Mid-Lent Mission Day Saturday March 17th 11 am - 3 pm
Posted on the 17th Mar 2018 in the category Lent 2018
SATURDAY 17th MARCH 2018 FROM 11 am - 3 pm.
PRGRAMME FOR THE DAY:
10 30 am MASS FOR THE FEAST OF ST PATRICK
11-11 15 am TEA, COFFEE AND WELCOME.
11 15 am to 12 30 pm
LATEST NEWS UPDATE.
Fr Christopher, Peter Lowe and Julia Cleverdon)
12 30 to 1 15
LUNCH IN THE CRYPT.
1 15 pm ‘til 2 pm
“WAYS FORWARD” : A STRATEGIC OVERVIEW AND DISCUSSION WITH OUR CHURCH’S ARCHITECT.
(Jonathan Louth, Church Architect).
2 pm to 2 45 pm
PRACTICALITIES AND EXPENDITURE : TOUR OF THE CRYPT PREMISES AND CLEANING AND BASIC
REFURBISHMENT OF THE TV AND PARISH ROOM AND WALL PARTITIONING.
2 45 pm to 3 pm
PRAYER AND DEPART
HOLY CROSS CHURCH CROMER STREET
LONDON WC1H 8JU
MID-LENTEN MISSION DAY -
“…A STRONG AND ACTIVE FAITH” :
PREPARING NEW GROUND FOR NEW PARTNERSHIPS
FOR A RENEWED CHURCH.
Holy Cross Church Cromer Street 2018:
Ten Points for Our Future Vision.
• We pledge to maintain the use of the crypt premises in the service of the modern poor, at the local level and at the point of need.
• We wish to architect the coming together of the upstairs and downstairs parts of the church premises to allow greater access, and to establish a much more dynamic and fluid as well as shared and practical experience of the spaces at our disposal.
• We wish to generate sufficient income from the crypt premises to secure funding both for church repairs and for creative and dynamic future mission.
• We would like the church to be open throughout the week and employ a verger/greeter/caretaker figure who would be here to offer welcome, refreshment, guided tours, access to the priest and general information and counsel.
• We will restore an integrated TV room, parish room and kitchen/toilet facilities at the western end of the crypt premises. This will provide us with practical meeting space which could be offered for a multiplicity of uses and re-establish the church’s daily use of the crypt premises. It would also be a source of extra income.
• We would seek either a newly calibrated relationship with the existing inhabitants of the crypt, the Holy Cross Centre Trust (HCCT) or another bidder. The promise is for the forging of renewed relationships and a much more shared use of the whole site than has been possible up ‘til now. Our vision is focussed on the enjoyment of the whole and homogenous church premises.
• The opening up of new space also opens up for the church new possibilities for mission. The crypt room will give us opportunity to create small groups (hubs) of people whose meeting together is a human life-line. Womens’ and elder citizens’ Groups and a facility for computer access and broadband facilities and meeting space for vulnerable groups is in high demand and can be met.
• We wish to refurbish the interior of the (upstairs) church without this detracting from its basic integrity and beauty as a worship space. However, we wish to allow it to serve more uses than it does at present, especially during the week, and to offer more opportunities for those outside the church’s normal sphere of influence to ‘come and see’. A heated underfloor stone floor with new benches would be preferable to allow for maximum use of the existing space.
• We wish to make the church (upstairs and downstairs) one turned toward the community and the individuals it serves, whether as locals, as students, as travellers and visitors and of course as congregation. Following the thinking of our architect, Jonathan Louth, we wish to architect a point of entry and of welcome space at the west end of the church, currently the Baptistery. There needs to be a dynamic relationship between the interior and exterior views of the church from the point of view of the visitor or the passer by, and an obvious point of entry into the building which is accessible, welcoming and immediately attractive.
• We wish to enhance a sense of the church’s vibrant history as a significant and enjoyable and informative place for the visitor and to enable the church, with greater community appeal and involvement, to pursue Lottery Grant Funding for its long-term maintenance and viability. We wish to secure its future role as “The Church in the Heart of King’s Cross” as ‘A Church Turned Inside Out’.
A prayer (after St Augustine) for a continued good keeping of Lent:
Lord Jesus, our Saviour, let us now come to you:
Our hearts are cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love.
Our hearts are sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood.
Our hearts are weak; strengthen them with your joyous Spirit.
Our hearts are empty; fill them with your divine presence.
Lord Jesus, our hearts are yours, possess them always and only for yourself.
Lenten Sponsored Walk around the South Camden Deanery Churches in aid of the Camden Cold Weather Night Shelter
Posted on the 10th Mar 2018 in the category Lent 2018
From our Newsletter:
LENTEN SPONSORED WALK AROUND THE CHURCHES OF THE SOUTH CAMDEN DEANERY on Saturday March 10th 2018 from 11 am. We will be raising money for the Camden Cold Weather Night Shelter (C4WS). Please sponsor us if you can’t make the walk! Tel. 020 72786263 to make your plede and you will be given the relevant parish account details.
We aim to walk south to St Alban’s Church Holborn and then north up to St Anne’s Church Highgate and returning via St Martin’s, Kentish Town, St Luke’s Kentish Town and St Michael’s Camden Town to Holy Cross Church via churches along the Euston Road (St Mary Magdalene’s and St Pancras, Euston Road).
So far we have £675 in pledges and would like to reach £1,000. Please pledge!
Thanks and best wishes,
Fr Chris Cawrse and the churchwardens and people of Holy Cross Church Cromer Street, London WC1H 8JU.