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Parish women’s retreat 30 July-1 August

Are you a busy woman needing a break? Ask about the Holy Cross Women’s Retreat being held from 30 July to 1 August by the shores of Lake George. There are options to come for the whole time, or just for a day to find some rest.

Contact rector@holycrosshackett.org.au by 23 July. Be quick, as there are not many spots left.

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Christmas in July – 25 June!

Come and seek warmth from the frost and cold as we celebrate Christmas in July in June.

Friday 25 June 2021

5.15pm – Kids’ games;
6pm – Winter Carols;
6.30pm – Christmas feast

Join our extended family in carol singing, games, an open fire, a spit roast and an unforgettable feast.

Tickets $20 adult / $5 child ($10 for two or more children) to be charged at the door.

Any additional proceeds will be donated to support homeless Canberrans come in from the cold.

Register here to reserve a place for you, your family and friends at our COVID-safe event: https://hxhackett-christmas-in-july-in-june.eventbrite.com.au

Carbon Action Project resources

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Our Kids Church kids learn about what foods have the smallest impact on climate change

Our Carbon Action Project in the Home Kids’ Church activities and discussion groups with St Margaret’s have helped our church families take some important steps towards going carbon neutral. From learning about electric bikes to cooking smores in a solar oven (yes, even on a cold autumn morning!) we have learnt a lot and had great fun in the process.

If you missed out, don’t despair. You can have a look at the quick check lists on energy, food and transport on our resources page, to have a think about what changes (big or small) you might be able to make.

In the meantime, be sure to take a look at the presentation given by Rebecca from the Family Footprint Project on reducing food waste to land fill – with lots of great tips on reducing, composting and more…

Anglican News from our Diocese – April 2021

The latest edition of the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn Anglican News is here. Read about an update from the recent 1-day Synod, the Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees, and news from many of our regional parishes.

Anglican News April 2021 – pdf (2MB)

Youth Alpha and Alpha courses in May-June

Alpha flyer. "Ask Anything. Seriously." Sunday 2 May - Sun 20 June 3-5pm (Sat 12 June: awayday) Holy Cross Anglican Church, Hackett

Alpha is a place where you can ask your questions and say what you think about Christianity. Nothing is out.

3-5pm Sundays in May and June, Holy Cross will be hosting Alpha Youth for anyone in years 6-12.

Holy Cross adults are also welcome to join our friends at Holy Rosary who are hosting an Alpha course at Blackfriars Centre, timed to run at the same time.

A Kids’ Club will be held at the same time, offering fun and fellowship for younger kids of any parents or carers joining alpha courses.

For registration or more information contact youth@holycrosshackett.org.au (Alpha Youth); watson@cg.org.au (Alpha at Blackfriars)

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Carbon Action Project in the Home Easter discussion groups

This Easter season Holy Cross and St Margaret’s are engaging in deep discussions on bringing our carbon action project into the lives and homes of the families in our churches and wider community.

Discussion groups

Community members are invited to join our carbon action project in the home discussion groups–to learn from each other, hear from guest speakers, and share ideas, actions, inspirations and support.

  • 7pm Tuesdays 4, 11 and 18 May;
  • 7.30pm Thursdays 6, 13, 20 May.
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Topics – with guest speakers – will cover:

  • Transport
  • Home Energy and Solar (PV) Electricity
  • Food Chain in the Home

Whether you are taking your first tentative steps to reducing emissions, or are already a carbon-neutral household, all are welcome. Our discussion groups will provide a supportive environment to explore meaningful ways to make change, and to ask deeper questions about finding hope and caring for our sacred earth in the fact of climate change.

Contact admin@holycrosshackett.org.au for more information or to register interest.

Bring friends and food to share!

Other activities

The discussion groups are part of a suite of activities in our two churches. The carbon action project in the home will be a focus during worship services and kids’ church throughout the Easter season, culminating in a joint worship service on Pentecost Sunday, 9.30am 23 May.

We will also be posting information, tips and guides. Keep an eye out for blog posts and check out our Carbon Action Project page for resources.

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Tuckerbox turns 10!

Holy Cross Tuckerbox is celebrating its 10th birthday!! Please join our Tuckerbox family for this great event!

Saturday 17 April

11.30am Eucharist with Bishop Stephen Pickard and guests, open to all;

12.15pm Speeches & welcome;

12.30pm BBQ & activities

Sponsor a paver to build our labyrinth

Our Trinity labyrinth at Holy Cross and St Margaret’s is taking shape. You can be a part of it by sponsoring some of the thousand pavers that make it up. At $3 per paver, your contribution can help this beautiful place of prayerfulness grow. Leave a lasting footprint on our sacred land, and help bring the love of God to fellow pilgrims in the Inner North.

Contact treasurer@holycrosshackett.org.au to make a donation.

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Knitted blankets warming peoples facing homelessness

The Holy Cross stitching group has been making knitted blankets for homeless people. This was a collective effort of the seven ladies in the group. The stitchers knitted squares and then sewed them together with a crocheted border. There are between 96 to 108 squares in the blanket. Contact admin@holycrosshackett.org.au for more information about the blankets and the work of our stitching group.

How good is your chocolate? Your Chocolate Ethical Shopping Guide

At Holy Cross, as we prepare for Easter, we have been thinking about chocolate as a consumer choice and as something we enjoy at the end of Lent to celebrate new life in the risen Jesus.

Block of chocolate and cocoa beans

Easter is the biggest chocolate shopping time of the year. But what’s really going into the chocolate we buy? There’s more than cocoa, dairy and sugar, there are hidden costs for vulnerable people, impoverished communities, and the environment.

Be Slavery FreeGreen AmericaINKOTAMighty Earth, and National Wildlife Federation surveyed the world’s biggest chocolate companies to find out what they are doing to eliminate child labour from their supply chains, ensure farmers make a living income from their work, and prevent environmental damage caused by deforestation. 

They have given each company a score across different categories so that you can buy Easter chocolates from the heart knowing which ones could be tainted by child labour and deforestation.

Download the Easter Chocolate Shopping Guide here

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