Church Activities and Coronavirus

St Catherine's ChurchThis page is regularly updated.  Please return regularly to read the latest situation.


The Coronavirus Pandemic has changed all our lives.  As our level of restriction is continually under review, so our pattern of Sunday services and other midweek gatherings are affected again.  

During these difficult times, we continue to explore how to be a different kind of church, and how to both keep in contact and provide practical help.

We encourage you to :-

  • Join our live-streamed video services via our Facebook page .  We have a Sunday morning service video as well as a weekday live streamed ‘At Home’ Morning Prayer  service.  All start at 10am.  Please download a Morning Prayer service booklet from here.
  • Keep in contact via email, social media or telephone with each other.  If you are not already in one of our ‘Virtual Groups’ and wish to be included, please email us.

Please refer to this page for Practical Help if you are ill or isolated.

Please refer to this page for Spiritual Help during this time.


Church Activities

At this time, most of our Church Activities are closed and will remain so while we are at Tier 2 or higher.

This includes, but is not limited to the following

      • Mid-Week Services in church
      • Café Siena
      • Tuesday get Together
      • Friday Friends
      • York House communion
      • Calcot Cuppa
      • Mothers Union
      • Tots Praise
      • Cornwell 0-5s Play Group

At this time it is not known which activities will re-start at what time.  Please check back on this web site or our Facebook page for further details.

Other Hall & Church Users

Some groups, such as St Catherine’s Pre-school, have a specification exemption from lockdown.  They may continue to meet,  in a strict Covid-secure environment.

We have contacted the people booking the Hall or Church to discuss the additional requirements that the latest government guidance puts upon them and the practicality of whether their groups may continue to meet.

At this time we do not know when any particular church centre users will restart their groups.  Please check with them for further details.

Also note:
To reduce the chance of cross contamination, the centre is being operated in two halves – Church and Hall.  Please use the north, car park entrance for the Church, and the south, road side entrance for the Hall.

 


Last updated 19th January 2021 11:30 am.
Originally published 16th March 2020 9:00 am.

Café Siena – Deliveries Suspended

With a heavy heart we have taken the decision to stop our Friday meal delivery service for the time being.

We need to keep our church family safe as possible, as well as local residents. It gave great pleasure to deliver a freshly cooked meal to the older members of the community, and we hope to resume this service in the not too distant future.

Stay safe and well everyone,

Café Siena in December

With the current Tier 2 Coronavirus restrictions, we have decided that the café will sadly remain closed during December. However we will be continuing with our Friday meal delivery service.

If you know of an elderly person who might like a freshly cooked lunch please let us know via the usual channels. The menus are:

  • Fri 4th – Potato topped chicken pie, scone with butter and jam
  • Fri 11th – Lasagne, mini cheesecake
  • Fri 18th – Chicken and ham pie, Christmas cake

£5 per meal

Café Siena to go

Caring for our community.

Do you know of someone living on their own or who is shielding, and might like a freshly cooked meal delivered to their door Friday lunchtime?

The meal this week is cottage pie with peas and carrots, and a slice of bread pudding. Cost £5.00. We aim to deliver the food hot, but it may require 30 seconds in the microwave. Deliver time expected to be 12.15-12.45.

Needless to say, Covid prevention measures put in place in order for this service to be as safe as possible. Orders ideally need to be placed by Wednesday evening. Contact us on info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

Café Siena – closed for lockdown

With the latest national lockdown announced on 31st October, we regret that Café Siena will not be able to open until further notice.

We have greatly enjoyed meeting & serving  you over the last three months, even though we could only open with limited menu & hours.

We hope we will be able to meet you again soon.


Please refer to this page for Practical Help if you are ill or isolated.

Please refer to this page for Spiritual Help during this time.

APCM

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is on Sunday 11th October at 11.15 am via Zoom.

Both the 10.00 am physical and on-line service will finish in plenty of time to allow people to attend.

To join the Zoom Meeting, simply follow this link http://tinyurl.com/cathapcm . You may be asked to download the Zoom App.

If you can’t download the Zoom App, you can still participate by joining us on the telephone; simply dial 0203 481 5240 and when prompted you’ll need to input Meeting ID: 853 2527 8861, Passcode: 217180.

This meeting will receive the Annual Report and Accounts (available on our website if you don’t have a copy – these were distributed in March before lockdown) and elect church officers.

Please do make the effort to join us.

Café Siena – limited opening

A reminder that the Café is open – albeit with a limited menu and slightly less hours.

We are open on Thursdays and Fridays 10.30am – 1.30pm. Because we may only have one member of staff in the kitchen we can only have a reduced menu of hot and cold drinks, cakes, soups, and sandwiches.

All guests are expected to follow the latest safety measures to help safeguard the well-being of all. This includes no more than six to a table, and face coverings must be worn when not sitting down to eat or drink.   

Please enter by the car park (north) door where you will be asked to fill in your track and trace details. There is limited seating, but weather permitting, we’ll have additional tables and chairs outdoors.

Despite all these additional measures, the same warm welcome and delicious food awaits you !