We’ve been asked to highlight this appeal from Greyfriars bookshop …
You probably know that Greyfriars Bookshop is now the only Christian Bookshop in Reading, very much part of a dying species.
Due to the competition they face from online stores and eBooks, it is a real battle for physical bookshops to keep going, and this is particularly true for Christian bookshops. Yet as Christians we know that the presence of a Christian bookshop in a town is important. We firmly believe that Christian books impact communities and change lives!
“More than half of the born-again Christians in the world testify that literature played a part in their conversion.” – Patrick Johnstone, Operation World
Christian Bookshops can be welcoming ‘outreach’ centres that the general public can visit if they are in need of prayer, have questions about something that they are struggling with, or perhaps are just looking for a relaxing place to catch their breath. This is an important part of our work here at Greyfriars.
Christian bookshops are also an important provider of resources for the local Christian community. Christian books and study materials are key to our discipleship, both for us as individuals and as groups, as well as an evangelistic tool to help bring people to Christ.
We at Greyfriars Bookshop are keen to maintain this ministry to Reading and would ask, if you feel it appropriate, that you encourage your congregations to use and support the bookshop to enable us to continue to do so.
General shopping habits have changed, but it is so important to still have a place where customers are able to come and look inside resources and discover books both new and those that have stood the test of time and have become classics. It is also important that customers are able to receive good input and advice from knowledgeable staff. We will often recommend books that are genuinely good reads, having either read them ourselves or received recommendations from other committed Christians. Places like Amazon cannot provide you with a vague title you can’t remember, but we offer a personal service and will always attempt to find the book that you are looking for.
We can often recommend a great present for your church member or friend and we also offer a great selection of very competitively priced cards for all occasions. At Christmas and Easter, we stock seasonal items such as Christmas and Easter cards, the Real Easter Egg and the Real Advent Calendar as a Christian based alternative to those available in other shops.
Where possible, we will attempt to match prices with Amazon for you so please give us the opportunity to match where we can. We understand how important it is to keep costs down and so want to do our best to help you to serve your communities and congregations, whether you need materials for your church or home groups or for you personally. We will offer Pastors a 10% discount off the retail price of books, CDs and DVDs to help support you.
As well as selling lots of great books and CDs, we offer many Fairtrade goods and gifts. Please consider committing to buying one or two items per week as this makes a big difference for farmers who produce food all around the world and are often living at subsistence levels. We sell beautiful Christian gifts and treats for yourself and others, including ethically sourced sterling silver jewellery made by a small fair trader. Physical bookshops, especially Christian bookshops, are disappearing from our high streets and it saddens us to see this, so please think of us in future and get in touch to see what we can do for you.
By helping us to stay open you are helping to support a ministry where people can come and receive prayer and encouragement in the town centre during the week, as well as helping Christian resources to be available to the people of Reading and surrounding areas.
Do come down and help us to stay part of the high street and please share this with your congregations and ask them to like us on Facebook and recommend our website (www.greyfriarsbookshop.org.uk). We would also appreciate your prayers for us and our ministry.
Thank you for all of your support.
The Greyfriars Bookshop Team
Greyfriars Church, Friar St, Reading RG1 1EH
T: 0118 951 6710
Charity Registration no 1129381