Lent Online Evening Prayer

Over Lent this year we will be offering a short daily prayer time at 5.30 pm on St Catherine’s Facebook page, using the Live Lent reflections on Embracing Justice.

Most sessions will be live, but for some practical reasons, some may be pre-recorded. Each evening will include a Scripture, a reflection and a prayer. 

There will also be an Ash Wednesday service at St Catherine’s on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm.

Lent Course – Living in Love and Faith

How do questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ? What does it mean to live in love and faith together as a Church?  All around us we see changing understandings of human identity, changing patterns in relationships and families, changing sexual attitudes and activity.   What does it mean for followers of Jesus to walk in love, faith and holiness today?

This Lent we will be offering everyone in the church the opportunity to listen and reflect.  The course, produced by the Church of England, takes part in 5 sessions – Learning Together; Identity; Relationships; Our Bodies and Sex; Life Together.  

We’re inviting everyone in our church community to participate. Accordingly, we are offering the course in two ways :-

  • Thursdays, by Zoom, at 7.45pm (first session on 3 March)
  • Sunday afternoons, in Church, at 4.00pm, (first session on 6 March).  

Each session will last about 1.5 hrs.

Friday Friends Programme – up to Easter 2022

Friday Friends meets weekly from 2.00 – 4.00pm every Friday, price £3.50 (carers free), offering a mix of talks, light exercise, singing together, table top games or craft activities in a safe, warm and friendly environment – with tea and cakes.

Why not arrive early and enjoy a meal in Café Siena.

The program for the rest of February through to Easter 2022 is as follows :-

February18th *** UPDATE : *** Cancelled – due to Storm Eunice ***
25th David Attenborough – Our Planet: Our Business
March4th Memory Box – Strong Women in our Society
11th Sing Along with Bert Randall
18th A trip down Memory Lane
25th British Comedy
April1st Craft (Easter bonnet, Easter eggs, animal painting)

A Welcoming Space

We have a dream…!

…that we will be a welcoming space here for everyone in our community…where people are able to sit in the sunshine (or the rain!), chat, and build relationships, a place to be, and belong.

We are asking for donations towards a selection of outdoor furniture from below, which will go on the outside tarmac area in front of the Church.

All are made from 100% recycled plastic waste, will not rot or splinter, no more painting or staining required, weatherproof, long life span, maintains the appearance of treated timber.

There are donations envelopes incorporating Gift Aid declarations at church, or contact us and we will send you an envelope.  Please talk to Rev Gill if you wish to donate the full price of any item.

Bible Book Club

Bible Book Club, Wednesdays, 4.00pm

A Book Club with a difference!  It’s reading the Bible – and the rule is – only people who don’t go to church are allowed to attend! 

We will be looking at a chunk of the Bible each week, and then discussing the questions that it raises for those who come. 

Everyone is welcome – and if you’d like to join us, please contact Gill Rowell, our vicar, who will be leading the sessions, or email us here.  They are fun, thought provoking and real.   

Sunday 30th – Bring Your Own

For the 10am Service on Sunday 30th January, we invite you to bring your own Songs and Words of Praise.

Come ready to share a Bible verse or passage, hymn, song or poem!

The service will start with a short, spoken service of Holy Communion, after which we invite you to contribute a Bible reading, poem, or choose a Hymn or song from Songs of Fellowship – saying why it is special to you!

Our Songs of Fellowship books 1-3 will be available, bit if it’s not in that book, just let us know beforehand and our musicians are willing to give most songs a good try.

As it is also Leprosy Sunday, we will also be showing a short video; and Chris Stratta from the Leprosy Mission will be coming to update us on progress later in the year.