Prayer



Prayer is our Heartbeat! We believe in a living God who is as interested in us as individuals as he is with the whole of his creation. In prayer ministry everyone has the opportunity to offer and receive prayer. It is one of the ways we respond to our call to pray to the Father in the name of the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit.

During and after the 9.30 am and 11.15 am services, there is opportunity to pray with someone in the team – gently and in safety. We love to come alongside others and let God minister by his Spirit.


Giving



Psalms 24:1 says, "The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it." We believe that God is the ultimate owner of all things - the earth, ourselves, and 'our' possessions. St Catharine's ministry is enabled and sustained by the generosity of members with their time, skills and money. We encourage everyone to count their blessings and then consider how much of themselves they can give to further God's purposes. It is your personal choice.

Money
To make it possible for the church to plan activities, we request all to give regularly through our efficiently run diocesan Parish Giving Scheme. Other ways are by standing order, collection plate, leaving a legacy and making a one-off gift, just to mention a few. Our treasurer Jenny Perry (jperry@stcatharine.org.uk) would be delighted to discuss options with you. All giving is highly confidential.


Music Ministry



Worship is the way that we as human beings respond to the grace, love and mercy of God. In worship we express our love, doubts, fears and joys honestly, coming just as we are to a God who knows and loves us beyond anything we can imagine.

At St Catharine’s we use both liturgical and more contemporary worship styles. Our music ministry is enabled by a large number of volunteers. There are many opportunities to get involved – singing, playing an instrument or operating the sound desk.


Children and Young People



We long to see our children and young people develop and grow up inspired and filled with the Holy Spirit. Our vision is to work alongside parents to see children and young people become fully devoted to God. Groups are packed full of worship, laughter and learning. This ministry is made possible by a team of DBS checked volunteers.

Our Safe Guarding Policy can be found here.

Children's Ministry at our 9:30am service
Junior Church takes place on the first Sunday of each month during the 9.30am service and is for primary school aged children.

Children's Ministry at our 11:15am Morning Worship
Sparklers (0-5 year olds) meet during the 11.15am service in the Galilee which is the room at the back of the church. Parents are welcome to stay and join in the fun or go and spend some time in worship.
Rock and Roll is our group for children in reception to year 6 and they meet in the Parish Hall right next door to the church.
For those at 11:15am Morning Worship, the first Sunday of each month is our All Age Worship. We meet as a church family and worship, pray and learn together.

CCYG - Youth group for young people in school years 6 - 9 meeting at Church 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

NRG - Youth group for young people school years 10+ meeting at venues advised each Friday 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Weekday activities
Refresh for local mums with pre-school children meets on Fridays 9:15 - 11:15 am for coffee and a chat. They meet in the church foyer for a range of activities such as Bible stories, songs, and crafts.
GFS Girls Friendly Society meet in the church hall on Friday evenings 6:30pm - 8pm during term time, welcoming girls aged 6 years+. Evenings are spent trying our hand at just about anything from glass painting to karaoke and sewing to treasure hunts.

Keeping children safe is our highest priority and so all the adults who lead and work with our children and young people are fully DBS checked. Before you and/or your children take part in any of our groups you will be guided through the simple registration process.

For more information on our children and youth ministry please contact John Itumu (jitumu@stcatharine.org.uk).


What We Believe



We believe in God the Father who sustains all life and creation; the deity of Jesus Christ; the incarnation; that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sin and rose again; the return of Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead; the work of the Holy Spirit and the authority of Scripture.


Home Groups



Small Groups are a great way to get more involved with the life of the church, make friends and be part of a community that supports and knows one another. These groups meet during the week, usually in church members' homes and provide an opportunity to chat, read the Bible and pray with friends.

We encourage every member to be part of a small group. Our Small Group coordinator, Ed Reed (ereed@stcatharine.org.uk), will gladly point you in the right direction.


Church Office



Want to ask a question about us and what we do at St Catharine's? Want to know what's on at church or church hall availability? Jo Sanders is at hand in the church office to help. The office, located in the church itself, is open from 9:30am to midday from Monday to Thursday. You can contact Jo on 01452 302438 or by email at jsanders@stcatharine.org.uk.


Weddings, Baptisms, and Funerals



Weddings

A wedding is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. For Christians marriage is an invitation to share life in the spirit of Jesus Christ based on a solemn public and life-long covenant between a man and woman. It is given as the foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured. If you either live within our parish or have a qualifying connection with St Catharine's church, you are welcome to speak to one of the clergy about your wedding. A husband and wife may also have a Prayer and Dedication Service after a Civil Marriage.

Baptisms

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. It is a wonderful occasion for candidates (no age barrier), parents and godparents to rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, as they make serious promises and declare their faith. They also thank God for his gift of life as they make a decision to start on the journey of faith as well as ask for the Church's support.

All young people and adults who can speak for themselves are invited to make serious promises about their faith in Jesus Christ before the congregation and God.

It is however different with infants who cannot speak for themselves. When we baptise infants, parents and godparents make promises on their behalf. One of the promises is that they will draw the infant being baptised into the community of faith by their example and walk with them in the way of Christ. They then have to promise to help the infant take their place within the life and worship of Christ's church. They also need to declare that they have themselves turned to Christ. We believe that the efficacy of infant baptism is realised when parents sincerely commit to these promises. We however also recognise that not all parents are able to make these promises. Some have therefore found a service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child service more beneficial. This service which can serve, as a preliminary to baptism, allows an opportunity for the family to express their thanks to God for the gift of a child.

As the Anglican parish church for our area, all who live in our parish are welcome to approach us to explore either baptism or thanksgiving for their children. We ask enquirers to attend one of our services and then speak with a member of the clergy afterwards.

Funerals

St Catharine's church welcomes family and friends as they come together to express their grief and give thanks for the life of a loved one. Please contact Jo in the church office on 01452 302438 or John, the vicar, on 01452 502673.

A suitable prayer for the bereaved

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23


First Time Visiting



We love welcoming visitors each week. We also appreciate that visiting a church for the first time isn't easy, especially when you are not sure what to expect. After reading this page we hope your mind will be put to rest about a few things but if you still have queries please contact us.

Parking
The church has a small car park so most people find somewhere on the side streets. If you need a space near the entrance, please contact us so that we can reserve one for you.

Access
There is flat access all the way into the church and plenty of space around the seats. You should be have a good choice of where to sit should you want to remain sitting in a wheelchair or need to have a pram next to you.

Protocol
We don't have a dress code so please don't worry about that - come as you are! Choose a seat wherever you feel most comfortable. If you don't know any of the songs or don't feel comfortable singing, please don't feel obliged to join in. Feel free to sit and listen, you won't be the only one.

Children
Children are always welcome. We provide an opportunity for children to be together in their age groups while adults remain in the main church building. You can find out more about these once you get here. If however you want your children to sit with you, that's fine. If you have a baby/toddler the front left hand corner is a good place to head to, where there is a carpeted area that they can play quietly in.

Loos
Are located in the church hall, to the right of the church as you walk out.

Coming alone and feeling nervous?
If it helps we'd love to put you in touch with a couple of church members who can accompany you or meet you at the door and sit with you. (We promise they'll be no pressure to come back!) Please contact us on info@stcatharine.org.uk

We're really looking forward to meeting and welcoming you. There is a place for you in our church family!