Thank you to everyone who has given Easter Eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt we have now reached our number. If you have already bought one and have not yet delivered it to the church please bring it up and put it at the back of church. We do not need anymore- thankyou
A big thank you to everyone who attended the Murder Mystery evening at the Memorial Hall last Saturday. Well, we finally found out ‘Who Done It’ and the winning table each received a bottle of wine. We enjoyed a well put together play by the Chandeliers, followed by a lovely 3 course meal from Souffle. A total of £2613 was raised for the Holy Cross ‘Raise the Roof Fund, so thank you everyone for supporting the event.
MAIDSTONE BIBLE WEEK
Monday 13th- Thursday 16th May 7.30-9.30pm Venue: The Life Church, Maidstone Admission : Free Speakers: Dr Chris Sinkinson & Alistair McKitterick talking about ‘Encountering God’ All welcome
Many of you may know Michael Lawrence from Family Funerals – he and his son are doing a ‘Wing Walk in aid of Blackthorn Trust on Saturday 15th June at Headcorn Aerodrome. If you would like to sponsor him please fill out the form at the back of church.
Detling Players present ‘Private Lives’ by Noel Coward on 11th, 12th 13th April 7.30pm Matinee 13th at 2.30pm Detling Village Hall. Tickets £10 in advance £12 on the door 07842169725
MOTHERING SUNDAY FLOWER WRAPPING HELP on Sat 30th
With a late Easter our usual arrangements for flowers has not been possible but we have now sourced flowers. These do need to be prepared. We usually do this on the Saturday morning before but this year we have Messy Church! We plan to wrap the flowers on the Saturday afternoon at 2pm in church. Because some usual helpers are away and others will have been helping at Messy Church or the Churchyard working party we really need some new helpers this year. If you can help please use the sign up sheets at Church and Memorial Hall.
DISTRIBUTION FOR EASTER LEAFLETS
The Easter leaflets will need to go out the weekend of 7th April. Please sign the list at the back of the church to say which road you are able to do.
MESSY CHURCH - Saturday 30th March
The next Messy Church will be on Saturday 30th March 11-1pm at Holy Cross. Theme: Mothering Sunday
We need help with food – please email Nichola at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to provide a cake etc.
OUTDOOR WORKING PARTY - Saturday 30th March
Hello Everyone, we have had a mild winter at time of writing, and the outdoors beckons! We are once again resuming the Working Party sessions, for the last Saturday in the month, commencing with March 30th. Just before Mother’s Day. This will make the cemetery area neat and tidy before visitors arrive the next day. Could I ask that as many volunteers as possible attend, to give the area a good start to the year. If weather is really wet or there is snow on the ground, then the day will have to be postponed. A little damp, and we will proceed, well wrapped up. Wellies, wheelbarrows, sheers, gloves, etc etc please. We start at 9.30am and usually finish by 12 noon. Thank you in advance Patricia
ECUMENICAL ENTRTAINMENT - Saturday July 6th
Bob Piggott, who is a member of the Bearsted Area Churches Together committee, has offered to organize ‘An Evening of Village Turns’ on Saturday July 6th at the Memorial Hall in aid of Raise the Roof. If anyone has a song, dance, recitation, juggling act, talented pet, comic routine, scene from a play or anything that might be a suitable contribution to the evening’s festivities, please contact Bob Piggott on email@example.com by March 20th .
PRAYER STATIONS - There will be Prayer Stations in church starting from Ash Wednesday
HELP WITH OUR WEBSITES
I would firstly like to say a big thank you to those who support us on the IT side of things, especially keeping our websites up to date. This is not something I am knowledgeable of so your skills are very much appreciated. But I also have a request for everyone else. Our IT team would appreciate some assistance, especially now the New Way website is quite active with weekly blogs, facebook/twitter posts etc. If you are IT competent and able to offer some time your support would be gratefully received. If you would like to fine out more please contact Melissa who can give you some more details.
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
Christian Aid is running its Count Your Blessings scheme during Lent. This gives you a chance to use the season to reflect on what you have and to remember those less fortunate. Each day there is something to pray about, take action on or make a donation for as you learn more about Christian Aid’s work. Count Your Blessings leaflets are available at the back of church, but if you want more information, please speak to Helen Judges.
STEWARDSHIP Parish finances are being stretched three ways at the moment.
1. Parish reorganization means that Thurnham no longer contributes to ministry costs. They used to contribute 15% which means that we now have to collect this amount. 2. Church Council committed to a new Children and Youth Minister.
3. Major repair work to the roof at Holy Cross which has been estimated at 4/5 thousand pounds.
We need extra people to help with tea/refreshments at the Toddlers Group run at Holy Cross Church on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9.45-11.45am – Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help on one of these days – thank you
BEARSTED CHURCHES TOGETHER – LENT LUNCHES 2019
29th March – Methodist Church – Speaker from People with Autism in churches
5th April – Thurnham – Speaker from Maidstone Christian Cancer Support Group
12th April – Langley – Speaker from the Anna Chaplaincy (in partnership with the Heart of Kent
Hospice) Please join us from 12.15pm for a 12.30pm lunch. Our speakers will lead from 1pm.
SAVE THE DATE Diocesan Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage, 7-8 June 2019
NEW WAY WEBSITE
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
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.
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
SAMARA AID APPEAL
Latest update can be found here
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 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
and discuss our faith and also to meet socially in an informal setting.