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Sustaining Our Future Festival

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Our North Canberra Sustainability Festival is back 24-25 Sept, bigger than ever.

Saturday will see a popup market, workshops, kids’ activities, a fabulous session on ethical fashion, followed by an evening of Living Democracy and live jazz with community leader Tim Hollo. On Sunday, we celebrate Creation with our joint Holy Cross and St Margaret’s Creation Sunday worship.

Saturday Program

11am-4pm Pop-up Market

  • Conservation, sustainable living and community stalls, kids’ craft, sustainable food and drink, ethical coffee and fair trade goods.

11.30am-1.30pm e-bike rides!

Mini workshops:

  • 11.30am Labyrinth spirituality
  • 12pm Mosaic making
  • 12.30pm Roving Regenerators composting workshop
  • 12.30pm Mosaics in Christian history (presented by Dr Monica Short)
  • 2pm Labyrinth spirituality

12-4pm Ethical fashion repair cafe and slow fashion op-shop: register here

  • 12-4pm Textile repair cafe (drop in)
  • 12-4pm Slow fashion op-shop

4-5pm Sustainable Fashion Q&A: register here

7-9 pm Living Democracy in practice, and live jazz with Tim Hollo: register here

Sunday 25 September 9.30am: Creation Sunday worship

Christmas image with PNG Bird of Paradise on bauble

Christmas in July is back

Join Holy Cross, the Good Faith Choir and the PNG Perovata Singers of Canberra in celebrating Christmas in July and the Coming of the Light, from 5.15pm 1st July.

5.15pm Firepit, kids’ games and marshmallows

6pm Carols for Winter Christmas and the Coming of the Light

7pm Christmas Feast with traditional foods from Australia, PNG and around the world

From Grief to Hope

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

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.

Christmas Events

Join the Holy Cross community and friends for our Christmas events! All welcome.

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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:

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.

COP26 : Australia and avoiding dangerous climate change

Jamie Isbister, Ambassador for the Environment on the upcoming UN Climate Talks in Glasgow, in conversation with young people in Canberra

Saturday 18 September, 4pm AEST – click to join here via Zoom

What is COP26 and what will it achieve?

Jamie Isbister, Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment heads to Glasgow in late October as part of the Australian delegation to the United Nations conference. COP26 will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Isbister will outline the goals and challenges of the meeting as Australia comes under increased pressure to do more.

The event, part of a Sustainability Festival 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. 

North Canberra Nativity Festival

The North Canberra Nativity Festival is back for a second year running! Holy Cross is proud to co-host an exhibition of over 200 nativity displays and Community Carols by Candlelight with our friends at St Margaret’s and Holy Rosary.

Thursday 10th-Sunday 13th December
Exhibition 10am-5pm every day

Sunday 13th December
6.30pm Community BBQ
7.30pm Carols by Candlelight

bicycles and cycling options displayed at switched on cycles stall

Creative festival connecting community, faith and sustainability

In a spirit of community building and healing, the faith communities of Holy Cross Anglican and St Margaret’s Uniting in Hackett in Canberra’s inner north recently hosted a festival focussed on sustainability.

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A stallholder from Canberra Seed Savers shares the fruits of their work

The ‘Sustaining Our Future’ Festival on the weekend of September 19-20 brought together local groups and speakers to offer information on climate change and inspiration on how to reduce one’s individual or household waste and carbon footprint. 

“During these pandemic times, it’s even more important we find ways to get together safely and discuss common concerns, be inspired and make a difference,” said Reverend Chris Lockley of St Margaret’s.

People were able to test ride electric bikes and learn about composting. There was also a concert in the church featuring  singer-songwriter Lucy Sugerman and local youth bands, a visual arts exhibition, and an ecumenical ‘Celebration of Creation’ worship service.  

Dickson College students facilitate the ACT Candidates' Forum
Dickson College students facilitate the ACT Candidates’ Forum

The program included an ACT election candidates forum moderated by Dickson College students. 

“It was a great opportunity for our young people, who have a lot invested in a low-carbon future, to quiz local candidates about their sustainability policies ahead of the October poll,” said Reverend Tim Watson of Holy Cross.

This event, the first of its kind in Hackett, demonstrated the potential of the venue for more community events in the future where people can gather for spiritual and personal resourcing, community development, and to encourage each other in working for the Common Good.” 

The Festival was organised as part of Holy Cross/St Margaret’s joint Carbon Action Project, launched earlier this year. Both churches have committed to make their operations carbon neutral within two years, and to help church members and the local community take climate change seriously through local action and engagement.

The once-fixed pews in the ecumenical Hackett church were recently removed to allow for more dynamic and mixed uses of the interior worship space. 

Audiences enjoying the live music concert at the end of a great day

“The event was joyful and inclusive, and it put our mandate to evangelise as followers of Jesus into practice in so many different ways. It was a real celebration of beauty (art, music, God’s creation), truth (political debate, scientific and practical learning) and goodness (community, social and environmental action)”, said Reverend Watson.

“It also resonated with Bishop Mark’s encouraging comment about enabling people to return to church after lockdown: ‘re-integrating people to community through community, and helping us think about how we could implement similar steps with people who’ve never been part of our gathered worship’,” Rev. Watson added. 

The two ministers also thanked volunteers who worked hard to make it happen. 

“So many people made the event work. There were many hours served planning it and then during – to ensure it was safe and kept the festival moving along,” said Rev. Lockley.

Large glass and recycled metal snail pedalled on the church lawns
Pedal Powered Snail by Kinetic Sculptures
Sustaining Our Future North Canberra Sustainability Festival Sept 19-20 St Margaret's - Holy Cross

Sustainability festival to offer practical tips, question local ACT election candidates

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Canberra’s inner north will this weekend host a Sustaining Our Future Festival that seeks to reduce our carbon footprint and build resilient communities.

The churches of Holy Cross Anglican and St Margaret’s Uniting in Hackett have put together an afternoon of talks, demonstrations and tips for action. 

“If you want to do something about climate change but aren’t sure where to start, the festival can help identify simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint, tell you how much CO2 you would save and inspire ideas for the future,” said Reverend Chris Lockley of St Margaret’s.

“During these pandemic times, it’s even more important we find ways to get together safely and discuss common concerns and to ways to make a difference.”

The program includes an ACT election candidates forum moderated by college students. 

“We think it’s great and appropriate that our young people, who have a lot invested in a low-carbon future, will have this opportunity to quiz local candidates about their sustainability policy ahead of the October poll,” said Reverend Tim Watson of Holy Cross.

Also speaking will be Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment, Jamie Isbister.

The full program is as follows:

Saturday 19 September

  • 12.00 noon – 12.20 pm  Welcome to Country by Aunty Vi Sheridan
  • 12.25 – 1.00 pm Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment and head climate negotiator, Jamie Isbister in conversation with author, Toni Hassan
  • 1.05 pm – 1.35 pm Brook Clinton from Capital Scraps Composting on “The science of composting”
  • 1.40 pm – 2.00 pm Holy Cross/St Margaret’s Carbon Action Project talk
  • 2.05 pm – 2.45 pm Mia Swainson from Zero Waste on “How to halve your household waste”
  • 3- 4 pm  ACT Candidates’ Forum run by students from Dickson College, with Kurrajong candidates including Elizabeth Lee and Shane Rattenbury. To book https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=659164
  • 4.30 – 6 pm Free concert with Lucy Sugerman (The Voice / National Folk Festival Youth Ambassador 2020) plus local bands including Northbourne Flats and Pig Dog  To book: https://www.trybooking.com/654789    
  • All afternoon – stalls by Society, Environment and Economy (SEE) Change, Canberra Seed Savers, Switched on cycling, ENJO & Women’s Climate Congress, photography on display, art for kids and food/coffee cart    

Sunday 20 September

* 9.30am Ecumenical “Celebration of Creation” outdoor worship service

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