Holy Cross Anglican Church Hackett

Following Jesus and building community in Canberra’s Inner North

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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:

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!

“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)

Sunday services in Lent

Table in front of altar with purple cloth, candles and crown of thorns

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)

Launch of Carbon Action Project

West face of Holy Cross Anglican Church in morning light

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.

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.

Nativity Festival comes to North Canberra

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.

Looking Glass Percussion-Christmas Concert

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

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