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Grange URC

Southcote, Reading

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Coming to a service.

Going anywhere for the first time can make you feel slightly unsettled.  Here are some common questions people ask about coming to our church, that will put your mind at rest.



Of course, at the moment while we are combatting the Pandemic, most of below will not apply.  There will be strict rules to adhere to, so we will not be singing, or even using hymn books or bibles.  We will be social distancing, sanitising, wearing masks etc and no tea and coffee after the service.  We have just started having a service actually in the church once a month, and the next one will be on Remembrance Day, 8th November, when everyone will be welcome, suitably prepared!


Zoom Services

In between, we are having services via Zoom on Sunday mornings.  All are welcome to join us, so please contact us if you would like the joining details.


What should I wear?

There isn’t a formal dress code. So whatever you are comfortable in. Be it your Sunday best suit or jeans and a T shirt. We want you to be you.


What time should I get there?

The service starts at 10:30am but the church will be open and there will be people there after 10:00am. So anytime between these times.


What should I expect when I first come in?

There will be someone at the door who will make you welcome and give you a hymn book. We have normal size and large print, if you need it. We are a modern church and sometimes we use a computer to project information on to a big screen. This information can also be found on a large print copy for people to use. And then just take any empty seat. Bibles are by the seats. If you have any questions, just ask someone. We are all very friendly and helpful.


Who will take the Service?

The service can be taken by a range of people, from one of our two Ministers, the Rev Robert Barthram or John Downing, to a lay preacher.  Every week is therefore different with a mixture of service styles.


What hymns and songs do you sing?

A range of the more traditional hymns and songs that everyone may know, to brand new ones that could be sung here for the very first time. It doesn’t matter how good your voice is or if you are not too sure of the tune. Sing up in praise of the Lord and enjoy yourself.


Will I need any money?

There is an offering (collection) and feel free to put whatever you wish in it. There is no suggested amount for donation.


Do you have Holy Communion?

Yes. On the third Sunday of the month we have Holy Communion. You are wellcome to take the bread and wine with us or not.


Is there any socialising afterwards?

Yes. We have tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards, that are free, and you can stay to have a chat.


I have a disability, what facilities do you have?

There are ramps from the car park into the church building and there is a new accessible toilet by the entrance. We have a variety of people with different needs, some of who use wheelchairs, walking frames and sticks, who regularly come and they find it easy to gain access.


We are a multi ethnic church and welcome anyone, from any background, who is interested in finding God and seeking how to let Jesus into their life. It doesn’t matter if you have only a little, or a lot of faith. No matter where you are on the spiritual path, you will be made at home here at Grange United Reformed Church.



Keep safe and well and may God bless you all.

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