Holy Cross Anglican Church Hackett

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Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Join us online for worship this Easter!

Friday 10 April, 9.30am: Service of Music and Readings (a live link will be available here half an hour before the service).

Sunday 12 April, 9.30am: Easter Sunday Eucharist (a live link will be available here half an hour before the service).

Sunday Worship, 5 April

Click here to join us in worship this morning! The Zoom meeting is open from 9am and we’ll begin our service at 9.30am.

Kids Church material is available below:

Sunday Worship, 29 March

Click here to join us in worship this morning! The Zoom meeting is open from 9am and we’ll begin our service at 9.30am.

Kids Church material is available below:

Update after an extraordinary week

It’s been an extraordinary week. For my part, I feel a tremendous sense of joy and gratitude for our Holy Cross community at this time, as we seek to be faithful to God’s calling in these changing circumstances.

1. Sunday worship online
Following a successful trial service on 22 March, we will now be running a weekly online Sunday service using Zoom. To join us in worship, simply go to the website on Sunday morning any time after 9am, and click on the Zoom link to join the meeting – the service will start officially at 9.30am.

A few things you might want to bear in mind:

  • BE AWARE that you are attending a public service, so please give some thought to how others will see and hear you (for example, is your camera pointing up your nose, or at the ceiling?!?)
  • If you don’t want to be seen, then please turn off your own video. You may also wish to set a photograph as a “virtual background” in Zoom Preferences.
  • If your home environment is noisy, or if you are going to make some noise yourself (for example: take a phone call, boil a kettle, talk to a family member), then please turn off your own microphone.

2. Church building & grounds
Following the most recent government advice, Holy Cross and St Margaret’s church buildings have been closed to the public as of 23 March. All official church business (worship, small groups, meetings) will be moving online. Following advice from the ACT Government and the Diocese, Tuckerbox will be continuing at present, as it is to be regarded as an “essential service”. Tuckerbox operations will be reviewed on a weekly basis as the situation evolves.

3. Pastoral care
Parish Council has set up a new Pastoral Care Group (currently comprising the Rector, Justin Combs, Trish Stoddart, and Michelle Shepherdson), which met for the first time on Tuesday 24 March. Please feel free to contact any of us with your needs, ideas or suggestions.

4. Gatherings at home
On Tuesday 24 March the Prime Minister gave the following detailed advice about home visits:

“Visits to your premises, to your house, to your residence, should be kept to a minimum and with very small numbers of guests. We don’t want to be overly specific about that. We want Australians to exercise their common sense.” (Full transcript at https://www.pm.gov.au/media/press-conference-australian-parliament-house-5)

Members of the Holy Cross family should follow the most up-to-date Government advice when deciding if it is appropriate to meet in very small numbers, for example to take part in a Zoom service if you have no home internet connection. If you’d like to discuss this, please call the Rector.

5. Prayer at home
At our online service on Sunday, I proposed that Holy Cross adopt the icon of “The Proclamation of the Kingdom” by Kaspars and Ruta Poikans as a focus for our prayers during the COVID-19 epidemic. This icon is a meditation on three Bible stories: Jesus preaching from the boat, Jesus calming the storm, and the miraculous catch of fish. It also evokes the image of the Church as a boat, with Christ in our midst, the Holy Spirit as the wind, and the Cross as the mast.

I also want to encourage you all to set up a permanent prayer corner in your home. You might want to include:

  • a comfortable chair
  • candles
  • Bible
  • icon
  • prayer diary
  • bible notes
  • finger labyrinth
  • prayer beads
  • music player
  • anything else that helps you to pray

Finally, don’t forget there is a free Epray app (available for Android and iOS), which allows you to pray Morning and Evening Prayer at home. The Holy Cross parish code is 6806, and you can download the app here.

Please be assured of my prayers and blessings for you all, as we move together into a new season of “doing church differently”.

God bless, Tim

Sunday Worship Online

Holy Cross is worshipping online on Sunday 22 March at 9.30am, using Zoom video conferencing. This is our first attempt at using Zoom for worship, so you will be able to connect from 9.00am, which gives you 30 minutes to sort out any connection problems before the service begins.

Even if you have never used Zoom before, it is simple for you to attend:

  • click on the web link (after 9.00am on Sunday) – https://zoom.us/j/5675297261
  • if you do not already have the Zoom app, you will be prompted to download and install it (this is normally quick and easy)
  • join the meeting

There is no separate Kids Church provision today, though we hope to have something in place by next week – for today, you’ll find a colouring page and a word search below which you can download and print at home.

We will be in touch with members of the Holy Cross church family in the next few days, to see how you are and keep you informed. Please stay in touch, look for updates, and be assured of our prayers for you!

Tuckerbox update in the context of coronavirus

Saturday 21 March 2020

Holy Cross Tuckerbox is working hard to adapt to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic. We want to continue to provide food to those who need it, while also ensuring that everyone is kept safe, and that the risk of infection is kept to a minimum. These are challenging times and we are all in this together, so we ask you to be understanding and patient in the days and weeks ahead.

Regular information updates will be available on:
• Holy Cross web site – www.holycrosshackett.org.au
• Holy Cross Facebook page – @holycrosshackett
• Tuckerbox Facebook page – @HolyCrossTuckerbox

You can also contact us here:
• email – tuckerbox@holycrosshackett.org.au
• phone – 0490 336409 (Rector: Rev Tim Watson)

Please be assured that all the members of the Holy Cross church family will be praying for you and your loved ones in the weeks ahead.

“Doing church differently”

Dear friends of Holy Cross,

The Bishop has announced that all public worship in the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn will cease as of this Sunday. You can read his announcement here: https://anglicancg.org.au/cessation-of-services/

 We are looking at a number of alternative ways in which we can pray and worship together, including:

  • online services (using Zoom)
  • opening the church for private prayer
  • household liturgies (including kid-friendly ones!) for you to use at home

Parish Council is meeting this Saturday to make more plans, and we’ll update you again soon. 

I spoke to Bishop Mark today and he informed me that welfare services such as Tuckerbox should continue at present, as they have a crucial role in meeting the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Tuckerbox will therefore be taking place this Saturday, and we will be putting in place some strict hygiene protocols to ensure that this is done safely.

One final thing: Sunday 22 March is Mothering Sunday, the middle Sunday in Lent, and Iris usually makes us a simnel cake for morning tea. This year, I suggest that those of us who are able to do so take part in a Holy Cross Simnel Cake Competition – if you’d like to have a go, why not bake one this week and email me the photo so we can post the results on the web site? We’ll ask Iris to judge the entries and award an appropriate prize! Recipes can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/simnel_cake

Keep well, keep in touch, and remember: Christ is still risen!

God bless, Tim Watson (Rector)

Lent Activities at Holy Cross

Lent is fast approaching – it’s a season when all of us are called to set aside time (through prayer, fellowship, and study) to draw closer to Jesus. Here are some of the Lent activities that you are welcome to take part in over the coming weeks.

Lent Groups

– We are joining with friends from other local churches to study the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book “Saying Yes to Life”, by eco-theologian Ruth Valerio: https://spckpublishing.co.uk/saying-yes-to-life Groups meet on Monday eve, Tuesday eve, and Wednesday lunchtime. Email the Rector if you want to sign up.

– Chris Lockley from St Margaret’s is leading a Lent course looking at Celtic Spirituality, meeting on Thursdays at 1.30pm.

Events and services

Tue 25 Feb, 5.30-7pm: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party in the Annex
– All welcome, especially families with children!

Wed 26 Feb, 10am and 6pm: Ash Wednesday Eucharist
– A solemn and beautiful service with imposition of ashes, to mark the entry into Lent

Sun 1 Mar, 9.30am and 11am: Joint Service with St Margaret’s and Launch of Carbon Action Project
– 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.

Tues 10 Mar, 10am-3pm: Lent Quiet Day in the Annex
– Led by Rev Joan Smith

For more information on any of these, please email the Rector.

Feedback from “Better Together”

On Sunday 11 August, thirty members of Holy Cross Anglican Church and St Margaret’s Uniting Church met together for a 2-hour workshop, to give thanks for our cooperative partnership over more than 50 years, and discern how the Holy Spirit is calling us into a shared future. Special thanks to Pastor Ken Perrin from Ainslie Church of Christ for facilitating our discussion with grace and wisdom!

Check out the feedback from our discussion, and please do email the Rector with any comments – we’d love to have your input into this ongoing conversation.

Feedback from “Christians Born in the 21st Century”

More than twenty Holy Cross members, aged between 8 and 80, met on Sunday 4 August for two hours of prayer, reflection and vision casting, to explore together how God is calling us to develop our ministry with children, youth and families. We were expertly facilitated by Andrew Edwards and Ben Paton (co-directors of Synergy, the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn’s youth ministry), with help from Karen Baron from ACT Christian Education In Schools, and some excellent input from our very own Kids Church, youth and parents.

Key points from our discussion includes:

  • younger and older Christians often have the same spiritual needs
  • relationships are more important than programmes
  • mentoring is of real value, both for younger and older Christians
  • rather than inventing new activities, it’s often better to re-think and re-purpose existing activities
  • young people need rest at weekends, and 9am on Sunday is not a very attractive time for them, though those who make the effort tell us that they find it really worthwhile
  • young Christians need contact with adult Christians who are not their parents!
  • youth ministry is a “whole church” activity and responsibility, though it can benefit from expert facilitation (of the kind that Synergy can provide)

Check out the photos below to see more details of our discussion – and please do contact the Rector if you have any comments / questions.

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