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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus

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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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Autumn colour at St Catherine’s

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Photo by Tony Bartlett

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Mike Heather Looking Ahead The hymn, “Be thou my vision”, has its origins over fifteen hundred years ago in Ireland. It’s believed to have been written by the sixth century Irish poet and Monk St Dallan. It started off being chanted as a prayer by his fellow monks, and then much later it was set to music. It’s thought that St Dallan lost his sight, which inspired the first line “Be thou my vision”. Legend has it that he recovered his sight after writing a poem praising St Colomba. Over the years it has become one of the much sung and much loved hymns, but it’s impossible when singing it, to see it as anything other than a prayer, a prayer that Christ will be our vision – our best thought – our presence - our light. So what would it mean if Christ was our vision? How would it change our lives? It would mean simply this, that instead of seeing the world through the eyes of commercialism or personal gain we would see the world through Christ’s eyes. It would change our lives, have no doubt, because seeing the world through Christ’s eyes would cause us to love as Christ loves. It would cause us to focus less on getting the things that we want and more on giving what we can to help others. It would cause us to care less about other people’s opinions and more about the direction God would have our lives take. In some ways it would complicate our lives, because we would no longer be as focused on the things the world sees as important - the pursuit of money, bigger houses, prestigious cars and such like. But in other ways it would simplify our lives ,because it would allow us to stop striving for the earthly and allow us to focus on spiritual values. People who have come to see the world through Christ’s eyes tend to be centred - less troubled than others – strong with a strength that comes from, God. “Be thou my vision” - whenever we sing it let’s remember it’s a prayer, and let us make it our prayer. 1.

Be thou my vision, O lord of my heart; 4. be else but naught to me, save that thou art’ be thou my best thought in the day and the night both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empy praise Be thou mine inheritance, now and always’ Be thou and thou only the first in my heart’ O high king of heaven, my treasure thou art’.

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Be thou my Wisdom, and my true word; be thou ever with me, and I with thee Lord’ be thou my great Father, and I thy true son’ be thou my dwelling and I with thee one.

High King of heaven, Thou heaven’s bright sun. O grant me its joys, after victr’y is won; Grant heart of my own heart, whatever befall Still be thou my vision. O ruler of all.

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Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight Be thou my whole armour, be thou my true might Be thou my soul’s shelter, be thou my strong tower O raise thou me heavenward, great pow’r of my power.

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Blessings

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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

Wednesday 2nd October 11.00 am

Holy Communion at York House

Saturday 5th October 3.30 pm

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Sunday 6 October - Proper 22 Habakkuk 1.1-4; 2.1-4, Psalm 37.1-9, 2 Timothy 1.1-14, Luke 17.5-10 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11

Sunday 13th October - Proper 23 2 Kings 5.1-3,7-15c, Psalm 111, 2 Timothy 2.8-15, Luke 17.11-19 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11

Sunday 20th October - Proper 24 Genesis 32.22-31, Psalm 121. 2 Timothy 3.14 - 4.5, Luke 18.1-8 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11 4

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Sunday 27th October - Proper 25 Ecclesiasticus 35.12-17, or Jeremiah 14.7-10, 19-22, Psalm 84.1-7, 2 Timothy 4.6-8,16-18, Luke 18.9-14 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11 with Communion

Saturday 2nd November 3.30 pm

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Sunday 3rd 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

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 with Baptism

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 filled Shoeboxes and find out more about Operation Christmas Child and see where our Shoeboxes go.

Looking forward to Christmas, some dates for your diary

Sunday 8th December - Christingle service 4.00 pm Sunday 15th December - Nine lessons & carols 6.30 pm Sunday 22nd December - Nativity & carols 10.30 am Monday 23rd December - Carols at the Triangle (details not yet finalised) Tuesday 24th December - Carols under the Old Oak Tree 7.00 pm Wednesday 25th December - Joint Christmas Day celebration 10.30 am October 2019

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A letter from Sharon Nordley New Testament Translation Consultant, Francophone Africa June 2019 Dear friends, I write with the news that all of the New Testament and Genesis in Ndút has been checked! After four weeks of checking in Senegal in April and May (and one week sorting out my things I had left behind), we had checked the rest of the Scripture. The support materials – glossary, book introductions, references in the thematic index, etc., etc. – had to be finished by Skype this month.

referred to Jesus. After all, it refers to the same person, right? The question becomes ‘What does ‘Lord’ mean?’ Indeed, I find that it’s a word that doesn’t seem to have that much meaning to English speakers today. If it is just a title for a person and we know that person’s name, then why not replace it with the person’s name?

We have scheduled one last day to take care of any proposed changes that come about from the community readthrough of Genesis and the New Testament. After that, the text is off to the typesetter for preliminary comments before he comes to Senegal to complete the typesetting.

Clearly, there are some places where the replacement will not work, and there may be places where we are supposed to be able to read ‘Lord God’ and/or ‘Lord Jesus.’ More importantly, though, if calling Jesus ‘Lord’ has meaning beyond ‘sir’, then a great deal of meaning would be lost.

Can we replace ‘Lord’ with ‘Jesus’? It’s confusing. Even at this ‘final’ stage of the translation, some terms can be difficult. While translating a gospel, the Ndút team found it problematic to keep switching between ‘Jesus’ and ‘Lord’ because it made it sound like they were two different people.

We left the translation as it was, resolving the confusion by agreeing to say ‘Lord Jesus’ the first time either one is used in a section. It’s not the most natural way for them to speak, but the confusion is gone, and hopefully the meaning remains intact.

Following a decision made in that book for passages where someone was actually speaking to Jesus, I was asked if they could replace ‘Lord’ with ‘Jesus’ anywhere in the New Testament where it was confusing. In that way, they could avoid the confusion and to be consistent in their translation of the term when it

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How to use YouTube to illustrate 2 Corinthians. In the middle of a Senegalese farming village, I thought the idea of being ‘unequally yoked’ would be a clear metaphor. The translation, however, came out as ‘do not associate with’, meaning don’t talk to, don’t buy from, etc. (Continued on page 7)

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(Continued from page 6) The backtranslator said it was clearly a cultural issue from biblical times as it would be impossible for her not to talk to non-Christians in her village; it didn’t apply to her today. The correct meaning had not been communicated. YouTube to the rescue. With donkeys braying and goats bleating in the background (there may have been some chickens, too…), I pulled up a random video not of unequally yoked oxen, but of an adultchild three-legged race in the U.S. Not only did the team love it, they understood the point and quickly decided they had a better and more applicable way to say ‘unequally yoked’. Back in Vernon the work on the Ndút supporting material continued and I began to prepare for Skype checks with

teams in Ivory Coast. This is happily being broken up by friends from England coming to visit me, Vernon, and Monet’s gardens across the river. The good news of my residency card was that I got one! The sadder part is that it is only for a year and I will need to start the renewal process again in January. Nevertheless, I’m very happy to have things settled for that long. Thank you for your prayers! As you can see, it’s been a busy few months. Thank you for your partnership and prayers that make this all possible. Please continue to pray for the work and especially for the Ndút team as they wrap things up in time for typesetting. Vernon (where it’s currently 34C/93F!), Sharon

Unfortunately worded Church Notices Don’t let worry kill you off – let the church help. During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J.F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit. Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Nelson’s sermons. The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy.” The third verse of Blessed Assurance will be sung without musical accomplishment. Hymn: “I Love Thee My Ford.”

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The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience. The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister’s daughter, who laboured the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?”. Come early and listen to our choir practice. Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. Please use large double door at the side entrance. A song fest was hell at the Methodist church Wednesday.

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AGM A service of Thanksgiving was conducted by Gill before chairing the AGM. It was a thought provoking service concentrating on “Listening”. We looked at the Chinese symbol for listening which included the elements of Ears – to hear, Eyes – to see, Heart – to feel, Mind – to think and Undivided Attention – to focus. Then we played Chinese Whispers which caused much hilarity! We meditated on accounts of Jesus listening, observing and healing and concluded with prayers and reminders of the Aims and Objects of the MU. After refreshments Gill chaired the AGM. Hilary Smee our (Treasurer) read Steph Walklate’s (Secretary) report on the past year. Our membership now stands at 45 and the committee were unanimously re -elected for which we thank them all very much. We have had some good speakers and our ever-popular Flower Demonstration provided extra funds for flowers in church. A Tea Afternoon along with our Quiz made £250 for the Summer of

Hope Campaign for raising funds for families and communities in need around the world. Our members decorating and catering abilities were deployed at funerals and culminated at Richard and Ella’s beautiful wedding. Cards and floral gifts were given to those who had significant birthdays and spells in hospital which were so nice to receive. Also a condolence card was sent from the Branch to Gill Johnson, former diocesan president and friend, on the death of her husband, Jim. Gill thanked the committee for their dedication and the meeting closed with Maureen presenting flowers to her, Hilary and Rita in appreciation of their work and hospitality. The MU Anniversary Service was conducted by Gill on Monday afternoon and around 30 members and visitors from surrounding churches enjoyed a time of fellowship together. We were reminded to remember MULOA – Mothers’ Union Listens, Observes and Acts to build confidence and hope in ourselves and those whom we support. The retiring collection was donated to the MU Relief fund and delicious cakes and tea were shared thanks to our committee. Sheila Bryant

Mothers’ Union Prayer Chain—Prayer in Emergencies A call to one of the following numbers will start a chain of prayer straight away.

Valerie Forrow ℡ 0118 942 9319 Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659 Lorraine Roberts ℡ 0118 942 6189 8

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

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Thank you! Siena Café Volunteers

Karen, our café manager, held a coffee morning for the café volunteers on 23rd September. Karen and the volunteers work so hard to ensure that the café runs smoothly and offers a welcoming place for our local community. We discussed various topics - a new menu and the rota were discussed. We still need more volunteers so if you are able to help, it would be wonderful to have a few more folks to help! Rosemary Cunningham

Macmillan Coffee morning Karen, our café manager, organised this event on 27th September and it was very well supported. Many thanks to Karen, those who made cakes and to all those who helped or attended the event. We were so busy that a customer (Nigel pictured below) was drafted in to help with the washing up! We remembered those no longer with us and shared laughter and chat as well. At the last count we had made £287.52 but this total is still increasing! Rosemary Cunningham

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No difficulty in telling who is having the better time and sad to think of anyone being on their own at Christmas. HOST UK arranges one day and weekend visits for International students all year round with three-night visits during the Festive season. Such hospitality is greatly sought after and valued by students far from home whose only alternative may be a lonely hall of residence. Our “festive season” does not just mean Christmas but can also mean weekends

in the run up to Christmas, and New Year. Your guest will be someone curious to experience British life with all its special traditions and culture…and keen to share those of their home country. Your hospitality will be a unique gift, a treasured memory and rewarding in so many ways. Please consider opening your home and heart to an international student and remember that if the festive season is difficult for you, we do operate all year round, so hosting can become one of your New Year Resolutions! If you should like to know more, please go to our website www.hostuk.org

Cake-Stand for Hire If your celebration cake needs a stand to set it off Thames Valley Flower Club have the answer! We have for hire a 14 inch square silver stand with knife available for only £25. Enquiries to Lesley (Chairman) ℡ 0118 941 1047.

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God's Hand of Ministries who are gifted in carrying words of God for His people. It is for building up, encouragement and comfort.

We may have been going to church for years and are still wondering where we best fit in with our particular gift(s). Undertaking the SHAPE course (Spiritual Gifts, Heart's Desire, Abilities, Personality, Experience) will hopefully show us where we can best serve God. Our calling is a gift from Christ and is eventually recognised and confirmed by other believers. Each of us is gifted to a varying degree in any particular area, which means everyone may be of benefit in all functions. God's Hand of Ministries is all encompassing and so no one is delegated to any digit! The Apostle: The Thumb We know Jesus started His ministry with 12 apostles who were later tasked with continuing the work and raising up of churches across the rest of the world. Apostle means “messenger” or “one sent forth”. They are pioneers and builders who are gifted in establishing and upholding churches, ministries and movements. The Prophet: The Forefinger Although prophets may be thought of as those who can foretell the future, a wider understanding would be those

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Like the forefinger that points the way, prophetic ministry involves giving direction and correction. As well as being able to sense God’s word for particular seasons or situations, prophets are also given the special ability to recognise God’s gifts and callings on others and can activate people into their ministries. Not everyone who prophesies is a prophet. The Evangelist: The Middle Finger The middle finger extends the furthest on the hand and it represents the outreach ministry extended to evangelise the world. The evangelist, the messenger who proclaims the good news and welcomes people to join the flock. Everyone is tasked with evangelising to those not yet in the family of God but evangelists are particularly strong in the area of preaching and witnessing. They have a passion for winning others over to become followers of Jesus Christ. The Pastor: The Ring Finger The ring finger is the wedding ring finger symbolising the pastor’s commitment to the flock. Prophets and evangelists may come and go but the pastor stays with their people. This ministry involves protecting, leading, nurturing and feeding the flock. (Continued on page 13)

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(Continued from page 12) Those with a pastoral leanings are faithful givers of care and parental figures, by guiding and supporting others. They may be home group leaders and assist in duties such as weddings, funerals, home visits, prayer, counselling and other ministerial areas. The Teacher: The Little Finger Although the smallest finger, the little finger is essential and provides balance. The teacher grounds the church in truth through instruction in the Word of God.

They do a lot of unseen work but their job is vital to the flourishing of followers of Jesus Christ, Himself referred to as rabbi, or teacher. As we travel through the SHAPE course we aim to recognise and grow in relation to what we discover about ourselves. This should subsequently lead to an abundance of fulfilment in our work for Christ. Amen 1 Pet. 5:6 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God… “ Lorraine Roberts

The Link AGM Whilst the constitution of The Link does not call for an AGM, it has been our practice to hold such a meeting combined with a service of thanksgiving, led each year by a Minister from one of the participating churches. In recent years this has taken place in the Link itself rather than one of the churches. This year the Rev Gill Rowell from St Catherine’s led the act of worship, a Celtic liturgy reflecting on hospitality as a place of transformation and seeing Christ in the stranger. Reports written and verbal confirmed that the improvements made last year have had a beneficial effect and the cost of the new signage, decorating, chairs and tables which had been partially covered by donations from Spencer’s Wood and Grazeley PCC, ASDA, as well as private individuals, have not all had to come out of reserves. This meant that we were able to donate £250 to The Women's Centre and £250

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to CIRDIC (The Churches in Reading Drop in Centre). Customers and staff were saddened by the death of one of our regulars, Jim, and donations totalling £300 have been made to The Link in his memory. After consulting with his family the management committee will use the money for something appropriate to remember him.

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God will take care of you 'DON'T WORRY...YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER ALREADY KNOWS ALL YOUR NEEDS.' MATTHEW 6:31-32 NLT

If God lives within you, shouldn't it be obvious? How can you say you trust Him and then worry obsessively about your health, your kids, your job, and your finances? Concern is one thing, but worry is an affront to the God who has never let you down. Paul writes, 'Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace' (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT). Pray or worry - those are your options. Why did Jesus say, 'Take no thought for tomorrow'? (See Matthew 6:34.) Because when you take thought you try to take control. And when that happens peace goes out the window! Worry is like a snowball; it starts small, and as you keep rolling it forward it becomes big enough to bury you. All that's necessary to keep a stationary train from moving forward are two six-inch blocks of wood, but once it builds up a head of steam it will crash through a six-footthick wall. So stop the worry train before it leaves the station! God says, 'My grace is sufficient for you' (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV 2011 Edition). God will give you only what you need for today; that way you have to keep trusting Him for tomorrow. The Bible tells us Jesus is the Good Shepherd who 'calls his own sheep by name and...walks ahead of them' (John 10:3-4 NLT). How wonderful. He's already gone ahead of you to arrange everything. Knowing that should help you face tomorrow, confident that God will take care of you. 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.

Berkshire Family History Society Have you been inspired by the latest series of Who do you think you are? and want to trace your own family heritage, or just getting into it and want to start from a firm foundation? Berkshire Family History Society are running a Beginners’ Family History Course at The Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ. The society is a registered charity (number 283010).

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The course will run over four sessions: Wednesday 9th & 16th October and Wednesday 13th & 27th November. Sessions run from 1.00-3.00pm. Tickets for all four sessions cost £30 (Berkshire Family History society members £24). The course is designed for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice. Learn how to work with core records of (Continued on page 15)

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(Continued from page 14) civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern wills. Discover the different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations. Places on the course are limited so you must pre-book. Also on at The Centre in October, but designed for those who have been researching their family history for longer - a workshop on Writing Up Your Family History. It takes place on Saturday 19th October and costs £10 for non-members, £9 for members. Places are limited, so you must prebook. The workshop is aimed at those

researching their family tree who want to write it up as a story but aren’t sure how to start? In the workshop, Barry will help you get started and show you how you can structure it, so that you can write-up your family history while still continuing your research. Discover more about events going on at The Centre for Heritage and Family History and book your places for the course or workshop at www.berksYs.org.uk. Alternatively why not pop into The Centre during opening hours.

Smile Lines The Feud There was a feud between the minister and the choir director of a local church. It seems the first hint of trouble came when the minister preached on ‘Dedicating Ourselves to Service’ and the choir director chose: ‘I Shall Not Be Moved’. Trying to believe it was a coincidence, the minister put the incident behind him. The next Sunday he preached on ‘Giving’. Afterwards, the choir squirmed as the director led them in the hymn: ‘Jesus Paid It All’. By this time, the minister was losing his temper. Sunday morning attendance swelled as the tension between the two built. Sure enough, the minister’s sermon on ‘The Sin of Gossiping’ was followed with the choir director’s ‘I Love To Tell The Story’. There was no turning back. The following Sunday the minister told the congregation that unless something

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changed, he was considering resignation. The entire church gasped when the choir director led them in: ‘Why Not Tonight’? Truthfully, no one was surprised when the minister left a week later, explaining that Jesus had led him there and Jesus was leading him away. The choir director could not resist: ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’.

When insults had class "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." – Winston Churchill (about another MP) "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill. "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

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On what to do when some of the PCC ‘goes green’ The Rectory, St James the Least My dear Nephew Darren Our Lord said that we will always have some poor with us; were He to have been speaking to the clergy that day, I suspect He may well have said that we will always have some awkward parishioners with us. My cross at present is Mr and Mrs Wartleby, our resident ‘greens’, who have adopted ecological attitudes with evangelical fervour. They do not possess a car and travel everywhere on bicycles, have installed a wind turbine, knit their own muesli and I suspect use the village stream for washing. I can picture Mrs W bashing her husband’s shirts on stones on the riverbank while singing a native African folk-song. Everything they wear is home-made; one has a beard and smokes a pipe – possibly Mrs Wartleby. Their helpful suggestions for church life have been legion: the organ uses electricity unnecessarily and should be replaced by a piano; the Rectory should be sold and the money given away while I board with parishioners on monthly rotation; we should only use home-brewed alcoholic drinks at social functions – clearly they have yet to sample Colonel Tewksbury’s elderberry wine, which our ladies have discovered is ideal for cleaning the brass in church. Unfortunately, I made a deeply regrettable mistake last month in not cancelling our church council meeting when I was away at my annual college re-union. In my absence the Wartlebys seized the opportunity. The parish of St James the Least of All is now a deep green, ecologically committed, nuclear-free zone and I am to report back to the next meeting about what steps we will take to save the planet. I may have made one error of judgement, but I will not make another. My list of suggestions is now complete: 1. To save paper, no minutes of meetings will be printed; I will simply tell people at the subsequent meeting what was decided at the previous one. 2. To save electricity, no lights will be used at Evensong (the Wartlebys attend Evensong), although parishioners may bring their own candles – which must first be checked by our health and safety committee (two can play at their game). 3. To economise on fuel, the church heating will only be turned on when the temperature reaches minus five degrees. 4. To reduce the use of unnecessary electronic equipment, the Rectory telephone will be disconnected. 5. A monthly relocation of the Rector will be too disruptive, so I will stay at each house for one year at a time; my first place of residence will be with the Wartlebys. I anticipate that the original resolution will be overturned at the next PCC meeting – most probably by the Wartlebys. Your loving uncle, Eustace

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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information October Fri 4 Sat 5 Sat 5 Tues 8 Fr1 11 Sat 12 Sat 19 Mon 21 Sat 26 Sat 26 Mon 28

3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Free study afternoon St Stephens Upper Basildon see below Messy Church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Book Club meeting 11.30 am in Café Siena Prayer on the Streets 2.00 pm at The Link Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm see page 20 PCC meeting Jumble Sale at St Catherine's British Summertime ends, clocks go back tonight Half term week, Cornwell 0-5’s and Tots Praise do not meet

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 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 Sun 17 ‘Shoebox’ service 10.30 am at St Catherine’s Sun 24 Christmas Market at The Barn Purley on Thames RG8 8DR 11.00am - 3.00pm 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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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. October 4th Cards & Games 11th Beetle Drive 18th Bert Randall, Sounds Nostalgia 25th ‘Who am I’ November 1st Cards & Games 8th Carol of the Bells 15th Seated exercise & TV series If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

The Link 28 School Rd RG31 5AN A Tilehurst Community Café managed and run by volunteers.

St Catherine's Youth Group 18th October 15th November Chocolate evening For those at secondary school Sessions are £1.50 and are 7.45-9.15 pm at St Catherine’s.

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

For more information see www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

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

or phone Dee Anderson 07821 265 804

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Around the Parish October Weds 9th Gloria Richards ‘Oh no, not another move’ (about the Church Army) 8.00 pm St Catherine's Hall Weds 16th Bible study 8.00 pm at 2 Laurel Drive Weds 23rd Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 49 Compton Avenue November Sun 3rd Memorial service & Tea 3.00 pm followed by refreshments Weds 20th Bible study 8.00 pm at venue to be announced Weds 27th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at venue to be announced Weds 27th Flower demonstration 8.00 pm with Jane Haas A very popular annual event

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Volunteers Required

Weds 11th Carols & readings 8.00 pm

Volunteers required to help run a friendly community café based in St Catherine’s Church (opposite Birch Copse School). Can you help out for an hour or two once or twice a month on Thursday or Friday? If so, why not come in and see what we are about, and have a chat to other volunteers. Alternatively call Karen on  07884 233 450.

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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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Cornwell 0-5s is a well established Parent & Toddler Group run by St Catherine’s Church in the Cornwell Centre, Home Croft (off Clements Mead), Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ. We offer a stimulating and fun environment for children and a great place for parents and carers to socialise. We run two sessions a week: Tuesdays 10.00 am-12.00 noon, refreshments included And Thursdays, a special session for Childminders, 10.00 am - 12. 00 noon If you are interested in joining, please feel free to drop in at one of the sessions

Registered charity 1006732 - Established over 50 years St Catherine’s Hall, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN A caring and supportive setting where Children are our heart and inspiration  Ofsted Inspected with a team of qualified staff  Outside Play Area  Sessions Daily during Term Time 9.00 am - 3. 00 pm  Children with Special Needs welcome For more information, or to arrange a visit to come and see us in action, contact us on  07745 909 348 see www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk

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

Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm October 19th, November 9th

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Operation Christmas Child 2019 It all starts with a shoebox gift, packed in Jesus’ name and full of love and prayer. A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

Join in the world’s largest children’s Christmas project Through Operation Christmas Child, show God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and partner with local churches worldwide to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Last year 10,623,776 shoeboxes were sent to 112 countries and territories. Each child receives a shoebox as an unconditional gift of love, based on need, regardless of their background or religion. Children may also be invited to take part in The Greatest Journey, 12 fun and interactive lessons based on the Bible where they get to discover who Jesus is and how to begin their own journey of faith. Parents or guardians are always asked to give their consent for their children to participate. Once again, each of the congregations at St Catherine’s Church will be taking part in this scheme. The filled shoeboxes should be taken to the church by 17th November 2019 at the latest.

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On Sunday 17th November the 9.15 am and 11.00 am congregations are joining together for a special ‘Shoebox’ service at 10.30 am. The leaflets with the instructions on how to fill the shoeboxes and the labels to go on them will be available at the start of September. Due to more stringent import regulations, toothpaste and sweets can no longer be included in shoeboxes. Please remember that any stuffed toys need to have a CE label. This year the suggested donation remains at £5, this is to help cover the project costs such as collection costs, shipping and to enable a local church or group overseas to lead a safe, well organised children’s event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need. If you pay online, you can print out a barcode to place inside your shoebox on top of the contents. This will enable you to be emailed with the name of the country where your shoebox is sent. If you are unable to go shopping yourself there are now two options for filling a shoebox online – both options cost £20 (£15 for the contents plus the £5 donation.) You can either chose the contents yourself from a menu or you can select a pre-packed shoebox. The web address for Samaritans Purse is: www.Samaritans-purse.org.uk. Once again if you need an empty shoebox there will be some flat pack ones available at each church for 50p – the cost to the church. If you have any questions, please feel free to either speak to Joanne Freeman or Tony Bartlett.

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My In Tray "The Problem of Evil" is as old as Job. How CAN evil be? Our teachers tackle this, but critics of the Church sometimes imagine they've beaten us. Can it ever be wise to say: "I'm only a child. It's a mystery"? The Cloud of Unknowing? Scientists don't understand everything. The universe is expanding. Will there be enough room for it? (BIG lecture!) Is light both waves and little "bullets" (photons)? There'll soon be neat theories combining the two, but what would get done if we all just waited? Sometimes, as Christians, we must use what we're given, like scientists. Evil can be "training weights", strengthening us when we resist. Or we can learn from some nasties? (If a baby never fell over, would it ever learn to walk?) But, please, Daddy, I'd LOVE super answers! Some Boston researchers recently reported that optimists often do well, live longer, etc. Odd. As a tiny child, I got the idea that I'd NEVER succeed. I became a pessimist, but a REBELLIOUS one. Later, I struggled (a bit madly!) with exams, computer work, etc., trying hard to "win"! I survived, but only with lots of help from a few friends and a wife. Workmates taught me computer stuff, and made me relax more. I might obsess in the day, then in the middle of the night wake up and think: "That's the answer!" Of course we often solved things in better ways.

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I am HOTLY against giving kids gloomy self-images. That can be quite DEADLY. But at the other extreme, I've met chaps who'd had rich dads and a really cushy life. I did not envy them their lordly, slightly bored, optimistic attitudes. If I'd had an easy childhood like theirs, I might be a bit worse off now? Difficult. Discuss ... As a science student, I was told to put aside big, mysterious questions, and concentrate on the "work for tomorrow" that would help me get on. I suppose that makes me an "obscurantist". For some, that's a rude word! But I'll return to the Problem of Evil when my in-tray's all sorted. Phil French

Definitions CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the Congregation to lip-sync. HYMN: A song of praise usually sung in a key two octaves higher than that of the congregation's range. RECESSIONAL HYMN: The last song at a church service, often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left. JONAH: The original ‘Jaws’ story. AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.

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Tilehurst Triangle WI At our September meeting, we welcomed Steve Moll from Brightwell Bees. Steve gave an interesting and informative talk on ‘The Incredible World of Honey Bees,’ supported by excellent photos and illustrations. After explaining how he became a beekeeper, he described a year in the life of a honey bee and beekeeper.

want the honey inside. When there is a threat, the guard bees release a pheromone scent which alerts the workers and reinforcements can be sent for. Other bees such as bumble bees visit flowers randomly, but the honey bee uses another form of communication, the waggle dance, which shows the other honey bees the direction new sources of nectar and pollen can be found. The walking group started back after the summer break with a 5 mile walk south of Mortimer through the Berkshire and Hampshire countryside.

We also learned some interesting facts about honey bees. Honey bees do not hibernate and are able to maintain the nest area of their hive at the constant temperature of 35 degrees centigrade. In winter, the bees vibrate their wing muscles to generate heat and in summer, if too hot, the workers bring water into the hive and fan it with their wings to cool the hive. Honey bees work together as a team and have a highly developed communication system of pheromones. Guard bees are always on duty to defend the hive from a variety of wildlife, including wasps, badgers and green woodpeckers who

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Are they in Hampshire or Berkshire? The route included seeing the Roman amphitheatre at Silchester and WI House at Mortimer. Later in September the group enjoyed a walk from Shiplake Church, where Alfred Lord Tennyson was married, along the Thames Path and through rolling countryside. A new Strollers Group started in September, with a stroll around the historical and attractive town of (Continued on page 25)

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(Continued from page 24) Wallingford. The Strollers, including three generations of one family, enjoyed looking at the beautiful buildings and river, a browse in the shops and lunch. The new group plan to meet monthly.

Cinema club enjoyed the films Mrs Lowry and Son, an interesting insight into the artist’s life, and also Downton Abbey set in the beautiful setting of Highclere Castle 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

Looking at the alms houses

St Catherine’s Gardening Club Those of us who mourn the gradually reducing hours of daylight can lift our spirits as we look forward to all the glorious colours that autumn brings against that very special clear blue autumn sky. Meanwhile we have the colours of clematis, roses and geraniums, and all the shades of green in our shrubs and trees to enjoy. Shirley and I finished levelling the ground after removing a big overgrown clump of mixed shrubs and brambles on the lawn south of the church hall. We have sown grass seed there now, and hope it will soon become part of the lawn. Shirley has made a start on the rather daunting task of improving the bed under the church hall windows. Pete has continued work on the centre bed, laying pathways between the shrubs to

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make it interesting to walk through. Paddy has been so reliable keeping all the grass areas well mown. And Hazel and Shirley have started work on the area behind Gill Howgego’s bench. I saw Hazel’s plans today, very exciting! Sheila’s buttress bed is looking great with a variety of colourful flowers and foliage set off by Golden Rod at the back. Some of the clematis up against the fence at the back of the north lawn are flowering just now, while others are putting on some good growth. We were concerned to hear that, Darren, our dear friend and neighbour, has been through some difficult times recently. We thank God that he is now recovering well, and able to start work again. (Continued on page 27)

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Another St Catherine’s On my walking holiday on a walk to Lulworth Cove we had the privilege of visiting this tiny church. It was a place of simplicity, peace and calm. It was high on the cliff and we had a chance to sit, relax and look out to sea and let all our worries be carried away. It was built in 1924 in memory of Rev Dr Robert Linklater of Holworth House who was Prebendary of St Pauls Cathedral. In 2001 Bishop David Stancliffe led a service to mark the 50th anniversary of the consecration of the small churchyard, he said "St Catherine's Church is a thin place between the Heavens and Earth" I certainly found this to be true.

In fact the whole holiday was one of enjoying the splendour and greatness of creation. "Our God is a Great Big God" and we have much to be thankful for. Hilary Smee

MUSICIANS – AND WOULD-BE MUSICIANS… Are you learning to play an instrument? Did you once learn an instrument but haven’t played it for years? Then Friday Jam could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for! We meet on alternate Fridays, 7.30-9.00 pm in St Catherine’s church, and play a variety of musical genres on a wide range of instruments (currently including brass, woodwind, cello, guitar, ukulele, keyboards and percussion). All ages and abilities welcome. If you’d like to give it a try, or just want to find out more, contact Richard Yates ℡ 0118 942 4920 or  07848 034 710 or  richard.yates2016@outlook.com

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(Continued from page 25) Amazingly, he very kindly offered to use his professional skills and equipment to trim our hedges for us – a fantastically kind offer, which he has now carried out. Under Chris’ guidance, he trimmed all the hedges to the height and width required. All we had to do was clear up the clippings! It is such a relief to have that job done for us, and such a blessing to have such a kind neighbour. Looking to the future, we have the very beginnings of a plan to take part in the new Tilehurst Flower Festival next year. Do get in touch if you are interested in making your contribution. We would love to hear your ideas.

And, as always, we would very much welcome any help you can give us to keep our church grounds a pleasant place for all who use our centre.

Send a Cow

To make the most of their role - peer farmers need training, and transport to reach remote communities.

Thank you to everyone who came/ donated/baked to our Send a Cow House Party on 21st August. Special thanks to Mair and Peter Mayers for letting us use their house and for their wonderful hospitality. It was also a very ecumenical event with visitors from at least six local churches We raised £190.00 for Send a Cow. This year we are raising money to buy bicycles. Each bicycle costs £135.00. So far this year we have raised enough to buy three and quarter bicycles. From Send a Cow’s website: “A bicycle is a reliable mode of transport to make visiting other farmers quick and easy.

We’re a friendly bunch, so do come and join us. You don’t need to be a church member, just have an interest in gardening. Contact Jo Day ℡ 0118 942 1481 or Chris Addison  07966 105 056 if you’d like to know more. Jo Day Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps; Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvest reaps. A. Bronson Alcott

This is a fantastic step forward for farmers and a great way to spread Send a Cow’s successful farming methods so that as many families as possible can benefit. This gift includes a bicycle alongside a set of robust off-road tyres that can handle any terrain.” Once again thank continued support.

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Caroline O’Sullivan Val Poore 0118 962 4709 0118 962 4555 Caroline.osullivan@ntlworld.com Val.poore@ntlworld.com

Some of our most successful farmers go on to become ‘peer farmers’, training others in how to get the best from their farm.

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Grant awarded for research into Messy Churches The Church of England is to fund new research to help deepen the faith of families and children attending ‘Messy Churches’ – non-traditional church gatherings that attract tens of thousands of worshippers across the country. A grant of £100,000 has been awarded to the Church of England’s Evangelism and Discipleship Team to study deepening the discipleship of Messy Church congregations. The study will be focused on Messy Churches in Bristol, Durham and Hereford dioceses. The Messy Church movement was set up by the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) 15 years ago, offering mainly families and children food, activities such as arts, crafts and sports and worship. The movement has spread across the world, with churches meeting on Saturdays and weekdays as well as Sundays. Insights from the work will be used to help inform the ongoing work of developing new forms of church gatherings – known as ‘Fresh Expressions’ – in the Church of England.

Lucy Moore, Messy Church Founder and team leader, said: “We’re looking forward to working together with the pioneering teams in each diocese to find out what approaches make the most difference in coming closer to Christ, walking in his way and growing the kingdom of heaven. “It’s an unmissable opportunity for local teams to benefit from expert advice and take part in something of international significance.” Heather Cracknell, The Church of England’s Head of Development for Fresh Expressions, said: “Messy Church has proved an excellent way to strengthen parish mission by reaching those that traditional church finds it hard to connect with. “It is also a great way for people who wouldn’t call themselves pioneers to start something new, with confidence in the materials they can draw on and the supportive community they can be part of. And how encouraging the research findings are: so many people discovering faith with their families.”

A recent Church of England background paper found that 50,000 people attend 2,000 Messy Churches in Anglican churches who do not normally engage with their church.

Tim Ling, Church Army’s Director of Learning and Development, said: “We are excited to be partnering with the Church of England and BRF on this important project, which builds on the outcomes of our previous Playfully Serious research.

The Church Army published research earlier this year showing that one in five – or 21% - of Messy Churches had held baptisms and 13% reported child or adult confirmations.

“The action research process we are facilitating will help local Messy Church leaders consider how best to deepen discipleship and generate valuable new insights for the wider Church.”

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Harvest Festival The posters had been printed, the invitations issued and the 7th Tilehurst Brownies recruited as helpers. The only question was ‘would there be any entries for the Bread making competition?’ Well the answer was a resounding YES, there were an amazing 22 entries of all shapes and sizes. Identified only by numbers, the loaves were tasted by a discerning congregation and when the votes were counted the three winners were declared in reverse order (drum roll): In 3rd place Lynn Stevens (loaf number 24), in second place Maureen Ward (loaf number 20) and by a huge margin the winners were Daisy & Joseph Harrison (loaf number 16) with their ‘chocolate crown loaf’. We have no reason to suspect that the presence of chocolate and the large number of children voting had any connection! After hearing the parable of the Mustard Seed Gill had opened a packet of Mustard seeds to show how small they were and compared with an apple seed and an acorn. We reflected on how over two thousand years the number of Christians has grown from small beginnings, as can our faith.

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The Brownies had helped at the beginning by welcoming, and handing out service sheets, they also read the Bible passage and prayers.

Chris Turner brought a special guest along, an Adelaide Hoodles (founder of the WI) doll which is going round the country visiting local branches

After the service the tables which had been laid out with the bring and share tea gave up their goodies to the appreciative congregation and the Brownies continued their help by helping with the clearing away and bagging up all the donations for food. The next morning we took the donations to CIRDIC and Readifood who were, needless to say, most grateful. These donations will benefit the most needy in our town. A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to a very successful and much appreciated Harvest Festival. Tony Bartlett

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Christians have taken action to promote biodiversity for Season of Creation 2019 Church-goers across the world have been in wellies in recent weeks, in order to clean local waterways, plant trees and promote wild areas in churchyards as part of a global initiative to encourage biodiversity and help stem the effects of climate change. From 1st September to 4th October Christians around the world, including from the Church of England, have joined together for the Season of Creation, a festival of prayer and community action to help protect the natural world. An Ecumenical initiative launched in 1989, Season of Creation was given a major boost by Pope Francis in 2016 when, speaking before nearly two million people at the World Youth Day in Krakow, he declared 1st September an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. And with devastating wildfires in the Amazon and Siberia, the hottest late August Bank Holiday on record in the UK, and global wildlife populations reported to have reduced by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014, more and more people are being moved to action. Under its full theme ‘The Web of Life: Biodiversity as God’s blessing’, Season of Creation 2019 encouraged churches and communities to hold sustainability events, including cleaning local waterways, planting trees and allowing churchyards and other spaces to grow wild in order to encourage biodiversity. Participants were also challenged to photograph and share images that celebrate the

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biodiversity around their church on social media using #SeasonofCreation. The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam a member of the Season of Creation Steering panel who also chairs the Church of England’s Environmental Working Group, said: “We love the beauty of the earth. The fires in the Amazon show how interconnected we are in this beautiful, wonderful, fragile planet. We know there are serious issues to address if we are going to care for God’s earth. “Season of Creation is a chance once again to give thanks for the gifts of creation, to pray and act in ways that care for God’s creation and address the issues of climate change and the depletion of species. It is the joyful, hopeful responsibility of people throughout the world and particularly of the Church which is both local and global.” Churchyards are important for their habitats and as refuges for wildlife and plant life. Most churches have some green space. And in some urban areas they are the only green ‘breathing’ space available for both wildlife and people. It is estimated that six out of 10 churches in this country have churchyards, roughly equalling the area of a small national park. They are a precious resource which can make a huge difference to the biodiversity of the UK. The theme encapsulates two theological principles, that all creation comes from God, and that humans play a part in it.

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St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday

7.30 am - 3.15 pm 3.30 - 6.00 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school Contact www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk  07745 909 348 After– school club (Term time)

Sharon Sheppard

 sharonsheppard2000@yahoo.co.uk 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm (In term time) 8.15 pm - 9.15 pm Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Exercise class  mrsjfulbrock@yahoo.co.uk

Jemma Fulbrook

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)

 tilehurstafternoonwi@gmail.com

3.30 - 6.00 pm After– school club (Term time) (in café 3rd Tuesday)

Sharon Sheppard Contact as above

7.30 pm - 8.45 pm

Yoga exercise  libbywooøø@gmail.com

Libby Woolcock  07584 529 453

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

1.15 pm - 3.30 pm (In church not hall)

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir www.vivacevoices.org.uk

Contact Sue Hennell ℡ 0118 966 1291

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

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 (Term time)

Sharon Sheppard Contact as abvove

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

7.45 pm - 9.15 pm

Church Youth Group (fortnightly)

Contact Dee Anderson  07821 265 804

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

Crafty Space (monthly)

See page 20

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Messy Church (monthly)  Info@StCatherines-Tilehurst.Org.Uk

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Short Mat Bowls Club

Contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

St Catherine’s Hall is available for hire at competitive rates for groups or individuals, both regularly or for one off events. It is especially popular for Children's Parties. For booking details, contact Sheila Drew on ℡ 0118 942 7254  hall@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

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The Anglican Parish of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus ST CATHERINE OF SIENA Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk www.facebook.com/tilehurst.st.catherine Sunday 8.00 am Our early service of Communion (2nd & 4th Sundays) or Morning Prayer (1st & 3rd Sundays), is quiet and reflective, with no singing. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 9.15 am Communion (1 st & 3rd Sundays) and Word and Worship (non communion) (2nd & 4th Sundays). Praise and teaching, and usually including a time of sharing what God is doing amongst us, followed by prayer for healing, for those who would like it. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 11.00 am Allsorts@11, an opportunity for the whole family to meet with God in an informal setting through praise, prayer and teaching with fun activities for children (Sunday school). Refreshments from 10.45 am and also afterwards with cakes and fresh coffee. Occasional Afternoon and Evening services are also held - see notices & website for further information.

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

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

See pages 4 & 5 for a full listing of church services in the Parish For initial enquiries regarding baptisms and weddings, please telephone ℡ 0118 942 7786

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