Services at St Catharine's

We welcome you to any of our 4 different services every week. There is something for everyone.

Sunday 8am

Holy Communion

Sunday 9.30am

Liturgical Service

Sunday 11.15am

Contemporary Service

Thursday 10am

Holy Communion

Sunday Morning 11:15am Service

An informal contemporary service of worship, teaching and ministry with children's groups. It lasts about 75 minutes. Every first Sunday of the month we have an all-age shorter service.

How to find us

St. Catharine's Church
London Road
Gloucester
GL2 0RR
Vicar
John Itumu
jitumu@stcatharine.org.uk
01452 502673
Church Office
Jo Sanders
jsanders@stcatharine.org.uk
01452 302438

Welcome to St Catharine's

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We are an Anglican church located half a mile from the centre of Gloucester City. 'Lively' and 'assorted' are two words that might begin to describe the remarkable community of people who gather regularly at St Catharine's. We greatly desire to know Jesus better and reach out to our neighbours with his love. We would be very pleased if you joined us in this amazing journey. A good place to begin would be one of our services. Welcome!

John Itumu
Vicar

Calendar of Events

Recent Sermons

You can listen again to any of the sermons preached recently at St Catharine's, click to play or download.

Our Sermons

  • 4th January 2015
  • Confirmation Serivce
  • Bishop Martyn
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  • 11th January 2015
  • God's Call 1
  • Bruce Clifford
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  • 18th January 2015
  • God's Call 2
  • Andy Kingston-Smith
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  • 1st February 2015
  • Presentation of Christ in the Temple
  • Mike Williams
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  • 8th February 2015
  • Word Became Flesh
  • John Itumu
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  • 15th February 2015
  • The Transfiguration
  • Sarah Todd
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  • 22nd February 2015
  • The Temptation of Jesus
  • Maik Gibson
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  • 1st March 2015
  • Following Jesus
  • Mike Williams
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  • 8th March 2015
  • Jesus Cleanses the Temple
  • John Itumu
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  • 3rd April 2015
  • Good Friday Message
  • Ian Serjeant
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  • 5th April 2015
  • Easter Day Message
  • John Itumu
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  • 12th April 2015
  • Early Church;A Covenant Community
  • James Wenham
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  • 19th April 2015
  • Early Church; Good News for All 1
  • Rachel Howie
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  • 26th April 2015
  • Jesus, The Good Shepherd
  • John Itumu
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  • 3rd May 2015
  • Early Church; Good News for All 2
  • Mike Williams
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  • 10th May 2015
  • Early Church; Good News for All 3
  • Mike Burke
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  • 17th May 2015
  • The Ascension of Jesus
  • Sarah Todd
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  • 24th May 2015
  • Pentecost
  • John Itumu
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  • 31st May 2015
  • A Vision of God
  • Dave and Rine Ingleby
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  • 14th June 2015
  • David God's Choice
  • John Itumu
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  • 12th July 2015
  • David; A New Beginning
  • David Whale
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  • 19th July 2015
  • David; The Promises of God
  • Sarah Todd
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  • 26th July 2015
  • David; Desire - it's Delight & Power
  • John Itumu
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Good News

  • 28th December 2014
  • The Holy Innocents
  • John Gibson
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  • 21st December 2014
  • Birth of Jesus Foretold
  • Bruce Clifford
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  • 14th December 2014
  • Good News Keep Awake 3
  • John Itumu
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  • 7th December 2014
  • Good News Keep Awake 2
  • Marion Williams
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  • 30 November 2014
  • Good News Keep Awake 1
  • John Itumu
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Ten Commandments

  • 23rd November 2014
  • You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me
  • John Itumu
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  • 16th November 2014
  • You Shall Not Make For Yourself An Idol
  • Mike Williams
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  • 9th November 2014
  • Love Mercy
  • Mike Burke
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  • 2nd November 2014
  • All Saint's
  • Mike Williams
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  • 26th October 2014
  • You Shall not Misuse The Name of the Lord
  • Bruce Clifford
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  • 19th October 2014
  • Remember the Sabbath
  • Sarah Todd
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  • 12th October 2014
  • Honour Your Father And Mother
  • John Itumu
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  • 5th October 2014
  • You Shall Not Murder
  • John Itumu
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  • 28th September 2014
  • You Shall Not Commit Adultary
  • Sarah Todd
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  • 21st September 2014
  • You Shall Not Steal
  • John Itumu
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  • 14th September 2014
  • You Shall Not Give False Testimony
  • Mike Burke
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  • 7th September 2014
  • You Shall Not Covet
  • Bruce Clifford
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  • Prayer

  • Giving

  • Music
    Ministry

  • Children
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    Young People

  • What we
    Believe

  • Home Groups

  • Church
    Office

  • Weddings
    Baptisms
    Funerals

  • First Time
    Visiting

Prayer

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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. One of the ways we can communicate and engage with God is through prayer, either as individuals or with others. In Prayer Ministry anyone has an 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.

We offer Prayer Ministry during or after our main services and we have simple model for praying with and for others. We are happy to pray about anything from the seemingly trivial to the serious stuff in our lives. Our ministry is confidential and gentle and is not about what we do but instead about us coming alongside and praying with others and letting God minister by his Spirit.

Giving

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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, 'our' possessions. St Catharine's ministry is enabled and sustained by the generosity of members with the 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

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Worship is the way that we as human beings respond to the grace, love and mercy of God. When we worship, we come closer to God and deepen our relationship with him both individually and as a church family. Healthy worship is enabling; we can 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.

Worship just doesn't happen in church on a Sunday, it is a way of life. However our church family does gather together regularly to worship on Sundays and in the week in smaller groups. When we meet together for Sunday worship, we feel blessed that we are able to use traditional liturgical forms as well as a freer more contemporary worship style. Music is a very important part of our worship at St Catharine's and we are blessed to have many musicians who serve within our music ministry team alongside our clergy and service leaders.

On Sundays we have two services that involve musicians. The 9:30 am service has wide range of music from a number of hymn and song books. Solo singers, choirs, orchestras, music groups and small vocal ensembles help lead worship alongside the organ, grand piano and other instruments. At the 11:15 am service the structure is much freer - each week a different band leads our sung worship using both contemporary songs and hymns.

So if you want to get involved, from singing and playing instruments to operating the sound desk, there is something for you - whatever your age. If you would like more information, contact Sarah Todd at stodd@stcatharine.org.uk.

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Children and Young People

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Our vision at St Catharine's is to work alongside parents to see children and young people become fully devoted to God and get excited about what God has planned for their lives, now and in the future. We hope to engage children in a church they want to be part of. Groups are packed full of worship and story, laughter and learning, games and action, and prayer and fun - all aimed at giving children a tool-kit for life and a confidence in their faith in Jesus. Seeing our children and young people develop and grow up inspired and filled with the Holy Spirit, ready to fulfil their life's potential, is what we are all about.

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 primary aged children 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 week 7:00 - 9:00 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 Helen McGeoch (hmcgeoch@stcatharine.org.uk).

Our safe guarding policy can be found here.

What we Believe

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We believe that God created the world perfectly but as people we have fallen short of this. We believe that Jesus died and rose again for us so that we could be put right with God. The Bible is the word of God and we try and live out what it teaches us. The detail of what we believe is below.

  • The one true God who lives eternally in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
  • The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God - fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  • The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
  • The incarnation of God's eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ - born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
  • The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
  • The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
  • The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
  • The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
  • The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers - given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
  • The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

Home Groups

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Our Sunday worship provides an opportunity to meet with many, praise God and be encouraged by being part of something big but it can be hard to get to know others and be known. Home 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' houses and they provide an opportunity to catch up and chat, read the bible and pray with friends. We encourage every member to be part of a home group. With a wide variety of style and format there will be one waiting for you. Please speak to James Wenham (jwenham@stcatharine.org.uk)

This week's home group questions are here.

Church Office

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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

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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 member 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 realized when parents sincerely commit to these promises. We however also recognize 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

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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!)

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



2015 St Catharine's Centenary

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In 2015 St Catharine's is celebrating being on the current site for 100 years. It has been a Christian presence in the City for much longer than that.

We have a programme of events which is open to all our comunity throughout the year. There is something for everyone and you very welcome to come along.

Do come and join us. We look forward to welcoming you.

July 11th 2pm
St Catharine's Church Centenary Fete
A special celebration of the last 100 years
Contact: Jane Peak

July 17th Gates open at 6:30pm Music at 7pm
Hillfield Swings: an evening of light music for all tastes
In Hillfield Gardens and in partnership with Friends of Hillfield Gardens
Contact: Mike Williams

August 29th
Family Barbecue
A chance to draw breath
Contact: Rachel Howie

September 12th 10am - 4pm
Centenary Year Harvest of Talents on Heritage Weekend.
A showcase of skills and crafts with work shops where you can perhaps learn something new.
Contact: Lesley Barrett

October 16th 7.30pm
Rugby World Cup at St Catharine's
Rugby is at the heart of Gloucester and the world famous Kingsholm Stadium adjoins St Catharine’s parish so the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of St Catharine’s and the Rugby World Cup together could not be missed. Join us for a light-hearted rugby focussed evening for all (rugby fan or not). Tickets available through St Catharine's Church from September.
Contact: James Wenham

October 31st 6pm - 7.30pm
Light Party
A church party for children in our community
Contact: Helen McGeoch

November 20th 7pm
Family Barn Dance
Everyone welcome to come; watch, listen or dance to our traditional folk group, Peterfolk
Contact: Jane Peak

December 6th 10am
Centenary Year - A Service of Thanksgiving
Followed by lunch