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National Reconciliation Week services: ACT joint churches and at Holy Cross

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Ecumenical service of reconciliation and healing at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

This year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity coincides with National Reconciliation Week. ACT Churches have organised an ecumenical service of reconciliation and healing, followed by refreshments.

4.30pm Sunday 29 May
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
15 Blackall Street, Barton

All are welcome to gather for the lighting of the fire at 4pm at the Meeting Place fire circle. The service will begin outside at 4.30pm, before moving inside to the Chapel after sunset at 5pm.

The service will include an act of acknowledgement and commemoration led by Making Peas/ce reconiliation ministry, focussing on colonial era conflicts.

Please invite your friends and download and share the poster.

At this time, the ACT Churches Council invite all Canberra churches to reflect on how to listen to the “Uluru Statement from the Heart” and respond in real and practical ways.

Our 9am morning service at Holy Cross Hackett on Sunday 29 May will focus on how Holy Cross can respond to the call from the Uluru Statement from the Heart, reflect on our journey and commitment for reconciliation, and understand our own place in this wider story.

From Grief to Hope

From Grief to Hope: an evening of music, words and dance from Exalt Collective and Holy Cross

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Exalt, a brilliant young Christian arts collective, are partnering with Holy Cross for an evening of music, words and dance: “From Grief To Hope”.

7-9 pm Saturday 4 June 2022

Featuring an all-star jazz quartet with local legends Con Campbell and Mike Dooley (and the Rector on drums). Bookings are now open online.

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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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:

All-Age BBQ & Party, Sun 31 Oct 4-7pm

Fun activities: food, dance, games, music, and a celebration out of lockdown.

Programme includes:

A COVID-safe event. Free of charge, open to all faiths and none.

To book, go to www.holycrosshackett.org.au/bbq

Sustainability in the ACT: Community conversation with Shane Rattenbury

Saturday 2 October, 4pm AEST – click to join here via Zoom

ACT Attorney General and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury will discuss the ACT’s progress toward 100% renewable electricity, the future of gas and environmental sustainability issues one year on from the 2020 ACT election. 

He will be quizzed by young people in his electorate.

The event, part of the Sustaining Our Future Festival 2021 which is this year online, is hosted by the Social Justice and Environment Group, Holy Cross Anglican and St Margaret’s Uniting in Hackett, Canberra.

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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

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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