Holy Cross Anglican Church Hackett

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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)

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

Join Holy Cross for Christmas

Sun 1 December 9.30am Advent Family Service 7pm Darkness into Light Service Wednesday 11-Sunday 15 December North Canberra Nativity Festival Saturday 14 December 7pm Looking Glass Percussion Sunday 15 December 6pm Community BBQ 7pm Carols by Candlelight Wednesday 18 December 7.30pm Blue Christmas Service Tuesday 24 December 5pm Kids Nativity Service 11pm Midnight Mass 9am Christmas Family Service

Join us for the festive season: Advent Sunday 1 Dec;

Nativity Festival & Carols by Candlelight 11-15 Dec;

Blue Christmas 18 Dec;

Kids Nativity; Midnight Mass 24 Dec;

Christmas Service 25 Dec

The language of worship #2

Singers and music director with Tim Watson outside at Holy Cross St Margaret's church yard

This week I am exploring the second in an occasional series entitled “The Language of Worship”. At Holy Cross we are blessed with a Christian heritage of words and music written over more than 1000 years. Learning more about the songs we sing helps us to appreciate the diversity of God’s abundant creativity, in which we all share.

All Creatures Of Our God and King“, based on the 13th century hymn Laudato sia Dio mio Signore by Francis of Assisi (written in Italian at a time when most church worship was in Latin), was written by English Anglican priest William Henry Draper for a children’s Pentecost service in about 1910. The chorale tune was published by German Jesuit Friedrich Spee in 1623, and re-harmonised for the English Hymnal in 1906 by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

O Thou Who Camest From Above“, a hymn to the Holy Spirit, is one of 6,500(!) hymns written by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), Anglican priest and co-founder of Methodism with his brother John Wesley. The tune “Hereford” was written many years later by his grandson Samuel Sebastian Wesley, an Anglican organist and composer. Charles Wesley had a remarkable gift of putting deep theological truths into memorable poetry, at a time when many Christians were illiterate: Methodists learned theology by singing it.

Tim Watson and music director Susan Reid at organ in front of gathered crowd

Geoff Bullock, an ABC cameraman from Sydney, experienced a powerful conversion in 1978 and co-founded Hills Christian Life Centre (later Hillsong) in 1983, where he wrote “The Power of Your Love (I)“. Bullock left Hillsong after burnout and marriage breakdown in the 1990s. He subsequently published “The Power of Your Love (II)“, changing the lyrics to emphasise God’s gracious and unmerited forgiveness, and this is the version we’re singing today.

Melbourne vicar Elizabeth J. Smith (b.1956) is known for her modern hymns with inclusive language. She says she wrote “God gives us a future” as a curate, partly out of frustration at congregation members who were reluctant to learn new songs! The jaunty tune “Camberwell” is by English Anglican priest John Brierley, a member of the “20th Century Church Light Music Group” in the 1950s (along with Patrick Appleford, the author of “Living Lord”). 

Fete!

Come along to Holy Cross Fete for a great day of music, food, stalls, activities, fun and friendship! Saturday 16 November 9am-2pm.

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