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May 2018

May 2018

The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus


Who’s Who in the Parish

Vicar Rev Gill Rowell ℡ 0118 942 7786

Licensed Lay Minister (Cornwell)

Licensed Lay Minister Mike Heather ℡ 0118 962 4852

Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

Churchwarden (Cornwell) Stuart Poore ℡ 0118 962 555

Churchwarden Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238

St Catherine’s Hall bookings Sheila Drew ℡ 0118 942 7254 Cornwell Centre bookings Tilehurst Parish Council ℡ 0118 941 8833 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 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 Read your own copy of RG31 (10 issues) - only 50p each issue, or £5.00 for a year’s subscription. Details from the editors whose details are above. ©Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus P.C.C. 2018

photo Tony Bartlett



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Tony Bartlett ‘Waiting’ After many (I make it 13) years of contributing to this page of the magazine there is a danger of repeating oneself especially with the diminishing grey cells of old age. So, I checked on my recent contributions (isn’t the ‘search’ facility on a computer useful!) and found that I had used the title ‘Waiting’ two years ago and my alternative title of ‘Are we nearly there yet’ I had used the previous year. But headlines can be misleading can’t they; ‘Waiting’ was about waiting for completion of the building works and ‘Are we nearly there yet’ about Advent. So, what follows hasn’t been recycled! If you’re of an impatient disposition then waiting can be very trying; it’s wasted time, it’s wanting to get on with the next thing, it’s being held up by someone else or something beyond one’s control. Microwaves, Amazon Prime and Instant coffee have taken the waiting out of wanting and how many of us expect an instant response to the email we’ve just sent? So how can waiting be positive? It all depends on how we use the time that waiting gives us. For the Parish, waiting for a new vicar has been a mixed blessing, but mainly positive. Eighteen months of waiting that began with attempts to put down on paper where we are as a parish and where we want to be, to honestly examine our strengths and weaknesses and put together the ‘Parish Profile’. So that the right person will hear God’s call and in Gill we believe we have found that person and she has found us. Calling the passage of time between vicars an ‘interregnum’ put a lot of pressure on the former and new incumbents because the Latin word means literally ‘between reigns’ (the dictionary definition harks back to the period between the execution of Charles I in 1649 and the arrival of his son Charles II in 1660). But we’re not looking for a ruler or a regime in a vicar, are we? During the last eighteen months the parish has been blessed by being ministered to by a variety of clergy, the wardens have ably chaired and steered the PCC in making decisions not only on the ‘Parish Profile’ but on the day to day running of the parish. People have taken on projects and tasks started by Denis, that I hope we do not expect Gill to take on; surely, we want her to be freed from routine, from tasks that lay members have been doing so that she will have the time to listen, to reflect, to guide, encourage and inspire. I’ve nearly run out of space so here’s ten reasons why waiting is good for you: priorities become clear, develop perseverance, productive habits, understanding yourself, rest & regroup, patience, resourcefulness, tolerance & empathy, capacity, gratitude. Something to remember when the bus is late? I hope that during these last eighteen months of waiting we all have enjoyed just a few of those benefits.


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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 Prayers - Garden Room Community Prayer - Garden Room

Saturday 5th May 3.30 pm

Messy Church, theme ‘Christian Aid’ - St Catherine’s

Sunday 6th May - the sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 10.44-48, Psalm 98, 1 John 5.1-6, John 15.9-17 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Wednesday 9th May (postponed from 2nd May) 11.00 am

Service at York House

Sunday 13th May - the Sunday after Ascension Day Acts 1.15-17,21-26, Psalm 1, 1 John 5.9-13, John 17.6-19 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Sunday 20th May - Pentecost Acts 2.1-21 or Ezekiel 37.1-14, Psalm 104.26-36,37b, Romans 8.22-27 or Acts 2.1-21 John 15.26-27;16.4b-15 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Word and Worship - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service with Holy Communion - Cornwell

Sunday 27th May - Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6.1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8.12-17, John 3.1-17 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

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Messy Church, theme ‘God’s power to change’ - St Catherine’s


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Sunday 3rd June - the first Sunday after Trinity (Proper 4) Deuteronomy 5.12-15, Psalm 81.1-10, 2 Corinthians 4.5-12, Mark 2.23 - 3.6 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 June 11.00 am

Service at York House

Sunday 10th June - the second Sunday after Trinity (Proper 5) Genesis 3.8-15, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4.13 - 5.1, Mark 3.20-35 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Go on to Maturity 'LET US GO ON INSTEAD AND BECOME MATURE.' HEBREWS 6:1 NLT We all get the same 168 hours in our week. But if the only time you devote to your spiritual growth is the time you spend in church on Sunday morning, you'll never move beyond spiritual infancy. Think about it. An infant can't feed itself; it chooses chocolate over carrots; it constantly falls down and has to be picked up; it keeps wandering off and getting into trouble; it's basically self-centred and needs to be disciplined and trained. Are you getting the picture? The new birth is exciting, but it's supposed to be your launching pad, not your cot. The Bible says, 'Let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.' Note the words 'Let us'. That means it's up to you! At some point you've got to say to yourself, 'Starting today I'm going to do what it takes to grow up spiritually and discover God's plan for my life.' One day at the end of World War l, General Louis Lyautey asked his gardener to plant a particular type of tree on his estate. The gardener informed him that the tree, being unusually slow to grow, would take nearly a century to reach maturity. 'In that case,' the general replied, 'there's no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon!' Here's a fail-safe plan for growing into spiritual maturity: 'They delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do' (Psalm 1:2-3 NLT). 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.

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At a service on 26th April Rev Gill Rowell was

Gill takes the oath of allegiance and is ‘presented to the people’ by the Bishop of Reading

Members of our church and community present symbols of ministry to Gill



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‘inducted and installed' as vicar of our Parish We were so pleased to finally welcome our new vicar, Revd Gill Rowell to our Parish on Thursday 26th April, in a service led by the Bishop of Reading and the Assistant Archdeacon of Berkshire. The Area Dean, the Revd Graeme Fancourt welcomed everyone to the service: parishioners, our friends from the community and Gill’s own family and friends from her previous parish in Cheddington, Bucks. The Bishop of Reading, the Right Revd Andrew Proud, together with the Assistant Archdeacon of Berkshire ,Revd Stephen Pullin, led the Institution and Induction of Gill, who was presented to the Bishop by the Revd Jonathan Arnold, from our patron, Magdalen College. Choir and musicians led the singing and members of our church and community

presented symbols of ministry to Gill: signifying our commitment to be witnesses of God’s love among our neighbours. After the service, over 130 people were treated to a delicious buffet, prepared by the hardworking ladies who had been planning and preparing the menu for several weeks. It was a lovely evening and our visitors commented on both the quality of the food offered but also the warm, friendly welcome they experienced. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to plan and prepare the service and to all, who contributed in so many different ways, to make the evening such a wonderful time. Sonia Ludford

Oh, what a night! “A bit like a wedding” said one of my sisters. Yes, in a way! The church looked really beautiful, the flowers stunning, and the smell from the kitchen all day indicated that something special was happening! We had planned, rehearsed, and now we were present, all spruced up and ready to witness and participate in this wonderfully significant celebration – my induction and installation by the Bishop of Reading, Bishop Andrew and the Assistant Archdeacon, Revd Stephen Pullen. Oh, my goodness! There was a sense of anticipation as people arrived, and I was thrilled to see folks from my old Parish (Cheddington with Mentmore) once more, having said

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tearful goodbyes to them on Easter Sunday. It was wonderful to have members of my family with me too, along with local ministers. And people from the Parish here too, smiles aplenty. The service carried itself along, Bishop Andrew putting me at ease, the words powerful and awe-inspiring; it is not often when one finds oneself the centre of attention. The whole service was one of joyful worship with some magnitude, weighty pledge, commitment, and oaths - and now here I am with the God-given mandate to serve the Parish to the best of my ability. Thank you all for your wonderful welcome. Gill



Anne's special birthday

Thank you Christine

Anne Soley celebrated a special birthday in April and we helped her to celebrate as we gave her a bouquet to mark the occasion.

We have been so lucky to have had so much help from the Rev Christine Bainbridge during the interregnum.

We are so lucky to have Anne as a Church Member as she gives so much to the church and local community.

She has inspired us at so many services, given pastoral support to us and led Breathing Space sessions regularly on Thursdays.

There are so many ways in which she serves – as sacristan, deputy Church Warden and leader of Friday Friends.

She was given owers and a token of our appreciation at her last service with us on 8th April.

These are just a few of the many aspects of her commitment. She has been especially supportive during the interregnum and we wish her all the best for the coming year and for many more to come!

Hopefully we will see her again as she has been a real friend to so many. Rosemary Cunningham

Rosemary Cunningham



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RCN (Reading Christian Network) I wonder how many of you, like me, were at the Loddon Leisure Centre in June 1997 when Argentinean evangelist Ed Silvoso preached on transforming our town by prayer and out of that came the ‘That none shall perish’ movement in Reading that took its aims from 2 Peter 3:9: ‘The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance’.

It was a challenge to the churches in Reading for ‘Unity which commands a blessing’, from Psalm 133 1-3: ‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!. . . .For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life for evermore’.

The ‘That none shall perish’ challenge to the churches has since become RCN, now a registered charity and an umbrella organisation which has also birthed other local Christian initiatives including Reading Street Pastors, Engage Befriending and Home for Good. Back in 1997, to pray for transformation and bring about unity, we began a weekly leaders prayer gathering every Wednesday morning from 8-9am

throughout the year in the West End at Greyfriar’s Church, Friar Street, Reading. Around 50-60 of us attend; leaders of churches or Christian organisations and charities from Reading and the surrounding areas who can commit to our vision of the transformation of Reading through the life, love and power of Jesus Christ. We aim to give most of our time to praying for, and blessing key areas of community life and we are inclusive to all denominations and streams who profess Jesus as Lord and Saviour. We will usually spend some time in worship and thanksgiving, share stories of what God is doing and occasionally welcome guests who are influencers in our community so we can hear their vision and pray for them. The weekly prayer gathering is a catalyst that enables leaders to find one another and to build relationships that help sustain real unity. The unity that has built over the years has inspired leaders from other cities and towns to come and see what is happening, and now 21 years later Ed Silvoso will be back, see page 11. Tony Bartlett

St Catherine's Day Lunch Thank you, Gill, for a wonderful St Catherine's Day service which was a double celebration for our patron saint and for Gill's first Sunday with us. We had a joint service so that St Catherine's and Cornwell could get together and worship together.

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We've had a long wait for our new vicar so it was great to have Gill leading our praise. We all enjoyed our sharing lunch – many thanks to all who brought food and who cleared up afterwards. There were so many smiling faces around as we all enjoyed our time together. Rosemary Cunningham



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Wisdom of the Years A young man, who was also an avid golfer, found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured that if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old man to join him. To his surprise, the old man played fairly quickly. He didn't hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn't waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway


and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball and directly between his ball and the green. After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot, the old man finally said, "You know, when I was your age, I'd hit the ball right over that tree." With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally laid. The old man offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age, that pine tree was only 3 feet tall.


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An evening with Ed Silvoso

7.30 pm Wednesday 13th June at The Globe, Portman Road You are invited to join us for a very special evening of praise and celebration with churches from around the Reading area. We’ll be celebrating our 21st birthday as Reading Christian Network and it’s great to welcome Ed Silvoso back as he helped us to launch Reading Christian Network in 1997. Dr. Ed Silvoso, founder and president of Harvest Evangelism, and the leader of the Transform Our World Network, is a strategist and Bible teacher who specializes in nation and marketplace transformation. Trained in both theology and business, he is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Anointed for Business.

His work experience includes banking, hospital administration, financial services and church ministry, as well as coaching leaders on how to take the power and presence of God into the marketplace to see their sphere of influence transformed. Our story in Reading continues and we are so grateful to Ed Silvoso for bringing the challenge he brought to us in the summer of 1997. Imagine packing The Globe to celebrate God’s goodness to us over many years and then to be re-commissioned together to fulfill the next chapter in the story of Reading. We look forward to seeing you at The Globe, 12 Portman Road, Reading, RG30 1EA on Wednesday evening June 13th. Please park considerately in car parks and streets nearby. Please note this is a free event but we will be taking an offering See

St Catherine’s Gardening Club At last!! As I write this it seems that our patient endurance in those chilly, rainy days is about to be rewarded by some seriously warm sunshine very soon. All the plants have been gradually responding to the longer days and less cold nights – tiny, delicate, fresh green leaves are colouring the silver birches, and many trees and shrubs are already covered in glorious green.

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The tete-a-tete show in the tubs and troughs is now over, and they will soon be replaced by fresh summer bedding plants. The choice has yet to be made - should it be begonias, geraniums, petunias? Watch this space. Any ideas will be welcome. In fact, any ideas you may have about our church grounds will be very much


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(Continued from page 11) welcomed, especially any gardening tips, or even the offer of the use of your green bin. Please contact Jo Day 942 1481 or Chris Addison 07966 105056 to have a chat, or pop round on a Saturday morning to see us. The basketball net has been placed into position ready for our youth group to practice their skills. Planting has been started in-between the broken slabs close to the kerb alongside the top car park. But unfortunately, one of our team has suffered an injury to her foot, thus reducing our man/woman power by 20% while she recovers. Bulbs in various places have given us some great splashes of colour, together with the pretty, bright primulas. It’s time to choose what summer bedding to put in to brighten up the fuchsia bed until the fuchsias emerge and start flowering later in the summer. One big question is; will we be able to get any work done on the big circular bed before the clay soil turns from glue to rock?? We can always hope. The grass has at last been dry enough to allow our newly serviced lawn mower to have it’s first outing of the year. The soil placed in the long dip in the lawn out the front of the hall has been levelled ready for turf.

Cornwell 0-5’s Parent & Toddler Group

The group’s two sessions re-opened after Easter under the ‘management’ of the church and there has been a good response to our appeal for helpers. There’ll be a rota so that we can cover every session with at least two church


It has so far been too wet to attempt to rotovate and level the lawn beyond the top car park, but hopefully it will be done soon. However, reshaping of the hedge between the lower car park and the oak tree lawn was finally achieved a couple of weeks ago, amid much relief and rejoicing! As a result of our annual report, we have received a very generous contribution towards the purchase of a picnic table and seats to go on the lawn beyond the top car park. If you feel you would like to add your contribution, it will be very much appreciated, and help us to provide comfortable places for people to sit outside in the summer months, sharing a cuppa and a chat (see contact numbers above). Jo Day Beneath these fruit tree boughs that shed Their snow-white blossoms on my head, With brightest sunshine round me spread Of spring’s unclouded weather, In this sequestered nook how sweet To sit upon my orchard-seat! And birds and flowers once more to greet, My last year’s friends together. William Wordsworth, from “The Green Linnet”.

members. As well as help with setting up on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30 am helpers can help with registration, washing up, craft, singing time, as well as chatting to carers and children. We’ve had new families attending every week so far, the next step will be to create a new website and publicise the group more widely. Tony Bartlett


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‘In their own language’ After retiring from work after my big birthday Jack and I went on a fantastic Hurtigruten cruise up the coast of Norway.

This was a very moving and powerful experience hearing everyone praising and praying together in their own language.

As we look towards Pentecost I was reminded of one of the many trips we enjoyed. We visited the beautiful Vesteralen and the Trondenes Kirke. This was a small , beautiful but simple church on the coast.

This made me think about Pentecost and what it must have been like hearing all the people speak in their own language Wow ! What a Joy for us all to be able to worship together as one.

We were invited to join in a short act of worship, where the vicar led the service in German and English. We were invited to join in the singing of " Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!" and the Lords Prayer in our own language.

Acts 2 v 1,4 & 6. " When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language" Hilary Smee

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Tilehurst Triangle WI Our AGM was held in March, with Chris Turner being elected as president for a third term. The committee was reelected and Heather O’Connor was welcomed as an extra committee member. After the business, we had an interesting illustrated talk entitled ‘From Delhi to Darjeeling’ with information about tea plantations and the Little Blue Train, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. In April, we had a talk about the wildlife of the Thames Valley and Chilterns, in particular the varied birds that can be spotted. Our competition was a wildlife picture and Cathy Vickers won with a beautiful cross stitch picture of Barn Owls.

Another competition entry was this picture of a Great Crested Grebe taken on the River Thames.

During April, we also held our first ‘Cuppa and Chat’ at St Catherine’s Café, where we were made very welcome. Eighteen members enjoyed being able to socialise and bring along their children and grandchildren too. This will now be a regular bi-monthly event. Others have enjoyed a walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal. The Berkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes Spring Annual Council meeting at Reading University was attended by some of our members where we heard several interesting speakers. Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger gave an inspiring and thought provoking talk on combating loneliness. Research shows that loneliness affects both physical and mental health and there are many people whose only friend is the television. Loneliness not only affects the elderly but younger people too and our WI is keen to take small steps locally to address this issue. Michael Long was another inspirational speaker at the meeting who told us about The Ark Project in Reading, which he set up, by providing 10 beds for homeless people on a double-decker bus and giving drug addiction support. In May, we will be discussing this year’s WI resolution on mental health followed by a sugar craft workshop. 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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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information May Fri 4 Sat 5 Tues 8 Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun 13

St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Messy church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's Tilehurst Parish Council AGM 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview ‘Send a Cow’ House party 11.00 am to 9.00 pm at 16 Felton Way see page 31 Crafty Space 1.30 pm St Catherine’s see page 18 The beginning of Christian Aid week. If you are able to cover a road with house-to-house collecting please contact Richard Canning (details page 2) Fri 18 Café closed today - Diocesan conference is being hosted Fri 18 Park Lane Primary School’s “Great British” Spring Fayre 3.30-6.00 pm Sat 19 Christian Aid sponsored walk, see page 19. If you would like to join me on the 10 mile walk or sponsor me please contact me. Tony Bartlett (details page 2) Monday 21st May to Saturday 26th May ‘Big Brekkie’ 8.30 - 10.30 am in the Café This has proved very popular over the last two years and has given us a chance to show off our new facilities and work with volunteers from other churches around Tilehurst. We will be running it between 8.30 and 10.30am every day from – we will need lots of volunteers to cook and serve, and to distribute publicity. Richard Canning (details page 2) Fri 25 Schools break up for half term Sat 26 Jumble sale St Catherine’s

June Fri 1 Sat 2 Mon 4 Tues 5 Sat 9 Sat 9 Tues 12 Weds 13 Sat 16 Sat 16 Sun 24

St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Messy church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's Schools go back after half term Children & Youth Action Group meeting 7.30 pm St Catherine’s League of Friends Diamond Summer Fete, Victoria Rec. 11.00 am-4.00 pm Crafty Space 1.30 pm St Catherine’s see page 18 Tilehurst Parish Council 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview An evening with Ed Silvoso 7.30 pm at The Globe, Portman Road see page 11 The Official opening of the Abbey Ruins and WaterFest event St Catherine’s Summer Fete 2.00-4.00 pm Songs of Praise & Picnic in Victoria recreation ground 4.00-6.00 pm

Looking ahead - dates for your diary Sunday 12th August - Joint service at St Catherine's for the start of Holiday club week Monday 13th to Friday 17th August ‘Rocky’s Plaice Holiday club

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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.

May 4th Cards & Games 11th Sussex Curiosities continued with Alan Copeland 18th Seated exercises 25th Rah Rah Theatre Company presents ‘Charleston’

June 1st Cards & Games 8th Air Ambulance If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

May Weds 9th ‘Local Churches’ a talk by Catherine Samson Weds 16th Bible study 9.00 pm at 26 Normanstead Road Weds 23rd Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 30 Ashbury Drive

June Weds 13th Quiz Evening with Ploughman's Supper 8.00 pm tickets £3 from committee members Weds 20th Bible Study 8.00 pm at venue to be arranged Weds 27th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 26 Normanstead Road

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.



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Around the Parish

St Catherine’s Café in St Catherine's church Come along and enjoy a cappuccino or latte in your local community café 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

St Catherine's & Cornwell Youth Group 7.45-9.15 pm Friday St Catherine’s Hall 4th May - Cheryl and her Guide Dog 18th May - Badminton (at Cotswold Sports Centre) 15th June - Craft with Peter Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

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: 10.00 am – 2.00 pm Sun: CLOSED For reasonably priced teas, coffee, snacks, lunches, cards and books. Over the last 26 years we have built our good reputation on providing home cooked cakes and soup as well as a listening ear and a Christian welcome to all.

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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

St. Catherine’s Church Centre, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst

Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm May 12th, June 9th, July 14th

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. Contact Val Poore ℡ 0118 962 4555 email 18


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Love The Lord This is a simple song we enjoy singing with the carers and residents at Boxgrove House:Love the Lord with all your heart I love you Lord Love the Lord with all your soul I love you Lord Love the Lord with all your mind I love you Lord Love with heart and soul and mind I love you Lord Some of us, as I once did, find this most important commandment from Jesus to his disciples of loving the Lord with ALL, (not part) of our heart, soul and mind, an alien concept. There's no room for divided affections, it's all or nothing. I was watching a TV programme a few weeks ago and the presenter looked perturbed when one of the group said that she loved Abba Father more than her family. I guess to place anyone or anything above our own loved ones may seem disloyal, a betrayal and beyond our understanding. When I was a child it was my dad who I trusted most and looked to for safekeeping and wisdom. I loved my mum and sister of course but my dad was very special to me and I to him. As I got older I still placed my trust in him but he could no longer answer all my questions or protect me from unwise choices. He was fallible, as we all are. So I can say with certainty that for many years of my life I held my loved ones above all else. To love otherwise would have meant that they had slipped down my chain of affection. Then Jesus suddenly arrived and I felt guilty that my love for Him exceeded everyone else. So this commandment bemused me as it had the TV presenter. How could I love Him more than my dear old dad? Then I understood...human and divine love aren't in competition. It's just different. It doesn't matter what our earthly relationships are, be they parent, siblings, spouse, or our own children. We are all God's children, equally loved. So collectively, as humankind we are all brothers and sisters. He is everyone's Father, an infallible Father above all Fathers. Matthew 22:37

Lorraine Roberts

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Behind the scenes at Spring Harvest Spring Harvest is a multi-day teaching and worship event for everybody. It’s advertised as a unique break for all the family: holiday, festival, conference, and an encounter with God. They are normally held on multiple sites, at Butlin’s holiday camps over the Easter school holidays. It’s been running for 39 years now, and I know that many from our church have been to a Spring Harvest in the past. I have been many times as a family, but hadn’t been for 10 years. Nevertheless I had always wanted to volunteer to be one of the many unpaid helpers. This year I had the chance and contacted them, offering my services. They had many roles from administration, through steward or night security to children’s worker. The process turned out to be much like applying for a job you had to pick a specific role, week and location, fill in an on-line form explaining why you’d be good at it and provide references - which were taken up ! This year Spring Harvest were trying something different by holding one of their four weeks not at a Butlin’s holiday camp, but instead at the Harrogate International Conference Centre - taking over the whole site with it’s many rooms and halls. As Harrogate is near my mother-in-law’s (hence free accommodation) and seeing as that location would be both smaller and new for everyone I thought I’d offer my services as a tech support worker there.

My Role I arrived early to unpacking chaos and the planned welcome briefing never


seemed to happen. I quickly discovered that my job was in a small team of four which recorded the teaching seminars and mass produced the results onto CDs for sale. We were soon unpacking and delivering the recording equipment to the many seminar rooms around the centre and plugging them into the PA provided by an outside company. After a quick demonstration of how the kit worked we had free time before the first evenings session, so I found myself helping set up the shop in the main entrance foyer where our CDs would be sold in amongst many other music CDs and books. After forming a rota to split the many sessions in the many locations between us, I discovered I was recording the main talk of the first evening, given by Archbishop John Sentamu. I managed to record it OK and as he finished at 8:30pm I quickly rushed the recorded CD down to the copy room. By 8:45 we had produced dozens of copies ready for sale awaiting the guests as they left the main auditorium at 9:00pm. Not every session of the five days went as smoothly, especially when speakers in the smaller groups used material from outside sources - such as clips from movies or cartoons. Because Spring Harvest did not own the copyright of (Continued on page 21)


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(Continued from page 20) these, they had to be edited out. If we weren’t quick enough on the pause button when recording live, the audio had to be edited back at base, and the section removed, before the CD could be mass produced. While an external company had provided the PA equipment, they didn’t have enough people to operate it in every seminar room, so I was often the only team member in the room, doubling as the PA operator and also stepping in if the presenters laptop had a problem displaying on the screen. However working in the main auditorium was quite a different scale of operation. Up in the control room I was surrounded not just by the sound guy, but also the lighting guy, a video director and a remote control camera operator. The video director was talking via head set to two other camera operators elsewhere in the auditorium, and there were other voices coming over the intercom who were somewhere else in the building. The main sessions were videoed and while the video editing was done by the camera team, my own team also mass produced the DVDs for sale.

Spring Harvest changes While I had been to many Spring Harvests, not having been for 10 years, I wondered how it might have changed. However the answer was - not at all ! The buzz of the main events, including the live worship with a thousand worshipers was still there, as was the quality of the bible teaching. Just like before, there was the happy confusion with stewards helping rushing people find the smaller venues for the seminars

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and there were plenty of shops and stalls advertising their books, CDs or charitable works. However not Spring Harvest 2018 theme being on a Butlin’s site did give the event a quite different feel. For a start Harrogate was only attended by about a little over a thousand people. That sounds a lot, but it’s far smaller than a typical Spring Harvest event. Also, at Butlin’s, guests stay in the chalets on site, but at Harrogate people had to find their own B&B accommodation in lodgings. This had many subtle side effects - for instance people didn’t go back to their rooms at lunch for a rest, but instead, with nothing better to do, packed the few lunchtime sessions. Further, because of the lack of children’s entertainment available at the Butlin’s sites, such as fairground rides and swimming pools, there seemed to be far less families with young children, despite the best efforts of the organisers to provide plenty of indoor activities. I enjoyed my five days in the backrooms of Spring Harvest. Even in our quiet moments resting, there was plenty of other things going on in the ’team’ area from administrators producing the daily news-sheet or counting the collection, to the drama groups rehearsing before their moment on the main stage. While Harrogate was convenient on a personal level, I fancy trying one of the larger events at a Butlin’s camp next time ! Stuart Poore



2018 Holiday Club - Rocky’s Plaice St Catherine’s has been running a summer bible based Holiday Club for over 25 years now. The 2018 Holiday Club theme is ‘Rocky’s Plaice’. Rocky not only runs a fish and chip shop, but he also runs a church which meets there. He’s not the most organised of people, so chaos ensues. This will be a fun theme, looking at stories from the book of Acts through the eyes of Peter (another Rocky). They’ll be the normal mixture of Fun, Games, Craft, Stories, Drama and Songs. It runs for two hours each morning and the dates are Monday 13th August to Friday 17th with a special opening service on Sunday 12th August. It’s all aimed at Infants and Primary aged school children, including those about to enter reception class in September if parents think they’ll be happy in amongst about 80 other children. The children will spend a lot of their time in age related groups with age appropriate activities. If you’re not sure what it’s all about, look on YouTube, searching for ‘St Catherine’s Holiday Club’ for videos from our previous years. To provide all this, we need many adult and teenage helpers filling all sorts of different roles. People who’ve helped in the past should already have received a letter asking if they’d like to help again, and what role they might be willing to do. If you’ve not received one, or would like to help for the first time, please contact Tony Bartlett on 0118 967 8659, or ask either of the Church Wardens.


We’ll be holding a training evening for helpers at St Catherine’s, starting at 7.30pm on 11th July when we’ll run through the programme. Invitations to the children will go out nearer the time. Again, children who have been before should automatically receive one, but if you’ve never attended before and would like to know more, again contact Tony. It’s a fantastic week, serving our community while telling them more about Jesus. Please think and pray about whether you can help and whether you know any children who’d like to come. Stuart Poore


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April Moira welcomed members and lots of visitors and reminded us of the Summer Service and tea to be held at St. Michaels on 10th July at 2.30pm. She then introduced John Painter, Secretary of the Friends of Reading Abbey. The Friends were formed in the 1980’s to promote awareness of the Abbey’s importance, to encourage interest in and understanding of its history and architecture, and, through pressure on the Council, to support the preservation of the ruins. The Abbey was founded in 1121 by Henry 1st to pray for his soul for ever! He didn’t see it finished as he died in 1136 and is buried in front of the high altar (which may be under Reading Prison). It was finished in 1164 and dedicated by Thomas Beckett. As Reading is today it was an important hub for major communication routes and witnessed important historical occasions such as the marriage of John

of Gaunt to Blanche of Lancaster in 1359, and the publication of Edward IV’s secret marriage to Elizabeth Woodville in 1464. Elizabeth 1st stayed there frequently using the former Abbot’s Lodgings after Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the Abbey in 1539. The last Abbot, Hugh Cook Faringdon being executed for treason. The Romanesque carvings from the abbey are nationally important and some are in Reading Museum, one is built into the foundations of the RISC building in London Street, and some abbey stone has been used to repair Caversham Bridge. The Abbey Gateway became a school with Jane Austen among its pupils. John included in his presentation a picture of the present Peterborough Cathedral which shows what Reading Abbey would have looked like – magnificent! He ended his very interesting talk by encouraging us to visit the ruins when they re-open on 16th June during the Reading Waterfest. Sheila Bryant

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family. The changing weather frequently destroys the food he grows and his family often go hungry. He can no longer afford to send all his children to school and is unable to save any money for a new home. So, this Christian Aid Week, will you build hope in Haiti?

'If another hurricane comes, we’d just die' Marcelin has three daughters, Ketia (18), Linda (16) and Keshna (15). Their home country, Haiti, has been hit by hurricane after hurricane after earthquake. Marcelin lost his home and livelihood when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in September 2016. ‘I lost pigs, goats, everything in the house. I have nothing left,’ he says. He now lives in an old concrete shower block, two metres square, a tiny space he shares with his teenage daughters. There are no windows or doors, and the only furniture is a single bed that the girls sleep on.

Marcelin and his daughters Marcelin has shown incredible resilience in the face of such hardships and is working hard to raise his children alone. Every day he gets up at dawn to work the land but he’s struggling to support his

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We know how to make it happen – of the 700 houses we built after the 2010 earthquake, just one needed to be repaired after Hurricane Matthew. But we’re relying on the kindness of people like you to be able to do more, and reach more of our global neighbours in their hour of need Will you “StandTogether” with your global neighbour Marcelin and help him build a disaster-proof home in Haiti? As last year, we will not be trying to cover as many roads as possible with house-to-house collecting, but concentrating our efforts into running Big Brekkie from Monday to Saturday and allowing people to decide whether they wished to collect in the streets of their choice. Big Brekkie has proved very popular over the last two years and has given us a chance to show off our new facilities and work with volunteers from other churches around Tilehurst. We will be running it between 8.30 and 10.30am every day from Monday 21st May to Saturday 26th May – we will need lots of volunteers to cook and serve, and to distribute publicity. Tony Bartlett and Chris Addison will be doing the sponsored walk at Henley


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(Continued from page 25) again on Saturday 19th May. Why not join them?

together for Christian Aid Week each May to raise vital money for those most in need. Make sure you do your bit.

For sixty years, tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers have come

Richard Canning, Tilehurst Local Organiser

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I typed this tomorrow ? WARNING: science can be addictive when it stops hurting! Two tasty 'chunks':- 1) Einstein's relativity. 2) 'Quantum theory' (energy, particles, uncertainty, etc.). To be honest, these can look a bit "silly"; but they both work well in practice. Are they both 'true'? THEY DON'T FIT TOGETHER WELL! In quantum theory, information can appear to go faster than light. EINSTEIN DOESN'T LIKE THAT!

"random" to us poor little humans at times. Our Christian view of things is well, I confess, I'm puzzled sometimes. Not surprising! ONCE, SCIENCE SEEMED SO MUCH CLEARER AND SIMPLER THAN MY SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS. Now, science is having to grow up. Some say it's being forced to follow carefully in the Lord's footsteps! Like the Creator, today's science "moves in mysterious ways". Expect more.

HERE'S A DAFT IDEA FOR YOU! Could 'eect' come before 'cause'? Seriously! Don't laugh!! (Einstein's space-time was already odd.) For now, keep to TINY stretches of time - sorry, your headache's probably MY fault; it WASN'T caused by the binge you'll have tomorrow! This "retrocausality" joins those two theories together better, but the jury's still out. (Google "entangled particles" or "retrocausality".)

OOH! I need a rest! Then I'll tease Mr. Serpent. I'll atter him, and tell him he's GIFTED! Hee, hee! How will he respond to that? Phil French

Logic lesson 1: "This sentence is false." Ask a kid if that can be true! Lesson 2: Logic needs assumptions. Suppose Mr. Serpent "proves" that creation is just random nonsense. What were his assumptions? Darwin hints that Mr. Serpent's ancestors lived in dangerous 'jungles'. Their developing brains made bets. Serpents who made lucky bets survived long enough to raise lively little Serpents. Let's imagine Mr. S's "nonsense theory" IS true. Can his brain do much more than bet? Is he saying: "This proof is false!", or just wobbly? Text in Greek characters looks puzzling and "random" to us Brits. For very similar reasons, the Universe can seem

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The Anglican Parish of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus ST CATHERINE OF SIENA Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN Saturday 3.30 pm Messy Church is on one Saturday most months and also other ‘Messy Dates’, 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. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Sunday 9.30 am Is an exciting time of Praise and Worship, to fire you up for the week ahead. An opportunity for an encounter with God through word, sacrament, prayer, prophecy and healing. There are refreshments at 9.00 am and again at 11.00 am. Where there’s a fifth Sunday in the month Both churches meet together sometime during that month (details pages 4-5) for a joint service held either at St Catherine’s or the Cornwell Centre.

CORNWELL COMMUNITY CHURCH The Cornwell Centre, Home Croft, off Clements Mead, Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ 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 occasionally held, see pages 4-5 for dates


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