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Sunday 28 January: Aboriginal Sunday

North Canberra Nativity Festival, 7-11 December

Join us for the fabulous North Canberra Nativity Festival this weekend … and remind yourself of the meaning of the season!

There’s something for everyone on the Festival programme this year – including probably the best Carols by Candlelight in the Inner North.

For more info, check out the Festival FaceBook page.

Join us for Christmas at Holy Cross!

Sunday 17 September, 9.30am – Celebrating 60 Years

On Sunday 17 September we are celebrating our 60th anniversary with a special Holy Cross Day Eucharist at 9.30am, presided by Bishop Mark.

The service will include music from the Good Faith Choir, a confirmation, and the reception of a member into the Anglican Church of Australia.

Following the Eucharist, all are welcome to join us for a “chicken and champagne” lunch. We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome to Lent!

On Tuesday 21 February, join the Holy Cross church family for our famous all-age Pancake Party! Sign up online at www.holycrosshackett.org.au/pancakes (to help us with numbers) .. or just turn up on the day.

  • 5.30pm: a short all-age time of prayer and praise (for those who wish)
  • 6.00pm: pancakes, fun and games
  • $5 adults, free for kids – pay online, or cash / card on the door.

On Wednesday 22 February, come along to a special meditative time of prayer, and receive the traditional sign of ash on your forehead as a symbol of your desire to make a good Lent.

  • 10am: Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
  • 6pm: Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

And from Monday 27 February, please do join one of our many Lent Study Groups for a six week Missional Spirituality course (click here to buy a copy of our Lent book). Take some time out of your busy week for prayerful reflection, to make some great new friends, and learn more about how we can join in with what God is doing in the world around us. Sign up online at www.holycrosshackett.org.au/lent

  • Monday night: Hackett home group
  • Tuesday night: Ainslie home group
  • Wednesday night: online group
  • Thursday 10.30am: onsite at Holy Cross Hackett
Change the Heart, Hear the Call

Community BBQ and #ChangeTheHeart Service

May be an image of sky and text that says "# Change The Heart Hear The Call"

Join us this Wednesday evening from 5.30pm for a community BBQ and #ChangeTheHeart service. Led by Common Grace, ChangeTheHeart is a service of acknowledgement, lament and prayer as we approach January 26th – a day of mourning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As we regather for the year, our BBQ and ChangeTheHeart service is a chance for us to enjoy time together in gratitude, and create space to hear the call toward a vision in the world of reconciliation, healing and restoration.

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.

Festival celebration

Parish Staycation Weekend, 13-14 August

Amidst this unpredictable winter, our parish ‘retreat’ will be a weekend of fellowship, fun and prayer right here at home.

We have put together an exciting program! Attendance is free – please sign up at www.holycrosshackett.org.au/weekend if you haven’t already put your name down on a sign-up sheet.

Saturday 13 August

MORNING (Church Annex)

  • 9.00-9.45: breakfast (coffee, fruit, pastries)
  • 9.45-10: Morning Prayer
  • 10.00-12.00: Drawing Close to Jesus – spiritual session
  • 10.00-12.00 (younger kids): games, movie

LUNCH

  • hospitality in homes (for those who wish) – please make sure you register or email if you are hoping to join us

AFTERNOON (Mt Majura, then Church)

  • 3.00: All Age Walk (with scavenger hunt for kids)
  • 5.00: fire pit, hot chocolate marshmallows
  • 6.00: supper – soup, sourdough, slice
  • 7.00 (optional): games in the Annex

Sunday 14 August (Church, then Belconnen)

  • 9.00: All Age Church Family Service
  • 11.00: games and BBQ at John Knight Memorial Park, Lake Ginninderra – BYO meet and salad – drinks, plates and sauce provided
ABM Myanmar event image

Pentecost Sunday Taize and ABM fundraiser for Myanmar

Our joint Pentecost service with St Margaret’s is 9.30am 5 June. In addition, Holy Cross is delighted to host an ABM fundraiser for people of Myanmar suffering from Covid-19 and military repression. Anglican Board of Mission Canberra is working through its Anglican partner, the Church of the Province of Myanmar, leading this initiative.

  • Join us for a special ecumenical Taizé service at 5pm
  • Hear first-hand (illustrated) stories from ABM’s 2020 pilgrimage to Myanmar.
  • Enjoy a sumptuous supper of authentic Myanmar food with wine or fruit juice (no charge).
  • Have an opportunity to donate to the ABM’s tax-deductible Myanmar Emergency appeal (cash or credit card). (This event is now over).

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

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.

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