Find out how you can get involved in all that is happening here at St Catharine’s.
We love welcoming new people to our Sunday services, whether you are already following Jesus or simply want to find out more about him. The best way to get to know us is to come along to one of our services. We currently have two services at St Catharine’s, one on Sunday Morning and one on Wednesday Mornings. Once a month we also have a gathering for families called Explore.
Our main gathering on a Sunday. A service for all ages with Bible teaching, sung worship, prayer and fellowship.
At the moment our church building is open and we are running one service at 10.30am. We are running the service in accordance with Government guidelines and so mask wearing is down to the individual and we have an area where you can maintain social distancing.
Our service will continue to be streamed online if you can’t get to the church building.
Our other service takes place during the week and is a a quiet service of Morning Prayer and then on alternate weeks (2nd and 4th), Holy Communion. This will be a great chance during the week to focus our hearts and minds on the Lord and receive and experience his grace. It would be wonderful to see some new faces as well as familiar ones, so please do spread the word.
On the first Sunday of the month at 4pm we gather as families of all ages, to Explore learning (a new skill, activity) and explore faith (looking at the person of Jesus). We end our time by eating a meal together. The cost is £5 per family. Please contact Steve for any more information.
Youth and Children
Our children and young people are a key part of our church family. We want them to grow in their faith and live out their faith no matter how young they might be. We also want to share Jesus with other children and young people.
This is our group for primary aged children on a Sunday. The kids head out during the sermon to receive teaching on the same Bible passage so that families can talk together about what they have heard. The kids return after their group and we hear what they have learned.
St Catharine’s Young Peoples Experience. This is our Sunday group for those in year 6 to year 9. Again they look at the same bible passage in an age appropriate and fun way.
This is our weekly youth group for those in years 7-13. A great space for young people to gather, play games, chat, eat lots of sweets, play computer games and also learn a little of why Jesus is so amazing. This group currently meets on zoom. To obtain the details please contact Mike Corner
This is an after school club at Houghton Primary School where children have an enormous amount of fun learning and exploring Jesus.
As our growing faith minister Mike is seeking to grow the links between faith in schools, faith in the home and faith in church. We see the importance of Christian parents teaching their children about the Lord Jesus. We see the church’s role as equipping those parents. We see the school as being a place to begin to introduce children to Jesus.
Our small groups are a great place to get to know other people in the church in a deeper way. They are a place where you can explore and dig deep into God’s word, seeking to apply it to our lives. They are a place where we care and support one another in the ups and downs of life. They are places of hospitality, safety and community.
Home groups are a great way to meet other people in the church, explore the Bible, and grow in faith. St Catharine’s home groups meet on throughout the week, and new members are always welcome. Get in contact if you would like to know more or if you want to join one of our home groups.
Every Monday evening a group of men from across the Cornerstone team meet to dig into God’s word and apply it to the particular challenges of being a man. If you would like to be part of this please contact Steve.
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Jesus calls his people to love their neighbour and care for these in need. The early church was known for its sacrificial love and living for others. God has a particular heart for the poor and marginalised as shown throughout the Bible. And so loving and serving our local community is part of our 3-5 year vision. We have begun to grow this ministry through our practical care team where you can find out more on our flyer.
If you know of anyone in need, whatever that maybe please do get in touch so we can offer support.
A great way to belong to the church family as well as growing in our faith is to get involved by serving. We have lots of ways that you can get involved by becoming part of a ministry team.
If you play a musical instrument or sing we would love to hear from.
Practical Care Team
As a church we want to support and care for those in physical need. We do this in lots of ways. For further details see our Practical Care section
There is a lot of really important admin that goes on behind the scenes at St Catharine’s, from handling money to safeguarding to send out rotas.
Children and Youth Team
Our children and young people are a vital part of our church family. We are always on the lookout for people to teach God’s word to our children and young people.
Our building is a blessing, but due to its age requires a lot of upkeep. This team will focus on all things connected to the building, from cleaning the church to tidying up the churchyard.
Sunday’s are the high point of the week at St Catharine’s and as such a lot of work goes into making our Sunday service happen. From welcoming people with a friendly smile to reading, to helping with refreshments after the service.
Pastoral Care Team
Life is tough and we want to care for people who are going through a difficult time. This team offers counsel and prayer to those struggling.
Technology and Communications Team
A crucial ministry at our Sunday services. This team involves running the live stream, operating our camera, ensuring the sound system is working. We also want to develop our online presence in terms of social media, communicating all we are doing at St Catharine’s with our local community. Training will be provided if you have never done this before