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God’s Mercy in the Economy

The fourth Sunday of Lent saw our Lenten series God’s Mercy in our World continue with Diwa Hopkins speaking on God’s Mercy in the Economy. You can listen again here:

Mohammed Ali is Founder and President of HelpingACT

Lunch with Canberra Citizen of the Year

Canberra Citizen of the Year 2022, Mohammed Ali, has been recognised for his work as a member of the ACT Refugee Asylum Seeker and Humanitarian Coordination Committee, and for establishing HelpingACT

We are delighted to welcome Canberra Citizen of the Year, Mohammed Ali, President and founder of Helping ACT, to speak at our Senior’s Lunch on 30 March.

Join us for a morning of fellowship and worship.

  • 10.00am: Service of Holy Communion (for those who wish)
  • 10.45am: Morning Tea
  • 11.00am: speaker – Canberra Citizen of the Year 2022 Mohammed Ali 
  • 12.00pm: chicken and champagne lunch
  • Suggestion donation (at the door): $10 

Please register at to join us using the form below or at: holycrosshackett.org.au/lunch

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Lenten series on God’s Mercy

Our Lenten worship in Holy Cross this year focuses on God’s Mercy in our World through a series of sermons from our Holy Cross and wider community.

The series opened on the 2nd Sunday in Lent with a talk on God’s Mercy for the Environment. You can listen to it again here.

God’s Mercy for the Environment, 2nd Sunday in Lent, Holy Cross Hackett

For the 3rd Sunday in Lent, we heard from St John’s Care on the critical work they do caring for members of our community who are facing hard times, and the importance of mercy at these times for helping people facing hardship get back on their feet. This is a window into God’s Mercy for society. As part of hearing God’s call for mercy in society, at Holy Cross our Lenten journey includes a renewed focus on our weekly giving to St John’s Care.

Tomorrow we will hear about God’s Mercy in the Economy.

We invite you to join us in our journey, in worship and through these podcasts. And as we walk together we invite you to ask how God is calling you in your heart to be part of God’s mercy for our world.

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Kids’ Christmas Party

Some of our Holy Cross kids have got together and planned a kids’ church Christmas party for the last Sunday before Christmas! If you have kids in the neighbourhood who would like to have fun, share gifts, enjoy games and Christmas treats and share in the story of Jesus, please have them come along.

We are inviting all kids to dress Christmassy and bring a small gift ($10 limit) for another child around their age if they’d like to take part in our Secret Santa.

Please register here so we know who will be joining us:

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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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