Public worship at Holy Cross Church is again suspended until the national lockdown ends on 2nd December. Our worship continues via services in Zoom which are recorded and made available on this website ready for you to join in with on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. The old church will be open for private prayer and the lighting of candles on Saturday morning between 9am and 11am.

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This Sunday 29th November is Advent Sunday, the first Sunday in the church’s year. The service will be recorded in zoom at 7.30am that morning and available on the website by 9.30am. The preacher will be the Revd Jeff Astley from the Diocese of Durham. If you would like to be part of that service on zoom please contact the clergy. For details of our services for Advent & Christmas please go to Advent & Christmas 2020

The link to the Zoom service is available here. Sunday 29 November – Advent Sunday

Also this week

This week Edward Betham School celebrates its Founder’s Day on 23rd November, when the school community remembers Edward Betham and his establishment of a school for poor children in 1780. This year the school celebrates its 240th anniversary, and as usual on Founder’s Day a wreath is laid at Betham’s gravestone in the churchyard. To find out more about Edward Betham and his school listen to the talk – Edward Betham & 18th Century philanthropy. Follow this link Edward Betham & Eighteenth century philanthropy

The old church will be open for private prayer and the lighting of candles on Saturday mornings between 9am and 11am.

From now until Christmas we are starting to record carols which will be used in our Christmas celebrations. If you would like to add your voice to our virtual choir please visit the web page Sing for Christmas. Follow this link Sing for Christmas. Last week’s carol was Once in Royal David’s City. A new carol – O Little town of Bethlehem – was published on Monday 16th November. From Monday 23rd November we are offering the chance to record Away in a Manger. We would love to hear some children’s voices joining in with these carols. All carols remain on the website, and you can record at any time.