St. John’s UCC Reading Fund was established in 2020 to support organizations, programs or initiatives that do one or more of the following:

  • reduce hunger.
  • meet a pressing need for youth.
  • offer shelter or improve housing.
  • create or maintain open space.

St. John’s was located at 149 S. Ninth St. in Reading. It was formed in 1871 as St. John’s Reformed Church of Reading.

In 2017, a majority of its remaining members voted to dissolve St. John’s United Church of Christ as a legal entity.

In 2019, the church filed with Berks County Court to transfer much of its assets to the Community Foundation and to give its building and some assets to Open Door Mennonite Church, Lancaster County, to establish the South 9th Street Mennonite Church in the building.

In 2020, the St. John’s UCC Reading Fund of Berks County Community Foundation was created to continue the church’s mission.

The fund awarded its first-ever grants in 2021.