Services have again been reviewed and the Vicar writes:
Having consulted members of the Holy Cross New Way Congregation, I am grateful to all of you who responded to my previous email concerning your thinking about attending New Way services in the current situation. Those who provide the services have also been sounded out.
From this consultation it was clear that there is a consensus to suspend New Way Services. This will be kept under review on a monthly basis.
Many churches have now suspended services, including all but two in the North Ways Parishes.
At the moment the 8am and 9.30am services will continue at Holy Cross.
There is no need to book for 8am but please book on firstname.lastname@example.org for the 9.30am service preferably by noon on Thursday so that Kathleen can check and confirm. The inbox will be checked again on late Saturday afternoon.
Mark Pavey continues to produce online services for the team. There is also a discussion as to whether there are ways the New Way congregation can connect online.
Vicar of Bearsted.
Please email here to book and see Pew Sheet below for further details.
Details of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity can be obtained here.
Services each Sunday until further notice:
8.00am Eucharist Holy Cross
9.30am Eucharist Holy Cross – need to book
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.
Online services led by Mark Pavey and assisted by team staff will continue during the current tiering arrangements. They are first streamed at 10am on Sunday and remain available after being lived streamed to be watched at a convenient time.
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.
FUND RAISING COMMITTEE
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.
CHURCH OFFICE – WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
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.
SAMARA AID APPEAL
Latest update can be found here
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