We Love Our God
“We love because he first loved us…In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” -1 John 4:19, 9-10
We Love Our Neighborhood
”For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
We Love One Another
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” -Romans 12:10
We Love Our City
”Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” -Jeremiah 29:7
Reading City Church aims to encourage healthy, Biblical communities throughout Berks County that love and serve their neighborhoods and the city of Reading.
RCC started by meeting in the IMAX theater in Reading, PA on October 10, 2010 as a group of about 50 friends. That year, Reading was named the city with the highest poverty rate of the nation. Our desire was to do church as simplistically as possible, to be a genuine community that loved Jesus and sought to serve the city we gathered in. Within a few years, RCC connected and blended with the congregation at the historic St. James Church in West Reading.
We are a growing, young church that loves to get together whenever we can to pray, to learn, to worship, to grow, and to serve together. Whether we are hosting over a thousand people for our annual, free Apple Festival, sharing the gospel and some fun at the park with neighborhood children at Friday Night Kids in June, or hosting West Reading for the town's tree lighting event, we are in the heart of our town and love to serve our neighbors. We also continue to actively serve the city of Reading by beautifying parks and volunteering for numerous nonprofits.
While much has changed since our start in 2010, the core of who we are and our commitment to our long-term vision has not changed. We are moving towards a future in which we will plant additional RCC communities that love and serve their neighborhoods and will have the transformation of Reading City as their heart. We are a young church that joyfully anticipates the future God has for us.