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Holy Cross Church News

This page contains all the latest news from Holy Cross Church, Morton

The Rectory Room

As many of you know, the Rectory Room roof is badly in need of replacing. Over the years it has been patched up, but now it is beyond repair and the inside walls are getting wet.

We have had quotes for the work, but there may be added complications with asbestos, which, of course, has to be removed by firms with a special licence.

At the moment we have raised £3,348.00 but still need about another £5 – 7,000.00. We are hoping the Parish Council will award us a grant and that people will continue to donate £5.00 towards the cost of a roof tile.

This room and its grounds are tremendously important to us – this is where we hold our social events such as Garden Party, teas, games afternoons, soup and social, meetings, parties, Sunday School etc. It is also available to hire – ideal for parties because of the safe grounds and it is used as a Polling Station.

Our newly refurbished Village Hall is wonderful and is so well booked that the Rectory Room is being used even more!

This upsurge in social events in Morton is fantastic – what great Community Spirit.


Thank you to John and Chrissie Wood for providing us with Services during this lockdown period. To be joining together with friends from our three Churches by a phone link is wonderful. Apart from the little difficulties with staggered delays and some rather ‘different’ singing it is so uplifting to be part of a congregation again.

If anyone would like to join us at 10.30am on a Sunday morning just get in touch with Chrissie or John. 

Remember, if anyone wants to speak to a priest, the three clergy are available at the end of the

Services at Holy Cross Church     

On Thursday, July 23rd we held a PCC meeting in the Rectory Room Garden.

It was agreed to carry on with the online services on Sunday mornings and review the opening of the Church for services at the next PCC meeting which was arranged for Thursday August 20th at 6.00pm.

There will be no baptisms until further notice.

Funerals will be limited to 30 people.

Last year we held a Churchyard service and it was agreed this would be very welcome this year (see below for details). 

A service in Morton Churchyard.

As we have been unable to worship in Church since March, we thought it would be fitting to hold a Churchyard service as our first worship at Holy Cross since lockdown.

So, on August 23rd at 6pm we will be holding an informal service in Morton Churchyard. We know many of you regularly visit the churchyard where you have graves of your loved ones. Our intention is to stop at several points around the churchyard where we will say prayers and, hopefully, have some hymns, and in quietness have an opportunity to absorb the atmosphere of this beautiful space. For many of you this will be a time when you can remember those you have loved and lost. We especially welcome those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic and have not had the opportunity to attend a Church service for them.

We will meet at the Church door just before 6pm from where, weather permitting, we will go to different parts of the Churchyard. We would like to invite you and your families and friends to join us in this act of worship. The service will be reverent but informal, the hymns well known, it will last about half an hour, and children will be welcome.

If you would like to bring flowers with you to place on a grave, you are very welcome to do so. 

We do ask you to wear face coverings

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