What's On

WORKING GARDEN PARTY – 27TH OCTOBER

Final garden tidy meeting of the year. Please do find the time to come and give a hand between 9.30 and 11.30am on Saturday 27th October. We need lots of help with the final autumn tidy, cutting back the hedging along the footpath to the left of church, shrub pruning, dead flower collecting, tidying of graves, etc etc. We finish with a cup of tea and biscuits. You will need gloves, sheers, sense of humour especially if it is raining, and good stout shoes. We meet again in March 2019!

Contact: Patricia 01622 630451

CHURCHYARD

We had an email today about the churchyard at Holy Cross they wanted to say how wonderfully the grounds are kept and that it made them feel very contented. 

DETLING PLAYERS PRESENT: ‘YES PRIME MINISTER’

On 15th,16th & 17th November at 7.30pm at Detling Village Hall and 17th November at 2.30pm. Tickets £10 in advance £12 on the door. Tel. 07842 169725 or email 

HARVEST SUPPER

Thank you to everyone who was involved in any way in making the Harvest Supper such a lovely event once again. From setting up to clearing up, lovely food, acts, sound/lighting (and compere!) to nearly 100 people, packed into the Memorial Hall. Thank you everyone! 

MESSY CHURCH SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD

We are starting to plan our Messy Church for Saturday November 3rd and are looking for people who can provide us with some food. Maybe sandwiches, crisps, cake, fruit or veg. If this is something you can do please contact Nichola How by email. Many thanks in advance.


CHILDREN'S SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CARDS

You may think it is very early to start thinking about Christmas but time does go by quickly. Please do look at the catalogue at the back of church and enter any requirements on the sheet in the box. This will be left in the church until October 22nd and then the order will be sent off. 


BEARSTED CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT

on Saturday 17th November at 7.30pm Holy Cross Church- proceeds for The Royal British Legion.


HEALING EUCHARIST SERVICE

Please note there will be a Healing service ay Holy Cross on Sunday 21st October at 9.45am


WE WILL REMEMBER THEM:’ONE BY ONE'


Friday 12th October meet 12 Noon at South View Cottages, The Street – near the station.
Charles William Wellard – 1/8th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment), Territorial Force

Wednesday 12th December meet 12 Noon at Weavering Street 

Percy Baxter -  East Surrey Regiment

We meet for a short act of remembrance to mark the centenaries of those who died in the First World War, We meet at or near where they lived. We read some biographical details, observe silence, have a prayer and sing a verse of the National Anthem. All are invited to join with this event. The wreaths are provided by the parish councils. 

PRAYER GROUP

It has been suggested that across the benefice, and as an ecumenical group we should try to form a Study-cum-Prayer group which would look at and learn about various troubled areas in the world and then pray about them. It would involve people reading a very little about one or two such places in their own homes and then coming together at a suitably agreed time to pray about these areas. It is not to involve any great effort but there is so much going on in the world that is working against God’s Kingdom so that we need to stand against it all and where two or three are gathered together there is Jesus in the midst of them. So there is great power in prayer. For further information please speak to Margaret Doak or call her on MD. 738508


KEYS TO THE ORGAN LOFT AND VESTRY DOOR

The keys that were hanging by the stairs to the organ loft have been moved – please ask vicar if you need to know where they are. 

The old vestry door:  in the late afternoon the sun has been falling on the door and changing its shape – if you have difficulty pull firmly towards you whilst turning key. The lock is not at fault. The Vicar has placed a key for the back door entrance by the disabled toilets in the outside Key box. 

CONFIRMATION 

A group of candidates will be going forward for confirmation in the Autumn at Canterbury Cathedral Saturday 17th November at 7pm. If anyone old or young would like to be confirmed please speak to the vicar. Children need to be Secondary School age. All candidates must be regular church attenders. 

NEW WAY WEBSITE

Further to our review of New Way we have launched a new dedicated web-site , www.newwaybearsted.co.uk including Facebook and Twitter.


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.

ADVANCE NOTICE

The next Parish Weekend will be held at Ashburnham Place, East Sussex, from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November 2019. Our speaker will be Canon Jean Kerr, retired canon for Mission in the Rochester Diocese. Jean led the two-hour meditation at Holy Cross on Good Friday 2017. More details will be available in the Autumn. 


HOLY LAND TRIP

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, contact  Rhian on rhianbanham@gmail.com  or Md. 844010

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 or every other Thursday afternoon - Les Smith (8 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