weekdays 12:20-12:30pm - Zoom
    Reading at Work are leading 10 minutes of prayer at 12:20pm every weekday lunchtime during the 10 days. See their website for details.

  • Town Centre Prayer Room
    We will have a prayer room open in Abbey Baptist Church 12-2pm every day. This will be in the main sanctuary and will comply with current social distancing guidelines. All are welcome.  

  • Music and Worship in the town centre
    Live worship and ‘Music for Healing’ outside the Minster during the 10 Days. More details soon.



Prayer walk - Sundays 20th and 27th September, 3 to 4pm, starting at Abbey Gate
Be part of a facilitated prayer walk around the town centre.


  • 10 Minutes in the Evening - Saturday 19 to Monday 28 September 9:45pm - Zoom
    Since Pentecost we have been discovering together the power of a daily rhythm of 10 minutes of prayer. Join with us at 9:45pm each evening to pray. Zoom ID 773 5067 2540.

  • Webinar
    Reading at Work are hosting a webinar "Why pray for your workplace?" Mon 21 September 7:30pm

At any time...

  • Prayer Walking
    Why not pray walk around your neighbourhood or workplace or in the town centre; maybe use your lunchtime, or pray as you walk your dog? Let's cover our town in prayer!

  • 10 Minutes for Reading
    Join in by taking 10 minutes to pray together in your small group or organisation during the 10 days, perhaps during an existing prayer meeting.

  • Consecration Challenge
    Sign up for the global 10 Days 'Consecration Challenge' – e.g. fast from food at some level; take time off work to focus on seeking God; take #10days off from social media and entertainment; devote 10 days to prayer, worship, and repentance with families and other believers.

www.10daysofprayer.info | Facebook 10daysreading | Email 10daysreading@gmail.com