What's On


In response to popular demand in a recent survey the New Way service at the Memorial Hall for a trial period will start at 10.15 for a 10.30am start, this will commence in the New Year.


If you have a significant wedding anniversary this year and would like your name to be read out at the ‘In Celebration of Marriage’ Service at Holy Cross on Sunday 11th February at 9.45am – please sign the list at the back of church. 


After record attendances last year, we look forward to this year’s Lent Lunches.  Please arrive between 12.15 and 12.30 for Ploughman’s Lunch.  The talk starts at 1pm with questions at 1.20pm for 10 minutes.

February 23rd    Holy Cross, Bearsted               Action for children

March 2nd         Bearsted Methodists                Mencap

March 9th          St. Peter’s, Button Lane          Age UK 

March 16th        Thurnham, St Mary                  Guide dogs 

March 23rd        Langley, St Mary                      Royal British Legion 



The Vicar will give another series of Lent Talks this year.  Last year he spoke on the Passion Narrative in John’s gospel.  By popular request this year he will stay with the same gospel and look at ‘The Last Supper in John’s Gospel’.

The talks will take place at 11am and 8pm on Wednesdays February 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 21 at Holy Cross Church.  The talk is followed by a period of quiet reflection and the session concludes in the morning at 12 Noon with Midday Prayers and in the evening at 9pm with Compline. 


Sometimes we find if difficult to speak to others about our faith.  Please see below for the ‘training’ event at St Luke’s Church.  It sound a good event to attend: 

The Vicar of St Luke’s writes: 

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                                  The excellent evangelist, J. John, is speaking at a huge event locally on June 9th 2018 and it seems like a great opportunity to invite people, especially the contacts we’ve made through Waypoint. Churches can get involved, or find out more, via his JustOne website, for the mission at Priestfield Stadium (Gillingham FC).

Andrew Hawkins works full time with J. John, particularly linking with local churches, and is happy to speak on a Sunday if you would like your church to be involved. And he’s coming to St Luke’s Maidstone on January 22nd at 7.45pm to train us in "natural evangelism". We’d be delighted to welcome people from any church, or even whole churches, to that evening, so do urge your members to come.                                                                                   Thanks                                                                                                                          Chris Key 


The Clergy and people of Bearsted & Thurnham will be prayed for in Canterbury Cathedral at 8am and Evensong on Saturday 3rd February. 



The text from the Lent Talks can be found on The Lent Talks 2017  page


These can be found on Sermons and Talks page of the web-site including last Sunday's at Holy Cross. Click here or select "Sermons and Talks" from the "What's On" menu bar above.                                                                                        


Homegroups at Holy Cross continue to meet regularly providing an opportunity to enquire about
and discuss our faith and also to meet socially in an informal setting. 

These are the groups running at the moment:- 

  • Every or every other Thursday afternoon - Les Smith (10 members)
  • Every other Monday evening - Julie Osborn (7 members)
  • Every other Monday evening - Ian Clark (5 members)
  • Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday evening - Peter Richardson (12 members)
  • Every Tuesday evening - Jim Gibson (10 members)
  • Every other Wednesday evening - Emma Clark (7 members)
  • Every Wednesday morning (ladies group) - Diana Sandford  (10 members) 
  • Every other Thursday evening  - Juliet Mee (9 members)

All these groups welcome new members. If you are interested in joining a group please contact 

Liz Richardson - 738463


The Parish Council has been advised that the War Memorial is in need of major repairs. Barriers have been erected around it for safety reasons.