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BACT Lent Lunches - Fridays at 12.15pm
This year's Lent Lunches start on 23rd February
23 Feb - St Mary's, Thurnham - 'Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them'.
1 March - Methodist Church - 'The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many'
8 March - Holy Cross - 'I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance'
15 March - St Mary's, Langley - 'Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but the division'
22 March - St Peter's - 'Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will, but yours be done'
ChurchYard Working Party on Saturday 24th February
Please make a note that the churchyard and gardens working party date is last Saturday in February. 24th Feb from 9.30 am for a couple of hours. If you could spare an hour to come along to help clear away Christmas wreaths, debris, dead flower arrangements, valentine wreaths etc, it would be a great help. Please bring gloves, a bucket, rake, sheers and anything else you might find useful to clear away stuff. Stout shoes is probably wise too, as it might be a bit soggy. As Easter is early this year, we hope to make the area as neat and tidy as possible for those relatives who will make a special visit during Easter time.
Easter Egg Trail
The annual Churches Together Easter Egg Trail will be held on Saturday 30 March, between 11am-12.30pm. In order to make this event a success we need some Easter Eggs. Please consider adding an Easter Egg (or 2) to your weekly shop, and bringing it along to church. Given the success of last year's event (we gave out about 350 eggs and estimate we had over 1000 people pass through the hall), this year Holy Cross is being asked to provide over 100 eggs. Thank you in advance for your support for this important piece of outreach. Details here!
Giving at Holy Cross
Most parishioners give to Holy Cross through the Planned Giving Scheme which we can reclaim the tax back on. However you can also give and make a donation to Holy Cross using your smart phone. Please use your camera to click on the QR code which will take you to Holy Cross Bearsted PCC sumup payment page.
A message from Rob: Lent is an important season of the year for Christians. Its 40 days are best used as a period of reflection and sustained commitment to spending time with God. This might be through prayer, fasting, charity or devotion. Here are some resources, one of which you might like to make use of this Lent. Whilst I have not read/used all of them, they all come from reliable sources.
Lent and Easter Prayers - 24-7 Prayer International (the Lectio 365 app is really good. It offers a 10 minute devotional each day).
Get your free Lent devotional emails - Tearfund (this resource will likely have a global outlook and include information about Tearfund’s work in the developing world).
Journey to Freedom Lent 2024.pdf (anglican.org) (Daily readings based on Book of Exodus from diocese of Blackburn)
Lots more resources reviewed here: lent-diocese-resources.pdf (d3hgrlq6yacptf.cloudfront.net)
Let us resolve together to make some space for God this Lent.
Thank you everyone that responded to the flash appeal video at the Holy Cross One Way service in January especially Holy Cross church that donated the day’s collection from the service. With 131,000 children living without permanent accommodation in the UK, this is a horrendous statistic. Here is the donation response from ‘Shelter’: Thank you for your kind donation of £149.5 and for supporting Shelter this winter.
It’s an incredible gift - one of power and solidarity for people in the moment they need it most. Your generous gift will help ensure that we can keep fighting the devastating impact the housing emergency has on people’s lives every day. With you at our side, we can continue providing housing advice, legal support, and emergency help for people at immediate risk of homelessness. You're standing up to the housing emergency. By campaigning for more social housing, renters’ rights, and for everyone to have a safe home, together we can end it
Head Teacher for our Church School
After two years of searching and failing to find the right person to lead Thurnham CE School, I am delighted and relieved to be able to tell you that Mr Tony Pring has recently been appointed as Head Teacher.
Sue Jackson Chair of Governing Board.
Bible Discussion Group on Zoom
Run on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 for 7:45 pm. Anyone can join and we have people from different locations and churches. Details are sent out in advance including scriptures used and the Zoom link, and a set of post meeting notes are also sent out after the discussion. The subjects are chosen by members of the group. If interested, please contact Gordon here.
Support Holy Cross through your on line purchases using Easy Funding
At no extra cost to you we can earn a small percentage of the purchase price through Easy Funding. So the next time you make an on line purchase give it a try. They have links with most major online outlets, including Amazon, John Lewis, Next and many more. Simply register your support for Holy Cross by clicking here, which will guide you to registration and then the store you select. You must however, do this through the Easy Funding portal link. Save our page in your favourites... and, without over encouraging you - get shopping! Thank you.
Flowers at Holy Cross - 2024 Rota
A huge thank you to all those who have contributed so generously both in time and money towards the flowers in church during 2023. The rota for giving flowers for 2024 into 2025 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. Please contact email@example.com. to find out more or add your name to the rota.