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 shoebox with small gifts, (please read the leaflet carefully about what is acceptable) and add a donation of £5 or more towards transport costs.

A simple shoebox gift packed with love and fuelled by prayer can have a huge impact! 

If you have trouble getting a shoebox, we have a supply of flat pack boxes already decorated for 50pence each.

We are an official collecting point for filled Shoeboxes.

Alternatively, you can ‘pack’ a Shoebox online at: https://shoeboxonline.samaritans-purse.org.uk/

Click here to see the fantastic shoeboxes we collected two years ago.

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 21st November

Time – 10.00 am with refreshments after the service.

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 21st November.

Tots Praise restarts Friday 17th September @ 9:30am

Tots Praise restarts on Friday 17th September.

We’ll continue to meet in Café Siena every Friday, but now starting at 9:30am.

Jumping, singing and dancing, Bible story, a simple craft and a prayer followed by refreshments.  Time for babies and toddlers, parents and carers to enjoy their own dedicated time of worship and special place to be.

Plenty of time to play and chat afterwards.

As before, we’ll only be meeting in term time. Specifically this means we won’t be meeting on

  • 22nd & 29th October (Autumn half term break)
  • 17th, 24th & 31st December (Christmas break)

Cornwell Toddler Group restarting

Cornwell 0-5s Toddler Group is re-starting on Tuesday September 14th.

We are a friendly toddler group in Tilehurst, run by St Catherine’s Church, meeting at the Cornwell Centre (off Home Croft, Clements Mead, RG31 5WJ). 10am-12noon Term Time Only

  • Tuesdays 10am – 12noon (Families only)
  • Thursdays 10am – 12noon (Childminders only)

Each week we put out a wide & varied selection of toys including ride on scooters, bikes & cars. We have an art and craft table which varies week to week. We also have a singing/story time.

Healthy snacks for children on Tuesday sessions. Tea, Coffee, Biscuits for grown-ups are provided on both days.

BUT at least until half-term we have to limit the numbers to 15 ‘Bubbles’. On Tuesdays that’s a family group (child with parent/grandparent). On Thursdays a childminder with their charges. To avoid turning anyone away at the door we are in the process of setting up a booking system with Eventbrite through the Church page:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/st-catherines-church… .

Whilst the sessions will be marked ‘Free’ to avoid Eventbrite charges, we have held our price at £3 per session (payable ‘on the door’) but are now able to take card payments as well as cash. A further announcement on this page together with an email to everyone on our distribution list will follow next week with more information.

We do look forward to meeting up again!

Church Activities and Coronavirus

St Catherine's ChurchAs daily life settles into a new pace, changes caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic occur less often.  The current status of Church Activities as affected by Coronavirus has now been moved to a separate page where the minor changes no longer appear as ‘latest news’.

Please click here for the latest details.


Updated and main details moved on 31st October.

Post re-dated to “Freedom day” – July 19th – in order to de-emphasise it in the news stream.

Originally published 16th March 2020 9:00 am.