The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus February 2019
Who’s Who in the Parish
Vicar Rev Gill Rowell ℡ 0118 942 7786 firstname.lastname@example.org
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One of the new signs at St Catherine’s
Photos Stuart Poore
Tony Bartlett Anniversaries and Prophecy Our diaries are peppered with anniversaries, some more signiﬁcant than others. Silver 25th and Gold 50th wedding anniversaries date back to Roman times. Whilst nowadays there are matching gifts for any and every anniversary, some are more signiﬁcant than others. The 16th January, the date of our ﬁrst public service, has always been a signiﬁcant date for Cornwell Community Church. We celebrated our 5th birthday by inviting Bob Smart to preach, he was at Tilehurst Free Church in 1993 and part of the team that researched and planned what was to become Cornwell Community Church. For our 10th the Ven Norman Russell, Archdeacon of Berkshire, was our guest and our 25th seemed the next signiﬁcant milestone, you can read more about how we’re celebrating it on page 21. Anniversaries give us the opportunity, indeed prompt us, to look back but also to look forward and at this point I’m reminded of a quote often (wrongly) attributed to Albert Einstein: ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting diﬀerent results’. As Stuart mentions, the ‘landscape’ in which Cornwell Community Church sits has changed signiﬁcantly since we started, more so in the last few years. The shape of the parish has changed, losing an area to the North and gaining a huge area to the South with the addition of a large part of St Birinus parish. Whilst originally, we were fairly central and some distance from St Catherine’s, we are now relatively nearer and right on the upper edge of the parish. Family life has also changed in 25 years and those of us who were ‘sent out’ 25 years ago have aged, so we feel it is time for a ‘wideranging’ review. The Bible readings over the last few weeks have been about gifts; the ones gifted by God that come from the Holy Spirit living in us and all the diﬀerent gifts that a church needs to function. On Sunday, Gill asked if we could identify which giftings we needed and had, some seemed obvious, teaching, music, administration others less so; what about prophecy? The gift of prophecy, whilst associated with foretelling the future, is also ‘forthtelling’; looking back on past events to say what happened and why, so a review of where we are will be in much need of that particular gifting. We’ll be asking what it is about Cornwell that people like, as well as trying to discern God’s vision for the future. We are reminded (1 Corinthian 13:1-2) that like all the gifts, prophecy is valueless without love and whatever our review leads us to, it will need to be carried out with love. What is true for Cornwell Community Church is also true for each one of us as we look to the future with an eye on the past, remembering that the greatest gift is love.
Services in the Parish The Garden Room at St Catherine's is open during the day and reserved for quiet, prayer and meditation. Every Thursday 12.15 pm 2.00 pm
Holy Communion or Morning Prayer - Garden Room Community Prayer - Garden Room
Every Friday - During term time 9.15 am
Tots Praise - Café Siena, St Catherine's
Saturday 2nd February 3.30 pm
Messy Church, theme ‘Love God’ - St Catherine’s
Sunday 3rd February - Fourth Sunday of Epiphany Ezekiel 43.27 - 44.4, Psalm 48, 1 Corinthians 13.1-13, Luke 2.22-40 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell
Wednesday 6th February 11.00 am
Holy Communion at York House th
Sunday 10 February - Proper 1 Isaiah 6.1-8[9-13], Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15.1-11, Luke 5.1-11 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Word & Worship - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service and 25th Birthday celebrations - Cornwell
Sunday 17th February - Proper 2 Jeremiah 17.5-10, Psalm 1, 1 Corinthians 15.12-20, Luke 6.17-26 8.00 am Morning Prayer - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell
Sunday 24th February - The second Sunday before Lent Genesis 2.4b-9,15-25, Psalm 65, Revelation 4, Luke 8.22-25 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am All Stars Family Worship - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service with communion - Cornwell 4
Saturday 2nd March 3.30 pm
Messy Church, theme ‘Giving Up?’ - St Catherine’s
Sunday 3rd March - The Sunday next before Lent Exodus 34.29-35, Psalm 99, 2 Corinthians 3.12 - 4.2, Luke 9.28-36[37-43a] 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell
Wednesday 6th March 11.00 am
Holy Communion at York House
Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday Joel 2.1-2,12-17 or Isaiah 58.1-12, Psalm 51.1-18, 2 Corinthians 5.20b - 6.10 Matthew 6.1-6,16-21, or John 8.1-11 8.00 pm Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church
Sunday 10th March - The ﬁrst Sunday of Lent Deuteronomy 26.1-11, Psalm 91.1-2,9-16*, Romans 10.8b-13, Luke 4.1-13 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Word & Worship - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell
From the Registers RIP Funerals taken by Ministers Mrs Eleanor Brown Mr Bernard Rose Mr Peter Howgego Please remember their families and friends in your prayers.
Mothers’ Union Prayer Chain Prayer in Emergencies A call to one of the following numbers will start a chain of prayer straight away.
Valerie Forrow Evelyn Bartlett Sheila Ward February 2019
℡ 0118 942 9319 ℡ 0118 967 8659 ℡ 0118 942 5760
Hilary Smee Jo Day
℡ 0118 941 2895 ℡ 0118 942 1481 5
The Leprosy Mission Thanks to UK Aid Match, from 27th January to 27th April, every pound donated to our ‘Heal Nepal’ campaign will be matched by the UK government. There are thousands of cases of undiagnosed leprosy in Nepal today, leaving many disabled and shunned because of stigma and fear. For them, Anandaban Hospital is a lifeline. The Leprosy Mission’s team there trains local community leaders to ﬁnd people aﬀected by leprosy and get them the cure, but they also provide surgery, physiotherapy and prosthetic limbs so people can regain their mobility and reclaim their income.
People with leprosy are often hidden in remote villages, and a gift from you will help local workers to ﬁnd people and get them the cure before leprosy takes hold. For those who have already been seriously aﬀected, your gift will bring them to Anandaban for treatment. By ﬁnding cases early, we will prevent disability, stop leprosy spreading and bring real hope of seeing an end to this ancient disease forever. I’ll be sending oﬀ collected donations well before 27th April so they qualify for UK Aid Match. Joan Burbidge
Be secure in who you are 'WE HAVE DIFFERENT GIFTS, ACCORDING TO THE GRACE GIVEN US.' ROMANS 12:6 NIV (1984 EDITION) Insecure people often say yes, when in reality they'd like to say no, But people who succeed at being themselves don't let others control them. They see themselves as God sees them; therefore, they're led by His Word instead of the fear of rejection. You can invest so much eﬀort into trying to keep everybody happy that you end up losing yourself. Question: Do you feel like you can't be everything everybody wants you to be? Do you want to say no, but the fear of displeasing others makes you keep complying? And in the meantime, the pressure is building inside you and you're thinking, 'l can't do this anymore'? Don't get angry with those who keep making more and more demands on you. You are responsible for ordering your own life. The buck stops with you! That requires a clear sense of your own worth, your calling, your direction, your goals, and your priorities. One Christian author writes: 'For years lived under the pressure of everybody's expectations. I thought, "What if I let them down?" I thought they were pressuring me, when in reality it was my own fears and insecurities weighing me down. "But," you say, "don't you care what others think?" What others think isn't my problem, unless I make it my problem. Pleasing God and being what He wants is my ﬁrst concern. If I try to be anybody else, I'll forfeit His blessing, because God can't bless an imitation.' The solution is to work on becoming secure in who you are in Christ, and everything else will begin to fall into place. Pray that you would be secure in who you are in Christ. This thought is taken from ‘The Word for Today’, Daily Bible reading notes produced quarterly by UCB (United Christian Broadcasters Ltd) PO Box 255, Stoke on Trent, ST4 8YY. If you would like to receive these free notes or those aimed at Secondary School age, please ask Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659 who is our church rep for UCB.
Tilehurst Library Craft Group Meets 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm in Tilehurst Library School Road, RG31 5AS every Monday (except bank holidays) Enjoy crafting with company. Bring along your knitting, sewing, crochet, drawing etc etc. Tea and Coffee provided There is no charge and you get to support your local library at the same time. The Library is open 9-5am for: Books - fiction and non-fiction, adult and children, large print, Books in French and Spanish, Spoken word CDs and cassettes, Music CDs, DVDs, Selection of magazines, Word Processor PC, Photocopier, Free internet access and Wi-Fi, Study space, Toy Library - reserve and pick up small items.
Is Jesus your Friend or just an Acquaintance? We are acquainted with many people but probably only a few we would call ''true friends''.
• A friend will ﬁght to protect our reputation
A face can be put to an acquaintance. We recognise them when we meet each other out and about. We are able to carry on a conversation with them. But these people aren't our friends on a personal level. We don’t know them well enough to trust them with our feelings, to call on them for help or to share our pain and concerns. Then there are real friends, the ones you trust. These are the people we know we can go to when in need. I have had a rough ride recently and I have found that acquaintances far outnumber true friendship. Old friends and a few new ones have helped me in so many ways and I thank you all...you know who you are!
• A friend will be there if we call at 2:00 am in the morning
• A friend will be loyal whatever the situation • A friend will ring to check on us • A friend will walk alongside us with support • A friend will visit us in our homes • A friend will want the best for us
• A friend will watch our backs
• A friend will help us when down in spirit • A friend will not put up with gossip about their friends. The list goes on..but.. Jesus provides all these things and much more besides. He knows us better than anyone, accepts us as we are, is always accessible and will never leave us. Jesus was just an acquaintance to me for ﬁfty years, but now I can't imagine life without Him in my life. He knocked on my door as a friend and I let Him in. Do you really know Jesus, or do you just know who He is? In other words, would you consider Him an acquaintance or a friend? Proverbs 27:9 NIV Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice Lorraine Roberts
Thank you ! Very many thanks to the very helpful jeweller from James Bloor, Tilehurst. As many of you know, a group of church ladies gather items for a stall at our church fetes and this gentleman has been invaluable in his advice on jewellery items. Thank you too to the ladies who work so hard and to all who support them! Rosemary Cunningham
Tilehurst Parish Council Their new website has gone live and on it you will ﬁnd all about the parish with agendas and minutes of meetings, a map of the parish, who your local councillors are, details of the Parish amenities, Halls, recreation and leisure, services, latest news, and what’s going on with the Neighbourhood plan. Do explore the website which is: www.tilehurstparishcouncil.gov.uk
Tilehurst Horticultural Association
Reading RSPB group Indoor meetings are 8.00 - 10.00 pm and held in Pangbourne Village hall, Pangbourne, next to ‘The Elephant. Subscriptions are due at the beginning of each season’s programme and include entrance to all indoor meetings. Adults £15 Juniors £10, entrance fees for visitors Adults £5 Juniors half price.
Talks Programme at the Village Hall, Victoria Road, RG31 5AB Thursday 14th February - 7.30 pm
Annual General Meeting/Social Evening Thursday 28th March - 7.45 pm Richard Ramsey - ‘Dahlias’
February 17th - Field Trip
Richard has been growing dahlias as a hobby for over 40 years.
Little Marlow Gravel Pits SL8 5PS. March 12th - Indoor meeting
"Freeing The Eagle - The Hudson Legacy"; Conor Jameson. Hear about the Victorian naturalist, author and campaigner W.H. Hudson March 17th - Field Trip
Nine years ago, having many surplus plants he sold them locally. This has grown into a major cut ﬂower business, with the blooms being used in many prestigious venues over the country.
A minibus trip to Titchﬁeld Haven reserve on the south coast to look for early spring migrants and other birds such as bearded tits.
Richard will talk about all things dahlias. There will be an opportunity to purchase items. www.withypitts-dahlias.co.uk
See - www.reading-rspb.org
See - www.tilehurstha.org.uk
Berkshire Family History Society Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to ﬁnd out more about your family heritage or to trace missing cousins? If so you can ﬁnd help at The Centre for Heritage and Family History, on the second ﬂoor of Reading Central Library in Reading town centre. It’s free to visit and open Mondays, 11.00 am to 4 00 pm, Tuesdays and the last Thursday of the month, 10.30 am to 4.00 pm, and Saturdays 10.30 am to 2.30 pm. You’ll have access to expert help and advice, and ﬁve subscription Family History websites for free: Ancestry Worldwide, Findmypast, The 1939 Register, The Genealogist and British Newspaper Archive to help you unravel your family’s story, wherever in the world they may have come from. Berkshire Family History Society is a registered charity (number 283010). The society also runs a number of very popular events in the Centre. Coming up in February and March are: “Census Records from England and Wales” Workshop February 9th (Saturday) 11.00 am-1.00 pm. Tickets £10 (members £9). Pre-booking required. Find out how to get the most from Census records for your family history research. “Where there’s a will there’s a relative” Workshop March 16th (Saturday) 11.00 am-2.00 pm (includes break for
lunch). Tickets £10 (members £9). Prebooking required. Discover how wills, inventories, administrations and death duty records can help family historians. “Heroes of Woodley Airﬁeld” Talk by Joy Pibworth February 7th (Thursday) 2-4pm. Tickets £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake afterwards. Book in advance or pay at the door (subject to availability). “The Wilts and Berks Canal” Talk by Paul Joyce February 21st (Thursday) 2.00-4.00 pm. Tickets £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake afterwards. Book in advance or pay at the door (subject to availability). “Smith’s Coaches of Reading” Talk by Paul Lacey March 9th (Saturday) 12.00-2.00pm. Tickets £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake afterwards. Book in advance or pay at the door (subject to availability). A Reading Walk led by Terry Dixon March 12th (Tuesday) 10.00 am-12.30 pm. Tickets £5 (members £4). Pre-booking required. For more information about all of these events, and to purchase tickets, see www.berksTs.org.uk, and follow the link for events, or drop into the Centre during opening hours. Catherine Sampson Catherine Sampson will be giving a talk on ‘Georgian Cookery’ to the Mothers’ Union on Wednesday 13th February, all are welcomed to attend, see page 17.
Peter Howgego 4.2.1923 - 3.1.2019 Dad’s early life was spent in Shepherds Bush, West London. He was born an only child to Fred and Freda Howgego in February 1923 and most won’t be surprised to hear Dad’s dad was a carpenter. I ﬁrmly expect that as well as “mum” and “dad” some of dad’s ﬁrst words would have included the need to be able to spell “Howgego.” Working life started in 1939 in the Chief Engineer’s oﬃce of the Great Western Railway, based at Paddington Station. This was the start of a 43 year career for the railway, broken only by National Service (1942-46), during which dad was part of the Special Wireless Company, West African Signals. He spent 7 months in West Africa, then sailed to India and Burma, where his unit intercepted enemy radio transmissions. As well as establishing life-long friendships I’ve no doubt this experience profoundly inﬂuenced Dads outlook on life. Mum and Dad met in 1966 while Mum was living in East Finchley. They married in November 1967, and moved to Blewbury Drive, Tilehurst, where they remained happily married for 38 years until mum’s death in 2005. The 70’s saw Stephanie and then me arrive on the scene and many a happy memory growing up followed with all of our wider family and friends. Happily these memories are also current, as Nicky and I bring up our own family, and I am grateful Kieran, Buki, and Leon knew “grandad chimney.”
Its fair to say Dad had a few practical skills! He had an enviable Aladdin’s cave in the garage at home. A long line of projects emerged from the garage over the years, including some for St Catherine’s. A cornerstone of life in Reading was St Catherine’s and Mum’s faith. Dad’s deep thinking nature lead him to challenge and explore belief, often looking I think, for facts and answers that were not always there. Sometimes I know he would try the odd shock tactic to test Christian resolve and reaction. He was conﬁrmed in the 1980’s and took part in many diﬀerent aspects of church life and community over the years, both directly and indirectly. Although perhaps unconventional, I believe Dad had a faith. There are too many examples to mention of “family” in Dad’s life both through the church and beyond. I am aware of many kindnesses shown particularly in later years and know there will have been many more. We are grateful for the church family; prayers, visits, holidays, bowls club (and (Continued on page 12)
(Continued from page 11) trophies), home groups, new years parties - “brothers and sisters” as Dad would have referred to everybody. Summing Dad up in some small way maybe words, jokes, conversations, cheeky laughs, badges and being young at heart.
For those that knew him we will all carry our own memories. He (and Mum) would want us to use them positively now and looking forward, ﬁnd a suitable fun badge to wear (he had a few to choose from), smile, joke and have a chat. Dominic Howgego
Local Elections Thursday 2nd May Make a difference Become a local Councillor Tilehurst Parish Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019.
week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.
What do councillors do?
Can I stand?
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real diﬀerence in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to ﬁnd out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:
How long does it take? The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a
• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union • 18 years of age or older • Live in or within 3 miles of the Tilehurst Parish Boundary
How can I get involved? Further information on how to stand for Election can be found on our website: www.tilehurstparishcouncil.gov.uk (follow the link to ‘latest news’) or by visiting: www.nalc.gov.uk/elections Jacky Major, Clerk to the Council
Tilehurst Triangle WI Since our last report, we have had two very enjoyable celebrations. Just before Christmas, we had a 1960s themed Christmas meeting. We were very pleased to welcome Gill Rowell, the vicar, as a visitor.
A year ago, Linda Cole, one of our WI members, asked if she could organise a Burns Night Supper. What a fantastic evening we had on 19th January. We ate great food – salmon pate, haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by cranachan.
Dressed in 1960s style, we had various quizzes and puzzles, including guess that tune from the decade. We also enjoyed a buﬀet, some games and dancing to 1960s music. The evening ended with Secret Santa and carol singing.
The haggis was piped in followed by speeches extolling the virtues of the haggis, the immortal memory of Robert Burns and toasts to the lassies and laddies. We then had great fun Scottish dancing to the Craigievar Ceilidh Band. Our raﬄe was in aid of the Duchess of Kent Hospice, a cause close to the hearts of members. (Continued on page 15)
One-liners from the Edinburgh Fringe • “I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell.” Gary Delaney • “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!” Stewart Francis • “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad.” Lou Sanders • “Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many diﬀerent levels.” Tim Vine • “I picked up a hitch hiker. You’ve got to when you hit them.” Emo Philips • “As a kid I was made to walk the plank. We couldn’t aﬀord a dog.” Gary Delaney • “I was watching the London Marathon and saw one runner dressed as a chicken and another runner dressed as an egg. I thought: ‘This could be interesting.'” Paddy Lennox • “I’m sure wherever my dad is; he’s looking down on us. He’s not dead, just very condescending.” Jack Whitehall • “Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no way he could write a book” Frankie Boyle • “I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions. What’s the point?” Alexei Sayle • “I’m looking for the girl next door type. I’m just gonna keep moving house till I ﬁnd her” Lew Fitz
• “I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the ‘brella’. But he hesitated” Andy Field • “Combine Harvesters. And you’ll have a really big restaurant” Mark Simmons • “I’m rubbish with names. It’s not my fault, it’s a condition. There’s a name for it…” Jimeoin • “I have two boys, 5 and 6. We’re no good at naming things in our house” Ed Byrne • “Whenever someone says, ‘I don’t believe in coincidences.’ I say, ‘Oh my God, me neither!”‘ Alasdair Beckett-King • “A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men’s singles event” Angela Barnes • “As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting; but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer” Adele Cliﬀ • “For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don’t want to do it” Phil Wang • “I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark” Adam Hess • “I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act” Tim Vine • “Why is it old people say ‘there’s no place like home’, yet when you put them in one …” Stuart Mitchell Compiled by Grove Books.co.uk
(Continued from page 13) At our ﬁrst meeting of the year, we presented a cheque to Launchpad, the proceeds of our Christmas raﬄe.
We also voted on the WI resolution which our WI wishes to be taken to the national annual meeting. A fun game of Family Fortunes followed. The ﬁrst Wednesday walk of the year was a treasure trail around Marlow. Twenty-three members and friends followed clues around the town. A really good, albeit, cold morning. Tilehurst Triangle WI meets in St Catherine’s Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, except August, at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. We have a Facebook page
The representative from Launchpad gave us a very moving and thought provoking talk about homelessness.
so check us out and see what we have been doing and have planned. Ros Somerville (secretary) 0118 941 6838
Café Siena Christmas Lunch Forty satisﬁed customers enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch at the cafe. It was good to see old friends and to meet new ones! Very many thanks to all those who helped to provide such good food so eﬃciently. The caterers and waiting staﬀ were Gill, Karen, Maureen, Moira, Sheila D, Sonia, Steph, Sue and Val. Karen, our popular cafe manager was presented with a beautiful bouquet to thank her for all that she does. Rosemary Cunningham
World Day of Prayer Come - Everything is Ready Everything is ready and the invitation is for everyone – men, women and children of all ages to join this Day of Prayer. Women of Slovenia, one of the smallest and youngest countries in Europe, have prepared this year's service entitled “Come – Everything is Ready” and they encourage us to reﬂect on the barriers they have faced since the end of the Second World War when their country was a part of Yugoslavia, a Marxist socialist republic. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees in each participating country.
Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans. Finally, at a church near you on Friday March 1st 2019 people will gather to celebrate the service prepared by the women of Slovenia. This year the Reading service will be held at 10.30 a.m. at St. Mark's Church, Cranbury Road, Reading and the Tilehurst service at St. Catherine's Church, Wittenham Avenue at 7.30 p.m. Followed by refreshments. We look forward to seeing you! The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 120 countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world – through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before ﬁnishing in American Samoa some 38 hours later. Valerie Forrow
MU Readings and Mince Pies This was held on 12th December when we anticipated Christmas with mince pies, mulled wine and readings on the theme of Christmas. We sat in the church which was decorated with festive candles and had a wonderful evening. Many thanks to all those involved in making the evening so successful and a special thank you to Maureen Godfrey who played ﬂawlessly! Rosemary Cunningham
Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information February Fri 1 Sat 2 Mon 4 Weds 6 Thurs 7 Sun 10 Tues 12 Sat 16
3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Messy Church, theme ’Love God’ 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's Finance Action group meets 7.30 pm at St Catherine's Children & Youth Action Group meeting 7.00 pm St Catherine’s 7.45 pm Prayer Ministry Team meeting in St Catherine’s Garden Room Cornwell Community Church 25th birthday celebration Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview ‘Prophetic Encounter’ 9.30 am - 8.30 pm at All Nations Christians Centre Training/Activation/Impartation £30 - prophetic-encounter.eventbrite.co.uk Sat 16 Jumble sale at St Catherine’s Mon 19 Half term week Cornwell 0-5’s do not meet Weds 27 Cornwell Leadership team meets 7.45 for 8.00 pm
March Fri 1 Fri 1
3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House World Day of Prayer services, see page 14 10.30 am at St Marks church, Cranbury Road 7.30 pm at St Catherine's Sat 2 PMC ‘Awayday’ for PCC Sat 2 Messy Church, theme ’Giving Up?’ 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's Tues 5 Shrove Tuesday - enjoy your pancakes! Weds 6 Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent Tues 12 Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Weds 13 St Catherine's PCC meets 7.45 for 8.00 pm at St Catherine's Sat 16 Prayer Ministry Training 9.00 am - 4. 00 pm at Wycliﬀe Baptist Church www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/prayer-ministry-training-tickets-52957598603 Sun 17 Cornwell Community Church annual meeting during the 11.00 am service
Looking further ahead Sunday 7th April - APCM (Annual Parochial Church meeting) 9.30 am at St Catherine's followed by lunch Good Friday 19th April - Walk of witness and service 12.00 noon at Tilehurst Triangle Saturday 20th April - Conﬁrmation service at Reading Minster Saturday 8th June - League of Friends Summer Fete Victoria Rec. 11.00 am-4.00 pm Saturday 8th June - St Catherine's Sumer Fete Week beginning Sunday 11th August - ‘Backpackers’ Holiday club
What’s On In and
Community Event at St Catherine’s Wittenham Avenue RG31 5LN
Friday Friends Meets weekly from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm every Friday Price £3.50. Offering a mix of light exercise, singing together, table-top games and craft activities in a safe, warm and friendly environment – with tea and cakes. February 1st Cards and Games 8th Air Ambulance 15th Mark Bowland Film Show 22nd Carol of the Bells March 1st Cards and Games 8th Museum on Wheels Huntley & Palmers 15th Alan Copeland Film Show 22nd Seated exercises & TV Show 29th Bert Randall Sounds Nostalgia If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407
The Link 28 School Road RG31 5AN A Tilehurst Community Café managed and run by volunteers. Opening hours Mon-Fri: 10.30 am – 4.00 pm Sat: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm Sun: CLOSED For reasonably priced teas, coffee, snacks, lunches, cards and books.
Wednesdays A simple morning service with St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church held 9.30 am alternating between there and St Catherine's followed by a cup of coffee. See weekly notices at either Church. When at St Catherine’s followed by Meeting Point - meeting together and meeting with God. Teas and Coffees, people to listen and pray in the presence of God for you or for those you are concerned about.
Around the Parish Come along and enjoy a cappuccino or latte in your local community café which is in St Catherine's Church Open Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 2pm with Lunch Menu from 12noon Everyone welcome Children’s play corner available Lunch menu includes soups, jacket potatoes, sandwiches & salads as well as daily specials and homemade cakes. We are looking for people to help in the kitchen or work ‘front of house’ serving customers. If you can spare a few hours once a month to join our friendly team, please speak to Karen our café manager when the café is open or call her on 07884 233 450.
St Catherine's & Cornwell Youth Group 8th February Badminton at Cotswold Sports Centre
February Weds 13th Georgian Cookery with Catherine Sampson 8.00 pm All welcome
8th March Local policing
Weds 20th Bible Study 8.00 pm MU at 2 Laurel Drive
22nd March Mothers’ Day craft
Weds 27th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 55 Hildens Drive
For those at secondary school
Sessions are £1.50 and are 7.45-9.15 pm at St Catherine’s. Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659
Weds 6th Ash Wednesday service 8.00 pm in Church Weds 20th Bible Study 8.00 pm at 9 Compton Avenue
Cornwell 0-5s is a well established Parent & Toddler Group run by St Catherine’s & Cornwell Community Churches in the Cornwell Centre, Home Croft (off Clements Mead), Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ. We offer a stimulating and fun environment for children and a great place for parents and carers to socialise. We run two sessions a week: Tuesdays 10.00 am-12.00 noon, refreshments included And Thursdays, a special session for Childminders, 10.00 am - 12. 00 noon If you are interested in joining, please feel free to drop in at one of the sessions
Registered charity 1006732 - Established over 50 years St Catherine’s Hall, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN A caring and supportive setting where Children are our heart and inspiration Ofsted Inspected with a team of qualified staff Outside Play Area Sessions Daily during Term Time 9.00 am - 3. 00 pm Children with Special Needs welcome For more information, or to arrange a visit to come and see us in action, contact us on 07745 909 348 see www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk
St. Catherine’s Church Centre, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst
Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm February 9th, March 9th, April 27th
We provide time, space, tea, coffee & cake You bring along the craft projects you’ve always meant to do :A donation of around £1.25 per person, per hour is requested to cover the cost of hall hire, tea & coffee.
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Cornwell 25th Anniversary On Sunday 16th January 1994, Cornwell Community Church held its ﬁrst public Sunday service. The founding team of church planters from St Catherine’s and Tilehurst Free Churches had been ’sent out’ from the parent churches some months before, to start a new church in the Cornwell Centre which was part of the newly growing ‘SNW Estate’ on the north western edge of the parish. The group had been meeting in the building since October the previous year, and indeed had held a public Christmas Service the month before. However Sunday 16th was the ﬁrst regular service. As such it is considered Cornwell’s ‘Birthday’. Many members have joined and moved on since then, but a group of Christian Worshippers have been holding services in that building every week since then.
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Cornwell Community Church will be holding its 25th Birthday Party on Sunday 10th February (10.30am refreshments for 11.00am start). Our morning service will include time to look back over the last 25 years (with accompanying photos & video). We’ll also be looking to the future in the context of a changing ‘landscape’ both in terms of the geographic parish and also where we are as a church and a community. Then at around 12.30pm we’ll be collecting pre-ordered Pizzas for lunch. We hope that you will be able to stay and eat with us.
The Founding Team of 20 - from 25 years ago! To plan and accommodate any dietary requirements please let us know if you’re attending ASAP. Please tell either Tony, Evelyn, Stuart, Gill or Richard or alternatively email us on
November It seems a long time since popular Jane Haas came to give her Christmas Flower Demonstration. Nearly 60 ladies came and enjoyed tea, cakes, a Christmas Stall and Jane’s stunning designs.
and a ‘sun’ eﬀect wreath to hang on the door, were both constructed to the backing music of the Kingdom Choir gently singing ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ – lovely!
Her roses in particular were beautiful – deep crimson, light apricot and ivory used in diﬀerent settings. Jane’s last two arrangements – a handtied posy in a soft, downy, sparkly frame
The posy was diﬀerent shades of white with touches of green- just right for a winter wedding – a preview as Jane’s daughter is getting married in December 2019! The arrangements were raﬄed oﬀ and Moira thanked everyone who came and contributed to the evening.
January 15 members and friends braved a chilly evening to enjoy a Beetle Drive introduced and conducted by Rita with her trusty whistle. Judging by the laughter it was just the tonic to banish the post-Christmas blues. The Drive was won by Rachel Holbeche and Maureen Ward had the lowest score. Catherine Sampson is coming to our next evening meeting to tempt us with the delights of Georgian Cookery and all are welcome to join us. Sheila Bryant
My memories of very dear gentleman, Peter Howgego To be honest, this is a very hard thing for me to write, but I will do my best. The diﬃculty will be to know when to stop! I could write book about my dear friend. I ﬁrst knew Pete as my friend Gill’s husband, and it was only much later, when Gill became ill that my friendship with Pete really started. I noticed that Pete would make a cup of tea for Gill’s visitors and then retire, probably to the Aladdin’s cave where he spent many hours making things. When Gill was in Duchess of Kent House, I realised how lonely he would be, so I took to inviting myself round after work for a cup of tea. Our conversations ranged widely, about anything and everything, often provoked by a newspaper cutting he wanted me to read. It was always diﬃcult to leave and I was often rather late home to cook our evening meal. My Pete understood as Pete Howgego would sometimes come over for Sunday lunch, and of course have a good chat. We would sometimes go for drive, maybe revisiting places where he and Gill had enjoyed going together. One was a favourite little tea room in a garden centre, (which has sadly now been replaced by a more modern café.) At Christmas time they would have numerous big clockwork toys on the counter, and one year we had them all running at once! Once we took a train to Oxford, and walked all the way across to the Botanical Garden and back, stopping for lunch in the crypt of a church on the
way. We also took the train from Tilehurst to the newly constructed Reading station. He was amazed and fascinated by the views from the bridge walkway, and the engineering involved supporting it. He was always interested in people and especially he would never ignore children, quickly striking up a good rapport with them, and making them laugh. In fact, he would often deliberately provoke laughter, using the silly badges he used to wear. Pete was extremely charming, and would delight in kissing a lady’s hand as he greeted her, enjoying the embarrassment caused with a wicked twinkle in his eye! He was part of the Life Group at Tony and Evelyn’s house, together with others who had taken part in the same Alpha course. His views were sometimes challenging, and he loved to provoke by mentioning “taboo” subjects! Less said the better! When he and I were talking we would not always agree, but we both enjoyed the discussion. He was a staunch member of the Labour Party, and used to get very excited expressing his opinions about “The Bankers” !! At church meetings he could be relied upon to stand up and ask a diﬃcult question, and would not be silenced. At one time wherever you were in St Catherine’s you might come across a little repair that he had done or a little notice, beautifully hand written. I always admired his handwriting on cards and letters, a very carefully formed script. Pete used to work with Chris Addison on jobs around the church, and (Continued on page 24)
(Continued from page 23) also helped Chris when he had taken on the task of renovating a windmill. Peter’s birthday fell at Snowdrop time every year. We were talking one time at Thursday Lunch Club about where we should go for his birthday “outing”, when Geoﬀ West, (another very dear friend who is no longer with us on this earth,) suggested Welford Park. Pete and I had never been there before and were stunned by the awesome beauty of so many snowdrops covering the woodland ﬂoor. It was a long time before Pete would allow me to do any gardening in Blewbury Drive, and then it was only on condition that he could be sat on a chair so close to me that we could carry on our conversation! I discovered what a challenge that clay soil must have been for Gill. When Pete was very severely depressed, I was honoured to be one of the friends he could tolerate as a visitor. There were many times when I just sat in silence with him. He was busy working out his own recovery in his own head, which I respected. And thankfully
he did recover. He had become less able to care for himself at home, and moved to a little self-contained apartment at Pembroke Care. Here he had the advantage of meals prepared for him and company at breakfast and lunch. He spent the afternoons in his own place, studying the newspapers and watching a great variety of television programmes. When I visited it was a chance for a good long conversation of course! On warm days we would walk a little way along the road and back. And when he was moved across the road to be more closely cared for, we had many “wheelchair walks” around the beautiful gardens, stopping to chat with whoever was working out there. The carers would bring a tray of tea out for us to enjoy while sitting in the shade. My visits to Pete became less frequent recently due to my surgery and the treatment which I needed afterwards. But he was always appreciative of even very brief visits. I consider myself to have been greatly blessed by the years of friendship with such a charming, if wicked, old gentleman! Jo Day
Peter (3rd from left and ignoring the camera!) at a House group meeting May 2013
Will you rise up with Lope and Eva against climate change? Living on an island in the Philippines, Lope and Eva depend on ﬁshing. They’ve worked hard to ensure that their children can go to school, and they’re showing us what it means to rise up to life at the sharp end of climate change. In 2013, Lope fell ill. Then Super Typhoon Haiyan – one of the biggest tropical storms ever recorded – hit the Philippines. Lope told us: ‘The wind blew so strong, trees and houses around were destroyed... but we prayed earnestly, and we were safe until the typhoon ceased.’ Haiyan shook the community to the core, and devastated the ﬁshing boats and equipment it depended on to survive. Fisherfolk like Lope also struggled to compete with the illegal ﬁshermen, who harmed the fragile ecosystem by using dynamite to ﬁsh. Because of climate change, the shifting weather patterns bring storms like last September’s Super Typhoon Mangkhut. The intensifying heat and unpredictable waters make it more diﬃcult to ﬁsh – and for people like Lope and Eva to support their families. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, Christian Aid’s partner ICODE were able to provide food and essentials to help people rebuild their lives after the typhoon. Eva joined a savings group. Fishing is seasonal – so she invests in times of abundance, and when times are hard, she is still able to pay for her children’s schooling.
She told us: ‘As a partner in life, knowing my husband has health problems, I need to share the burden of earning money to support our family. Working alone is not enough – working together we become sweeter and sweeter.’ Lope is ﬁshing again. And now, he’s facing up to the illegal ﬁshermen destroying the coral and ﬁsh habitats. ‘There was no justice, so we rallied as one to create a force to be listened to.’ With training from ICODE, Lope is leading the ﬁght back as local leader of the community coastguard. He added, ‘Thanks to the patrols and the new reef that ICODE helped create, the ﬁsh have returned.’ Lope and Eva are truly rising to the daily challenges of a changing climate. Now they have hope for the future: ‘I don’t want money and wealth; I just want enough for my family – good health and education and to serve our community.’ I am very thankful for your unwavering support,’ says Lope. ‘We do hope and
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(Continued from page 25) pray that many other communities could beneﬁt from your generosity. Thank you so much!’ Your generous past support has helped Lope and Eva, and people like them, to get back on their feet. With your gifts, Christian Aid can support communities in the Philippines, and around the world, to adapt to climate change. You can give directly to the appeal at via the Christian Aid website.
Count your Blessings calendar Order the 'Count Your Blessings' calendar, set yourself a Lent fundraising challenge, and campaign with us to fund clean energy. www.christianaid.org.uk A copy of ‘Pathways’ the new Quarterly Diocesan magazine is included with RG31
St Catherine’s Gardening Club Welcome to spring 2019! I’m writing this in the middle of January, just at the start of snowdrop time. The few I planted in the grass beyond the top car park are peeping up, but very tiny so far. We are hoping they will naturalise there, but we shall see. If you have never been to see the snowdrops at Welford Park, do try to go this year. It really is a very beautiful sight, open from Wednesday 30th January to Sunday 3rd March, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm, but closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The brave, colourful little pansies in our troughs and tubs are just about holding their own through the vagaries of our winter weather, and bulbs are pushing up in them and all over the garden. Shirley has cleared huge bags full of leaves from around the grounds, and also started work on the circular bed in the middle of the lawn on the South side of the church, rescuing some precious plants which had become overwhelmed by more vigorous neighbours. Chris Jones has worked with Shirley to clear the weeds from along the fence in front of the vicarage garden, and the Jones family have very kindly donated a new drain cover and ﬁtted it in place of the damaged one in the vicarage car parking area. The pots at the front of the buttress bed which Sheila Firth cares for have some very pretty primulas providing a lovely bright splash of colour. The new grass which Paddy sowed last summer is growing so well it needed strimming down a bit recently.
Chris Addison and Jo recently continued the work which Shirley started last year, cutting the vicarage garden hedge back to the fence. It was taking over too much of the public path. A very kind neighbour joined us and made the job a lot easier for us with the help of his professional hedge cutter. We are grateful to Chris for taking the huge bags of leaves and clippings to the recycling depot in the back of his van. Some work was carried out in December to make the oak tree safe. This was needed before we stood underneath it on Christmas Eve to sing “Carols Under the Old Oak Tree”. We were delighted to be joined by so many families from the local community, making this such a joyful celebration. The next month or so may bring some very cold weather before we start to see more spring colours, but there is still much to enjoy outside in the garden even on chilly wet days. Some of us just love being out there, and thank God we are able to enjoy his creation all year round. Why not join us? Call Chris Addison 07966 105056 or Jo Day 0118 942 1481 for a chat to ﬁnd out more. Jo Day
“By bringing a soulful consciousness to gardening, sacred space can be created outdoors.”
― S. Kelley Harrell, Nature's Gifts Anthology
Carols around the ‘Old Oak tree’ Sounds of music and carols ﬁlled the air on Christmas Eve as people met together under the Yellow Ribboned Oak Tree for the ﬁrst outdoor Carol Service at St Catherine's. The mixed band provided a tuneful and lively accompaniment to the well-known carols, sung by 150 people of all ages who came along, well wrapped up and equipped with torches to read from the carol sheets in the gathering darkness. It was lovely to see whole families together, sharing the joy of Christmas as Gill led the simple service of carols and reﬂection. People were invited to tie a yellow ribbon onto the surrounding hedgerow, as a symbol of God’s forgiveness for all of us and as a commitment to live in His love in 2019.
The hedge looked beautiful, lit by sparkling fairy lights and the yellow ribbons to remind us of our hopes for the New Year. It was a real community event as families, friends, neighbours and children from Birch Copse ﬁlled the church grounds. The singing was wonderful and we are told that we could be heard right over in City Road! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the service and someone even asked “if they could book a place for next year?” Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to organise this event and I am sure that the Christmas Eve Carol service will be happening in 2019. Sonia Ludford
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Partners in Missional Church - Latest News We are just entering the second year of the Missional Church Process, a time of experimenting. In the ﬁrst year, we have all considered who we are as church, our history and our relationship with each other. We are continuing to think about what God is doing for us and our neighbours and how might God help us share in His work in the community. We hope that the PMC Congregational leaﬂet, containing feedback from the Diocesan Reading team and other information, is proving helpful to identify the most important questions that we are all called to think about as we move forward as churches in our community. In the next few weeks Gill and the Steering Team will be meeting with
everyone in smaller groups to ﬁnd out what you have been noticing as important. We will also be having Community Conversations with some people locally to ﬁnd out more about them, their interests, concerns and maybe, in the future, how we might share with them in showing God’s care and healing for the world. We don’t know what that might look like yet, but in the coming months we will be experimenting with some ideas. The next Cluster meeting for Gill, the Steering team and this time the whole PCC will be on March 2nd so we will all have the opportunity to think, pray and discuss the way forward.
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Viewpoints Once again(!) how do outsiders view us? Some visitors joyfully celebrated THE DAWN OF NEW LIGHT, HOPE AND LOVE at Christmas with us at St. Catherine's. But I saw a Christian book with a GRIM author's photo on its' jacket! An advert? There've been epidemics of "hard religion". Did the Inquisition make folk really believe? Some ancients were tough. When Jesus spoke of a loving Father, I think He seriously angered many 'authorities' of His time who liked to promote a tribute-demanding, more terrifying Lord. Did Jesus' teaching change everything? Powerful men built today's dangerous world: love (at Christmas?) can seem rather life-saving today, to almost everyone.
can help us. But when I held our ﬁrst baby in my arms (panic over at last!!), something strange happened. For a time, I had a feeling that God was not just in remote places, but also close up, in mysterious everyday things; even stuﬀ I touched in laboratory work. (NO idol worship, Miss, honest!) This viewpoint, if taken seriously, brings puzzles (just as science does!). I Googled, and found Rev R. J. Morgan's note: "It stands to reason that if there is a God in heaven, He would look at things diﬀerently from us, from a diﬀerent vantage and perspective. That results in paradoxes — statements that appear to be contradictory, but are actually true." And some accuse religion of being dull. Phil French
Some outsiders think the Church forbids 'natural' thoughts and relations between sexes. (There are some grim quotes!) But today's "very free" notions aren't totally natural, or at least not traditional. Primitive folk found rules helpful. A "grown-up" relationship can be "bright and beautiful", like ﬁre. A childish one, perhaps rooted in one obsession, is wobbly. It can collapse like a one-legged stool, leaving miserable results - like the ruins left by a childishly lit ﬁre. Some say that our deeper psychology recognizes this. Yes, contemplation of a remote High Heaven, or pilgrimage to distant places,
Moses and Noah having an argument
St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday
7.30 am - 3.15 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk
7.00 pm - 8.00 pm Exercise class (In term time) firstname.lastname@example.org 8.15 pm - 9.15 pm Tuesday
Contact 07745 909 348 Jemma Fulbrook
07584 208 989
7.30 am - 3.15 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school
Contact as above
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
W.I. (3rd Tuesday)
7.30 pm - 8.45 pm
Yoga exercise libbywooøø@gmail.com
Libby Woolcock 07584 529 453
7.30 am - 3.15 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school
Contact as above
1.15 pm - 3.30 pm (In church not hall)
Vivace Voices Ladies Choir www.vivacevoices.org.uk
Contact Sue Hennell ℡ 0118 966 1291
3.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Pop (children’s) Dance email@example.com
7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
Tilehurst Triangle W.I. (3rd Wednesday)
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7.30 am - 3.15 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school
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5.45 pm - 7.15 pm
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7.30 am - 12.15 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school
Contact as above
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
See page 18
7.45 pm - 9.15 pm
Church Youth Group (fortnightly) Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659
8.45 am - 10.00 am (In term time)
Antonella Carraro 10.15 am - 11.30 am Yoga Antonella.Carraro@laithwaiteswine.com. 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Crafty Space (monthly)
See page 20
3.30 pm - 5.00 pm
Messy Church (monthly) Info@StCatherines-Tilehurst.Org.Uk
7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
Short Mat Bowls Club
Contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407
St Catherine’s Hall is available for hire at competitive rates for groups or individuals, both regularly or for one oﬀ events. It is especially popular for Children's Parties. For booking details, contact Sheila Drew on ℡ 0118 942 7254 firstname.lastname@example.org
Three courses and coffee for ONLY ÂŁ15.95. Children 12 and under JUST ÂŁ8.00 Dining from 12.15 pm Reservations please call 0118 941 6423 Celebrating? Book a private party Sunday lunch in your very own suite, please call Banqueting Office 0118 972 8601 Also available for all types of private functions: Parties, Christenings, After funeral gatherings and Conferences.
The Anglican Parish of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus ST CATHERINE OF SIENA Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk www.facebook.com/tilehurst.st.catherine Saturday 3.30 pm Messy Church is on the ﬁrst Saturday of the month, it’s a fun time of worship and activities for all the family followed by a meal. Sunday 8.00 am Our Early Service of Communion or Morning Prayer, is quiet and reﬂective, with no singing. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 9.30 am Our main worship service of the day - children welcomed at every service. All Stars Family Worship on the fourth Sunday; Communion twice a month; Word and Worship (non communion) on the second Sunday. Followed by refreshments at 11.00 am.
CORNWELL COMMUNITY CHURCH The Cornwell Centre, Home Croft, off Clements Mead, Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ www.cornwellcommunitychurch.org.uk www.facebook.com/cornwellcommunitychurch Sunday 11.00 am An opportunity for the whole family to meet with God through praise, prayer and teaching with special fun activities for children (Sunday School). Refreshments (including cakes and fresh coﬀee) from 10.30 am and after the service. An informal Communion Service is normally held on the fourth Sunday of the month. See pages 4 & 5 for a full listing of church services in the Parish For initial enquiries regarding baptisms and weddings, please telephone ℡ 0118 942 7786