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Groups and Activities

Here are some of the groups and activities at St John’s.

For parish-wide groups and activities, please visit the parish Groups and Activities page.

3Cs cafe

The “Caversham Community Cafe”, or “3Cs cafe”, opens in the church every Tuesday from 9.30am to 2pm. Read more

Brownies and Guides

St John’s Brownies and Guides meet weekly in term time in Lower Caversham. Both units are part of Girlguiding which is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK and are open to all girls – of all faiths and none. Read more

Choir and Music Group

St John’s Choir leads the congregational singing at the main Sunday service, and can also be requested for weddings. The Music Group (choir accompanied by piano and other instruments) takes part in the monthly all age worship service. Children with musical gifts are also encouraged to be part of the Music Group.

Church Leadership Team

This group aims to discern and implement the strategic vision for St John’s, in line with the vision for the parish as a whole, but relevant to St John’s particular community context. The group is a mixture of clergy, church wardens, licensed lay ministers and lay members of the church, who meet monthly to pray, reflect, and plan.

Gosbrook Garden Growers

The Gosbrook Garden Growers meet each Friday from March to late October, in the grounds of St John’s Church, Gosbrook Road from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Read more

Links with Schools

At St John’s we have three main links with local schools and nurseries, Micklands Primary School, New Bridge Nursery School and Banana Moon Nursery.

The pupils and staff at Micklands come to the church for an annual carol service. Micklands and other schools also visit the church for REinspired sessions. Children from New Bridge Nursery School and Banana Moon Nursery visit the church for their annual nativity plays.

Lower Caversham Community Partnership

The partnership, consisting of representatives from St. John’s, Newbridge Nursery and Caversham Hall, was set up to help develop joint working between the organisations in order to meet the needs of the people of Lower Caversham. Read more

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is said on most weekdays in the parish either at St Peter’s Church or at St John’s Church. Read more

Mothers Union

This is a vibrant band of both men and women who meet together regularly to pray and worship and offer friendship and hospitality every fourth Tuesday. They also meet every Tuesday during Lent to follow a theme of instruction, discussion and enhanced worship. Read more

Pastoral Care team

This team has clergy and lay members who have undertaken the care of our church members who are housebound or sick together with the invitation to anybody who has a pastoral need. Read more

Sidespeople and welcomers

We have nine church members who work a Sunday rota in threes. Two act as sidespeople making sure the church environment is safe and ready for worship and who hand out all necessary service sheets. They make sure the church is tidy after the service. The third member is a welcomer who sees new people are welcomed, shown where they may sit, introduced to a friend if they wish and invited to coffee afterwards and given any paper work they might wish. They also keep an eye for late comers.

Scout Group

Beavers and Cubs provide fun scouting activities such as crafts, cooking, camping and outings for children from the Caversham area aged 6-10 ½ years. The group is sponsored by St. John’s Church and is open to all. Read more

Sunday Club

St John’s Sunday Club runs alongside our 9.30am church service and offers a place for children of all ages to learn more about God in a fun, age-appropriate way. Read more

Sunday Worship

For details of our Sunday services, please see the Services page.

Thursday Holy Communion

Every Thursday at 10am, there is a said service using Common Worship Order 2, followed by coffee and biscuits. This is led by Rev John Dudley, Associate Priest.