Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

A huge thank you to everyone who brought a shoebox to St Catherine’s for our Shoebox Sunday service. 

We took over 40 shoeboxes to the collection depot on Monday morning.  Along with the on-line donations, they’ll be sending Good News and Great Joy to less fortunate children around the world.

A few of our shoeboxes and givers.
Piled up under the Altar
Dropping our shoeboxes off at the collection point.

Day of Prayer for Climate Action – Saturday 6th November

We are holding a prayer day for Climate Change on Saturday 6th November from 10am to 4pm with a break for lunch (bring your own) between 1 & 2 pm.

The day will be split into five one-hour sessions, led by different individuals, so you can come or go as you like, and changeovers will be on the hour every hour – please come for as long or as short a time as you have available. 

The sessions will follow the theme of Genesis, and there will be some information sharing, as well as guidance, worship, time for prayerful reflection, and intercession. 

This day takes place half way through the COP26 Climate Change conference, which we have been regularly praying for, for several months. 

Please come and participate – God hears our prayers.

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.

Harvest Service – 26th September

This year’s Harvest Service will be held on 26th September at 10am.

We will be supporting the charity Send-a-Cow who provide tools and education for farming in Africa.

Financial gifts to ‘Send A Cow’ can be made online by going to https://sendacow.org/donate-now/give-a-donation/ and putting in our church reference AM5101 at the bottom in the ‘let us know why….’ box.  OR just put cash in the special collection plate. 

We’re also collecting tinned/packet goods, for Readifood.

Refreshments will be served in the hall at end of the service. Followed by ‘Spud lunch’ at 12.30pm with choice of fillings – chilli, cheese, beans or tuna, and salad. 

Lyfe Course

We are starting a Lyfe Bible Study in St Catherine’s Church beginning on Monday 20th September at 2pm.  We will be using the same material as the Wednesday Zoom Bible studies – The Lyfe material. It consists of teaching by video followed by discussion, led by Gill.  But, of course, this will all be in person! 

If you’d like to come, or know more, please email us

Places are no longer restricted and absolutely everyone is welcome.