Church Activities and Coronavirus

St Catherine's ChurchIn light of the latest guidance from the government and the Church of England, our usual pattern of Sunday services and other midweek gatherings must be put on hold with immediate effect.  This affects all areas of our church life.

Instead we are exploring how to be a different kind of church, and how to both keep in contact and provide practical help.

Accordingly we encourage you to :-

  • Join our video live-streamed ‘At Home’ Morning Prayer service via our Facebook page .  We say it together at 10am each Morning.  Please download a service booklet from here.
  • Watch our other daily videos on our Facebook page or on our website 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

While the announcement of the closure of our various activities has been made at different times, all our meetings must now be considered closed until further notice.  For the avoidance of doubt, this includes , but is not limited to, the following :-

  • Sunday and Mid-Week Services
  • Café Siena
  • Tuesday Get Together
  • Friday Friends
  • York House communion
  • Calcot Cuppa
  • Youth Group
  • Tots Praise
  • Cornwell 0-5s Play Group

Other Hall Users

We have asked all hall users to postpone their activities. They will contact their users independently.


Last updated 24th March 11:30 am.
Originally published 16th March 9:00 am.

Spiritual Nourishment during Coronavirus

We are aware that many seek spiritual nourishment during this time of Coronavirus when we are unable to attend Church services together.  This may be especially important for those self isolating.

We are providing a range of resources, including videos of services and daily thoughts as well as study materials.

Immediately below are our most recent videos.  Please scroll to the bottom for more resources.

Sunday 29th March – Livestreamed Sunday Service

 

Saturday 28th March – Saturday Funday

 

Friday 27th March – Daily Thought (Compline)

 

Friday 27th March – Livestreamed Morning Prayer service

 

Friday 27th March – Tots Praise – Prayer

 

Friday 27th March – Tots Praise – Song & Story

 

Thursday 26th March – Daily Thought (Book Review)

 

Thursday 26th March – Livestreamed Morning Prayer service

 

All our Videoed Services can be found here

All our Daily Thought Videos can be found here

Our ‘At Home’ Morning Prayer service booklet can be picked up  from Church, or download it from here.

In addition to videos, further study material has been emailed or delivered. If you want this and haven’t already received it, please contact us at info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk .  If you have a friend who’d like this, but does not have access to the Internet, please contact us.

Last updated Sunday 29th March 10:00 am.

Originally published Monday 16th March 9:00 am

Livestreaming Service Info : 21st & 22nd March

A message from Gill

This Saturday (March 21st) is what we are going to call call “Saturday Funday” – so we are not livestreaming Morning Prayer at Home at 10.00 am (feel free to say it alone!) – but a video of Phil and I playing “Would I lie to you?” – some light relief we hope!  Feedback always appreciated!

Do join us for the livestream tomorrow, Sunday 22nd March, of a sermon based on John 9 at 10.00 am.

Also, if you’d like to be part of the first livestream CofE communion service led by Archbishop Justine Welby, you can join him on a local radio station, or on the CofE website at 9.00am.

And don’t forget that tomorrow, which is Mothering Sunday, is also a National Day of Prayer – we are all invited to light a candle and put it in our front window at 7.00 pm.

God bless us all – and keep praising Jesus!

Gill


All our spiritual nourishment materials can be found here

Our daily thought videos can be found here

Our livestreamed videos can be found here

Physical Help during Coronavirus

If you need help

Members of our church community have been placed into groups, with each group having one or two coordinators.

Members are encouraged to contact their coordinator if they fall ill or are restricted to their homes.  Their coordinator can then organise assistance as required.

If you are unsure whether you are on this list, or unsure who your coordinator is, please contact us by emailing info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

Similarly, if you would like to be put on a list, or to be contacted by a coordinator, please email us at info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

If you can offer help

We are compiling a list of list of volunteers who are willing to offer help to those unable to leave their homes.  These people would be willing and able to deliver or shop,  dropping things off on doorsteps/through letterboxes to those who are self-isolating.  Please email info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk if you think you may be able to help.

Please return to this page for updates.

Dwelling Well : Lent Course 2020

Please join us for our Lent Course entitled ‘Dwelling Well’, which will run from 27 February – 5 April.

Be refreshed in your faith and come along on Thursdays at 3.15 pm or Sundays at 7.00 pm in the church. We will explore the spiritual disciplines of listening, noticing, hospitality, announcing the kingdom, seeking God’s way together and engaging with the world.

The sessions will be light and interactive, and hopefully help us all to put our faith into practice!

Lent will begin with Holy Communion in the church at 8.00pm on Ash Wednesday, 26 February.