Café Siena Re-Opening

We are pleased to announce that our café will be opening again from May 20th on Thursdays and Fridays 10am-2pm – initially a soft opening with a limited menu.

Extra safety measures will be in place to help safeguard the well-being of all.  Please wear face coverings to come and go!   Entrance by the car park (north) door only!

Limited seating, including tables and chairs outdoors weather permitting.

We hope to see you soon.

Church Activities and Coronavirus

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


The Coronavirus Pandemic continues to change 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.  

  • Every Monday we release an episode of Dwelling in the Creed hosted by Rev Gill and rev Phil. This replaced our weekday livestreamed Morning Prayer. 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 held in the Garden Room
      • 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 3rd June 2021 19:00 pm.
Originally published 16th March 2020 9:00 am.

Thy Kingdom Come : 13th – 23rd May

Thy Kingdom Come is a worldwide prayer initiative beginning on Ascension Day (Thursday 13th May) running through until Pentecost (Sunday 23rd May). We have taken part in this for the past few years, and for obvious reasons, like last year, everything will be done on-line.

A short video will appear on our Facebook site every morning.  In addition to an Ascension day Morning Prayer service on Thursday, there will also be our ‘At Home’ Morning Prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the usual time of 10.00 am.  As usual, they will be live-streamed via Facebook and also available here

You may like to visit the Thy Kingdom Come website (click here) for further information and prayer resources.  In particular, you may wish to download the Prayer Journal from here.

Mothers’ Union Meeting – Wed 12th May

The St Catherine’s Branch of the Mothers Union are currently holding their programme of talks over Zoom. The next meeting is on Wednesday May 12th at 2.30 pm.  We look forward to a talk on the topic of Modern Day Slavery – the topic of the recent Wave of Prayer.

The Zoom link is :-

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85771526877?pwd=SzhMdFo5UStpbVBoOEJEMml3OGEvZz09

The meeting ID is 857 7152 6877, passcode 924099.

This meeting is open to any of our congregation, not just MU members, and we do hope as many of you who are able will join us.

Latest resources during Coronavirus

We are aware that many sought spiritual nourishment during the time of Coronavirus when we were unable to attend Church services together.  This was especially important for those self isolating.

Accordingly, over a period of a year and a quarter, we broadcast many hundreds of videos for people to watch at home. These included a weekday morning prayer service on Facebook, and we also met together via Zoom.

While a weekly livestream of our Sunday Morning service at St Catherine’s continues, our regular weekday morning prayer video services have now finished.

This post was originally used to point people to the latest resources. It now remains to point people to those historical resources, as well as the latest videos still being produced.

Videos

All our latest videos can be found here

A series of links to our old Morning Prayer & Sunday Service videos can be found here

Other Resources

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

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

Last updated 30th June 2021

Originally published Monday 16th March 2020

Cat’s Open Air Pop Up Cake Club

Weather permitting, Café Siena will be open Fridays for outdoor teas, coffees, delicious cake and some much-needed time to chat, chill (we hope not literally!) and catch up with friends.

Friday 10.00 am – 12 noon : ON THE BACK LAWN

Friday 2.30 4.00 pm : OUT THE FRONT

Table service only.

Following Government guidelines, all customers must check in and observe social distancing.

Café Siena will be opening for indoor refreshments and lunches again beginning on Thursday and Fridays from 20th May.

Bible Course : Elijah

Prophet at a loss

Following the success of our previous courses, we are running a 4 week course over Zoom looking at the book of Elijah.

We’ll be starting on Wednesday 24th April at 7.45. Please contact us if you would like to come so that we can share the link with you.

If you have attended either ‘The Bible Course’ or our previous course looking an Jonah it would be great if you could fill in this survey (it takes about 2 minutes to complete) which will help us planning for going forwards: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KDLYGV3