Revd Catherine Bowstead
Revd Catherine Bowstead joined us as minister in September 2015. She introduces herself:
We have come to Wokingham after 11 very happy years in Colchester where I've had pastoral charge of 3 busy churches – one in the town centre and two congregations to the north of the town; one a young church plant and the other a more established congregation. Colchester has changed a lot in those 11 years as the rapid housing development has made it the fastest growing town in the UK. Before that we had 7 years in Southend-on-Sea and my first appointment was in Epsom. Before entering the Methodist Ministry I was a primary school teacher.
I'm married to Mike who works as a Tax Inspector – he'll be working at HMRC in Reading. He is a Local Preacher and enjoys singing. We have two young adult children; James has just graduated from university and will be spending the next year as Resident Organist at Pangbourne College whilst on Sundays he'll be Organ Scholar at All Saints Church in Fulham. Hannah is reading for a degree in Classics at Cambridge and is about to start her second year. She enjoys singing and a variety of crafts.
My particular joys in ministry are preaching and leading worship. I love being with people and enabling them to find and use their gifts, and I enjoy working with children and families. In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading and music.
I'm very much looking forward to getting to know you over the coming months, and keenly anticipating working alongside you for God's Kingdom. I hope and pray that I shall be able to use my gifts and insights to further God's work in this place. Please be patient as I try to learn your names, learn my way around the place and discover about our church family here in Wokingham.
Annual Report (March 2017)
I am pleased to be able to commend to you our Annual Report [most of which appears in the various pages of this website] as it reflects the amazing variety of the activities of our Church community. It's been an exciting and eventful year, not least because we have had some key changes in personnel. People in several key roles decided that they wanted to step down, so after a lot of thought, prayer and discussion and a few setbacks along the way, we have some new people in place.
Last September Claire Knight took on the new role of "Church and Community Outreach Team Leader", this role involves developing some of the work started by Andy Knight – perhaps most notably the Alzheimer's Café and working closely with both our new Coffee House Manager Tina Randall and our volunteers to develop the work of the Coffee House. In the Church Office we have Sarah Hewinson working as our Administrator and Christine Kneebone who will soon commence work as Bookings Officer. Very soon we hope to appoint a Youth Worker who will work jointly with us and with All Saints.
But of course, much of the work that we do is undertaken by volunteers. We are dependent on volunteers in the Coffee House, to support our Youth work, in the day-to-day running and maintenance of the Bradbury Centre and the many other tasks, large and small that our vital to the makeup of our Church Community. It truly is a team effort; this is reflected in this Annual Report and helps us to be a place "Where Christian Love meets Community Need."
As we prepare to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our Church Community, we have the opportunity to look back with gratitude for all that God has done, to reflect on the present and the part that each of us can play within our community and to look forward with hope and anticipation for the good things that God is planning for us.