Service of Celebration for the Life of Joe Kingston

A Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Life of Joe Kingston will be held on Saturday, September 23 at 11 AM followed by a collation at First Congregational Church of Reading.

If you are unable to attend in person, and would like to receive the Zoom link, please add your email below and click “submit.” We will send an email out with the Zoom link the morning of the service.

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Olde Redding Faire Silent Auction

As the excitement for the Olde Redding Faire builds, we ask you to consider donating to this year’s Silent Auction. We hope you will join us in celebrating our faire and auction.

Our silent auction is part of a tradition that goes back to 1957, when the first faire was held. The online Silent Auction has grown to be a significant area of the faire. In fact, the bidding starts the week before the faire! 

Last year’s silent auction offerings displayed in the sanctuary on faire day.

Donations to the auction include gift cards, gift baskets, products, and services. Last year, we had donations such as crafts, including hand knitted afghans, quilts, artwork, and pottery; homemade food from soup to dessert, vacation rentals, and unique local daytrip experiences. You might have a different and wonderful idea for a new creative donation. Contact the Silent Auction team if you want to discuss ideas for your contribution.

All donations are greatly appreciated. Click here to donate. If you need help with this online process, please reach out for help.

We can pick up your donation or you can leave your donation in the church office starting on Sunday, September 24. We will coordinate drop off of food baskets and very large items. Please contact us for details.

Click here to view the auction.

The Silent Auction will open Saturday, September 23 and close on Saturday, September 30. You can view the donations and make bids in person during the faire on Saturday, September 30, between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Please drop by!

Proceeds from the Silent Auction, which earned roughly $7,000 last year, benefited our church, as well as the Reading Food Pantry and Reading’s Mission of Deeds.

Contact the Church Office at 781‑944‑0205 or at if you have any questions. 


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The Olde Redding Faire

Save the date for the Olde Redding Faire!

Saturday, September 30th, from 10am-2pm

  • Picnic Basket – Lunch & Fun Food
  • Silent Auction – In Person
  • Jewelry – Modern and Vintage
  • Puzzles – GREAT Selection
  • Baked Goods – Fresh & Tasty
  • Farm Stand – Seasonal Items
  • Books – Used and Classics
  • Kids’ Place – Fun Activities for All

Email for more info.

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Dress a Girl Around the World

The First Congregational Church of Reading’s Women ‘n Stitches group is kicking off the “Dress a Girl Around the World” sewing project. 

Dress a Girl Around the World is a campaign where you sew dresses for young girls in need, following a simple pattern that’s provided for you. For many of the girls, the dress you create may be the ONLY dress they will EVER have. We want it to be a high-quality product in which they feel dignified and beautiful. These girls live in areas where they are easy targets for trafficking; the new dress shows that they are cared for and may discourage would-be predators. 

Caption:  These dresses were made during the Reading MLK, Jr. Day of Service and we donated to the organization.

You can join us to create dresses as a group or you can pick up a kit with instructions to sew on your own. We will be meeting Tuesday, September 12, from 7:30 – 9pm at the church, 25 Woburn Street, Room 17.

More information about the program can be found here:

While we have plenty of fabric, we are looking for attractive trim:  lace, rick rack, eyelet,  double fold bias tape (½” or  ¾”), any color (minimum 8 ft  length), and elastic (½”).

Contact the church office, 781-944-0205 or, regarding donation and any questions about this meaningful project.…

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