Leprosy Mission Sunday

We are not able to hold our usual Leprosy Mission Sunday in Church this year. This means we will not be able to hand out our usual donation ‘giving envelopes’ for The Leprosy Mission.

Please remember the work of The Leprosy Mission in your prayers. If would like to make a donation please use the following link: 


Donations made between 24th January and 24th April will be doubled by the UK Government thanks to the UK Aid scheme.

Find out more about the work of The Leprosy Mission by visiting their website at https://www.leprosymission.org.uk/

Operation Christmas Child

Each year we support the charity Samaritans Purse and their project Operation Christmas Child, which sends a shoebox of presents to children who otherwise may receive nothing at Christmas.

However this year, because of the obvious logistical problems that the Coronavirus Pandemic cause, we’re doing things a little differently.

This year we are encouraging everyone to buy a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child online at: https://shoeboxonline.samaritans-purse.org.uk/  (or just search for “Shoebox Appeal”).  By going on-line it means people do not need to make additional shopping trips to obtain gifts and boxes.

However we are aware that many still like to create a physical box for themselves.  If you did want to pack an actual Shoebox, you can take it to the ‘Entertainer’ toyshop in Reading Broad Street or to ‘Kingsmen’ in Marcus Close (off Dee Road) which is where we took them last year.

The national collection week is 9th – 16th November.

Christian Aid Week Service – Sunday May 10th

If you didn’t manage to join us live for our Christian Aid Week Service, you can watch it below …

The order of service can be found here :- https://stcatherinestilehurst.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/christian-aid-week-2020-order-of-service.pdf


To donate to Christian Aid via the Tilehurst Just Giving page, please click here.

All our videos, including other Sunday live-streamed services, can be found here

Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

A huge thank you to everyone who brought a shoebox to St Catherine’s this morning. Through them, we will be sending Good News and Great Joy to less fortunate children around the world.

We know that a few more are coming later today, so check back tomorrow for a final total.

Update : A total of 110 shoeboxes were taken to the collection depot on Monday morning.


Shoebox Sunday – 17th November

Sunday 17th November is Shoebox Sunday – the last day you can drop off your filled shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.

It is also the day we are holding a special service at St Catherine’s to gather the filled Shoeboxes, and to tell everyone what happens to them.  We’ll also show video of the distribution and opening of some of the boxes.

This is a special ‘joint’ service, so it starts at 10.30 am with refreshments from 10.15 am.

Alternatively you can bring your Shoeboxes to St Catherine’s Church or Cornwell 0-5 play group anytime before 17th November.

Charity Sale – Thursday 14th & Friday 15th November

Cornwell Charity Crafts  are selling their handmade jewellery, gifts and crafts at St Catherine’s on both Thursday 14th & Friday 15th November.

They’ll be their during café opening hours (10am to 2pm) both days, and for those at work during the day, they’ll also be there on Thursday evening from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

They will be raising money for the charity Send a Cowwhich sends farming and educational resources to Africa.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas child is a way of bringing some Christmas cheer to a poor, needy or suffering child.

The idea is to fill a shoe box (if you can’t get hold of one, we have a supply) with small gifts, (please read the leaflet carefully about what is acceptable) and add a donation of £5 or more towards transport costs.

We are an official collecting point for filled Shoeboxes.

We are also holding a special service to gather the filled Shoeboxes, when you can hear more about what happens to the filled boxes.

Date – Sunday 17th November

Time – 10.30 am with refreshments from 10.15 am and also after the service which will last about hour.

Place – St Catherine’s Church,      Wittenham Avenue, RG31 5LN.

Alternatively you can bring Shoeboxes to St Catherine’s Church or Cornwell 0-5 play group anytime before 17th November.

Charity Sale – Wed 21st August

Please join members of the 11am Service for a ‘Send a Cow’ House Party on Wednesday 21st August.  See the image below for details of the location & time.

They will be raising money for the charity Send a Cowwhich sends farming and educational resources to Africa.

Tea, Coffee, Cakes & other refreshments will be available. We will collect donations for the charity.   Cornwell Charity Crafts will have jewellery and other handmade gifts on sale. All profits go to Send a Cow.