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NORTH DOWNS DEANERY – MESSY CHURCH

Are holding a meeting at Holy Cross Church on Thursday 4th October at 7.30pm with Captain Graham Nunn. For further details please speak to Melissa Carter. 


WE WILL REMEMBER THEM:’ONE BY ONE

Wednesday 26th September meet 12 Noon at Northdown, Church Lane
Leopold Grahame Stern – Royal Air Force.

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.
Wednesday 12th September meet 12 Noon at


HARVEST SUPPER

Tickets for the Harvest Supper are now on sale. It’s on Saturday 6th October starting at 7pm. The price £7 per adult (£4 for under 14’s) includes fish/sausage/vegetarian and chip supper, desert and all your entertainment for the evening. Please bring your own drinks. There will be sign up sheets at the back of church and New Way and payment can be left securely in the church office. Tickets are available by phoning Michelle Md. 863126 or 07977 204552 or Sandra 631538


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


THE FAMILY TRUST PRESENTS JUKEBOX CHOIR

Come along and donate to hear your favourite songs 15th September 7pm at Grace Community Church Maidstone. Tickets £5 All proceeds to charity. 

HEALING SERVICE FOR SURVIVORS OF ABUSE

On 1st September there will be a special service of healing for the survivors of abuse to be held at St Martin’s Church in Maidstone at 2.00pm. Organised by The Living Well, the service is open to those who have experienced any form of abuse, as well as their supporters. Refreshments will be served after the service and there will be opportunities to receive individual prayer. For more information, please contact Revd Canon Sarah Chapman on 01304 842847 

HOLY CROSS - FLOWER FESTIVAL 

Come and join us in church over the weekend of 14th-16th September. Take your time to wander round the lovely floral displays and enjoy some refreshments.

Flower Festival opening times: 

     Friday 14th September    4pm-7pm 

     Saturday 15th September  -    10am-4pm 

     Sunday 16th September - 12pm-3pm

     Entry Free                        Festival brochures £2 

     Saturday 15th September - 7:30pm 

Saturday 15th September  -  7:30pm Concert by Holy Cross Choir and Kent Chamber Choir  

     Tickets £5/£10 see website 

We look forward to welcoming you.  Holy Cross - Raise the Roof Group 

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. 

HERITAGE OPEN DAY

The Synagogue, High Street, Chatham on September 16th 11am – 3pm.

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