Halloween – Trick or Treat?
October has arrived and you can’t have missed the shelves full of Halloween merchandise filling our shops. It is reported to be the third highest spending festival in Britain after Christmas and Easter, with huge amounts of money being spent on sweets, pumpkins, party food and costumes. Many children will be out knocking on doors for ‘Trick or treat’ and, sadly, this is often accompanied by a rise in anti-social behaviour and nuisance crimes. At Holy Rood church we want to offer a cheaper, and less scary, alternative. Halloween is actually a shortening of ‘All Hallows Eve’, the day before All Saints Day. On 31st October we will be holding a Superheroes Activity morning for children aged 5 – 11 years. There will be craft, games, jigsaws and challenges and children will collect a bag of treats as they try different activities. We’ll also be looking at some of the Saints, the ‘Superheroes’ of our faith. There will be opportunities to win prizes including one for the best Superheroes fancy dress. Which Superhero will you be? Why not invent one of your own! The event starts at 10am and finishes with lunch at 12 noon to which all the family is invited. The cost is £2 per child and places can be booked by contacting Holy Rood Church Office.

E-mail: office@croftonparish.org.uk Office telephone number: 01329 661154 (Mondays to Fridays 9 am to 1 pm)

Holy Rood Annual Memorial Service

Anyone who has been bereaved, whether recently or a while ago, is warmly invited to attend the annual Memorial Service at Holy Rood Church, Stubbington on Sunday 19th October at 3pm. This gentle, sensitive service provides an opportunity to remember your loved one, and to light a candle if you wish.

Tea and cakes will be served afterwards in the Church Centre. For further information please contact the Church Office on 01329 661154 or email office@croftonparish.org.uk

Remembrance Day Service at Stubbington War Memorial, Sunday 9 November, 10.45am

All are welcome to attend this public Service of Remembrance for those who have lost their lives in two world wars and in the many other conflicts that have taken place since. The service has special significance in this centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

After the two minute’s silence at 11am, poppy wreaths will be laid. Many local uniformed groups will also be taking part.

Europe 2 Europe

‘Europe to Europe’  is a relatively small Hampshire-based charity that has regularly punched above its weight in terms of what it’s achieved on limited financial resources, particularly in Romania. Graham Giles, who is a member of Holy Rood is heavily involved in this wonderful charity. Raluca Bragare, who is the Head of Communications in the British Embassy in Bucharest has written a blog about what Europe 2 Europe does and can be found by clicking here. Europe 2 Europe's website can be found here.

Causeway

We are launching a new congregation which will gather together on the first Sunday of the month, at 6.30pm, at Holy Rood.  The Causeway congregation is open to everyone but when we meet for worship there will be special provision for adults with learning difficulties.  The great thing is we can all learn from one another and worship is enriched when abilities and traditions and ages are mixed - enriched that is, if we approach it with the right heart.  So do join us on the first Sunday of the month.

 

Prayer

‘You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help’ Psalm 31:22
Every day there is prayer going on in this church for all kinds of different people and situations. Some are anxious about family members, or facing illness, unemployment or money problems. If you would like prayer for any situation please click on the Prayer Requests button and email prayer@croftonparish.org.uk  You don’t have to give your name if you’d rather not, but please be assured that anything you say or share with us will be treated in the strictest confidence. If you would like one of the clergy to pray for you at home that can also be arranged. Outside of office hours please email our clergy: clergy@croftonparish.org.uk