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Welcome to Christmas at Holy Cross!

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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
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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.

Holy Cross regular Sunday worship in person and online

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All are welcome to join us for our regular Sunday Eucharist worship services at 9am each week. During school terms these include kids’ church and activities for families with young children. For those who can’t be with us in person, you are welcome to join our weekly Sunday worship online via Zoom.

Occasional joint services with St Margaret’s take place at 9.30am as noted in our church calendar.

God’s Mercy in the Economy

The fourth Sunday of Lent saw our Lenten series God’s Mercy in our World continue with Diwa Hopkins speaking on God’s Mercy in the Economy. You can listen again here:

Holy Week and Easter services

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Lenten series on God’s Mercy

Our Lenten worship in Holy Cross this year focuses on God’s Mercy in our World through a series of sermons from our Holy Cross and wider community.

The series opened on the 2nd Sunday in Lent with a talk on God’s Mercy for the Environment. You can listen to it again here.

God’s Mercy for the Environment, 2nd Sunday in Lent, Holy Cross Hackett

For the 3rd Sunday in Lent, we heard from St John’s Care on the critical work they do caring for members of our community who are facing hard times, and the importance of mercy at these times for helping people facing hardship get back on their feet. This is a window into God’s Mercy for society. As part of hearing God’s call for mercy in society, at Holy Cross our Lenten journey includes a renewed focus on our weekly giving to St John’s Care.

Tomorrow we will hear about God’s Mercy in the Economy.

We invite you to join us in our journey, in worship and through these podcasts. And as we walk together we invite you to ask how God is calling you in your heart to be part of God’s mercy for our world.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES – update

All our Christmas services (other than the Kids Nativity) will be available on Zoom: click here to join.

CHRISTMAS EVE, Fri 24 Dec

5pm: Kids Nativity

– this will be held OUTSIDE under the cherry tree, by request of parents who would prefer their children to be in a space with better ventilation. The weather should be fine. Bring a rug if you want somewhere comfortable to sit! Chairs will also be available.

11pm: Midnight Mass in the church

CHRISTMAS DAY, Sat 25 Dec

9am: All Age Eucharist in the church (NB no morning tea will be served)

BOXING DAY, Sun 26 Dec

10am: a simple said Eucharist, followed by morning tea in the Annex

Christmas Events

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

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