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.

Harvest Festival & Bread Making Competition – Sun 29th Sept

Our Harvest Festival is Sunday 29th September at 4.30pm followed by a bring and share afternoon tea.

 

This year we have made it a bit different and are having a (non compulsory!) bread making competition! See the image below for more information.   The Brownies are going to be helping us, and we think it is going to be fun.

Tinned and dried offerings will be going to local charities CIRDIC and Readifood.

If you can’t make it to this, you’ll get a second chance, as Messy Church on Saturday 5th October is going to be all about Harvest (that’s 3.30 – 5.00 pm, with crafts, singing, talk and a meal too).

Everyone is welcome, please join us.

Messy Church : Backpackers Reunion – Saturday 7th September

Whether you joined us in August for our ‘Backpackers’ Holiday Club or not, you are all invited to our Holiday Club reunion at Messy Church this coming Saturday 7th September at 3:30pm.

Come and re-live (or newly discover) some of the fun we had at Holiday Club as we travelled around Europe.  It will all done in our usual mix of Fun, Faith and Food through Craft, Celebration and a Shared Meal.

We’ll hear what two people learnt about Jesus while they travelled on the road to Emmaus , and our hot meal will be good Backpacking food – Sausages !

We hope to see you Saturday.  Bring a friend !

Backpackers Holiday Club Video

Missed “Backpackers” and wondered what it was all about?  Came and want to relive some of the fun ?

Here’s a glimpse of the fun that 80 children, helped by over 50 teenage and adult helpers, had at “Backpackers”‘ – this year’s Holiday Club.

Holiday Club Recap

As our week long Holiday Club draws to a close, you are all invited to see a recap of the weeks fun and games today (Friday 16th) at 12noon.

Regardless of whether you’ve ordered the subsequent Fish & Chip meal or not, please stay for a while to get a flavour of what our children have been up to through video, song, story & games.

More photos of what we’ve been up to can be see on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/St.Catherines.Tilehurst

Please be aware that because of this event, the Café is closed and Friday Friends returns next week.

Holiday Club Service – Sunday August 11th : 10:30am

You are invited to a special Backpackers Holiday Club opening service at St Catherine’s on Sunday 11th August, starting at 10:30am.

You’ll get to see what our children will be doing during the week ahead.  Bring the whole family, all are welcomed, we do hope that you will be able to come.

This is a ‘joint’ service and replaces the normal 9:15am and 11:00am Sunday services.

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Messy Church takes a break in August

Just a reminder that Messy Church takes a break in August as we prepare for our week long Holiday Club.

Why not come along to the Holiday Club opening service on Sunday 11th at 10:30am.  They’ll be lots of fun and games regardless of whether you can attend the Holiday Club week or not.

Messy Church will return on Saturday Sept 7th.  We hope to see you then !