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.  

  • The church will be open for private prayer on the National Day of Reflection (23rd March).  Click here for details.
  • Sunday Services within St Catherine’s Church building will resume on Palm Sunday (28th March) . Click here for details.

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 20th March 2021 3:00 pm.
Originally published 16th March 2020 9:00 am.

St Catherine’s Centre Activities – Six person limit update

The Government’s announcement on 9th September of a six person gathering limit will clearly affect activities within St Catherine’s Centre.

It is clear that many Church and Hall activities will no longer be able to take place from Monday 14th. There are a list of exemptions to this rule, and we are currently seeking to more fully understand what they are.

However, for now, we can confirm :-

  • Our Sunday Services in the Church building will continue unchanged.
    Religious services are exempt from the new ruling.  We must continue to operate a Covid-secure environment which includes wearing face coverings.
  • The Café will continue opening – with it’s reduced hours (Thursdays and Fridays) and limited menu.
    Covid-secure Hospitality services are exempt, but must now enforce the six person limit, so large groups sharing tables will not be possible.
  • Tuesday get Together will no longer be meeting until this restriction changes.

As the Government issues more guidance, further decisions on other groups can be made.  Please contact your group organiser for details on any specific activity.

Tuesday get Together – Restarting Tuesday 1st September

We are pleased to announce that Tuesday get Together is restarting on Tuesday 1st September in the Café area of St Catherine’s.

We will be following corvid-secure guidelines.  This means that we request that you wear a face covering as you enter the building, sanitise your hands upon arrival, sign in for track and trace purposes, and follow social distancing guidelines while in the Café.

We are stressing that as over 70s are still advised to be very careful in their socialising, that any decision to come is entirely of their own choosing.