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Welcome to our virtual Christmas Fayre. Please download the catalogue to find a range of day-to-day and Christmas crafts, jams and marmalades and plants, and instructions for buying raffle tickets. You can order by email or by telephone, and make payment by bank transfer (BACS – preferred) or cash on delivery – full details are in the catalogue. For those preferring to order by telephone, please note that there is a different contact number for each day (see page 3). If  you are aware of anyone who cannot access the electronic copy, please email us and we will arrange to deliver a paper copy. The Fayre opens on Thursday 26th November and runs until Saturday 5th December. Thank you in advance for your support!   

For Catalogue click RTR  or email  us.

Catalogue Update: Orders for Christmas wreaths will continue to be taken until Saturday 5th and now have, Boysenberry Jelly for sale (large - £3 and medium - £2),Fabric hearts in various designs (7 – 8 cm high) £2, Green and white fabric doves (10cm) £3, Fabric stars and lanterns (8 – 9 cm in red, white and green fabric) £3. Please use email button above to order.


As you will be aware with new Lockdown regulations our physical services have had to  cease.

The Vicar will soon be announcing the arrangements for the Christmas Services. These will need to be pre-booked. Depending on numbers for services the vicar will either decrease the services or (if possible) increase the services – please when booking make it clear how many are in a bubble. 

During the lockdown the vicar will be producing a letter which will be posted on this and the New Way website on a Saturday.  Vicar's Letter for 7th November.

Online services led by Mark Pavey and assisted by team staff will continue during lockdown 2. They are first streamed at 10am on Sunday and remain available after being lived streamed to be watched at a convenient time. 





Daily Prayers will continue to be offered by the Rector in Holy Cross at the usual weekday time of 9.15am. He will also offer the Eucharist in Holy Cross each Sunday and in the parish churches of the Pilgrims’ Way once each week.

The Church is open for private prayer while socially distancing, please follow the instructions displayed. 

We will regularly update our Pew Sheet on this page so please revisit each week for an update. 

Pew Sheet for 28th November

Pew Sheet for 21st November

Sunday Morning

As well as the On-line service mentioned above which are available after being live streamed consider. 

1. Radio. BBC Radio 4, Sunday Worship at 8.10am, Radio 3, Choral Evensong, Sunday 3pm,, Weds 3.30pm. The BBC can be accessed at anytime for recordings of these services. 

2. TV. BBC 1 Songs of Praise Sunday 1.15pm.

3. Internet, search All Souls, Langham Place,London and St James,Muswell Hill, London for recordings of services and talks. Take care esp of content, you can always check something out with vicar. Please email office if you come across good internet resources. 

4. Do more of personal devotions – pray and read the bible. Also read other Christian books. 


The Fund Raising Committee for the Holy Cross Church Bearsted, under the logo ‘Raise the Roof’, would like to bring you up to date with news of our fund raising activities.Since October 2017 we have held numerous events, including:  quiz evenings, a murder mystery evening, a weekend flower festival, an ecumenical music hall evening with churches from Bearsted and the wider community, and  3 Christmas Fayres. We have received generous gift donations from various local concerts, and from the Bearsted and Thurnham Summer Fayre Committee.

Our fund raising efforts are as a direct result of the recent Quinquennial Report which highlighted the need to have our roof repaired.  The repairs are extensive and costs will reflect this.  Therefore in addition to our efforts, we are approaching Charitable Trusts to seek financial support.  At the time of going to press, we have been successful in being voted a Grant donation from The Cobtree

Trust. Their Grant of £10,000 plus an offer of £10,000 as an interest free loan is a tremendous start.   

We have so far raised £21,396.00 and this is due to the wonderful support given to all the above events by the People of Bearsted and the surrounding communities.  This is also due to the commitment and sheer hard work of all those involved in organising and volunteering their time and energies to making the above events happen.  Thank you.


Please note that for an experimental time the Parish Office will be discontinued on a Wednesday
Evening. The office is open as usual Monday mornings and Thursday all day.


Latest update can be found here


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                                                                                                                   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, some are temporarily suspended at the moment:- 

  • Every Thursday afternoon - Les Smith (8 members)
  • Every Monday evening - Julie Osborn (7 members)
  • Every other Monday evening - Ian Clark (7 members)
  • Every Tuesday evening - Andy Haines (10 members)
  • Every Tuesday evening - Richard Sutch (6 members)
  • Every other Thursday evening - Sandra Brabyn (9 members)
  • Every Wednesday morning (ladies group) - Diana Sandford  (11 members) 
  • Every other Thursday evening  - Juliet Mee (9 members)

All these groups welcome new members. If you are interested in joining a group post Covid-19 please contact 

Liz Richardson - 738463