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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus February 2020

February 2020


Who’s Who in the Parish

Vicar Rev Gill Rowell ℡ 0118 942 7786  rowellgill@gmail.com

Licensed Lay Minister

Licensed Lay Minister

Mike Heather ℡ 0118 962 4852

Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659



Churchwarden Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238

Churchwarden Stuart Poore ℡ 0118 962 4555



St Catherine’s Hall bookings Sheila Drew ℡ 0118 942 7254  hall@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Cornwell Centre bookings Tilehurst Parish Council ℡ 0118 941 8833  bookings@tilehurstpc.co.uk RG31 is published 10 times a year on the first Sunday of the month (not January or August) by the P.C.C. of Tilehurst: St Catherine & Calcot: St Birinus and is also available via our website www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Editor:

Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

Assistant Editor: Rosemary Cunningham ℡ 0118 942 0713 Advertising:

Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238

All details and events are correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print. The P.C.C. and Editors are not necessarily in agreement with the views expressed by contributors in this magazine. We welcome contributions of articles or letters for future issues from anyone living in, or connected with the parish. All contributions must be received by the editors by the 20th day of the month preceding the next month’s issue at the latest. Contributions may be sent to magazine@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Read your own copy of RG31 (10 issues) - 60p each issue, or £6.00 for a year’s subscription. Details from the editors whose details are above. © Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus P.C.C. 2020 Some material is © Parish Pump Ltd and some © Dave Walker Cartoonchurch.com

Cover Picture


Flower arrangement at St Catherine’s


Photo Stuart Poore

February 2020

Mike Heather Love me tender, Love me true So goes the words of Elvis Presley's hit song and, even after all these years after his death, he is still as popular as he was during his lifetime, possibly more; his music is still played regularly and memorabilia connected with him is still available. There even is a McDonald's named after him in his birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi. The Elvis craze shows no sign of ending and it sometimes borders on worship, with fans seeking spiritual fulfilment in their departed king. Many people, though, not just Elvis fans, feel a spiritual emptiness, a need to connect with something greater to replace inner loneliness with friendship, fear with love, and desperation with hope. Out of all his hits his only Grammy winning single was a hymn, the all powerful “How great Thou art”, the lyrics of which speak in “awesome wonder” of the universe as a majestic display of God’s power. The Biblical God alluded to in this song is described elsewhere as a friend of those in need. “The Lord is my Shepherd” wrote an Israeli King. “I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green meadows, He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths.” If we allow Him into our lives, this God promises to be our friend, both when things are going well and when we are painfully lonely. “How great thou art” tells that this loving God sent His Son to die, to carry the burden of humanity's injustices, selfishness, and wrongs. God’s love is endless, and He offers us hope. When we tell Him our problems, unlike Elvis, He can do something about them. Not only can we rely on Him for our needs today, but the Bible promises eternal freedom from death, sorrow, crying and pain. Jesus Himself promised “All those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned, for they have already passed from death into life.” Friendships, love, and hope from the one who cannot fail us. What more can we want? Blessings


February 2020



Services in the Parish The Garden Room at St Catherine's is open during the day and reserved for quiet, prayer and meditation. Every Wednesday 9.30 am A simple morning service at St Joseph’s or 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.

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

Saturday 1st February 3.30 pm

Messy Church

Sunday 2nd February - The presentation of Christ in the Temple Malachi 3.1-5, Psalm 24.[1-6]7-10, Hebrews 2.14-18, Luke 2.22-40 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11

Sunday 9th February - Proper 1 Isaiah 58.1-12, Psalm 112.1-10, 1 Corinthians 2.1-16, Matthew 5.13-20 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11

Sunday 16th February - The second Sunday before Lent 8.00 am 9.15 am 11.00 am

Morning Prayer Holy Communion Allsorts@11

Sunday 23rd February - The Sunday next before Lent Exodus 24.12-18, Psalm 2, or Psalm 99, 2 Peter 1.16-21, Matthew 17.1-9 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11 with Communion 4


February 2020

Wednesday 26th February - 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 8.1-1 8.00 pm Holy Communion

Daily Lent

Weekly Lent Courses

During Lent a little booklet will be available in church (£2.00) called Live Lent: Care for God's Creation which will help broaden our view of Christ's redeeming mission - a mission Christians are called to share.

This year, Lent is from 26th February – 9th March, and we will be running two Lent groups using the same material each week: Thursdays at 3.15 pm and Sundays at 7.00 pm in the church.

With weekly themes and prayers shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created.

We will explore the spiritual disciplines of listening, noticing, hospitality, announcing the kingdom, seeking God’s way together and engaging with the world.

It offers a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and an action to help you live in greater harmony with God, neighbour and nature.

As in previous years this course will be open to folks from other local churches, similarly they will open up their courses; different materials, days, times and venues. More details will follow.



Sunday 1st March - First Sunday of Lent Genesis 2.15-17; 3.1-7, Psalm 32, Romans 5.12-19, Matthew 4.1-1 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11

Wednesday 4th March 11.00 am

Holy Communion at York House

Saturday 7th March 3.30 pm

Messy Church

Sunday 8th March - Second Sunday of Lent Genesis 12.1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4.1-5,13-17, John 3.1-17 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11 February 2020



Tuesday 25th February -


Ever wonder why we eat pancakes just before Lent? The tradition dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, when Christians spent Lent in repentance and severe fasting. So on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the church bell would summon them to confession, where they would be ‘shriven’, or absolved from their sins, which gives us Shrove Tuesday. At home, they would then eat up their last eggs and fat, and making a pancake was the easiest way to do this. For the next 47 days, they pretty well starved themselves. Pancakes feature in cookery books as far back as 1439, and today’s pancake races are in remembrance of a panicked woman back in 1445 in Olney, Buckinghamshire. She was making pancakes when she heard the shriving bell calling her to confession. Afraid she’d be late, she ran to the church in a panic, still in her apron, and still holding the pan. Flipping pancakes is also centuries old. A poem from Pasquil’s Palin in 1619 runs: “And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” Some people have noted that the ingredients of pancakes can be used to highlight four significant things about this time of year: eggs stand for creation, flour is the staff of life, while salt keeps things wholesome, and milk stands for purity. Shrove Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter Sunday and falls between 3rd February and 9th March. Editor: by David Winter

What’s the connection? See page 15



February 2020


Since the people we deal with every day notice what we wear, the Bible says, 'Clothe yourselves with...kindness.' But sometimes kindness is the last thing on our minds. Think about how often you've passed a motorist stranded on the road and didn't stop or even offer to call for help. Or you allowed the business and pressures of work to make you curt and short with others. We need to be like the young man who worked in the produce section of a supermarket. His first day on the job, a lady approached him, wanting to buy half a head of lettuce. He tried to dissuade her, but she persisted. Finally, he said, 'I'll have to go back and talk to the manager.' He walked to the rear of the shop, not realising the woman had followed him. When he found the manager, said, 'There's a silly old lady out there who wants to buy half a head of lettuce. What should I tell her?' Seeing the horrified look on the manager's face, the boy turned around, saw the customer, regrouped, and said in his most gracious voice, 'And this nice lady wants to buy the other half.' Sometimes when you pay someone a compliment, they'll say, 'You're too kind.' But what they really mean is, 'Say it again.' After Confederate General Robert E. Lee retired from the military, he became president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. One day a new student came into his office asking for a copy of the rules and regulations. The old general replied, 'Son, we don't have a rule book. Our only rule is kindness.' So today, practise being kind. 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.

How do you feel about sharing your faith? Perhaps you have been ‘gossiping the gospel’ for years? Maybe you even lead a small group, or are passionate about community outreach? Or – perhaps you feel a quiver of panic at the very thought of talking about your faith. Society seems to be hostile, and so you struggle to know how to engage with people who think very differently from you. If you struggle, then here is good news: Bible Society is keen to help you. It has recently launched a new website called Lumino (https://lumino.bible/) to do just that. Lumino aims to support Christians who want to share the good news. It explains the different types of people you are likely to encounter, and their attitudes to the Bible and Christianity. Bible Society has found from research that “an estimated 20% of the population is open to the Bible, open to faith and interested in knowing more. What an exciting opportunity…”

February 2020



How much of a “Shape-Shifter” are you? Feel like you are stuck in a rut? Do you find yourself doing the “sameold, same-old” because it is just easier? The SHAPE Course, recently attended by over 40 members of the three different congregations at St Catherine's, provided an environment where individuals considered their God-given spiritual shape and explored other possibilities in their lives – empowered by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

A reflection

Having recently completed the SHAPE course with my Lifegroup it is now a question of what's next? It was a chance to share together and explore what our gifts are and also to see how others saw us and to see if the two matched up!

I thought I was good at “organisation”. End of. But through prompting, reflecting prayer… it became clearer that I was also good with ideas and people. This was encouraging and challenging and helped me to realise that I am more capable than I thought. Not only had I been limiting the idea of what God is and can do...I had been doing this to myself, also. The course may have come to an end, but this is not the “end of”. Potentially, this is the beginning of other initiatives – on a personal and community level. Watch this space – and grasp the opportunity to attend a SHAPE Course near you! Katrina


The " consequence" exercise - where we each wrote down an attribute of the other group members was very affirming. It’s now time to reflect and to see if God is calling me to take up new challenges.

If you have not done the course, I highly recommend it. The commitment to the course was certainly well worth it, what you put in you will receive back tenfold. Hilary Smee


February 2020

More reflections on the SHAPE course The shape of things to come.

Shape According to a dictionary the word Shape has different meanings. Here is the one I have chosen: Shape: - To influence the way that a person, idea or situation develops.

What? Another course I hear you say. Who’s it for and what time of day? Where to meet and is there cake? Which meeting to choose – and don’t be late. Wait! There’s homework – I’m too old for that. Why – I have too much to do AND feed the cat. When it’s over an interview with Gill. Wow! The stress is on – I’ll need a pill.

Through SHAPE, I discovered a few things about myself. The reaffirmation of my faith in God to be part of my everyday life. I also learnt about the perception of others about me. They think I have a great sense of humour. I continue to pray to God to open my eyes to see and understand what is happening in my life and the lives of those around me.

This is it. The SHAPE starts now. They want to know what I can do. Wow! They are asking what I do for God. That was questioning the road I had trod. There are things I could never do; never knew that was me. The time was to look at my talents with glee. Then into the world thanking and glorifying my Lord ‘Tis my honour, my gifts, my reward. Share your (spiritual) gifts help others, silently. Appreciate your talents. Peace to you and all you do Every act of kindness triggers another. Jane

February 2020

I ask God to guide in how to show compassion, empathy and love to my friends and family. I pray to God to have the time to be a helping hand to the lonely and the elderly. Eladia Dominguez Robles

The SHAPE Course Gill says . . . It was encouraging that 5 mid-week groups from St Catherine’s took part in the 6-week SHAPE course Autumn 2019; I enjoyed it myself and found it very affirming! ☺ And it was great to see folks realise more about themselves too. I met with two groups afterwards to review what had been learnt, and have had one-to-ones


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(Continued from page 9) with 17 folks already (with hopefully a few more to come). These have been helpful in reviewing how gifts could be used and where God might be leading – within and outside of the church - with some definite steps forward. It’s been great to get to know one another a little better too.

Winter meetings At the beginning of December popular Jane Haas gave us her interpretation of ‘Flowers for Christmas’. Moira welcomed her on behalf of over 50 members and friends, and, with her usual expertise she made an Advent wreath and various designs suitable for hallways, occasional tables and dining table centres. Everyone was delighted to have a chance of winning one in the raffle as well as Christmas goodies. Refreshments including delicious cakes rounded off the evening.

Carols and Readings Our evening of Carols and Readings took place in the church this year with 22 members attending. Such a variety of readings – bible verses, classic poems and stories, amusing anecdotes of

STOP PRESS: Not everyone could attend SHAPE last Autumn, so we are offering another chance – day and time to be arranged – from the week beginning 18th May, for six weeks. If you are interested, please let me know. Revd Gill Rowell (email: rowellgill@gmail.com) marathon turkey meals, and classroom nativities which were interspersed with carols chosen by members and accompanied at the piano by Maureen Godfrey. Halfway through we enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies prepared by the committee, and Rita closed with prayers for the true spirit of Christmas to be felt by everyone, and remembering past members especially Sheila Ward. Finally she gave Maureen a token of our appreciation.

January Our January meeting was a Beetle Drive enjoyed by 18 members and friends. Rita kept order with her trusty whistle and Steph explained the rules. The winner was Rachel and the booby was won by Paddy – a beautiful cyclamen and a fancy box of tissues were presented to them respectively and we all went home having got rid of the winter blues! Sheila Bryant

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 ℡ 0118 942 9319 Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659 Lorraine Roberts ℡ 0118 942 6189 10

Hilary Smee ℡ 0118 941 2895 Jo Day ℡ 0118 942 1481 Shirley Horsnell  07872 315 506


February 2020

Tuesday Get-Together (TgT) Singing for the Brain Just before Christmas our Tuesday get Together group enjoyed the company of some of The Singing for the Brain singers. They usually meet elsewhere and so we were very fortunate to have them join us for the morning. Richard Canning and John led us with no musical accompaniment through some carols, humorous takes on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells. We also sang The Twelve Days of Christmas with paper prompts. However, by the ninth day we couldn’t remember what happened when and so there was much paper flapping and hilarity. Tea, biscuits, Stollen and chatting were also enjoyed and a cheerful buzz filled the morning. Singing is so beneficial to all of us but especially so for those with memory difficulties. We at TgT look forward to singing with them again.

...and then to Christmas and New Year’s Eve...

February 2020

On our last Tuesday before Christmas we had a morning of playing pass the parcel...twice! Much frivolity was enjoyed and it was funny to see that when the music stopped the parcel did a double jump of its own like a hot potato...to about the third person down the line! We had lots of goodies to eat and some over to take home. On New Year’s Eve we met together to see the old year out. We held a free raffle with lots of prizes donated by ourselves and the generosity of our TgT friends. So much so that we plan to have one a month.

Since starting last September we have really enjoyed getting Together on Tuesdays and so if you are free on any Tuesday morning with no particular place to go....just come along! Lorraine Roberts and the TgT Team



Tuesday Afternoon Life Group For the past few years we have been unable to get together socially, but fortunately, just before Christmas, seven of us from Tuesday Afternoon Life Group enjoyed a festive meal at The Victoria in Tilehurst. Following the thought provoking 6 week SHAPE course, it was an enjoyable and relaxing way to finish off the year. Now we look forward to this year's fellowship and bible study. Lorraine Roberts

Cornwell Charity Crafts In 2019 Cornwell Charity Crafts raised £694.32, this has kindly been increased by the missions giving committee to £1080 to purchase 8 Bicycles at £135 each. The money was raised by selling craft, cakes at local craft shows, fetes and a Bluebell walk afternoon at Cornwell copse. We also had two open house craft sale and cake afternoon. A big thankyou goes to Mair and Peter Mayers for hosting them. Also more thankyous to everyone involved in making, baking and buying! Send-a-Cow’s most successful farmers become ‘peer farmers’ who spend time visiting people in the community passing on knowledge and helping others look after their livestock and farms. A bicycle is a reliable mode of transport to make visiting other farmers quick and easy. Each bicycle comes with a set of robust off-road tyres that can handle any terrain.


This gift is given as part of the Living with Wildlife Project in Uganda as well as other projects across the six countries where we work. Give this life-changing gift before 14th April and the UK government will match all public donations to the Living with Wildlife Appeal. Your gift will help vulnerable people and wildlife living in Uganda as well as supporting other similar work across Africa. Val Poore & Caroline O’Sullivan

“With my bicycle I can transport water for my household chores as the borehole is over a kilometre away. It also means I can access health services at the clinic” Noria Tembo, Zambia.


February 2020

Crafty Space Crafty Space first opened its doors back in February 2008, 12 years ago. Since then we’ve had the privilege of sharing in lots of occasions and memories. Everything from wedding preparations to prom tiaras; from holiday scrapbooks to making scenery for Children’s Holiday Clubs. We’ve been amazed by Chinese brush paintings, knitted everything, rush stools, quilts, flower arrangements, jewellery projects and felt pictures! We swap crafty news, encourage each other and try to solve each others ‘how do I do this’ questions! We share cake and coffee (or tea), we’ve even done the odd workshop!

February 2020

So have you got a project that you put aside and haven’t picked up again, or need some help with come along and join us! We meet every month (except August) in St Catherine’s Church Centre, from 1.30 to 5.30pm. Stay all afternoon or drop in for an hour! We suggest a donation of £1.25 per hour which works out at £5.00 if you stay for the whole four hours. Accompanied children are welcome. We look forward to crafting with you!


Val Poore and Caroline O’Sullivan ℡ 0118 962 4555 ℡ 0118 962 4709




February 2020

St Catherine’s Gardening Club January is a difficult month for some people, especially those who suffer from S.A.D. But the days are already getting longer, and the sun keeps breaking through to lift our spirits. We can already hear the birds starting to defend their territories with their piercingly beautiful songs. I love to see the tips of the bulbs peeping through the surface of the soil once again. To me, it is watching an annual miracle to see the colours of spring gradually emerge from the dark damp soil. Our creator God continually fills me with awe. We have only just started work again in our church garden after the fun and games of Christmas and New Year celebrations. In some parts we are still on the autumn tidying and weeding, cutting back the fuchsias to the ground, removing the dead stems of the nerines, and the dead heads of the roses that have given us a few late, precious blooms in spite of the weather.

Tilehurst Garden Festival. It will be over 2 days, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July, and, apart from the garden, we will have a fantastic Flower Festival in the church, as well as delicious teas for our visitors. After the wonderful community events of Christmas, especially Carols under the Old Oak Tree, we would love local people to get involved in the Garden Festival, in whatever way they may feel able. We welcome gardening ideas and wisdom, as well as strong muscles and green fingers! Contact Jo Day 942 1481 or Chris Addison 07966 105 056 to have a chat, or pop round for a coffee on a Saturday morning between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon. We’d love to see you.

In general, we are preparing for the hard work ahead of us, namely getting the church garden into maximum beauty for

Jo Day The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. Alfred Austin


Shrove Tuesday 25th February at 3.30 pm For everyone! Bring a frying pan and join in the fun – races will be grouped in ages – around the tree and back! (We will use little Scottish pancakes for this, and encourage everyone to toss a pancake at least once.) Afterwards we can eat some yummy pancakes together. Gill

February 2020



On why pews are better than chairs The Rectory, St James the Least

My dear Nephew Darren While it was good to see you when you visited us last Sunday, your suggestion to our churchwardens that chairs would be far more comfortable than our pews was not well received. You must remember that significant numbers in any congregation firmly believe that the more uncomfortable they are, the holier they must be. Pews, generally designed several centuries ago when legs were shorter and bottoms smaller, are conducive neither to comfort nor sleep - although Colonel Marchington achieves the latter unerringly every Sunday within minutes of arrival. At least with pews, parishioners can make some pretence at kneeling, adopting that peculiar crouch only ever seen in church life. Attempt that with chairs and you are assured of sending the one in front sliding across the floor with a shriek. Chairs may be all very well in your own church, so you can create space for the delights of liturgical dance and baby clinics, but we prefer something more immovable. Little Miss Thripp has, over the years, created something of a nest where she sits, quietly bringing in cushions, travelling rugs and her own supply of books and peppermints. As for Major Hoare, I suspect he is installing a drinks cabinet in his pew. Pews, unlike rows of chairs, also create territorial behaviour. If a visitor should sit in a pew where regulars have sat for the last 50 years, it is regarded as if it were the invasion of Poland. One innocent family once chose the pew where generations of the Psmith family have sat since dinosaurs roamed the land. The Psmiths had no intention of ceding territory peacefully and so for the whole of Mattins, one pew which should have held 6 people sat 9. When they stood to sing, the line exploded into the aisles on both sides, returning to their compressed state, necessitating staggered shallow breathing, when re-seated. I will concede, however, that we made one mistake some years ago when the pews were re-varnished without having been fully cleaned first. The result is that every time the congregation stands, the organ is drowned out by the sound of tearing, while coats and jackets reluctantly part company with wood. No, your congregation may relax in the luxury of padded chairs, but we will stoutly maintain our holy discomfort. Your loving uncle, Eustace



February 2020

Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information February Tues 4 Fri 7 Sat 8 Tues 11 Fri 14 Mon 17 Thurs 20

Finance Action Group meeting 3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm see page 20 Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Book Club meeting 11.30 am Half term week, so no Cornwell 0-5s or Tots Praise Deadline for copy for March edition of RG31 which will contain the annual review supplement Sun 23 Film night 6.00-9.00 pm at St Catherine’s ‘Wonder Woman’ see page 35 Tues 25 Shrove Tuesday pancake races 3.30 pm see page 15 Weds 26 Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, Service 8.00 pm St Catherine’s Thurs 27 Weekly Lent course begins 3.15 pm in church and will be repeated on Sunday evenings. It will explore spiritual disciplines (see page 5)

March Sun 1 Sun 1 Fri 6

The March edition of RG31 will be out today containing the annual review. Weekly Lent (repeated from Thursday) course begins 7.00 pm in church Services for ‘World Day of Prayer 2020’ (see page 21) 10.30 am at Wesley Methodist Church, Queens Road, Reading. 7.30 pm at Tilehurst Methodist Church, School Road Fri 6 3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Tues 10 Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Thurs 12 Children & Youth Action group meeting 7.00 pm in the Garden Room Fri 13 Book Club meeting 11.30 am Sat 14 Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm see page 20 Sat 14 ‘Quizzy McQuiz’ - Quiz night 7.30 pm at St Catherine’s see page 35 Sun 29 APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) begins at 10.00 am with a short worship service, then the meeting followed by a ‘Bring & Share’ lunch

More dates for your Diary Sunday 5th April Good Friday 10th April Saturday 16th May

February 2020

Palm Sunday "A Christian response to a post brexit world" 2.00-4.00 pm at St Michaels church followed by refreshments. 10.00 am, All-age service at St Catherine's 12.00 noon, Act of Witness at Tilehurst Triangle PCC ‘Away Day’ at St Stephens, Upper Basildon



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 (carers free) 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 7th Cards & Games 14th Englefield Volunteers 5 a day 21st Beetle Drive 28th Carol of the Bells March 6th Cards & Games If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

St Catherine's Youth Group 7th February Badminton at Cotswold Centre 6th March Pancakes 20th March Mothering Sunday craft For those at secondary school Sessions are £1.50 and are 7.45-9.15 pm at St Catherine’s. For more information see www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk or phone Dee Anderson 07821 265 804



February 2020

Around the Parish February Weds 12th Reading Family Aid 8.00 pm in the Hall. A local charity supporting disadvantaged families with children - all welcome Weds 19th Bible study 8.00 pm at 2 Laurel Drive Weds 26th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 55 Hildens Drive Weds 26th Ash Wednesday 8.00 pm Communion service

March Weds 11th Rev Gill Rowell on her Ethiopian Pilgrimage 8.00 pm in the Hall, all welcome Weds 18th Bible study 8.00 pm at 26 Normanstead Road Weds 25th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 9 Compton Avenue

April Weds 15th Bible study Weds 22nd Fellowship afternoon

Tuesday get-together Serving the Community 10.00 am to 12 noon in the cafe area of St Catherine’s Church Centre except 5th February

Drop in, meet old friends and make new ones, free Tea & Coffee provided For more information contact info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

February 2020



Cornwell 0-5s is a well established Parent & Toddler Group run by St Catherine’s Church 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 8th, March 14th, April 18th, May 9th We

provide time, space, tea, coffee & cake


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.

https://www.facebook.com/CraftySpace Contact Val Poore ℡ 0118 962 4555 email  val.poore@ntlworld.com 20


February 2020

World Day of Prayer 2020 “Rise, take your mat and walk” This year, women, men and children of all ages are called to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' to join this day of prayer. Women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year's service and they encourage us all to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. They encourage us to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' with them as they continue their often turbulent journey towards full reconciliation. 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 arrange to hold services in their areas. This year the service in Tilehurst will be held on Friday, 6th March at 7.30 pm at Tilehurst Methodist Church, School Road and there will also be a service at 10.30 am the same day at Wesley Methodist Church, Queens Road, Reading. Although the main purpose of the day is to worship God and support the women of the organising country in prayer, many thousands of pounds are raised and given in grants to Christian charities and organisations in the United Kingdom and around the world. So come and join us, 'Rise, take your mat and walk' at Tilehurst Methodist Church on 6th March. You will be very welcome. Valerie Forrow

Calcot Cuppa (see page 19) The “Calcot Cuppa” meets at the Calcot Centre, Highview on Wednesday mornings between 10.00 am-12.00 noon. It is a time for meeting and chatting to people over a cuppa and cake. There are board games to do, jigsaws to complete, colouring and a children’s playbox for the younger ones! The “Cuppa” was chosen as the PMC Missional initiative in Calcot and is about listening and sharing, building

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community together. It is hoped that both the church team and members of the community can work together to offer a welcoming place to meet in Calcot, where there seem to be few opportunities to do so. There are several regular visitors each Wednesday but we would like more, so please do mention it to anyone you know who might like to pop along!


Calcot Cuppa Team


Faith’s fight for a green future This Lent, let’s pause and reflect on how climate change is affecting our sisters and brothers around the world. Right now, people like Faith are experiencing the worst drought in decades. In her parched fields in Kenya next to nothing grew.

The dam gives Faith’s community resilience in times of drought – they can collect every last drop of water. ‘The sand dam has helped us because we are getting water, as are many families in the village. Everyone is growing vegetables.’ Drought is still a threat; but now Faith has the tools she needs to adapt. With the dam, her fields stay green and her family has a hopeful future. During Lent and Easter Christian Aid is encouraging people to do three things.

Kenya faces severe droughts, which are getting more frequent and more intense due to climate change. Without a reliable source of water, many communities are struggling to survive. ‘We were facing a lot of trouble fetching water,’ Faith said. ‘We did not even try to do farming or plant vegetables because there was no water. We used to dig deep in the stream to get water. It took a lot of time because there were many other people trying to get water too.’ ‘The weather has changed because when I was young, there was a lot of rain and food was plenty. Today the rains are very poor. There was also a lot of livestock and today there is very few.’ Faith didn’t have enough to eat or sell. Then Christian Aid’s partner Anglican Development Services – Eastern (ADSE) helped her community build a sand dam.


Firstly, to give donations that could help provide practical solutions for communities adapting to the worst of the climate crisis – could you hold a Lent lunch or church collection? Raising £100 could teach 22 farmers how to plant drought-resistant crops and provide them with appropriate seeds. Secondly, to act by signing up to the New Deal for Climate Justice and helping to raise awareness. www.christianaid.org.uk/campaigns/ climate-change/climate-justice-petition) Thirdly, to pray for those fighting against the worst effects of climate change and take meaningful actions in solidarity with them – order Count Your Blessings for you and your church to put your faith into action through daily reflections and challenges at caid.org.uk/lent or follow online: www.christianaid.org.uk/lent-easterappeal/count-your-blessings-online Thank you for fighting for a green future for people like Faith this Lent.


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Winter Doubt's chilly, like winter - but winter does end! Doubt has many flavours. (At first, C.S.Lewis tried hard NOT to believe!) I lost my better half, I had a fall recently and some pain. Not easy. As a Christian Science child I strained SO HARD to believe that "pain was not real"! My mind still feels strained. Silly, but ... ! "Are we there yet?" doubt seeks light, not darkness. 1 Cor. 13:12. "Then I shall know fully ... ". Could the Truth be more beautiful than we imagine? Scientists humbly respect and USE this kind of doubt. Once, seniors controlled folk, and punished questioners. Today, new ideas can still worry insecure guys. But have new insights never helped the Church in the past? Darker doubts can come in the winter, even to strong 'saints'. Have you a tough friend who would help you? Tom Keller wrote this, on the Web. How do you see it?:"A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person's faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection."

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Should we be timid about doubts? Is Keller's "be prepared" training a good defence? Or is it unrealistic? What are your thoughts? I've suggested before, can faith sometimes mean 'keeping going'? (Search for 'Mother Teresa' and doubt she doubted, but DID lots!) Or is faith just "being a child", reaching out hopefully, like a plant spreading out leaves in the sunlight? And, in very wintry times, just trusting that our Father will be merciful and understanding, NOT sternly condemning us for weakness or doubt but in His mysterious ways helping us to grow wiser and stronger, if we keep going and remain "open" to Him? Phil French

The Leap Year The calendar, one year in four Gives February a little more An extra day! We must be sure! To wisely use these hours The weather, not as bitter cold; The garden weeds have gained no hold; The early bulbs start to unfold We welcome crocus flowers!


The sun bestows a little warmth The winds turn from the bitter north It is the time to sally forth From winter sanctuary! Tis early spring, season sublime So hearken to my little rhyme Enjoy the little extra time You have in February! By Nigel Beeton


A Note from our bible translator! Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations, and that 2020 has started off well. After a 21-hour trip back, thanks in part to a transportation strike, I had a quiet Christmas in France. On 2nd January I started in earnest preparing texts for checks in Ivory Coast later this month. Included in those checks is a new-to-me team, the Mahou. It will be a scramble to get everything prepared well, so I would appreciate your prayers for wisdom, guidance and perseverance! Ideally, I would have two 2-week checking sessions with each team in Ivory Coast, and an equal amount of time preparing for each of those checks each year. The January-February set will be shorter, though. 2020: On the whole, 2020 looks like this (at least at this point!): January – preparation for checking (Ivory Coast) February – checking (4 teams in Ivory Coast) March – learning the latest upgrade to our translation software so that I can teach it in July! Renew French residency permit April – preparation for checking (Ivory Coast) May – interpreting at global meeting in Thailand June – some checking for Ivory Coast via Skype? Preparing for teaching July – teaching at a consultant training workshop in Cameroon August – preparation for checking (Ivory Coast, Senegal), meeting with friends from w-a-a-y back when I lived in Caen (about two hours from Vernon)


September – some checking for Ivory Coast via Skype?, Regional meetings in Germany October – visit to the U.S.? November - preparation for checking (Senegal, Ivory Coast) December – checking in Senegal Your prayers are appreciated both for these activities and especially for the people benefitting from each of them. Backtranslation fun: Occasionally, there are just some fun backtranslations that may be accurate, but sound strange to those of us from different cultures. As I prepared Acts 3 for the Mahou a few days ago, I came across one of my recurring favorites: Solomon’s hangar. (Acts 3:11) Did you know that the temple had hangars? For many of the teams, ‘hangar’ is the accurate translation for their word meaning any covered structure open on one side. To make sure their word really does apply to the area in question, I always show them a picture of an artist’s representation of Solomon’s Porch. Sometimes they keep the word they had, sometimes they choose to describe the area differently, but the original backtranslation always makes me smile. Ndút: Thank you for your prayers for the typesetting of the Ndút New Testament and Genesis. I have confirmation that they finished and have moved on to recording the NT. Please pray as the team continues to work to get everything ready for the arrival of the NT later this year. My continued thanks to all of you who are part of this work through your prayers, messages and financial support. All my very best wishes for a wonderful 2020! Sharon


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Not just for Christmas Here we are now in February and Christmas is all but forgotten. Dog Rescue Centres will have received the usual influx of unwanted puppies. Sad isn’t it but there is a similarity with baby Jesus. Let’s go back to early December. Christmas is coming and everything feels warm and fluffy. Parties, family gatherings, carol services and present giving. Puppies are warm and cute and it can be a great idea to buy one for Christmas. Everyone enjoys the fun and novelty of the new little creature. However, instead of ensuring ‘this dog is for life’ after a short time the sweet puppy starts becoming more challenging. Commitment is necessary in order to develop a loving relationship together. The time soon passes and the brief encounter is over. The animal is abandoned and what could have been beneficial to both is lost forever. I don’t think Jesus will mind me making the comparison between a puppy and a baby. At Christmas time we like to come together to sing and listen to the nativity story. Children will dress up and a good time is had by all as we revel in the rosy glow of nostalgia and indulgence. Like the puppy at Christmas though, Jesus didn’t stay a baby, cute and cuddly for very long. That time soon passed. He too grew more and more challenging and was rejected. We had many visitors over Christmas at St Catherine’s at our many services and events:..Christingle, Messy Church, Pre

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School, Birch Copse, Springfield and Little Heath School Services, Lunches in the Café, Scouts, Tots Praise, Friday Friends, Tuesday get Together with Singing for The Brain, Mother's Union, Cornwell 0-5's, Carols around the Oak Tree, singing at the Fox and Hounds, The Ridings, The Triangle, Christmas Midnight and Day Service and more...it was fantastic! and so much time for baby Jesus! Now though, the warm fuzzy feeling festival is over and we are back to business as usual. All dog lovers know that given the chance, dogs are man/woman's best friend. • How does the puppy forgotten after Christmas feel? • How does Jesus forgotten after Christmas feel? Jesus, as the saying goes “isn’t just for Christmas” He is for life. 1 John 5 11 - And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Lorraine Roberts



Tilehurst Triangle WI Our December meeting was our Christmas party and the evening began with a brilliant performance from some students who attend Kingsclere Performing Arts College. They sang and danced in a variety of styles. Amazing talent and professionalism

The New Year started with a talk on candle making and discussion about WI resolutions. The WI has a long history of campaigning on a wide range of issues to change things for the better. At the meeting, we considered five resolutions and voted for the one we would like to go forward to the National Meeting in June. Tilehurst Triangle WI selected ‘A call to increase potential stem cell donor registration’. We heard from a member whose son signed up to a donor register when at university. Forgetting all about it, thirty years later he had a call asking if he would donate and this saved someone’s life. Clearly, an important service. Our first monthly ‘Cuppa and a Chat’ for 2020 at Café Siena was enjoyed.

Afterwards, we enjoyed some cheese and wine with the chance to socialise. We finished with some carol singing and particularly enjoyed the Twelve Days of Christmas with actions. Instead of Secret Santa this year, members donated Christmas food items to Readifood.

Tilehurst Triangle WI meets in St Catherine’s Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, except August, at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. We have a Facebook page so check us out and see what we have been doing and have planned. Ros Somerville (secretary) 0118 941 6838



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Hospitality; to provide a welcome for stranger or friend; is one of the practices of Partnership in Missional Church (PMC). PMC is a three year journey our whole church is travelling along. Hospitality, for me, providing physical refreshment though.

goes and

beyond mental

It includes understanding, kindness, a smile, making people feel they are accepted and important.

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We need to show hospitality everywhere. In our church services, we shouldn’t expect visitors to know when to sit or stand, when to look something up in a book or when they are expected to join in responses. People need to be able to easily access our services, enabling them to join without feeling uncomfortable, not knowing what’s expected of them. We show hospitality when we place our building in the heart of the community. We may own it, repair it and look after it, but we are not exclusive users of it. There has to be understanding as well as give and take from all users. How we interact with all people in this building is just as important as how we share hospitality with each person we meet in life. All this isn’t easy; we are hospitable by God’s Grace. Let’s try not to stress, but bless the people we meet! Val Poore



Café Chat December was a very busy month for the café Firstly we hosted a Christmas lunch for the Tilehurst Triangle WI. Margy kindly came and read some of her amusing and very clever poetry, and then Gill led the carol singing.

Christmas Carols

‘Santa’ Lily

The following week it was the cafe Christmas lunch, and almost 40 roast dinners were served!

staff of Birch Copse and other cafe customers. I will be arranging a volunteer coffee morning soon so we can all tuck in!

On both occasions we received many favourable comments about the food which is always nice to hear. I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped in some way to help make both of these events a huge success, and an extra special thank you goes to Maureen and Steph who expertly led the cooking of the turkey dinners. One day in December we had our very own little "Santa" visit, when Lily came to the cafe to distribute cupcakes to the cafe volunteers. They were delicious thank you Lily and her nanny! We also received several tubs of chocolates and a tower of treats from


If you would like to help with the running of the cafe but don't want to work an actual shift, there are other ways you can help. Maybe once every 4 or so weeks you can bake a cake, or take the aprons and tea towels home to be washed. Please let myself or one of the volunteers know if you are interested and we can put your name down on a rota. Finally, I would like to thank all those who supported Cafe Siena in 2019 whether as a volunteer or a customer. I hope 2020 will be just as successful. Karen, Café Manager


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CafĂŠ Siena Christmas Lunch Gallery We would all like to say a huge thank you to Karen too for all her hard work and commitment to the cafe, both in weekly opening times and support for special events. With her management, CafĂŠ Siena continues to be a great place for everyone of all ages to eat and drink together in a warm and welcoming space. Sonia Ludford. The pictures below of the Christmas lunch illustrate enjoyment and hard work!

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From the ‘Parish Pump’ New research findings published on clergy flourishing

Psalm 23 Garden coming to RHS Chelsea

A new set of findings from a 10-year study into the well-being and flourishing of ordained ministers in the Church of England has been recently published. The Living Ministry programme tracks the progress of groups of clergy ordained in 2006, 2011 and 2015 and women and men who entered training for ordination in 2016, seeking to understand what helps clergy to flourish in ministry. The latest research from the project includes responses from 579 ordained clergy and 113 people training for ordained ministry in the Church of England. The quantitative study includes research into physical, mental, relational, financial material, spiritual and vocational well-being, as well as responses to questions about ministerial effectiveness. The Rt Revd Dr Chris Goldsmith, Director of the Ministry Division of the Church of England said: “This 10-year programme is providing valuable longterm insights into the experiences of our ordained clergy from initial training and curacy and throughout ministry. “The findings will help inform the dioceses and theological education colleges and courses in their vital work in the selection, formation and longterm support of ordained clergy.”

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The Bible Society has announced that “We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with award-winning garden designer Sarah Eberle, to bring Psalm 23 to life at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2020!” The Psalm 23 Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020, designed by Sarah Eberle, will offer visitors the chance “to stop, reflect, and feel refreshed”. The Bible Society said: “This powerful psalm, with its visual imagery of green pastures, still waters and the valley of the shadow of death, just cries out to be turned into a garden. “We hope you’ll love it. And after the Chelsea Flower Show, the garden will find a permanent home at the Winchester Hospice in Hampshire, where it will be a blessing to patients and families.” The Bible Society says it is also hoping that people will “join us in creating community gardens across the country inspired by the Psalm 23 Garden. You can do this outside your office, in your school grounds, or in your churchyard. Let’s get gardening!” You can follow the project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and join us on the road to Chelsea. Church of England appoints National Environment Officer Jo Chamberlain has been appointed as the National Environment Officer for the Church of England, taking forward


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(Continued from page 31) the strategy developed by the Environment Working Group. This is a new post reflecting the Archbishops’ Council’s focus on the environment as a theological and mission priority. Jo joins the Mission and Public Affairs team from Christian Aid and the Diocese of Sheffield where she volunteers as their Environment Adviser. She will work closely with the Environment Consultant, David Shreeve, and link with the Cathedrals and Church Buildings team where Open and Sustainable Churches Officer, Catherine Ross, forms the third part of a new environment staff ‘hub’. Church of England Christmas advert got 170,000 views in just 48 hours The Church of England’s Christmas Advert for 2019 was viewed more than 170,000 times in the two days following its launch, with viewers tuning in via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. In the first 48 hours, the advert received over 110,000 views on Facebook, and a further 60,000 on Twitter, entirely through organic sharing by churches and individuals. For the first time, the CofE had also created interactive stickers for churches

and individuals to use as part of their social media posts and stories, which have already been seen nearly 160,000 times. Meanwhile, almost 20,000 have been added to AChurchNearYou.com, the CofE’s ‘church finder’ which helps people to find their nearest events, and discover the Christmas story. Have a purpose for your life! Mary Slessor was an indomitable Scottish Presbyterian missionary to Calabar, Nigeria in late Victorian times. She not only evangelised three tribes there, but also stopped the widespread practise of killing twins at birth. Her life made a tremendous difference for good to thousands of people. Concerned about the purposeless lives of some women back in the UK, she advised them, in words which may well be the secret of her own life of blessing: "Gird yourself for the battle outside somewhere and keep your heart young. Give up your whole being to create music somewhere, in the light places and in the dark places, and your life will make melody." On another occasion she wrote: "Prayer is the greatest power God has put into our hands for service—praying is harder than doing, at least I find it so, but the dynamic lies that way to advance the Kingdom."

From the registers RIP Funerals taken by Ministers Doreen Duncan Linda Childs

Val Brunsdon

Please remember their families and friends in your prayers.

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Marriage Richard Parsons and Michaela Shepherd Married on 4th October 2019 Warm congratulations and may God richly bless their marriage.



St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday

7.30 am - 3.15 pm 3.30 - 6.00 pm 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm (In term time) 8.15 pm - 9.15 pm




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)


3.30 - 6.00 pm (in café 3rd Tuesday)

After– school club

Sharon Sheppard Contact as above

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

1.15 pm - 3.30 pm (In church not hall) 3.30 - 6.00 pm

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir www.vivacevoices.org.uk After– school club

Contact Sue Hennell ℡ 0118 966 1291 Sharon Sheppard Contact as above Tilehurst Triangle W.I. 3rd Weds ℡ 0118 941 6838  tilehursttrianglewi@berkshirewi.co.uk

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

3.30 - 5.30 pm

After– school club

Sharon Sheppard Contact as above

5.45 pm - 7.15 pm

7th Tilehurst Brownies  katielou98@sky.com

Contact Katie Taylor

7.30 am - 12.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Friday Friends

See page 18

6.15 - 7.00 pm

Exercise class  mrsjfulbrock@yahoo.co.uk Church Youth Group (fortnightly)

Jemma Fulbrook

7.45 pm - 9.15 pm Saturday

Exercise class  mrsjfulbrock@yahoo.co.uk


7.30 pm - 10.00 pm Thursday

St Catherine’s Pre-school Contact www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk  07745 909 348 After– school club Sharon Sheppard  sharonsheppard2000@yahoo.co.uk

Contact Dee Anderson  07821 265 804

9.30 am - 10.30 am

Yoga Antonella Carraro  Antonella.Carraro@laithwaiteswine.com.

1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Crafty Space (monthly)

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Messy Church (monthly)  Info@StCatherines-Tilehurst.Org.Uk Short Mat Bowls Club Contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

See page 20

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  hall@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk



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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 Sunday 8.00 am Our early service of Communion (2nd & 4th Sundays) or Morning Prayer (1st & 3rd Sundays), is quiet and reflective, with no singing. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 9.15 am Communion (1 st & 3rd Sundays) and Word and Worship (non communion) (2nd & 4th Sundays). Praise and teaching, and usually including a time of sharing what God is doing amongst us, followed by prayer for healing, for those who would like it. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 11.00 am Allsorts@11, an opportunity for the whole family to meet with God in an informal setting through praise, prayer and teaching with fun activities for children (Sunday school). Refreshments from 10.45 am and also afterwards with cakes and fresh coffee. Occasional Afternoon and Evening services are also held - see notices & website for further information.

Thursday 12.15 pm - Communion or Midday Prayer. An informal short (approx. 30 minutes) service with a brief discussion on the day’s readings in the Garden Room. You are invited to stay and eat in the café afterwards Friday 9.15 am - Tots Praise. Jumping, singing and dancing, Bible story, a simple craft and a prayer followed by refreshments. Time for babies and toddlers, parents and carers to enjoy their own dedicated time of worship (term time only). for all, followed by a meal. Quality time for families. Children must bring an adult!

For further details on any of these services email info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

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



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Profile for St Catherines

RG31 - February 20  

The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St. Catherine and Calcot St. Birinus

RG31 - February 20  

The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St. Catherine and Calcot St. Birinus