New Service – 11am

We’re please to announce our new, informal service for the whole family, from Sunday 9th June at 11am.

As previously announced, the congregation from Cornwell Community Church are joining us to start this new service.

It’ll be the same time as Cornwell (11.00 am), with the same style of service (very informal), the same group of people (all ages, with several young people in our music group), the same great music and the same refreshments (fresh coffee and cakes).

As before we aim to make our service accessible for everyone and we are accepting and understanding of people with special needs.

We hope to see you there !

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a worldwide prayer initiative for the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost (May 30th – June 9th).

Our ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative  will be launching with Ascension Day Holy Communion at 8.00 pm on Thursday May 30th, followed by 24 hours of prayer from 6.00 am on Friday 31 May to 6.00 am on Saturday morning, 1st June.

The Garden Room will be open with visual aids and prayer resources.

Messy Church – Saturday 4th May

It might be a Bank Holiday weekend – but that doesn’t stop Messy Church!

We seek to provide a space where the whole family can spend quality time together to share in Fun, Faith and Food, with craft activities, stories, songs and a shared meal together to finish.

We hope that you can join us at St Catherine’s this Saturday (May 4th) at 3:30pm.  Bring a friend !

Holiday Club 2019 is “Backpackers”

We’re excited to announce that the 2019 Holiday Club will be called ‘Backpackers’.

With a travel theme, there’s plenty of exploring, fun and games, making, songs, drama and more, as the children journey through European cities.

At Backpackers, children will travel with Jesus as he arrives in Jerusalem and explore the events of his last week on earth through the awesome accounts from the Gospel of Matthew.  There’ll be the normal mixture of Fun, Games, Craft, Bible Stories and Songs, plus the chance to perform Drama and Song.

Backpackers will take place from Monday 12th August to Friday 16th, from 10am to 12noon.  These is also an opening ‘preview’ service for all the family on Sunday 11th August at 10:30am.

The cost is £10 for the week, this is to cover refreshments and materials (a reduction to £5 for additional children in the same family).

For all the latest news about out Holiday Club, click here.

Registration forms are not ready just yet – but keep an eye out form them, either at church or contact us at info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk .

Parish Service Changes

At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 7th April 2019, the following statement about Cornwell Community Church was made:

The Cornwell Leadership Team have decided that to further the mission of the church, we should join with Gill in an exciting new venture in the St Catherine’s building. Initially this will take the form of a Cornwell style service and will incorporate ‘All Stars Family Service’, and Sunday school.

We have always said that a church is not a building but people, so whilst Cornwell Community Church as a separate church would cease, as a congregation we would continue to meet together as part of that new venture.

Discussions are being held regarding how and when that might take place. As soon as decisions are made as to the way forward, they will be communicated to both churches.

Rev Gill Rowell, Tony & Evelyn Bartlett, Emma Deacon, Caroline O’Sullivan, Val & Stuart Poore, Jane Stokes.

23 March 2019

It has subsequently been decided that this new service will take place at 11.00 am , starting on Pentecost Sunday – 9th June.

In order to facilitate this new service, the St Catherine’s 9.30 am service will move 15 minutes earlier and start at 9.15 am.  This time change will begin on on 19th May.

Further details will be provided when available.

Easter Services

You are invited to join as we celebrate the Easter story.

Our Good Friday (19th April) morning service is at 10:00am, but please arrive from 9:30am for Hot Cross Buns.  We’ll explore the Easter story in a fun, interactive way, with songs and drama, lasting around 45 minutes.

At 11:00am, you are invited to join us at St Joseph’s for a short Station of the Cross service.

At 11:30am a walk will start from St Catherine’s to join the public Act of Witness at the Triangle which starts at 12noon.

At 2:00pm there is a quiet meditation hour.


Our Easter Sunday (21st April) celebrations start with our normal 8:00am spoken Communion service.

Our Easter Sunday All Star Family Communion at 9:30 will include an Easter Egg hunt and should last about an hour.

Messy Church – Saturday 6th April : Easter

The Easter School holidays are about to start.  But what is Easter all about?

We know it’s more than just chocolate and bunnies, but why do Christians consider Easter far more important than Christmas?

Why not join us at Messy Church this coming Saturday to help us think about the Easter message through our usual mix of fun, faith and food.  They’ll be plenty of craft activities to help us explore the Easter story and we’d love you to stay and eat with us – fish fingers this week!

We hope to see you at St Catherine’s this Saturday (April 6th) at 3:30pm.