St John the Evangelist Church, Woodley
|St John the Evangelist, Woodley|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Heritage designation||Grade II*|
|Designated||26 January 1967|
|Parish||Woodley, St John the Evangelist|
|Archdeaconry||Archdeaconry of Berkshire|
|Diocese||Anglican Diocese of Oxford|
|Vicar(s)||Rev. Edilberto (Eddie) Márquez-Picón|
|Flower guild||Enid Roberts
|Music group(s)||Ken Sparkes|
|Parish administrator||Mandy Potts|
St John the Evangelist, Woodley is a parish church in Woodley, close to Reading in the English county of Berkshire. It is a Church of England church in the Reading Deanery of the Diocese of Oxford.
The church was built by Robert Palmer in 1873. In 1987 an extension was added to the south-east wall. Adjacent to the church is the St John's Centre, a Grade II listed building which was formerly a Church of England school but is now used as the church hall and office. Across the road from the church is the Rectory, though the present incumbent chooses to live elsewhere in the parish.
|Rev. Edilberto (Eddie) Marquez||2008||Priest-in-Charge/Vicar|
|Rev. Jon Honour||2006||Acting Priest-in-Charge|
|Rev. Ann Douglas||2002||Team Rector|
|Rev. Fred Woods||1995||Team Rector|
|Rev. Ian Watson||1989||Vicar/Team Rector|
|Rev. John Congdon||1983||Vicar|
|Rev. John Eastgate||1974||Vicar|
|Rev. H. W. H. Wilkinson||1948||Vicar|
|Rev. K.F. Way||1945||Vicar|
|Rev. W. H. Trebble||1940||Vicar|
|Rev. Cyril Donne||1930||Vicar|
|Rev. Philip Gray||1925||Vicar|
|Rev. Frederick F. Penruddock||1913||Vicar|
|Rev. Ernest Angel Gray||1881||Vicar|
Parish of Woodley
Originally part of the Parish of Sonning, Woodley became its own Parish in 1881. In the 1960s St James' Church, Woodley was planted and came under the authority of St John's Church, being led by a curate until 1992.
The following year, 1992, saw the one parish of Woodley become two parishes within a Team Ministry. The Parish of St John the Evangelist contained St John's Church and Emmanuel Church, whilst the new Parish of Southlake contained St James Church with the curate at the time, Rev. Paul Roberts becoming a Team Vicar. The Team Rector based at St John the Evangelist Church led the team of clergy for both parishes.
Following the controversial departure of the Rev. Ann Douglas in 2006, the Benefice of Woodley was suspended in order that the future of the Team Ministry could be reviewed. During the interregnum the Rev. Jon Honour, Team Vicar at Emmanuel Church, was appointed Acting Priest-in-Charge of St John's Church, assisted by the then curate, the Rev. Jason Reid. In 2007, the PCCs of St Johns and St James independently voted to dissolve the Team Ministry and establish a Group Ministry in its place. The benefice currently remains suspended pending the completion of the necessary formal arrangements to effect this change.
Interviews were held in October 2007 for a Priest in Charge for St John's Church, and the Rev. Marquez was licensed in March 2008.
All four Anglican Churches in Woodley are part of Churches Together in Woodley.
- St John the Evangelist Church, Woodley
- Emmanuel Church, Woodley
- Woodley Airfield Church
- St James Church
- Historic England. "Church of St John the Evangelist (Grade II*) (1136276)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- Reading Deanery
- Map of the Diocese of Oxford
- Listing Building Entry 41495
- A Church Near You, id 369, 'More Info' tab
- British History Online
- Benefice of Southlake St James Woodley
- Linked in, Ian Watson
- Church Appointments, The Independent, August 1992
- Church Appointments, The Independent, October 1992
- 'Ungodly behaviour' and fisticuffs in the quiet parish of Woodley
- Church Together in Woodley