For Preachers at Christ Church, Woodley

Church details

Location: Crockhamwell Road, Woodley, Reading. At the junction of Crockhamwell Road and Arundel Road.

Postcode: RG5 3LA

OS Map co-ordinates: SU 761 728

Christ Church Woodley Map

Parking: There is parking on the church premises

Contacts: Tony Atkins

Morning Worship (10.30am)

Type of Service Traditional, but first part appropriate for all ages with language and content suitable for young children. Occasional Youth Participation Service. Hymns are normally projected.
Number in congregation About 60
Congregation profile High proportion elderly, but also mixed family, children of all ages
All age address Yes, specifically aimed at engaging young children, but be prepared also to involve adults in participation if too few children available.
Children leave After 2nd hymn (chosen & announced by Junior Church) and after a blessing from the preacher, sometimes at holidays they stay in.
Offertory taken Some time after children have left
The Lord's Prayer We use a version which is projected.  Please mention this before beginning your prayers.


Evening Worship (6.30pm)

Type of Service Traditional but open to other forms of worship (held in Stenner lounge in winter).
Number in congregation About 12
Congregation profile Mainly older
Offertory taken At time to suit preacher the plate is brought forward.



Hymn books Singing the Faith, Hymns & Psalms, Songs of Fellowship 1 (and 2,3,4, projected only). Other songs by arrangement (early notice requested if projection required)
CCL? Christian Copyright Licence #482115
Service books Methodist Worship Book 1999; URC Communion Service Booklet
Bible version New International Version (NIV)
Readers available? Yes
Prayer leaders available? Yes
Accompaniment Organ, piano, music group or Singing the Faith CDs.


General Information

Seating Moveable chairs
Services conducted from Usually from pulpit or lectern
Public address system Fixed and radio microphones, turned off for hymns
Toilets Yes
Pre-service contact Letter sent to preacher

Printed; extra ones announced at beginning of service.  Prayers or words for worship can be included in the notices or projected if required.

Refreshments After morning service
Congregation prayer list Book brought forward in hymn before the prayers. Please read out the latest messages and then include the subjects in your prayers.
Other Services usually recorded. Computer / projector normally used in the morning. (Please give extra notice to use your own computer files such as presentations, images and videos.) Church has CCL licence & willing to pay royalties for material not covered by the licence.

Faith & Worship Resources

See the following Faith & Worship Resources web page on the Methodist Church site which has information and resources for Preachers, including Service Report Forms for Preachers on Note or Trial.


CCLI Song Search

Please see the CCLI Song Search web page to confirm if hymns or songs are covered by a CCLI licence.