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‘Holding on’ course will help Christ’s people live distinctively

A new course in Christian discipleship will be launched at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday, September 14, which is Holy Cross Day in the Church’s calendar.

The Holding cross

The course is designed to accompany the Chelmsford Holding Cross. 

Called ‘Holding On’ the course has been written by two ministers in the diocese, Katie de Bourcier and Edward Carter. The material is designed to run over five sessions, and includes a number of video clips which tell the story of how the holding crosses were made, and of Christians testifying about their faith.

Speaking about the new course, Bishop Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, said:

“Holding crosses have been used for a long time by Christians as a tangible reminder of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ – something for us to hold on to, and a sign that God holds on to us. This study course which accompanies the Chelmsford Holding Cross will help us live distinctively as Christ’s people. I really hope it will be widely used, so that more of us can be encouraged to explore following a simple rule of life that keeps us close to God and to one another.”

One of the authors of the course, Canon Edward Carter, the Canon Theologian at Chelmsford Cathedral, said:

“I’ve been delighted to see how many people have enjoyed receiving one of the Chelmsford Holding Crosses, and I’m hoping the ‘Holding On’ course will help add something more. Katie de Bourcier and I have written it so it can be used by any church, and in home groups. We’re going to be using it at Chelmsford Cathedral this autumn, and it would be very suitable for a Lent course.”

Canon Edward Carter, who will be preaching at the 11.15 am Sung Eucharist at the Cathedral on Sunday September 14, will base his sermon for Holy Cross Day on the Chelmsford Holding Crosses and the new ‘Holding On’ course.

More information

The Chelmsford Holding Cross was launched in May 2014, when the Archbishop of Canterbury visited Chelmsford Cathedral. Many thousands of these crosses have now been sent out to the parishes in Chelmsford Diocese. The crosses have been made out of old pews from churches in Chelmsford Diocese, and by partner Christians in Kenya. The crosses have been designed to help people hold on to God in faith, and to encourage Christians as they explore a simple ‘rule of life’.

The ‘Holding On’ course materials are available online for free downloading. The video clips are all posted on the diocese’s YouTube channel.

There is also a printed copy of the Leader’s Notes booklet with a DVD of all the video clips, available from Beverley Palmer at the Chelmsford Cathedral office at a cost of £20.

Participants in the ‘Holding On’ course each need to have their own Chelmsford Holding Cross.