Our vision as a church is to see Reading transformed by the love and power of Jesus.
Greyfriars Church has been on the same site in Reading for hundreds of years, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus and serving the poor in Reading. We continue that mission as a group of believers coming from different parts of Reading, different backgrounds and different ages.
Our parish is made up of two churches, Greyfriars and New Hope, with one PCC and one team that oversees the activities within them.
There are so many ways you can get involved in the life of our church, through groups, serving, giving and worshiping with us. Do explore the website where you can find out so much more or get in touch with us.
Student Pastor & Atrium Manager
Children's & Community Pastor
The building of Greyfriars Church was completed in 1311 by Franciscans, followers of St Francis of Assisi who were monks, then called friars, who wore grey, hence the name Greyfriars. It is now a Grade 1 listed building, being the oldest Franciscan building still used for worship in the UK. The church was completely refurbished in 2000, which means that we meet in a light and airy building amidst the ancient walls.
The Franciscans arrived in Reading in 1233 with the aim of telling people about Jesus and serving the local population, which continues to be the main aim of Greyfriars Church today.
For a fuller history, a limited edition 'History of Greyfriars Church, Reading' by Malcolm Summers is available from the bookshop in the Atrium.