30 not ‘out’ as new church ages well

A CHURCH in Reading is celebrating its 30th birthday after being built to serve the largest new housing development in Europe.

Trinity Church in Lower Earley is a partnership of the Methodist Church, the URC and Church of England. The building is part of a much larger amenity centre and thousands of people pass through it daily to reach the supermarket, leisure centre, doctor’s surgery, library, or pub.

The Revd Jon Salmon said: “It’s exciting to mark this anniversary and reflect on where we’ve come from and what changes have taken place in society and the church.
“We’ve been a busy and active church and, where possible, contributed to and worked with the local community.”
Church activities have included a large Olympic Opening Ceremony event, starting a community allotment, a public reading of the Bible, and establishing a group for dads called Who Let the Dads Out.

For the church’s 30th anniversary, Jon wants to ‘adopt’ 30 streets locally to see how parishioners can support and care for the people in them.
Other anniversary activities include a walk round the parish, a barn dance to which all previous ministers have been invited, and Trinity’s first minister is taking part in a family all age service on November 5.