Pilgrim Course

In the next few weeks, we’re planning to start running the first in a potential series of courses called “Pilgrim”.

Pilgrim is a major teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.

The course is both for people who are not yet Christians but are open to finding out more and also for people who want a refresher course in their faith.

Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion and listening to someone just talking, but through participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers.

The first course is 6 sessions based on the questions asked in the Baptism service. They are :-

  • Do you turn to Christ ?
  • Do you believe and trust in God the Father ?
  • Do you believe in his Son Jesus Christ ?
  • Do you believe in the Holy Spirit ?
  • Do you repent your sins ?
  • Do you renounce evil ?

Please contact us if you’d like more details.

For further details on the course itself, and some of the other courses in the series, goto http://www.pilgrimcourse.org


Messy Church – Saturday 6th October

As the autumn colours appear in the trees, it is time to celebrate Harvest.

While few of us do any real harvesting these days, it is still a good time to stop and give thanks for what we’ve got, and to help others who have less.

Accordingly we invite you to bring donations of food for the charity ‘Readifood’ – Reading’s food bank.

We’ll start our time together with lots of fun craft and activities linked to our Bible story – The feeding of the 5,000.

Then we’ll celebrate, singing songs, hearing the Bible story and praying together.  We’ll also hear how we can help others over Christmas through ‘Operation Shoebox’.

This should be a great opportunity for all the family to spend time exploring these themes together.

Please join us at St Catherine’s on Saturday 6th at 3:30pm.  Why not invite a friend.

Messy Church – Saturday 1st September

After the summer break for Holiday Club, Messy Church resumes its usual routine of meeting on the first Saturday of month.  And that’s sooner than you might think !  It’s this Saturday – the 1st of September.

Many of the children will have joined us for our Holiday Club, and we’re keeping the holiday club fun going with this week’s theme – “Chip Shop Church”.

However, unlike Holiday Club, we want the whole family to come along and join in the mixture of Fun, Faith and Food, while finding out a bit more about what it means to be Church.

Keeping with the Chip Shop theme, our hot meal will be Fish Fingers (vegan option available)

We’d love to see you at St Catherine’s, this Saturday, starting at 3:30pm for Messy Church !

Also, below, is our Messy Church calendar for the whole year.  Also, look out for details on St Catherine’s new Sunday afternoon Family service coming soon !

Joint Service at Cornwell – Sunday 29th July

Sunday 29th July is a special joint service at Cornwell Community Church. Accordingly there is no 9:30am service at St Catherine’s.

We’ll meet in the Cornwell Center in Home Croft, off Clements Mead.  In response to previous feedback, the service will be at the normal Cornwell time of 11.00 am, with refreshments served from 10:30am. So please come early for cake and real coffee.

We hope you can join us there.

Messy Church – Saturday 7th July

The first Saturday of the month – 7th July – is just coming,  so it’s time for Messy Church !

You have hopefully already seen details about our Holiday Club during August (there’s no Messy Church in August for this reason).  It’s called Rocky’s Plaice and will be our familiar Holiday Club week of Fun, Games, Craft, Bible Stories and Songs, plus the chance to perform Drama and Song.

There are still places available at our Holiday Club, but please sign up soon.  If you want to read more, go to https://stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk/church/holiday-club/

But if Holiday Club is called Rocky’s Place, then “Who’s Rocky ?” – That’s the theme of our Messy Church this Saturday!

Come along on Saturday for our normal Messy mixture of Fun, Faith and Food, while finding out a bit more about Rocky and our Holiday Club.  Our hot meal will be Fish Fingers (and that’s a clue as to who Rocky is).

Yes, we know that there’s something on the TV at the same time, but if, just like us, you’re too nervous to watch – or, also like us, you think Messy Church is more fun anyway, then why not come along to St Catherine’s at 3:30pm on Saturday 7th July.

We’d love to see you there !