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Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Canberra’s inner north will this weekend host a Sustaining Our Future Festival that seeks to reduce our carbon footprint and build resilient communities.
The churches of Holy Cross Anglican and St Margaret’s Uniting in Hackett have put together an afternoon of talks, demonstrations and tips for action.
“If you want to do something about climate change but aren’t sure where to start, the festival can help identify simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint, tell you how much CO2 you would save and inspire ideas for the future,” said Reverend Chris Lockley of St Margaret’s.
“During these pandemic times, it’s even more important we find ways to get together safely and discuss common concerns and to ways to make a difference.”
The program includes an ACT election candidates forum moderated by college students.
“We think it’s great and appropriate that our young people, who have a lot invested in a low-carbon future, will have this opportunity to quiz local candidates about their sustainability policy ahead of the October poll,” said Reverend Tim Watson of Holy Cross.
Also speaking will be Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment, Jamie Isbister.
The full program is as follows:
Saturday 19 September
- 12.00 noon – 12.20 pm Welcome to Country by Aunty Vi Sheridan
- 12.25 – 1.00 pm Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment and head climate negotiator, Jamie Isbister in conversation with author, Toni Hassan
- 1.05 pm – 1.35 pm Brook Clinton from Capital Scraps Composting on “The science of composting”
- 1.40 pm – 2.00 pm Holy Cross/St Margaret’s Carbon Action Project talk
- 2.05 pm – 2.45 pm Mia Swainson from Zero Waste on “How to halve your household waste”
- 3- 4 pm ACT Candidates’ Forum run by students from Dickson College, with Kurrajong candidates including Elizabeth Lee and Shane Rattenbury. To book https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=659164
- 4.30 – 6 pm Free concert with Lucy Sugerman (The Voice / National Folk Festival Youth Ambassador 2020) plus local bands including Northbourne Flats and Pig Dog To book: https://www.trybooking.com/654789
- All afternoon – stalls by Society, Environment and Economy (SEE) Change, Canberra Seed Savers, Switched on cycling, ENJO & Women’s Climate Congress, photography on display, art for kids and food/coffee cart
Sunday 20 September
* 9.30am Ecumenical “Celebration of Creation” outdoor worship service
Prayer, “the intentional lifting of the heart and mind to God Father Son and Holy Spirit”, is the most basic Christian activity – and it’s also the key spiritual practice that forms our character as people of faith. At 5.30pm Tuesdays for three weeks from Tuesday 8 September, we will be holding a contemplative evening prayer service as part of our regular worship life. The service will include an invitation to pause in silence for 10 minutes of silent meditation.
All are welcome.
On 19-20 September, Holy Cross Anglican Church and St Margaret’s Uniting Church, Hackett, are running a community sustainability festival, as part of our joint churches Carbon Action Project. This is a COVIDSafe event, and is open to all.
- 12.00 noon to 12.20 pm. Welcome to Country by Aunty Vi Sheridan
- 12.25 to 1.00 pm. Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment and head climate negotiator, Jamie Isbister in conversation with local writer and journalist, Toni Hassan
- 1.05 pm to 1.35 pm. Brook Clinton from Capital Scraps Composting on “The science of composting”
- 1.40 pm to 2.00 pm. Holy Cross/St Margaret’s Carbon Action Project talk
- 2.05 pm to 2.45 pm. Mia Swainson from Zero Waste on “How to halve your household waste”
- 3pm to 4pm. ACT Candidates’ Forum run by students from Dickson College, with candidates for Kurrajong, including Elizabeth Lee and Shane Rattenbury. To book for this event please go to: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=659164
- Stalls by Society, Environment and Economy (SEE) Change, Canberra Seed Savers, Switched on cycling, ENJO & Women’s Climate Congress.
- Pedal-powered glass snail by www.kineticsculptures.org
- 12 noon to 4 pm. Photography exhibition with photos from lockdown
- 4.30 pm to 6 pm. Concert with Lucy Sugerman (The Voice / National Folk Festival Youth Ambassador 2020) and local bands including Northbourne Flats and Pig Dog. To book for this free concert go to: https://www.trybooking.com/654789
- 9.30am: Ecumenical Creation Service outdoors under our flowering cherry tree
To help reduce energy usage and save money around the home the Holy Cross and St Margaret’s Carbon Action Project team have produced an information package entitled ‘Energy Smart Actions.’ It includes:
- a list of tips for saving energy
- the link for using the on-line Australian Greenhouse Calculator (for those wanting a closer look at their cartoon footprint); and
- a Data Sheet to make a carbon action plan and record results.
Our hope is to support and inspire households in North Canberra to reduce our emissions and go carbon-neutral. Please use these resources and let us know how you go.
During last Sunday’s first video service, Tim spoke about ways in which we might share our ‘Time, Talents and Treasure’ as we do church differently. Some of you have been asking how you might make your financial contributions while we are currently unable to congregate in person.
There are two options currently available: making offerings using bank transfer, or having someone collect your offering using the envelope system. More information can be found here.
Tim and the parish council are working hard on ways for us to worship God, serve others and care for our Christ-centred community in these challenging times. We will keep in touch with you all as best we can and we welcome your ideas.
Sun 1 Mar Environment Sunday joint service;
9am Sunday worship:
8 Mar 2nd Sunday in Lent;
15 Mar 3rd Sunday in Lent;
22 Mar Mothering Sunday (no in-person worship);
29 Mar 5th Sunday in Lent (no in-person worship);
5 Apr Palm Sunday (no in-person worship)
Holy Cross and St Margaret’s are embarking on a Carbon Action Project, which we are launching on Sunday 1 March:
9.30am Joint Service – 1st Sunday of Lent;
11am Launch of Carbon Action Project
This is a very significant initiative in the life of both our churches, enabling us all to practice what we preach as stewards of God’s good creation.
See our Carbon Action Project page for more information.
Holy Cross are proud to partner with Holy Rosary and St Margaret’s to cohost the North Canberra Nativity Festival with over 200 nativity displays and events all weekend.
11-13th Dec – schools and families
14-15th Dec – public exhibition
7pm Saturday 14th – Looking Glass Percussion Concert
6pm Sunday 15th – Community BBQ followed by 7pm Carols by Candlelight.
An evening of fine music with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and friends to usher in the Christmas Season.
7pm Saturday 14 December, Holy Cross Anglican Church