A NEW church has been planted in Tilehurst and its launch was celebrated with a community carol service.
The Westwood Farm fellowship is a plant from Carey Baptist Church in Reading’s town centre and is a response to the parent church’s growth.
Speaking to the Reading Post in December, the church’s pastor David Magowan said that the church was faced with a choice of moving to two morning services or establishing a new congregation elsewhere.
With a number of its members coming from the Tilehurst and Purley areas, the church’s leaders decided to launch the new fellowship, which meets at Westwood Farm Junior School in Fulbrook Road.
“Carey Westwood Farm is a new and local meeting place for those in the vicinity and anyone else who would like to join us,” says a post on its website. “We meet at Westwood Farm with the intention of enriching and embracing the local community. We would like to do this by providing physical and spirtual encouragement and input to the community.”
It currently meets at 10.30am on Sundays and church leaders say that everyone is welcome.
The church started holding its services at the school in November, but waited until the community carol service, which was held just before Christmas, for its formal launch.
Carey Baptist Church, which was established in 1867, is turning the former Oasis pub in Reading into a community centre.
v For more details, log on to www.careybaptistchurch.org.uk.