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St Mary’s Episcopal Chapel is located in Reading town centre and is open for worship each Sunday
with services at 11 am and 6.30 pm.
There is normally a Bible study and prayer meeting on Tuesday evenings, for information please contact the chapel on 0118 959 5131. Our current study series is in Luke’s Gospel. Note that the Tuesday meeting will be suspended from 25 July to 5 September inclusive.
The chapel is open to visitors between 10 am and 2.00 pm on Thursdays: also on the first Saturday morning of each month (see below for next Saturday opening).
The next Saturday opening, from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, is on 9 July 2017. Please feel free to come in for a time of quiet reflection. You are also welcome to ask questions about the witness of the chapel and possibly even enjoy a coffee/tea and a biscuit. We will be very pleased to meet you.
The fact that there is another St Mary’s in Reading (St Mary the Virgin, or the Minster Church, in St Mary’s Butts) can cause confusion. We are, properly speaking, the chapel in the parish of St Mary, hence St Mary’s Chapel. In fact we have no dedication, and began as a proprietary chapel (owned by its first trustees) outside the Church of England.
Worship has always been according to the Book of Common Prayer of 1662. More information is available in the book, The Church that would not die, advertised here.
St Mary’s also supports the Heritage Open Days weekend when many local places of interest are open, in 2016 this was held from the 8 to 11 September. This year’s theme will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.