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Holy Cross Church News

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

Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair on November 24th was a huge success. There was a steady stream of people all day and our children’s craft table had little workers at it all afternoon.

Santa was kept busy and we all enjoyed our bacon cobs.

Many, many thanks to everyone who helped in any way and to all those who came along and manned the kitchen and the stalls. stalls. They all worked so hard preparing for the day. A special thanks to Nicole and Sarah from Tesco who ran a Christmas Tombola with items given by Tesco Thanks also to Tesco for donating the cobs for the bacon cobs.


Decorating the Christmas Trees in Church

The trees will be ready to be decorated on Friday, December 7th . The Church will be open 10.00 – 12.00 and 2.00 – 5.00 and on Saturday (8th) 10.00 – 12.00

Are you looking forward to Christmas?

Will you be buying and receiving lots of Christmas cards and presents? If so, spare a thought for those who have nothing at Christmas.

Our World Vision Big Christmas Card is in Church for people to sign instead of sending a card to other churchgoers. Please put the money you would have spent on a card into the collecting pot. This money will be used to buy things for Third World villages as in previous years.

It is just one year since Cameron Higgon died. Cameron always wanted us to help to provide pure water for children who only have access to dirty water and often travel miles even to get this.

So, this year we have decided to pay for a borehole so that a village

in Africa can have its own supply of clean water.

Operation Christmas Child

 Eileen has been able to send lots of shoeboxes filled with goodies for needy children.

Thank you all so much for your kindness in providing Christmas presents for children who otherwise would have none at all. 

Help is also needed a bit closer to home!

The Rectory Room roof is dropping to pieces. It has been ‘bodged’ up but needs major work doing.

We have had a donation from a grateful user of the Room, but, if anyone feels like giving us a Christmas present i.e. a donation, we would be so grateful as the room is in constant regular use and is a fantastic asset to Holy Cross.


1918 – 2018

During the weekend of October 27th and 28th there was a display of memorabilia and artefacts pertaining to WW1 in Church to commemorate the end of WW1.

These were brought along by Martin Kerry, a former member of HM Forces who gave a presentation on Sunday afternoon.

 The Church was open all weekend for people to come along and we finished with a service at 6.00pm.

Many thanks to Mike Lawton for arranging this for Holy Cross.

November 11th 2018

The first part of the Remembrance Service was held in Church. The congregation then walked across to the War Memorial where prayers and readings were read followed by the Last Post, and two minutes silence which was ended by the Reveille. This was followed by the laying of the wreaths on the War Memorial. The two minutes silence was held at 11.00am, exactly 100 years after the silence of the guns when the Peace Treaty was signed at 11.00am to mark the end of the Great War.        

There but not there – in Church we have displayed a number of see through silhouettes which represent those men in Morton who died in the Great War. We cannot see them but they are still there in our hearts and in our thoughts and are taking their rightful place in our Community.

The Soldiers’ Altar was sandbagged for our display and a metal outline of the soldier is standing guard.

Standing in front of the Tower, is a silhouette in memory of Alfred Sellors who was a Bellringer at Holy Cross.

These silhouettes are part of a worldwide commemoration and were supplied by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund.

Sunday December 9th

10.30am Christmas Tree Family Service

6.00pm Carols at the Sitwell Arms

with the Salvation Army

Come and join Holy Cross Church and the Salvation Army Brass Band

for Family Carols under the tree at the Sitwell Arms and see the Parish Tree lit up.


Sunday December 16th

6.30pm Village Carol Service

 the Memorial Lights will be switched on.

Coffee and mincepies.

Christmas Eve December 24th

                        3.00pm Crib Service for children                                   

  11.30pm Midnight Communion

Christmas Day   

10.00am  Christmas for Families

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