Catalogue ReferenceD/N14
TitleRecords of Woodley Congregational Church (formerly Independent, later URC)
Description[For more information about the records in this collection please contact Berkshire Record Office.]

Summary

CHURCH ADMINISTRATION : church meeting minutes, 1874-1982 ; church diaries, 1975-1981.

DEACONS : minutes, 1956-1961 (gaps), 1963-1972.

ELDERS : minutes, 1972-1981.

TREASURER : accounts, 1936-1976.

CHURCH ORGANISATIONS : Sunday School teachers' meeting minutes, 1954-1975.

REGISTRATION AND MEMBERSHIP : baptisms, 1875-1969 ; marriages, 1952-1962 ; burials, 1875-1905, 1953-1969 ; membership registers, c.1912-1935, 1963-1980 ; miscellaneous, 1874-1935.
Date1874-1981
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
LevelFonds
Extent20 vols, 1 bdl
Admin HistoryWoodley Congregational Church was established in 1834 as an Independent congregation served by ministers from the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion. It was Congregational by 1874, when there was an administrative reorganisation, including the establishment of a committee of management. Earlier records do not appear to survive. A further reorganisation took place in 1887, including the [re-] establishment of a board of management and appointment of various officers. A day school was run in the schoolrooms adjoining the chapel.

The church never had its own minister, being served by the ministers of nearby Congregational Churches. In the early twentieth century it is described as a daughter-church of Castle Street Congregational Church, Reading (see D/N 9). From 1963, it was joined with Twyford Congregational Church (see D/N 13) under a joint pastorate. Both churches joined the United Reformed Church in 1972. In 1982 Woodley URC united with Woodley Methodist Church (D/MS 84), moving to the Methodist church building. The old church building was sold.
AcquisitionDeposited in September 1987 (acc. 4095)
ArrangementClassification scheme: Non-conformist churches

[This scheme shows how the collection is arranged. This collection does not include every type of record in the scheme. See the summary for records included in this collection.]

1 Church administration
1/1 Church book
1/2 Church meeting minutes
1/3 General correspondence & administrative files
1/4 Papers presented to Church meeting
1/5 Miscellaneous

2 Deacons
2/1 Minutes
2/2 Miscellaneous

3 Elders
3/1 Minutes
3/2 Miscellaneous

4 Committees
4/1 Minutes
4/2 Miscellaneous

5 Treasurer
5/1 Accounts
5/2 Statements of accounts
5/3 Miscellaneous

6 Property records
6/1 Trustees minutes
6/2 Title deeds
6/3 Fabric papers
6/4 Accounts
6/5 Miscellaneous

7 Church Organisations
7/1 Sunday School
7/2 Others

8 Registration and membership
8/1 Registers
8/2 Membership registers and lists
8/3 Miscellaneous

9 Service of the Church
9/1 Service registers
9/2 Orders of service
9/3 Miscellaneous

10 Minister

11 Charities
11/1 General or united charities
11/2 Specific named charities

12 Publications
12/1 Magazines
12/2 Miscellaneous

13 Other bodies

14 Miscellaneous
Related MaterialRecords in other collections

D/N25/1/2/3: Congregational Union correspondence, 1957-1982

D/N 53/12/1/14-26: Church magazines, 1969-1981.

D/N 53/13/1/1: Park, Twyford and Woodley Group Council, Diaconate and Elders' minutes, 1963-1979.

D/N 53/13/1/2: Order of service: ordination of minister, 1963.
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