Church Activities and Coronavirus

St Catherine's ChurchThis page is regularly updated.  Please return regularly to read the latest situation.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has changed all our lives.  As our level of restriction is continually under review, so our pattern of Sunday services and other midweek gatherings are affected again.  

During these difficult times, we continue to explore how to be a different kind of church, and how to both keep in contact and provide practical help.

We encourage you to :-

  • Join our live-streamed video services via our Facebook page .  We have a Sunday morning service video as well as a weekday live streamed ‘At Home’ Morning Prayer  service.  All start at 10am.  Please download a Morning Prayer service booklet from 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

At this time, most of our Church Activities are closed and will remain so while we are at Tier 2 or higher.

This includes, but is not limited to the following

      • Mid-Week Services in church
      • Café Siena
      • Tuesday get Together
      • Friday Friends
      • York House communion
      • Calcot Cuppa
      • Mothers Union
      • Tots Praise
      • Cornwell 0-5s Play Group

At this time it is not known which activities will re-start at what time.  Please check back on this web site or our Facebook page for further details.

Other Hall & Church Users

Some groups, such as St Catherine’s Pre-school, have a specification exemption from lockdown.  They may continue to meet,  in a strict Covid-secure environment.

We have contacted the people booking the Hall or Church to discuss the additional requirements that the latest government guidance puts upon them and the practicality of whether their groups may continue to meet.

At this time we do not know when any particular church centre users will restart their groups.  Please check with them for further details.

Also note:
To reduce the chance of cross contamination, the centre is being operated in two halves – Church and Hall.  Please use the north, car park entrance for the Church, and the south, road side entrance for the Hall.


Last updated 19th January 2021 11:30 am.
Originally published 16th March 2020 9:00 am.

Café Siena – Deliveries Suspended

With a heavy heart we have taken the decision to stop our Friday meal delivery service for the time being.

We need to keep our church family safe as possible, as well as local residents. It gave great pleasure to deliver a freshly cooked meal to the older members of the community, and we hope to resume this service in the not too distant future.

Stay safe and well everyone,

Christmas Nativity Scene

Why not walk by St Catherine’s one evening and take a Christmas Selfie at our Christmas Nativity Scene !

And while you’re there, you could contribute a prayer to our Community Christmas Tree and find the first ‘window’ of the Nativity Trail from St Catherine’s to St Michael’s.

Community Christmas Tree

Our Community Christmas Tree is ready and waiting for your decorations, prayers and wishes.

You can write on a gift tag, an old Christmas card, an old decoration or make a decoration of your own; then come and hang it on the tree!

Walk by St. Catherine’s Church, Wittenham Avenue to add to the tree, see our floodlit nativity scene and then start the Nativity Trail to St. Michael’s.

Big Tilehurst Carol Singalong

The Big Tilehurst Carol Singalong is a carol service created by and for the community. Make Christmas extra-special this year by recording yourselves singing along to your favourite carol.

It’s a joint project between St Michaels, St Catherine’s & St Mary Magdalene’s.

We’ll work some magic so that you and your family can settle down on Christmas Eve to watch yourselves and the whole community singing along as we tell the Christmas story.

Download the backing tracks below from here and watch how to be involved here.

Youth Group Programme – Autumn ’20

We’re delighted to confirm that our Friday night youth group is back up and running after having to pause during lockdown. It currently does not have a name but we will address that on 13th November.

If you are not currently a member but would like to be, please contact us. We’d love to welcome you to the group, but will need to make provisions to ensure that we can do that in keeping with current laws and guidelines surrounding youth groups meeting together.