The parish of St Agnes with St Paul and St Barnabas in south Reading is planning to build a new church centre and a new health centre at St Paul’s on Whitley Wood Lane in south Reading. You can learn more about this development at public drop-in sessions at St Paul’s today, Monday 12 August, and Saturday 17 August.
The parish say the St Paul’s site has been used as spiritual and pastoral centre for the local community since 1911. It currently hosts a day care group, the play barn for toddlers and their carers, the congregation of St Paul’s and a Nigerian fellowship.
The vision is to realise the potential of the site to be a community hub that will bring well-being to the people of the neighbourhood.
New church centre
The parish say the the proposed church centre will include:
- flexible, accessible and inclusive space for worship, social
events and soft play,
- a hall with independent facilities, suitable for vulnerable groups such as nurseries and caring for those with addictions, disabilities or mental health problems,
- a café,
- small meeting rooms,
- a dedicated quiet chapel,
- two one-bedroom flats.
The parish says:
Our aim is to provide services that meet the priority ‘well-being’ needs of the local community. Over time these could include the provision of information, advice and support on a wide range of personal issues such as debt management, housing, relationship problems and bereavement.
New health centre
The proposed health centre is intended to reduce the need for local residents to attend the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and will include:
- full GP and nursing services,
- facilities for minor operations, joint injections, physiotherapy and blood tests,
- patient group consultations,
- out-patient type clinics.
Public drop-in sessions
There will be public drop-in sessions at St Paul’s Church on Whitley Wood Lane, Reading on Monday 12 August at 7.30pm until 8.30pm, and on Saturday 17 August from 1.30pm until 2.30pm. Please contact the parish office by email on [email protected] for more details.