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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.

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


REMEMBER YOUR MONEY!!

On February 2nd there will be another opportunity to buy homemade jam and hand-knitted and sewn goods – scarves, hats, aprons and much more. All proceeds will go to the Raise the Roof Fund. So please remember to bring some money that morning. There will be a stall in the Church room and at New Way.


RUNNING FOR AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE

You will have heard about the current crisis and devastation of loss to wildlife and habitat in Australia. To try and raise money for this cause, I will be running 10 miles around Bedgebury Forest on Sunday February 2nd at 9am and donating money to WIRES (Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation). I would be extremely grateful for any help and should you wish to donate, you can do so on the following website link 

Alternatively donations in any other form (cash, cheque of BACS) will also be welcome. Many thanks indeed for all your support   Justyne Nelson Mobile: 07752 105753 or email 


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. 


LADIES LUNCH

The next Ecumenical Ladies Lunch is on Monday 10th February and the speaker is Claire Pearson on the subject of Medical Detection Dogs. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend please contact Shirley on 01622 739411 by Monday 27th January.


WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

On Sunday 9th February 9.45am at Holy Cross.

If you have a significant wedding anniversary coming up this year and would like to be rememberd on the 9th please sign the list at the back of church from next week.

Also we will need nibbles after the service- please sign the list if you are able to bring something along.


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 


NATURE FRIENDLY GARDENS FOR ALL

Coffee morning and presentation at Boxley Church Saturday 1st February 10.30am. A talk by Maureen Rainey from Kent Wildlife Trust. Everybody welcome Entry £3, Raffle, Parking available. 


IN CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE SERVICE

On Sunday 9th February 9.45am at Holy Cross.

If you have a significant wedding anniversary coming up this year and would like to be rememberd on the 9th please sign the list at the back of church from next week.

Also we will need nibbles after the service- please sign the list if you are able to bring something along.


HEART OF KENT HOSPICE

Holy Cross will be responsible for the Sunday afternoon service on 2nd February and 31st May. If you have been before we need you. If you haven’t, then it is a very special time to serve folk who really appreciate these services. Do come and see. You won’t be asked to take part but you can offer!

Please let me know if you can commit to coming. We will need one to lead, one to read, one to do a short talk, one to do the prayers and one to operate the CD player. It would be best if at least some of the team could meet together briefly to plan. You can contact me on Md. 736316 or email.


ALADDIN

On Friday 7th February 7.30pm and Saturday 8th February 2.30pm & 7.30pm at Leeds Village Hall.

Adults £10 children and OAPs £5 Md. 862467


BARTY HOUSE AND HILLBECK

Following on from Ashburnham and its emphasis on service, we thought this would be a good time to ask for two or three people to join our small team taking communion services at Barty House and Hillbeck once a month. This is a very important ministry, highly valued by staff and residents alike. Currently there are only four of us and problems arise when not everyone is available as it really needs at least three people to do the job properly. Please do pray about this and contact Ann Harrison or Peter Ashford if you would like more information.

 


HOLY CROSS CHRISTMAS CHARITIES 2019

Christmas collections this year will be divided between:

Christian Aid: This year’s Christmas appeal is supporting women, particularly mother’s, around the globe. The money raised will support projects that help empower women, providing for those forced to leave their homes due to conflict or drought, providing them with the maternal health care that they need and teaching them skills that can help them support themselves. By supporting these projects, we can empower women and break the cycle of poverty

Choices Maidstone: Choices provides support for those suffering domestic abuse. It’s projects include housing for young women, education work with secondary school children and help for children and young people who suffererd from being in homes where there has been domestic abuse.

Beachy Head Chaplaincy: Sadly, the beautiful location of Beachy Head is a place where many people seek to end their lives. Last year a mother from Maidstone jumped off the cliff with her young son. The chaplaincy seeks to engage with those visiting the cliffs with this in mind. 

Food and Hygiene items collection: In addition, between now and the New Year the food and hygiene items collected at church will go the to Maidstone Refuge for women and their children. This is run as part of Clarion, a national housing association. The refuge provides accommodation and support workers. 


CHURCH OFFICE – WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

The last Parish Office for Wednesday evenings this year will be on 11th December. Please note that
from the New Year 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 other Monday evening - Julie Osborn (7 members)
  • Every other Monday evening - Ian Clark (7 members)
  • Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday evening - Peter Richardson (12 members)
  • Every Tuesday evening - Richard Sutch (10 members)
  • Every other Thursday 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