Our church was established
in June 1978 to serve the spiritual needs of the fast-growing community of Cox
Green. Its predecessor was a nineteenth century chapel next door to the
Post Office in Cox Green Lane but by the early
1970s, it was evident that the old building was neither large enough
nor solid enough to accommodate the growing population.
Revd. David Cawte and
his wife Judy, were among the originators of the very unusual idea of joining forces
with Berkshire County Council and the newly-formed Community Association to
develop a Centre which was the 'church' and also a Community Centre.
From the start,
the Church of the Good Shepherd was committed to the acceptance of
new ideas and to direct involvement in the life of Cox Green. We are still
very involved in the community in all sorts of ways and embrace change that is for good.