What's On


Rhian and John Huggins are organising a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2019, probably starting at the end of April using professional Christian guides. For all who are interested, we will hold an information evening (with Israeli snacks) at 7pm on 17th April 2018 at All Saint’s Church, Ulcombe. Those who would like to attend should please contact Rhian on rhianbanham@gmail.com  or Md. 844010


It is with great sadness that we have to let you know that Canon David Jackson has died. He died in Pembury Hospital where he was treated by an amazing team. He was alert to the very end and understood everything that was happening. He was able to say ‘Amen’ to the final prayers. His family were with him. The funeral will be at 11am on Wednesday 18th April at Holy Cross Church. In accordance with his wishes, David will be buried in Holy Cross churchyard. Donations to ‘The British Heart Foundation.

PRAYER VISITING – volunteers needed

We aim to recommence this important mission work in May and to repeat one or two times in 2018, so we are looking for volunteers to join the team in visiting the people of Bearsted on their doorstep. Don’t be frightened if you have never done it before. Those who have done it in the past have found it very rewarding, and we will pair up the experienced and novices. Please contact Peter Ashford at Classic and Andy Haines at New Way.


In aid of Heart of Kent Hospice
6pm on Sunday April 22nd at Invicta Grammar School, Huntmans Lane, Madistone. Tickets £15, £10 children. Md 790195


On Tuesday 24th April at 7.30pm at Thurnham School.  Graham Nunn is the guest speaker and he will be talking about his visits to China.  (Please avoid wearing stilettos or other shoes that may make marks as the school hall floor has just been renovated).


It was with great sadness, and indeed shock, that we learnt of the death of Jim Gibson. Jim was a long-serving Reader at Holy Cross. His sermons were always carefully researched and thought provoking. He played a leading role in his home group. The members of the home group supported him in recent weeks and will, along with many others, miss him. Jim was a gentle, kind and considerate person. He played in the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra. He enjoyed baking bread which was always lovely to eat. An article about him will, in due course, appear in the parish magazine. 

His funeral was at Holy Cross on Monday 26th March.  Donations in memory of Jim may be made to Traidcraft Exchange or Kent Music, care of Kim Barton, Family funeral service, 4 Cavendish Way, Bearsted ME15 8PW.  Jim’s children, Rosie and Nicholas would also be pleased to receive any memories or photos of Jim by email to  Rosie or Nicholas 



Saturday 12th May 8am – 2pm on Bearsted green. We will have many varieties of bedding plants, hanging baskets,vegetable plants and some perennials all at reasonable prices! All profits go towards the upkeep of St Mary’s at Thurnham.


From Sunday 1st April until Friday 4th May in Bearsted, we will be collecting excellent condition second hand and new clothes for summer and winter, shoes, bedding, wheelchairs and crutches and new hygiene care items. Donations can be left in Holy Cross church , near the font anytime when church is open or in the porch when church is closed or at the memorial hall (Sunday mornings only) .We need volunteers to help box up items in church on Saturday 21st April and Saturday 5th May. We also need volunteers to assist loading and driving a van to Worthing on Friday 25th May. Please click here to volunteer with boxing or transportation.  More information can be found on our Samara page here.  


Our Annual Service for those bereaved in the previous calendar year will take place on Sunday 22nd April at 5pm. If any member of the congregation lost a loved one in 2017 where the funeral was not taken by this parish and would like to attend and hear the name of the loved one read out please contact the office - email. There is an open invitation to this service, names will only be of those who died in 2017.there is another service later in November at the All Souls Service where names are read out of deceased throughout the years. 


'Dancing at Lughnasa' produced by John Munson on 12th, 13th and 14th April.  Tickets are available via the Box Office on 07842 169725 or via the website www.detlingplayers.co.uk


In response to popular demand in a recent survey the New Way service at the Memorial Hall for a trial period, will start at 10.30am, coffee being served from 10am.


The Vicar has given 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 stayed with the same gospel and looked at ‘The Last Supper in John’s Gospel’.

Click here or select "Lent Talks 2018" from the menu bar above for the text of the talks.


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.