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Welcome to Christmas at Holy Cross!

Our fabulous programme of Christmas events is out now – featuring:

  • Saturday 26 November, 2.30pm: Choir Concert – “Songs of Heaven & Earth”
  • Sunday 27 November, 9.30am: Advent Sunday Eucharist, joint with St Margaret’s Uniting Church
  • Sunday 27 November, 7pm: Darkness Into Light
  • Sunday 4 December, 5pm: Family Christmas Time Out
  • Friday 9 – Monday 12 December: North Canberra Nativity Festival (also on Facebook)

And much much more! Check out the posters below for more information.

Community, food, fun and fabulous wares at our Holy Cross fete!

Join us one and all for a fabulous day at Holy Cross Hackett on Sat 19 Nov. Our fete is back for another year, with new games, activities and stalls, and all the wonderful things you have come to enjoy from Holy Cross. Join us from 11-3.30pm for food, activities, fine wares, Christmas goods, and our famous Holy Cross book stall. Join us on the day or reach out to us at events@holycrosshackett.org.au for more details.

Democracy and Jazz for Sustaining Our Future

We are excited to welcome Tim Hollo for an evening of jazz and participatory democracy to address the crises of our world.

Tim’s new book will help us start a conversation about how to bring a new world into being.

7-9pm Saturday 24 September

This event is part of the Sustaining Our Future Festival

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.

Darkness Into Light, Sun 28 Nov, 7pm

Join us for a beautiful service of music, readings and prayers to mark Advent Sunday. No need to book.

Or you can attend via Zoom at the usual Parish link.

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.

Stall with seed packets and stallholder demonstrating seed sourcing
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

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

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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