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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus November 2019

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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

 michaelheather@btinternet.com

 tony.bartlett.ccc@ntlworld.com

Churchwarden Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238

Churchwarden Stuart Poore ℡ 0118 962 4555

 richard@meadowsweet.eu

 stuart.poore@ntlworld.com

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) - 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. 2019 Some material is © Parish Pump Ltd and some © Dave Walker Cartoonchurch.com

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Rev Gill Rowell Community, Christmas and Christ We’ve been busy at St Catherine’s lately – Allsorts@11 on Sundays is gradually taking root and getting established; the Café is open on Wednesday mornings as well as Thursdays and Fridays, Tuesday Get Together has got off to a great start, and our “experiment” in Calcot – Calcot Cuppa – is planned for each Wednesday morning in November. This, in addition to usual activities and meetings – Cornwell 0-5s, Friday Friends, Tots Praise, mid-week prayer and services, the SHAPE course (over 40 people are attending the weekly sessions)…and so much more besides! We are already planning Christmas services – and yes, we will have Carols under the Old Oak Tree again on Christmas Eve, this time with mince pies and hot chocolate (bring a mug!) – and we have even been considering what we might do for the first ever Tilehurst Garden Festival, 2020! Why do we do it? Everyone will have their own answer, but I do it because I believe that we all matter to God, and we are called to live out our faith in action. God cares about each person in every community, and God has made us to be in relationship with him and with one another. Not surprising really, if you think about it – God is himself one God in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each one distinct and yet inseparable. November is traditionally a month for hunkering down, and preparing for winter. It’s also a season of remembering those who have gone before us. Remembrance Day is a particular time for reflecting on the fact that many died so that we could live - in freedom. Like those who sacrificed their lives for us, Jesus went to the cross to do for us what we could not do for ourselves – deal with the sin which separates us from each other and from God. Only he could do it, because though he was a human being, he was also God come amongst us too. There are a lot of pressures on all of us these days, but Jesus taught that there are just two things which really matter 1) to love God; 2) to love our neighbour – in this way, we can continue to grow community, and whilst diverse, live in unity.

Gill

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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 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 2nd November 3.30 pm

Messy Church rd

Sunday 3 November - All Saints Sunday Daniel 7.1-3,15-18, Psalm 149, Ephesians 1.11-23, Luke 6.20-31 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11 3.00 pm Memorial service followed by Tea Please think about who you may like to invite to this special service for those who have lost a loved one. (Invites are available at the back of church), everyone is welcome.

Wednesday 6th November 11.00 am

Holy Communion at York House

Sunday 10th November - Remembrance Day (3rd Sunday before Advent) Job 19.23-27a, Psalm 17.1-9, 2 Thessalonians 2.1-5,13-17, Luke 20.27-38 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11

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Sunday 17th November - 2nd Sunday before Advent Malachi 4.1-2a, Psalm 98, 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13, Luke 21.5-19 8.00 am Holy Communion 10.30 am Special service for Shoebox Sunday We invite you to bring your ďŹ lled Shoeboxes and ďŹ nd out more about Operation Christmas Child and see where our Shoeboxes go.

Sunday 24th November - Christ the King The Sunday next before Advent Jeremiah 23.1-6, Psalm 46, Colossians 1.11-20, Luke 23.33-43 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11 with Communion

Sunday 1st December - Advent Sunday Isaiah 2.1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13.11-14, Matthew 24.36-44 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11 On Advent Sunday a new cycle (Lectionary Year A) of Bible Readings begins during which the gospel readings will mainly be from Matthew

Wednesday 4th December 11.00 am

Holy Communion at York House

Saturday 7th December 3.30 pm

Messy Church

Sunday 8th December - Advent 2 Isaiah 11.1-10, Psalm 72.1-7,18,19*, Romans 15.4-13, Matthew 3.1-12 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11 4.00 pm Christingle service

Looking forward to Christmas, some dates for your diary

Sunday 15th December - Nine lessons & carols 6.30 pm Sunday 22nd December - Nativity & carols 10.30 am Monday 23rd December - Carols at the Triangle 12.00 noon & 4.00 pm Tuesday 24th December - Carols under the Old Oak Tree 7.00 pm Wednesday 25th December - Joint Christmas Day celebration 10.30 am November 2019

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Then they were moved to Solihull where they ran Holiday Clubs and Messy Church.

October meeting The evening began with Maureen Ward presenting Moira and Steph with beautiful burgundy cyclamen in appreciation of their work on the committee as they had missed the AGM. Valerie and Michael Forrow were congratulated on their forthcoming Diamond Wedding Anniversary, and Steph reminded us that the Memorial Service will be held on 3rd November which is open to everyone particularly the recently bereaved. She then introduced Gloria Richards whose talk was entitled “Oh! No! Not Another Move!” – her life story as a Church Army wife. Gloria was born at the Elephant and Castle in London and in 1941 moved near Croydon where at the age of 17 she became a Sunday School teacher and worked as a haute couture dressmaker. She married John, also a Sunday School teacher, who then started a Boys Club. They lived in rented rooms, then a church house which was soon needed for someone else so they became homeless until they took on the leadership of the local Scout Group for which they were offered a flat.

In 1975 they moved to Felixstowe where Gloria was persuaded to give talks to groups. The next move was to St. Aldates, Oxford where she (rather unwillingly) led the Women’s Fellowship. She found she could lead others closer to God and so other fellowships asked her to speak to them. The family lived in 3 different houses in Oxford then moved to Abingdon when John became Church Army Supervisor for the South of England. After 3 years of running Holiday Clubs in Germany(!) they came back to Dorset where Gloria did the “Trust and Obey” MU course and became a trainer. After their move to Huntingdon she became an MU speaker and also learned how to be a mother-in-law at Pram Services. Lastly they moved to Dorchester-onThames where she has been for 18 years – there is no retirement from God’s Army! So Gloria has been guided by the word of God all her life is now in the Oxford Diocese, still training and publicising the work of the MU in Prayer and Spirituality and child protection. What an inspiring lady. Sheila Bryant

The church they attended was high Anglican and the vicar suggested they became members of the Church Army and were only the third couple to be accepted. So they moved again and by this time were looking into adoption.

Wednesday 27th November Flower demonstration, 8.00 pm with Jane Haas. A very popular annual event.

They spent 5 years in Yeovil during which time they adopted 3 children.

Wednesday 11th December Carols & Readings, 8.00 pm in Church

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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus December 2019 & January 2020 Next month’s magazine will be out on Sunday 1st December and will cover two months. This means that if you wish to advertise events as far ahead as early February, I will need to have details by Wednesday 20th November. Included with the magazine will be the slip to renew your subscription for 2020. Tony Bartlett, editor

Come back to God 'WHEN HE WAS STILL A GREAT WAY OFF.' LUKE 15:20 NKJV

The Bible says concerning the Prodigal Son: 'When he was a great way off, his father...had compassion...ran...fell on his neck and kissed him.' The truth is, you're not beyond the reach of God's grace, so your future can be greater than your past! When he was 'a great way off', his father ran to him. Why? Because his relationship with his son wasn't based on performance, but on the fact that he'd given him life and brought him into the family. When you think about the things his father gave him that day, you realise the significance of each item. 1.

The robe. That confirmed his identity as a son. God doesn't see you in your weakness; He sees you clothed in the righteousness of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NIV 2011 Edition).

2. The ring. This was a signet ring with the family seal that gave him back authority to do business in his father's name. 3. The shoes. Household servants didn't wear shoes, only family members did. He returned home thinking the best he could hope for was a job in the servants' quarters. But his father not only restored his identity and authority, he restored him to full son-ship in the family. 4. The party. Back then when you rebelled against your father's authority and left home, they conducted 'a ceremony of shame', which meant you could never return. Not this father - he threw a party! The point? Because Jesus took our shame! 'For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT), The word for you today is - come back to God! 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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Ministry of Refreshment! Tuesday get Together has been going now for about two months. We are delighted to say that we have and will continue to, welcome and provide refreshments to our friends and neighbours. Due to our open doors we have also taken drinks out to men tarmacing the road, had primary schoolboys on bicycles and six formers from Little Heath dropping in to discover and then join us, in drinking tea, eating biscuits and talking! A few weeks ago a group of twelve teachers and pupils from The Avenue School popped in and promised to come back. Each week holds a different pleasant surprise. The atmosphere is relaxed and it is good to hear chatter and laughter being shared. One of our ladies enjoys making cakes and so we love sampling them!

We all look forward to seeing each other every week. Refreshment means restoring and reviving, which may be by providing food, drink or shelter for the body but a caring presence can also give refreshment to another's soul. A Refresher reaches out to a person. Their main focus is on others irrespective of appearance or circumstance and any newcomer is treated as they would wish to be treated. In both cheerful giving.. and receiving.. we can all be involved in the Ministry of Refreshment. We hope to meet you soon! Proverbs 11:25 (NIV) A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Lorraine Roberts

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 November 2019

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

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Michael and Valerie and their Diamond Wedding

Michael and Valerie celebrated their Diamond Wedding on 10th October – they were married at St William of York Church in 1959! It did rain but it was a day of happiness! Valerie had her younger sister, Janet as her bridesmaid and Michael had a school friend as best man. The reception was at Elmhurst Hotel in Earley. They had no honeymoon but moved to London where they spent a few days going to the theatre and cinema in the West End and remember seeing West Side Story on stage. They had met at a dance at Reading Town Hall and enjoyed visits to the cinema when they were going out. Michael was in the army doing National Service and was stationed off Church

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End Lane and Valerie was working at a research lab at Aldermaston Court. After marriage, they lived at first in Muswell Hill, North London and, in March 1963 during the exceptionally cold winter, they moved to Blenheim Gardens Reading, ending up in Tilehurst. They have two children, Stephen and Kathryn and two grandchildren. Lucy is a student at Guildford and Charlie is doing a gap year. Valerie is from the Reading area but Michael was born in Ecuador and lived there until he returned to England at the age of nine to go to school. After school he worked for an oil company in Peru for two years. He was a fluent Spanish speaker and Valerie has had lessons and

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(Continued from page 11) used to speak Spanish well, but both are out of practice now. After leaving the army, Michael worked for Bovril in London and then moved ďŹ rms while continuing to commute for 31 years. He often waited for the delayed 8.28 train! Valerie did secretarial work once the children were at school. They have many interests including golf, gardening, church activities and model assembling. They enjoy travelling and have been to USA and Europe and twice been to Chile where Michael has many relatives. Valerie admires Michael for his good skills with people and for his caring attitude to those in need. Michael was struck by Valerie's smile, tolerance and good temper! They celebrated with family at their son's home in the Cotswolds. Thank you both for all that you give to St Catherine's and to our local community and may you have many more happy years together! Rosemary Cunningham

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Messy Church - Look what can happen there At the Messy Church in April 2019 we were thinking about Easter. We looked at new beginnings and one of the craft activities was planting a pumpkin seed. This I did. I looked after the seed and eventually a plant grew. Initially I had it in a small pot on my window sill in the kitchen but when it was too big, I planted it in my garden.

It grew across my lawn towards my washing line. I enjoyed looking at the beautiful big green leaves and the lovely bright yellow flowers.

So from a small seed grew a large pumpkin fruit which like us was far from perfect, but hopefully Karen will still be able to use it to cook us something good to eat. So why not come along to the next Messy Church and see what there is for you to do. Joanne Freeman

PS The pumpkin was so big it had to be moved on a luggage trolley! It has also been wheeled to visit Pre-School and now awaits its fate in the Café kitchen.

But there were no pumpkins, so I googled and discovered that the pumpkin plant has both male and female flowers, so even with one plant I might be able to get a pumpkin. All of the first flowers were male, but eventually a female one grew and somehow it was fertilized and the pumpkin fruit began to grow. It was the only one, none of the other female flowers managed to become fertilized. At the end of September, I removed the pumpkin fruit from the plant. I weighed it and it was 30 lbs plus it measured 47” round its middle and was 9” high. My pumpkin fruit wasn’t symmetrical. There were bumps on it and the part that had been lying on the lawn was still green while the rest was orange.

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Joanne and her Giant Pumpkin

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Café Chat We have recently welcomed some new volunteers to the team – Hazel, Vicky, and Lynn. We are so grateful that you are willing to give up some of your free time to help us, and hope you enjoy working at the café. More volunteers are always required, can you help out for an hour or two once or twice a month on Thursday or Friday? Why not come in and see what we are about, and have a chat to other volunteers. It turns out 2019 has been a bumper year for pumpkins! Café regular Tony P kindly gave us two from his patch, plus Joanne has given us a 30lb whopper!

Apart from soup, we are trying to think of what we can make with them. Pumpkin Panini anyone?! The Tilehurst Triangle WI have asked us to host their Christmas luncheon on Friday 6th December, so regrettably the café will be closed to regular customers on this date. Speaking of Christmas lunches, the café’s regular annual Christmas lunch will take place on Friday 13th December. As Friday 13th is considered to be unlucky, I just hope we don’t end up burning the turkey or dropping the Christmas pudding on the floor!! This event is always popular, so please book as soon as possible if you are interested. Karen Patrick, Café manager  07884 233 450.

Unfortunately worded Church Notices Due to the Rector’s illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further notice. Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa. Applications are now being accepted for 2 year-old nursery workers. If you would like to make a donation, fill out a form, enclose a check, and drip in the collection basket. Potluck supper: prayer and medication to follow. Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on “It’s a Terrible Experience.” A worm welcome to all who have come today.

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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days. The ushers will come forward and take our ties and offerings. The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the church basement on Friday at 7.00 pm. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy. Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person(s) you want remembered. 22 members were present at the church meeting held at the home of Mrs. Marsha Crutchfield last evening. Mrs. Crutchfield and Mrs. Rankin sang a duet, The Lord Knows Why.

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St Catherine’s Gardening Club After a long period of drought in the summer, when the rain finally came it didn’t know when to stop!! As I write the ground is still very wet. However, it softened up the soil in the flower bed along the end of the hall under the window for us. This soil is impossible to work when it’s dry, and heavy and sticky when it’s wet. Shirley and I made the most of the opportunity to dig all along the bed, clearing everything except the nerines and the rose. It was very heavy, hard work, and we were so pleased once it was done. When the nerines have finished flowering, we will transfer more of them from the South buttress bed, where the cross is, as there are different plans for this bed for next summer. We decided to plant the small leaved pieris into the soil in the corner of the bed by the gas control box, and next to the path leading to the South entrance. This solves the problem of carrying rain water from a water butt at home to water it when it was in a pot. It’s looking good so far, and we are hoping it will be able to cope with the soil conditions, but will be watching it carefully. Thanks to the rain, the grass seed is growing well on the patch where the overgrown shrubs and brambles were growing, near the fence to our neighbour’s drive. Shirley and I have replaced the geraniums in the tubs and troughs with tiny pansies and tete-a-tete daffodils. Last year the pansies survived the winter very well, so we’re hopeful for the same again this year.

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Shirley has been keeping flower beds looking good and weed free, and also started tidying up the overgrown shrubs in the buttress bed facing North East. Hazel and I continued with this, leaving the holly as it may be needed to decorate the church at Christmas. Until the recent wet weather, Paddy has kept all the lawns looking great with his regular mowing. Hazel brought some compost and soil improver which Shirley and I helped to spread over the bed behind Gill Howgego’s bench. Then Hazel made the most of a precious sunny Sunday afternoon recently and did some planting, mostly herbs, around the edges of the bed. There have been no frosts yet this autumn, and there are just a few clematis flowers still out, and some late flowering roses still looking beautiful. The nerines in the South East buttress bed are still looking splendid. I love to see their bright colour as summer moves into autumn. I must apologise for my error in September’s magazine. I referred to Tilehurst Flower Festival, rather then Tilehurst Garden Festival. Our ideas for how St Catherine’s can take part are only in the dream stage at the moment, but we hope to soon make a plan. We would love a few local people to get involved so do please contact Jo Day 942 1481 or Chris Addison 07966 105 056 if you’d like to get involved. Jo Day “How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.” Benjamin Disraeli

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On the perils of eating with members of your church The Rectory, St James the Least

My dear Nephew Darren One of the rather dubious pleasures of being rector here is to dine twice a year with Lord and Lady Shuttlingsloe. I was summoned to go along yesterday evening. As usual, I was greeted by the footman and led into the entrance hall, where only a few weeks ago we held the parish Harvest supper for 200 people. I relinquished my coat, took a deep breath, and set off to follow him down endless corridors to the drawing room. The house is rumoured to be haunted, but I suspect any sounds of footsteps come from guests of previous years, still wandering the corridors trying to find their way out. There were the usual guests - most of whom were merely continuing conversations they had had the previous evening at another stately, decaying pile in the county. They were standing, because all the chairs were occupied by the Lord's dogs, and everyone agreed that the dogs looked far too comfortable to move. Since one aged golden retriever recognised me, having developed an over-familiarity with my own dog, he amicably let me squeeze beside him on a sofa - even if it left me for the rest of the evening looking as if I was wearing an Afghan coat. When the meal was ready, the butler arrived with our overcoats, because the dining room is a cavernous chamber which is largely unheated as birds are nesting in the chimney. Lord Shuttlingsloe considers this perfectly acceptable, since his family have been eating in this way for the past 500 years, which is how long most of the present staff have worked there. Conversation at my end of the table was less than easy, since Lady S dozed throughout the meal and my companion on the other side seemed to hold me personally responsible for the Spanish Inquisition. Had I been, she would most definitely have been on my list for questioning. As Rector, one has one's social responsibilities, but I confess, there were moments when I rather envied your own evening, with a meal on a tray in front of the television – in a warm house. Your loving uncle, Eustace

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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information November Fri 1 3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Sat 2 Messy Church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's Weds 6 Finance Action Group meeting Fri 8 Book Club meeting 11.30 am in Café Siena Fri 8 St Catherine’s Pre-school Shopping Evening 7.30 pm Sat 9 Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm see page 20 Sat 9 Prayer on the Streets 2.00 pm at The Link Sun 10 Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at Tilehurst Triangle Tues 12 Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Sat 16 St Catherine's Christmas Fair 2.00 - 4.00 pm Sun 17 ‘Shoebox’ service 10.30 am at St Catherine’ Weds 20 Copy for December/January magazine by today please Thurs 21 First Aid training for those who have booked (contact Richard Canning) Sun 24 Purley’s magical Christmas Market returns by popular demand in the atmospheric setting of the eighteenth century barn at Goosecroft. Both barns will be packed with stands and festive cheer, so it’s ideal for finding those quality and one-off Christmas gifts. You’ll be spoilt for choice with stalls selling amongst other things: presents, handmade crafts, ceramics, books, accessories, jewellery, glassware, textiles, art, cards, confectionery, vintage, home baking and children’s toys. Father Christmas will be there and you can also enjoy refreshments, mulled wine and a grand raffle. The event is organised by the Friends of Purley Barn with proceeds going to improve facilities within this historic venue. Entry and parking is free. Good access for wheelchairs. For more information see www.fopb.org.uk Mon 25 PCC meeting

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Book Club meeting 11.30 am in Garden Room Café Siena closed for WI Christmas lunch 3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Children & Youth Action group meeting 7.00 pm Café Siena Christmas Lunch, book early to avoid disappointment Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm see page 20 Carols at the Triangle 12.00 noon & 4.00 pm

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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 (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. November 1st

Cards & Games

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Carol of the Bells

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Seated exercise & TV series

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Touch Glass with a hint of magic

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Christmas Craft

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December 6th

Cards & Games

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Carols & Readings

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If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

Tuesday get-together Serving the Community 10.00 am to 12 noon in the cafe area of St Catherine’s Church Centre Drop in, meet old friends and make new ones, free Tea & Coffee provided For more information contact info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

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Around the Parish November Sun 3rd Memorial service & Tea 3.00 pm followed by refreshments Weds 13th Bible study

(note change of date) 8.00 pm at 9 Compton Avenue Weds 27th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 2 Filbert Drive Weds 27th Flower demonstration 8.00 pm with Jane Haas A very popular annual event

December Weds 11th Carols & Readings 8.00 pm in Church

January Weds 8th Beetle Drive 8.00 pm in the Hall Weds 15th Bible study 8.00 pm at venue to be arranged Weds 22nd Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 32 Longworth Avenue

St Catherine's Youth Group 15th November Chocolate evening

The Link 28 School Rd RG31 5AN

29th November Craft Night

A Tilehurst Community Café managed and run by volunteers.

13th December End of term Christmas Evening 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

Opening hours Mon-Fri: 10.30 am – 4.00 pm Sat: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm Sun: CLOSED

or phone Dee Anderson 07821 265 804

For reasonably priced teas, coffee, snacks, lunches, cards and books.

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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 (term time): 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 November 9th, December 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.

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1st November All Saints’ Day The feast day of all the redeemed

All Saints, or All Hallows, is the feast of all the redeemed, known and unknown, who are now in heaven. When the English Reformation took place, the number of saints in the calendar was drastically reduced, with the result that All Saints’ Day stood out with a prominence that it had never had before. This feast day first began in the East, perhaps as early as the 5th century, as commemorating ‘the martyrs of the whole world’. A Northern English 9th century calendar named All Hallows as a principal feast, and such it has remained. Down the centuries devotional writers have seen in it the fulfilment of Pentecost and indeed of Christ’s redemptive sacrifice and resurrection. The saints do not belong to any religious tradition, and their lives and witness to Christ can be appreciated by all Christians. Richard Baxter, writing in the 17th century, wrote the following: He wants not friends that hath thy love, And made converse and walk with thee, And with thy saints here and above, With whom for ever I must be... As for my friends, they are not lost; The several vessels of thy fleet, Though parted now, by tempests tost, Shall safely in thy haven meet.... The heavenly hosts, world without end, Shall be my company above; And thou, my best and surest Friend, Who shall divide me from thy love?

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1,255 ancient English churches were dedicated to All Saints - a number only surpassed by those dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Of course, very many of the early ‘saints’ were also martyrs, and so…

The first martyrs The ‘seed’ of the Christian Church

The first martyrs of Rome are recorded in the old Roman Martyrology, which states that: ‘At Rome, the birthday is celebrated of very many martyrs, who under the Emperor Nero were falsely charged with the burning of the city and by him were ordered to be slain by various kinds of cruel death; some were covered with the skin of wild beasts, and cast to the dogs to be torn asunder; others were crucified, and then when daylight failed used as torches to illuminate the night. All these were disciples of the apostles and the first fruits of the martyrs whom the Holy Roman Church sent to their Lord before the apostles’ death.’ 2nd November:

All Souls’ Day

The early Church was slow to dedicate a liturgical day to offering prayers and masses to commemorate the faithful departed. But in time prayers were offered on behalf of dead monks, that they might attain ‘the Beatific Vision’ through purification, which the Church later described as Purgatory. Odilo, the powerful abbot of Cluny, (d 1049) decreed that All Souls’ Day should follow the feast of All Saints’ Day. (Continued on page 23)

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Just the usual Long ago, surprises could alert us to an approaching hungry beast! So we gave importance to the unexpected. Miracles are awe-inspiring - but, at a close look, "the miracle of the everyday" can ALSO be awesome. Want more? Google for:-.‘charismamag recognising God's presence Metteer’ "Ordinary" stuff is interesting to scientists. Do we know EVERYTHING about cotton, plastic, etc.? The familiar can be complex, but we're SO used to everyday things that we may not notice them, except at special moments - in a beautiful garden, perhaps. And, have you ever flicked a switch or (oops!) even said Amen, without thinking? Humans like to be praised. But I imagine that PART of the reason why we are invited to glorify God is to bring us closer to Him, and to help us to appreciate the wonder of His everyday things more fully. I've read that this appreciation is surprisingly healthy for us. In spite of all those "weeds in the garden"! Pagan? I think not; read that hymn:- "For the Beauty of the Earth ... " (Continued from page 21) At least four ancient English dedications are known, the most famous of which are All Souls College, Oxford and the church in Langham Place in London. In bygone centuries All Souls’ Day was certainly uncomfortable for anyone who had wronged a person who had then died. For it was believed that souls in purgatory could appear on earth on this day, in the form of ghosts, witches or

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If the "ordinary" can be SO meaningful, why do we pass it by? (Were we staring at a screen?) We're not 100% logical! We can stop "seeing" things because we often see them! (Here's an upside-down paradox! Working in a Church building can be tough. On a BAD day, a repetitive routine just MIGHT make a poor tired human forget, for a moment, the Lord they were trying to serve so regularly? Discuss!) Some folk feel that touching a sacred relic, or perhaps going on a pilgrimage to a distant sacred site, is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THEY'LL EVER DO! I'm sure that these adventures can "wake us up" usefully. But then silly me's wondering if devotional journeys could be a bit like school? School days were important for us back then, sometimes for funny reasons. But didn't our schooling teach us how to cope with the everyday world, and to learn more about it? Perhaps it would help if I prayerfully 'retreated' a little. I might see and use the wonderful everyday better? Phil French toads, to haunt anyone who had wronged them in life. On a more cheerful note, it was also believed that you could help the dead on this day by almsgiving in cash or in kind. Some of these beliefs seem to have been caught up in the popular customs of Hallowe’en. When the Reformation came, the Protestants disregarded the idea of Purgatory, and this feast day remained with the Roman Catholic Church. ‘The Parish Pump’

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Tilehurst Triangle WI As part of the Berkshire Federation of WI’s centenary, two large dolls, Adelaide and Emily, who have been named after Mrs Adelaide Hoodless, founder of the WI in Canada and Mrs Emily Morrell the very first Berkshire Federation Chairman, have been travelling around the county, with a week in each WI. A journal of their travels accompanies them.

Adelaide visited Tilehurst Triangle WI in late September. We looked into her history and discovered she had been a remarkable woman. The youngest of thirteen children brought up by her mother, as her father died a few months after her birth. Her mother then managed both the farm and a large family and this provided a strong female role model for Adelaide. Adelaide married and had four children, but personal tragedy struck when her son John died at the age of 14 months, through drinking contaminated milk. Adelaide was determined that women should have the knowledge to prevent

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deaths like those of her beloved son, John. In Stoney Creek Ontario, she invited women to a meeting to provide information and socialise. On 19th February 1897, 101 women turned up and this group became the first Women’s Institute, with Adelaide as honorary president. During Adelaide’s week with us we gave her many experiences including attending a wedding, a barn dance, Pilates, visiting Basildon House where a number of our members volunteer and she joined the walking group. Of course she was made very welcome at Café Siena.

The walkers have also enjoyed a trip to Lymington walking through a nature reserve with great views of the Isle of Wight, followed by a pub lunch. The Strollers had an enjoyable trip to (Continued on page 25)

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(Continued from page 24) Blewbury looking at the beautiful thatched cottages, Saxon cob walls, and Kenneth Graeme’s house. At the church, they chatted to a stained glass window artist working on a new window. The Strollers plan to return to see it when finished.

It was an engaging talk and we even learnt how to say the alphabet backwards! 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 9416838 tilehursttrianglewi@berkshirewi.co.uk

At our October meeting, we had a talk on ‘Fun Ways to Improve your Memory’. The speaker, Simon Williams, became interested in how people remember events when he worked for the police interviewing witnesses and suspects.

Adelaide had a warm welcome at Harvest Festival

Adelaide enjoyed a five mile walk near Pangbourne and playing Pooh sticks in the Pang!

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Christian Aid Christmas appeal ‘Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.’ (James 1:17)

Decades of warfare, drought and civil unrest have created turmoil across communities in the country, where women are often seen as second-class citizens.

At Christmas, Christians come together to remember how, against all odds, one mother’s bravery and devotion brought her family out of danger. She enabled God’s message of hope, love and peace to enter the world.

In terms of violence against women, gender equality and rights, today women are facing increasing barriers. Things are not going forward – they’re going backwards.

Today, millions of women around the world are raising children in the toughest of circumstances because of poverty and prejudice. In India, Ranjita, 30, started accompanying her mother as a manual scavenger when she was just nine-yearsold. As a manual scavenger, she endured 10-15 hours of degrading work a day that involved the cleaning, carrying and removing of human excrement from latrines and sewers – by hand. In return she earned scraps of stale bread and a few rupees (as little as 20 rupees (23p) a month). As a Dalit – the most excluded of the caste system – she is poor and marginalised, and has little opportunity to escape the systemic cycle of poverty she finds herself in. In Afghanistan, widow Bibi Aisha, 25, was displaced by the conflict and drought, forcing her to relocate with her children, aged seven and eight.

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All of God’s children have the power within them to change their lives and achieve wonderful things, yet women and mothers are often denied the chance to use their gifts to the full. This Christmas, help mothers – like Ranjita and Bibi Aisha - use their Godgiven gifts to escape poverty, and create new hope and a new future for themselves and their children. Amid inequality and injustice, together we can change lives. Just £19 could provide a woman like Ranjita in India with skills training, like tailoring, to enable her to set up a business; or £141 could pay to replace 50 dry toilets with flush toilets, and help eliminate manual scavenging. Women escaping conflict in Afghanistan, like Bibi Aisha, could receive the materials to weave a silk carpet to sell (£25). To donate, visit:

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PMC Update Calcot Missional Challenge “The Calcot Cuppa” I hope that most of you will be aware of the 3 year Partners in Missional Church process that St. Catherine’s set out on over a year ago, working with other Churches and the Oxford Mission team. It is designed to help us look outwards, to recognise what God is doing in our community and what God’s “preferred and promised future” is for the church and the whole of our parish and neighbourhood. After much prayer and discernment, we have begun to develop the Adaptive Missional Challenge for our Church, which is to meet, chat and listen to the people of Calcot.

telling other people about it, so that others will recognise it too. There are some spiritual practices which can help us all do this, and we will have opportunities to practise them in the coming months! But, in fact, they are quite simple: initially it is noticing what God is doing and secondly it is telling people about it. If, through discernment, we can identify the works of God in our own lives and in the community then we can all be witnesses to God’s activity in the world.

This is what the “Calcot Cuppa” is setting out to do: make relationships with people from the wider community.

Sonia Ludford Calcot Cuppa Challenge Team Caroline Heron Steering Team leader

We will be sharing tea, cake and chatting with folk of all ages at the Calcot Centre every Wednesday in November. (Please see adverts and publicity for this) We want to notice where God is at work and explore with the people we meet the needs and desires of that community, recognising what God might want us to do next. As Christians, we believe that God is active in the world and we should look to see where we might be able to join in with Him. So this is not just for the people on the Steering team, the PCC or even Gill, it is for everyone in the Church: to practise noticing where God is at work and

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From the ‘Parish Pump’ Ministry statistics published The number of female clergy in the Church of England continues to rise with more women than men entering training for ordained ministry for the second year running, according to recently published statistics. More women, 54%, than men began training for ordained ministry in 2018, for the second year running. Just under a third, or 30%, of the estimated 20,000 active clergy in the Church of England were female compared to 27% in 2014, according to Ministry Statistics for 2018. The report also shows the proportion of senior posts such as dean or bishop occupied by women rose from 23 per cent to 25 per cent over the last year. The figures do not take into account six new appointments of female bishops this year, bringing the total so far to 24. The proportion of people identifying as from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds starting training for ordained ministry in the Church of England rose to 8% in 2018, compared to 4% in 2016. Around a third, or 33%, of people beginning their training last year were under 35 years old and more than half, or 53%, were under 45. Meanwhile the number of men and women ordained as deacon rose from 485 in 2016 to 535 in 2019. The figures have been released as the Church of England seeks to fulfil a key target of a 50% increase in the number of candidates for ordination as part of its programme of Renewal and Reform.

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Mandy Ford, Interim Director of the Ministry Division of the Church of England, said: “I am thankful for the hard work and prayers of the parishes and dioceses in helping us to increase the numbers of people coming forward for ordained ministry, a key aim of the Renewal and Reform programme.” Free gifts for festive shoppers Families shopping this festive season will receive two great giveaways telling the Christmas story. HOPE Together, Bible Society and Speak Life are working with The Entertainer toy stores to help customers appreciate the reason for the season. The Entertainer chain is the UK's largest independent toy retailer and each store has a nativity scene in its shop window at Christmas. This year, The Entertainer nativity scenes will feature the popular Happyland characters as Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the Wise Men and the Shepherds. To tie in with these nativity scenes, Bible Society is producing a special Entertainer edition of its Christmas booklet. Each family shopping for Christmas in The Entertainer stores will receive a copy. Shoppers will also be given a copy of the Christmas HOPE magazine, also featuring a centre-spread with the Happyland characters telling the Christmas story. This 32-page magazine is packed with topical features to inform, challenge and entertain readers. This year’s Christmas HOPE cover features Tom Hanks, ‘the man behind

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(Continued from page 29) the honours’; the new Cats movie; Allison Becker: the world’s best goalkeeper and Street Pastors ‘keeping party-goers safe this Christmas’. As well as featuring the nativity scene in shop windows and giving away The Christmas Story booklets and Christmas HOPE magazines, The Entertainer stores will screen a specially-made Happyland nativity animation which is being made by the Speak Life team. The animation will be available on social media and to download for use in schools and churches. All the Christmas resources are also available for churches to order and will be available from the end of October on the HOPE Together website hopetogether.org.uk/Christmas. The Christmas HOPE magazine is an ideal giveaway for churches visiting homes carol singing or to invite local residents to Christmas events. All in the month of NOVEMBER It was: 200 years ago, on 22nd Nov 1819 that George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) was born. This British novelist became one of the leading writers of the Victorian era, best known for Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch and Daniel Dronda. 150 years ago, on 17th Nov 1869 that the Suez Canal was officially opened. Also 150 years ago, on 22nd Nov 1869 that the British clipper ship Cutty Sark was launched in Scotland. It was one of the last tea clippers to be built, and it is now on permanent display at Greenwich in London.

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100 years ago, on 11th Nov 1919 that the first Armistice Day (now Remembrance Day) was marked in the UK, after King George V issued a proclamation calling for a two-minute silence at 11.00 am on 11th November. The event remembers the members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty. 90 years ago, on 21st Nov 1929 that Spanish Surrealist artist Salvador Dali held his first solo exhibition, in Paris. 60 years ago, on 1st Nov 1959 that the first stretch of the M1 motorway opened in Britain. The first motorway service station (Watford Gap) also opened. 50 years ago, on 16th Nov 1969 that the first episode of the children’s TV series The Clangers was broadcast in the UK. It ran for two series and was revived in 2015. 30 years ago, on 9th Nov 1989 that the Berlin Wall fell. East Germany reopened its border with West Germany, allowing its citizens to pass freely through the checkpoints. Workers began demolishing the 28-year -old wall the next day. Also 30 years ago, on 21st Nov 1989 that the televising of proceedings from Britain’s House of Commons began. 25 years ago, on 14th Nov 1994 that the first fare-paying passengers travelled through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France. Also 25 years ago, on 19th Nov 1994 that the first National Lottery draw was held in Britain. 20 years ago, on 11th Nov 1999 that the House of Lords Act was passed in Britain. It removed the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House. Most members are now life peers.

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St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school Contact www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk  07745 909 348

3.30 - 6.00 pm

After– school club Sharon Sheppard  sharonsheppard2000@yahoo.co.uk

7.00 pm - 8.00 pm (In term time) 8.15 pm - 9.15 pm

Exercise class  mrsjfulbrock@yahoo.co.uk Yoga  elenaharris1010@yahoo.com

 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) 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir Contact Sue Hennell www.vivacevoices.org.uk ℡ 0118 966 1291 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 - 6.00 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 (from 15th November)

Exercise class  mrsjfulbrock@yahoo.co.uk

Jemma Fulbrook

7.45 pm - 9.15 pm

Church Youth Group (fortnightly) Contact Dee Anderson  07821 265 804

Jemma Fulbrook

 tilehurstafternoonwi@gmail.com

Antonella Carraro 10.15 am - 11.30 am Yoga  Antonella.Carraro@laithwaiteswine.com. 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Crafty Space (monthly)

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Messy Church (monthly) See pages 18/19  Info@StCatherines-Tilehurst.Org.Uk Short Mat Bowls Club Contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

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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). , 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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