Rah Rah Theatre Company presents Top Hat Tails at Friday Friends – 10th May

Top Hat Tails

On 10th May, the Rah Rah Theatre will be visiting Friday Friends, at St Catherine’s, to present “Top Hat Tales”.

This is a musical love story based around the famous Broadway musical songs of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, sung by stars such as Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day and Bing Crosby. The show has been devised to whisk audiences back to this memorable era allowing them to participate and reminisce.

All are welcome – please come and join in the fun. The cost is £3.50 to include the usual refreshments.

Friday Friends starts a littler later than normal that week with refreshments at 2:30pm , but you can still arrive early for lunch in the Café.  The Café opens at 10:00am, with the lunch menu starting at 12 noon.

The performance starts at 3:30pm.

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.