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LATEST ADVICE ABOUT CURRENT VIRUS

1. Maintain good hygiene including, for example, priests and servers washing their hands and using alcohol-based hand-sanitiser before Holy Communnion.

2. Parishioners with coughs and sneezes should be encouraged to receive Communion in one kind only, and to refrain from handshaking during the Peace.

3. Avoid the practice of ‘intinction’ – when the consecrated bread is dipped into the wine – as this could represent an infection transmission route. 

HOLY CROSS QUIZ

Diary Date: Saturday 2nd May.

A quiz is being planned for Saturday 2nd May. At the Memorial Hall, starting at 7pm. Please start telling friends and family and fill a table of 8. £5 per head, bring your own drinks and nibbles. We will be having a raffle too. It should be a fun night, your quiz master being Graham Morecraft, aided by Linda. Our target is 10 tables, and in March we will be circulating the ‘names’ sheet, so we can keep a check on numbers. We had a really good evening last year, and as you’ve guessed, All proceeds to Raise the Roof. Thank you Patricia 630451

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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

To be held at the United Reformed Church, Week Street, Maidstone on Friday 6th March at 11am. The theme is ‘Praying with Zimbabwe.’ Refreshments will be served after the service.

EASTER EGGS

We are asking again for Easter Eggs for the Easter Egg hunt. They are on offer at the moment in a local store!!

LENT TALKS

The vicar regrets there will be no Lent Talks this year. He hopes to resume next year. This is due to pressure of having no curate. 

READINGS FOR PASSION SUNDAY

The readings for Passion Sunday on 29th March 9.45am are at the back of church – please could the readers take them. Thank you 

FRIDAY CLUB

After 35 years of running the Friday Club, I have now handed over the reins to the capable hands of Maria Woods. Friday Club brings companionship to the housebound, enabling them to meet up with their friends in the comfort of different houses each month. I would like to thank all the kind drivers and hosts who have helped me over the years. Please support Maria as she takes over this important outreach for the elderly in our parish.  Madeline Stroud.

ADVANCE NOTICE

At a recent meeting with Classic and New Way it was decided that there will not be a joint service for Palm Sunday. There will be a joint service at Holy Cross later in the summer – details to follow. 

HEALING SERVICES

Please note Healing Services at New Way on Sunday Februrary 16th 10.15 at the Memorial Hall and
on Sunday 23 rd February 9.45 am at Holy Cross Church.


DOWNSMAIL

In the latest edition of the Maidstone Downsmail on page 8 there is a page of church news. 

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION – APPLETON LODGE

A newly built state-of-the art Nursing Home, Appleton Lodge opened in August 2019 and offers
high quality care. Long term and short term respite, palliative and intermediate care. Please take a look at the booklet at the back of church or phone Md. 791056 for more information.

NEW WAY SERVICES FOR LENT

At our New Way Services for Lent this year we will be looking at a number of Psalms. The idea for this
series came from the book, ‘Living the Psalms life – 10 guiding principles for fellowship with God, ‘ by
David Branson. This would make a good Lent Book it is published by Discovery House.


1st March – Lent 1 – The Blessed Life – Psalm 71: 17-24 and Psalm 1 – Speaker: Lesley Ludlow
8th March – Lent 2 – The Examined Life – Psalm 51 Speaker: Peter Roberts, Reader in training at
                                Kingswood.
15th March – Lent 3 – The Guided Life – Psalm 139 Speaker: Jonathan Jankowski, formerly pastor at
                                 Grace Community Church, Mangravet and now Chief Executive of Family Trust.
22nd March – Lent 4 – The Secure Life – Psalm 63 Speaker: John Corbyn
29th March – Lent 5 – The Prayerful Life – Psalm 3 Speaker: Lesley Ludlow

MAIDSTONE EASTER PLAY

On Sunday 29th March at the Town Square behind the Lockmeadow Centre. There will be two performances of 90 minutes at 11am and 3pm. 

We are asking for financial help: See link .

Or prayer, please keep the whole production in your prayers, Inviting: The performance is suitable for children from age 7 upwards, there is a small amount of seating for those less mobile, Volunteering: Actors, production team. Please use this link to let us know how you can help. 


FLOWERS AT HOLY CROSS NEW ROTA FOR 2020

A huge thank you to all those who have contributed so generously both in time and money towards the flowers in church during 2019. The rota for giving flowers for 2020 and into 2021 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 around £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. Thank you Joan Curtis, 737551 



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.


MAIDSTONE CHURCHES WINTER SHELTER                                                                      Volunteers needed: Please help us to provide a warm welcome overnight for homeless people in the coldest months. Without volunteers we won’t be able to open the Shelter. This winter the Shelter will run from 3rd January until the morning of Monday 30th March 2020. The Shelter will provide hot food, a warm bed in safe surroundings and support for up to 15 people living on the streets of Maidstone. Recruitment for volunteers for this year has now started, Can you help?

Volunteering for just 1 or 2 sessions will make a huge difference to many homeless people in Maidstone. The overnight and morning shifts are the hardest to cover!

More information about the work of the Shelter and its volunteers can be found at www.maidstoneshelter.org.uk Please contact our office on 01622 296450 or email mewsoffice@maidstoneshelter.org.uk for more information.

PRAYER PASTOR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED                                                                                  Now in our 11th year of service, we are in need of more volunteers to join our Prayer Pastor teams. A Street Pastor team should NOT go on patrol WITHOUT a Prayer Team to support them and Maidstone’s Night Time Economy. The commitment is once a month from around 9.45pm on a Saturday night to approx. 3am on a Sunday morning. There is safe and secure parking at the base and if you haven’t got transport, we can arrange lifts for you. If you would like to volunteer or find out more information, please contact Street Pastor Coordinator Nigel Downes at: maidstone@streetpastors.org.uk 

HOME GROUP IN THE AFTERNOON                                                                                          For anyone thinking of joining a Home Group, could we draw your attention to the one we have on Thursday afternoons. We meet most weeks but sometimes fortnightly and there are currently 7 to 8 of us. Home Groups are a great way to get to know a small group of people really well and to learn more about our faith and how it works out in our daily lives. Contact Les Smith or Peter and Meryl Ashford.

SAMARA AID APPEAL

Latest update can be found here

TALKS/SERMONS

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 running 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 please contact 

Liz Richardson - 738463