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.

APCM

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is on Sunday 11th October at 11.15 am via Zoom.

Both the 10.00 am physical and on-line service will finish in plenty of time to allow people to attend.

To join the Zoom Meeting, simply follow this link http://tinyurl.com/cathapcm . You may be asked to download the Zoom App.

If you can’t download the Zoom App, you can still participate by joining us on the telephone; simply dial 0203 481 5240 and when prompted you’ll need to input Meeting ID: 853 2527 8861, Passcode: 217180.

This meeting will receive the Annual Report and Accounts (available on our website if you don’t have a copy – these were distributed in March before lockdown) and elect church officers.

Please do make the effort to join us.

Café Siena – limited opening

A reminder that the Café is open – albeit with a limited menu and slightly less hours.

We are open on Thursdays and Fridays 10.30am – 1.30pm. Because we may only have one member of staff in the kitchen we can only have a reduced menu of hot and cold drinks, cakes, soups, and sandwiches.

All guests are expected to follow the latest safety measures to help safeguard the well-being of all. This includes no more than six to a table, and face coverings must be worn when not sitting down to eat or drink.   

Please enter by the car park (north) door where you will be asked to fill in your track and trace details. There is limited seating, but weather permitting, we’ll have additional tables and chairs outdoors.

Despite all these additional measures, the same warm welcome and delicious food awaits you ! 

On-line resources 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 live-streamed services, videos and reflections as well as study materials & fun activities.

We continue to meet together on-line in a variety of ways, primarily through Facebook and Zoom.

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

Morning Prayer – Friday 23rd October

 

Morning Prayer – Thursday 22nd October

 

Morning Prayer – Wednesday 21st October

 

Morning Prayer – Tuesday 20th October

 

Morning Prayer – Monday 19th October

 

Sunday Service – 18th October

 

Morning Prayer – Friday 16th October

 

Morning Prayer – Thursday 15th October

 

Videos

All our Morning Prayer & Sunday Service videos can be found here

Our videos for the young or young at heart can be found here

All our Afternoon Reflection videos can be found here

Our Thy Kingdom Come Evening Prayer videos can be found here

All our Bible Reading videos can be found here

All our Daily Office videos can be found here

All our Soul Music videos can be found here

Other Resources

All our downloadable resources, including our ‘At Home’ service booklet, can be found 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.

A lot of announcements and links to additional material can be found on our Facebook page.

If you wish to join us for our Zoom Coffee meetings, please email us at info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

Last updated Thursday 1st October 10:00 am.

Originally published Monday 16th March 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.

Church Activities and Coronavirus

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


The Coronavirus Pandemic has changed all our lives.  Our previous pattern of Sunday services and other midweek gatherings is greatly affected.  

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

As we explore what the ‘new normal’ means we are opening a few activities slowly and carefully.  At this time :-

  • We hold a simple service in our church building on Sundays at 10am.  We are experimenting with style and contents as we discover who is willing and able to join us.  Due to corona-virus there are many restrictions, but you are most welcome to attend.  Click here for the latest announcements.

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

Some Church Activities are now resuming in a strict Covid-secure environment.

The following activities have already, or are about to resume.

      • Sunday Morning Services (now 10am – see above)
      • Café Siena (limited times & menu – see above)

The following groups are not holding physical meetings.

      • Tuesday get Together
      • Mid-Week Services in church
      • Friday Friends
      • York House communion
      • Calcot Cuppa
      • Mothers Union
      • Youth Group
      • 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 the limit of six people gathering together.  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 restart.

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 10th September  12:00 am.
Originally published 16th March 9:00 am.

St Catherine’s Centre Activities

We are pleased to announce that St Catherine’s Centre (both Hall and Church) is open for hire and holding meetings from the 1st of September.  We will be following Government guidelines as we continue to explore how best to operate in a Corvid safe manner as our users return.

We have been holding Sunday Services in the Church building, in a Corvid-secure environment, for a while now.

In addition, the Café is now open on Thursdays and Fridays with a reduced service.

Accordingly, we are now exploring the best way to open the Hall for use by groups, in a safe manner.

We are asking all groups to undertake additional responsibilities to try and ensure a Corvid-secure environment.  As part of this will are temporarily splitting the centre into two zones.  We ask Hall users to enter via the southern, road side entrance and Church users to enter via the northern, car park side entrance.

In accordance with Government Guidelines, most Hall and Church users will be expected to wear face coverings while they are inside the building.

We totally understand that some groups and some individuals will not consider it appropriate to attend or re-start at this time.

Activities will resume when each group thinks best for their users.  Please chat to your group organiser for details.

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.