St Mary the Virgin, Silchester

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This Church is primarily a place of worship and prayer, one which still serves as the focal point for Christian fellowship and ministry for many who live nearby. The earliest walls of the church are from the beginning of the 12th Century and it is a living place of worship used by both individuals and the community on a daily and weekly basis. The Fabric Committee work hard to keep up with restoration and repairs to keep the historic fabric in good order: also to make changes and additions to ensure that the building is effective and alive. With the new extension there are now toilets and baby changing facilities along with a kitchen. Provision has been made for a level access for wheelchairs, prams, Zimmer frames and spaces are available in the body of the church for wheelchair using worshippers. There are very strong links with the local school and village with numerous concerts taking place during the year. Both Lenten and Advent lunches are held within the church making use of the new kitchen

The church is open every day from dawn to dusk ( key rota system) and during summer at weekends there is usually someone in church to guide visitors round. If there is no guide visitors can follow the history of the church on laminated cards distributed about the church along with a booklet for sale in the church. A recent extension provides modern facilities with a kitchen and toilet area. Since the extension was built the church community has expanded and now thrives with visitors, concerts and events. It hosts the University of Reading annual 'dig' in the Roman Town of Calleva Atrebatum as an education centre with weekly talks. There are a number of musical concerts held in church each year along with Lent and Advent lunches. The church is also an increasingly popular venue for weddings and baptisms.

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals are by arrangement with our Resident Vicar in Silchester.

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