Our Sunday morning gathering at Holy Cross is a blend of prayer book shape and order, with more informal and interactive participation. Those familiar with more traditional Anglican approaches will recognise the key features of Anglican worship, while those who are new to such things will find an inviting approach and plenty of space to explore your own sense of faith, reflection and meaning.
Real People. Real Faith. Real Life.
We believe that God is doing a new thing in and through his people. Now of course, God has always been doing new things, working in and through all creation and through the agency of the Holy Spirit. Yet this is also a time where former ways of existing and functioning as churches is undergoing profound disruption and challenges. Some of these events are distressing and confronting, but in the grace of God good fruit may emerge.
Nova is another word for 'newness'. In our context, we understand it not just with reference to some of our regular and established patterns of church and associated ministries. Many-but not all-of these may continue (especially our being grounded in a faith with ancient roots), but we are living at a time when some foundational questions are explored anew.
What does it mean to be a follower of Christ in our contemporary world? How might a community of followers of Christ enter into the mission and ministry of Christ, identifying with all creation, people recognised as complex and whole beings, and respecting the invitation to all nations, tribes and cultures to be known as people of the kingdom.
How might we interact as a community characterised by giving and receiving, listening and contributing, of safe space for exploring questions and differing perspectives, of looking outwards while retaining an inner life, of action as much as words?
So our prayer is that we might, in the grace of God, be 'real people', growing deeper into 'real faith', seeking 'real life' in all its moods and seasons.
Regardless of your location, culture or space within the journey of faith, you are welcome to join us!
The dynamic of gathering is integral to being Church - it is what the word 'ecclesia' actually means! However, how we gather is more varied than ever. If we ask ourselves how do people stay in touch and connected during periods of restrictions or lock down, the most common answer would be online and through social media. Just as Roman roads and courier systems opned up the world of the early church, so too the ability to connect up online opens up news avenues to keep in contact. While virtual gatherings do not replace face to face engagement, it does have value in its own right.
NOVA Church Online is looking to develop another dimension to engaging and building community. It can reach anywhere that has access to the internet, and at its best, it can be engaged with through home groups or any other social gathering point.
Yet a key value in NOVA Church Online is to be truly interactive. It is not another form of broadcasting, or sitting like a fly on the wall to a physical gathering. It is the opportunity for a community of like-minded followers of Christ to contribute, comment, and even curate acts and moments of reflection, worship and insight.
What this space - we have a great sense of anticipation as when explore a ministry of Christian learning in our part of Adelaide, and beyond... This is an initiative of Bishop Tim in association with Playford City Church - Anglican Church of Australia (Diocese of Adelaide). While Playford City Church provides a home and platform for this ministry, it is co-led by a Steering Committee and Advisory Group drawn from a number of different churches across the north, and beyond.
To learn more, email Bishop Tim directly at firstname.lastname@example.org