This Sunday, January 6, 2018, we’ll join with Holy Trinity, and Holy Apostles Orthodox Christian Churches for our annual Blessing of the Waters service. Epiphany is one of the oldest of the Christian feasts commemorating the Baptism of Christ and manifestation of the Holy
Trinity in the River Jordan.
We’ll join together in prayers for our city, asking for the same gift of life and recreation that Christ gave at the River Jordan, before the priests put ice crosses in the water. Attendees will sing, join in prayers, and place their own ice crosses in the water.
All are welcome to come and join in and participate in the celebration of the feast. Orthodox Christians around the world will gather for water blessings like this one, uniting to pray for the world.
Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration/membership of the relevant vetting and barring schemes.
We will seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry that recognizes the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and/or isolation.
We will seek to protect survivors of sexual abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse. We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust. We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and referral to the appropriate authorities, to any member of The HolyCross Church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.