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Sadly Alex Coakley will be leaving Holy Cross soon. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift,
Please leave any donations in an envelope marked ‘Alex’ and leave them in the church office. Thank


It is now time to collect in the boxes and I would be most grateful if they could be bought into church, or the Memorial Hall on Sunday October 29 th or Sunday November 5 th . If you are not going to be
there on those dates or are going to be away, please give me a ring and I will collect the box from
you. Thank you Jill Clifford Md. 739952.


We will be running a church cake/biscuit stall and also a produce (Jam, preserve etc) and craft stall, if
anyone is able to bake, make or create something to donate to these tables please contact Melissa
ASAP on 739642 or email  to let her know what you could offer so we can organise how much space we need.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Remembrance Sunday Service – Passchendaele 100

Sunday 12 th November 7.00pm – 8.15pm at Bearsted & Thurnham Memorial Hall, Manor Rise,
Bearsted. As part of the nation’s Remembrance of the Battle of Passchendaele, in association with The
Royal British Legion, Holy Cross Church is inviting residents to take part in this contemporary
commemoration event to mark the Centenary of this battle and acknowledge the sacrifice of those who
died. Service will include archive video & photo footage, prayers, hymns, worship songs, diary
accounts & WW1 poems. Royal British Legion charity gifts will also be available to purchase.


After the great success of the Light party last year and Good Friday Club this year, I’ve decided to host
a Light Party again before I leave my post here.
Party at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 1 st November 6.30 until 8.30pm. £2 on the door – For
all school ages. Fun, games, activities, songs, dancing, pumkins, Xbox 360 and much more! Come
and celebrate Light in our community. Fancy Dress theme: Dress as your favourite super hero!
Bookings through our website: www.holycrosschurch.co.uk If you would like to
help in any way please contact Alex.


We have a new Samara page under Community where we will post updates. This contains a report of the clothing getting through to those in need including photographs. We will be organizing another Appeal for clothes, shoes and bedding from the Bearsted area in Spring 2018 but in the meantime, Samara continues to send aid all year and needs money to transport aid to refugees in Syria and
Iraq. Samara continues her work to build and support emergency hospitals in Syria working with Dr A and needs continual financial support to keep these hospitals saving lives. Please help save lives by donating money as a one off or monthly donations.


A Second hand book sale will be held in Leeds Church on Friday 20th October(4-8.30pm) and Saturday 21st (10am-2.30pm). Entry is free, and refreshements are available. On Saturday there will also be cakes and preserves for sale. All proceeds go to parish and village funds.


Saturday October 28th at 7.30pm Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre. Semi staged performance of Gilbert and Sullivans ‘The Mikado’. Tickets Cirlce £17, Stalls £ 14 & Gallery £11.50 from Md. 790195


Musical Evening in memory of Trevor Sandford at 7.30pm Saturday 28th October in the Memorial Hall. Trevor died over 6 months ago and his friends and family want to raise more money for Cancer Research UK, in his memory. His Golf on the M25; book and funeral donations have already raised over £12k. We’d love to entertain you to wonderful music from his friends in Kent Chamber Choir, the Bach Choir, Front Room; Water into Wine Band. There will be refreshments available. Dontations for the concert on the night OR through this link if you cant’t come…..www.justgiving.com/fundraising/trevorsandford

HEALING AND WHOLENESS MINISTRY                                                                                          ‘Facing the Future with Courage and Hope – A Christian Healing Day’. What part of my life needs the healing love of Jesus to bring me to a place of freedom from anxiety about all the tomorrows? Led by Revd Canon Sarah Chapman, Chaplain to the Living Well and Diocesan Adviser in Healing & Wholeness. Venue: St Martin’s Church, Northumberland Road, Maidstone. Date: Saturday 4th November 10-4pm. Entry by donations. Bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee provided.

To book: Contact Karen Sanders on 01732 870625 or 07941 150958 email ethical_nurse@hotmail.com


Most people associate November 5th with Guy Fawkes’ bungled Gunpowder plot. On Sunday November 5th 2017 at 18.30, Holy Cross choir invites you to celebrate fireworks of a different sort ….. 
On October 31st 1517, Martin Luther pinned his 95 theses to the church door of Wittenberg Castle, starting an explosion which sent shock waves through the church in Germany and beyond. 500 years on and the full impact of Luther’s Reformation is still felt in the diversity of Christian practice today. His influence cannot be overstated.
Luther emphasised the importance of scripture, faith and God’s freely given grace. He wanted scripture to be accessible to everyone so he translated the Bible from Latin into German so that ordinary folk could understand it. He also wanted congregations to participate in worship so he wrote hymns for them to sing. You may be surprised to learn that for Luther, music was the greatest gift of God after religion. Many of his hymns are still sung today and the tunes, known as chorales, have very powerful associations with particular times in the church’s year for congregations and musicians alike. 
At our evening service on November 5th, the hymns will include Luther’s “Ein’ feste Burg” and a most moving story of the impact of this hymn during the second World War; the organ voluntaries will be chorale preludes by Bach – effectively improvisations on hymn tunes; the choir anthem will be Bach’s exhilarating setting of Psalm 117, Lobet den Herrn. 
This will be a very special occasion. We do hope you will come to join in and share it with us.

Christine Tate


Brahms Requiem – Saturday 11th November, 7.30pm
Holy Cross Church, Bearsted. Tickets: £10  

01634 666730 or email 


Holy Cross New Way Men’s Group invite you to a Family Charity Quiz night on Saturday 18th November 7.30pm King George V Memorial Hall.
Fundraising for Samaras Aid Appeal and Silverwood Trust in Zambia, which Holy Cross has a link with. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles and other fund raising activities so bring some change.

For more info and to book tickets, Email Jon  or call him on 01622 734958.


We are planning a Deanery Synod Evening of Prayer on 15th November at 7.30pm in Hollingbourne Village Hall. This is part of the Diocesan Day of Prayer being organized by Canterbury. We will be reading a Bible passage and sharing thoughts in groups. There will also be times of silence for personal reflection and prayer. The event is open to everyone – if you are interested in attending please contact Sue Heslop at nddeanerysecretary@gmail.com 
Diocesan day of prayer: The 24 hours will run from Friday 17th November at 12.30pm until Saturday 18th November at 12.30pm.
Saturday 18th November 10.30-1.30pm – Faversham
Saturday 18th November 11.30-12.30pm -  Melissa will lead the prayers at Holy Cross  - all welcome.


There will be an extra parochial church meeting on Sunday 26th November after the 9.45am Eucharist to solely discuss appointing an new Auditor.


  1. The Christmas collections this year will go towards
  2. The Christian Aid Christmas Appeal
  3. Young Lives Foundation – a speaker spoke about this foundation at the AGPM this year.
  4. Winter Shelter – a local charity


The much-loved Christingle Services held in aid of the Children’s Society will take place again this year at Holy Cross Church, Sunday 26th November at 3pm and 4.45pm.  Collecting candles will be distributed after half term and available from schools lobbies and church porch. 


Sunday November 26 is the last Sunday in the church’s year. It is a festival day which celebrates Christ the King.
Following the success of the ‘Big Sing’ day in May with Bob Chilcott, here is another opportunity to make a joyful noise together. This is an invitation to those of you who like singing to come and join the choir in preparing some special music for the occasion. It will include Stanford Te Deum and an anthem ‘Rejoice, the Lord is King’ by Malcolm Archer – he is another melody man, like Bob C.
There will be rehearsals specifically for those of you who are not confident about reading music and who prefer to learn by ear.
The schedule follows. You should aim to attend at least 2 of first 3 rehearsals listed. Friday 24th November is obligatory and may have to be extended slightly as we need to sort out where everyone will sit – you see, I’m hoping for a good crowd!

Friday October 13 18.30 – 19.15
Friday November 3 18.30 – 19.15, then stay on to choir practice 19.30 – 20.00
Friday November 17 with choir 19.30 – 20.00
Friday November 24 If necessary, we could rehearse 18.30 – 19.15, but the obligatory rehearsal will be 19.30 – 20.00 , and this may need to be extended to 20.15.
Sunday November 26 9.00 Celebratory service!
Any questions to Christine Tate 737183 or to Beth Lloyd 


The new Holy Cross Fund Raisers, under the banner of the new logo ‘Raise the Roof’ are organising a Christmas Fayre, for 2nd December, in the church from 10am. A fun day for adults and children alike, with biscuit decorating, good crafts for sale, mince pies and hot mulled wine, and much more. Please do come along with friends and families, and spread the word. We also have a few stall vacancies left for good crafts, and if anyone would like to have a stall contact Patricia Sutch for details (630451)


Last year we had record numbers and capacity congregations at our Christmas Eve Crib Services.  This year we have added another service with dates below:

2.30 and 4.15pm Crib Service with Puppets; 6.00pm Carols around the Crib; 8.00pm Carols and Communion; 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist.

The established services Crib Services will take place a half an hour earlier to allow an extra service at 6pm.


I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this year’s Harvest Supper such a wonderful evening. First of all – thank you to those who came! We had nearly 100 people in the Memorial Hall, so almost full to capacity. Thanks to Mark Shaw, who has to battle each year with all the downloads, ipods and ipads from people who need their songs played. Thanks also to Julie Osborn, who manages to make sense of the Running Order and deliver it with such aplomb! A big thanks to all the people who put their embarrassment and humiliation to one side for the evening to put on an act and entertain everyone – we could not do it without you! Finally, heartfelt thanks fo the Social Team ladies who not only have to set the Hall up for the evening, deliver an act or two and provide a multitude of ‘props’ but also get the food on the table and provide such lovely desserts and then clear it all away. Thank you all – you are all the linchpins of the Harvest Supper – Sandra Knatchbull.


For the third year running I have the opportunity to sell tickets for the Wilington Players autumn production at the Hazlitt Theatre with £5.90 of each ticket I sell being donated to the Winter Shelter.
This year’s production is Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Tickets cost £14 each for Wednesday 8th November. If anybody would like to see the play and support Maidstone Winter Shelter at the same time, please let me have by email, phone or post – the following information: Name, Address, Email, Tel number & Number of tickets required. On receipt of these, I will get back to you as soon as I can to arrange to collect monies/deliver tickets.
Jan Hinchliffe Email: Tel: Md 735198 or 07976 444015
Address: 29 Shepherds Gate Drive, Weavering, Md. ME14 5UU


This is available at the back of church – please read and return to church.

HOLY CROSS CHRISTMAS CARDS                                                                                         Church Christmas cards will be on sale after both Classic and New Way services from Sunday 24th September. Blank Church greetings cards also will be for sale. Prices are £5.00 for a pack of 10 and all

proceeds will benefit Holy Cross.


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


These are found 1- in the gallery, 2 in front of the tower screen on the south side, 3. By the sound
desk, 4. At the base of the tower by the external door, 5. In the general lobby, 6. Top of the steps to
the organ loft.
Please in the first instance use one of the carbon dioxide extinguishers as these are smaller and
lighter to use. They can be easily recognised by the funnel shape. Please only use the carbon dioxide
extinguishers on an electrical fire. However always have a regard to your own physical safety first. 


Las Dulcecitas – las Dulcecitas is part of a project in Huanchaco, N Peru. Its purpose is to empower women - mostly single mums, unsupported financially and educationally – to lift themselves out of poverty, to earn enough money to support their children and to gain confidence and self - respect.
Our daughter together with two other volunteers worked with these women last year, teaching and helping them to help themselves.
The project is blossoming but to be sustainable the mums now need a purpose built kitchen. It will cost $4,500 in total and they are slowly edging to their target.
https://www.gofundme.com/bakingworkshop or ask the Tates!


Canon John Corbyn, Rector of the North Downs Team writes:
The North Downs Team Ministry (NDTM) came into being on October 5th 2016 and at the end of that month we had a launch service at Hollingbourne.  Has the heavenly Jerusalem landed on our green and pleasant land because of this?  No.  But then we didn’t actually think it would.
The creation of the team is simply a step on a journey.  It is not a new journery, we have been on that journey for a long while.  We have been neighbours ever since there were settlements and churches in the shadow of the North Downs.  For 20 years or so we have been working together in the North Downs Deanery and before that in the Sutton Deanery.
In fact there have been all kinds of links over the years.  For several decades after the war Detling and Thurnham were in the same benefice before being linked with Boxley and Bearsted respectively.  Personally, since the departure of Susan Hollins and Nigel Fry I have been taking worship at St John’s, Leeds and Broomfield, and Hollingbourne schools.  In retrospect that feels like a step towards the team ministry.  Since getting to know the congregations of the team better in recent months I have renewed friendships with people I have met in other contexts over the years and now realise that people I have me in other contexts are worshippers at our churches.
Friendship and relationship will be crucial if the new structures are to mean anything.  Some people get nervous with change.  That nervousness can make people defensive and even suspicious, more likely to put the worse interpretation on the actions of another rather than the best.  But we need to get over that.  We need to hope for the best from God, believe the best in each other and, together, work for the best.
Your friend and pastor, John


A huge thank you to all those who have contributed so generously both in time and money towards the
flowers in church during 2016. The rota for giving flowers for 2017 and into 2017/18 is now at the back of church.

We rely entirely on donations to the flower fund to finance all the flowers in church throughout the
year, no costs come from general church funds. Please consider carefully if you would be able to
donate flowers for one week of the year. This can be an ideal opportunity to remember a loved one or to celebrate a special anniversary or birthday and at the same time to allow others to enjoy your flowers. I am sometimes asked how much should be donated; this is a very personal matter and we
would be pleased to arrange flowers whatever the donation but it may be helpful for you to know that
we usually spend between £10 and £15. Where possible we are very happy to work to special request e.g. colours or types of flowers. Any remaining money is put towards flowers for weeks when there is no donation and for Festivals. If you would like to arrange your own flowers you would be most welcome. Why not look at the rota today and find a date that is special to you. Joan 737551


It is hoped that on an occasional basis members from the Ecumenical partner churches will lead
prayers and read a lesson at Holy Cross. If you are a member of the existing reader or Intercession list
and would like to volunteer to occasionally read at another church please sign the list at the back of


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.                                                                                        


From September the church office will be open on a Wednesday evening from 6.15 - 7pm.


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