14th September is our parish Feast Day - Holy Cross Day or the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
The church of The Holy Cross originated in 1920 when a hut, formerly a chapel in the army camp at Grey Towers (a mansion, built in 1876, that was situated in Hornchurch Road and used as the New Zealand Convalescent Hospital during WW1 but eventually demolished to be replaced by housing) was re-erected at the corner of Malvern Road and Park Lane, to serve as a mission church from St Andrew's Church in Hornchurch, and social centre for north-west Hornchurch. A new parish was then formed in 1925 and it was in 1933 when our present church was built.
We held a special service in September of this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 'Hut' (- the mission church). Though it was affected by the present pandemic, we were joined at our morning service by Archdeacon Chris Burke and Neville Willerton, Director of Operations for Church Army, and it was a lovely celebration.
Today we continue to be a family-friendly faith community which is welcoming to all.
Our main service is usually on a Sunday at 10.30am but because of the coronavirus we now meet at this time using the conference app Zoom. On the 2nd Sunday of the month the service is usually an All Age/Parade service but these are also on hold at this time.
We serve all ages and ethnic groups so do come and worship with us. Contact Julian, our vicar, for more information and when we do start meeting again for public worship please make yourself known when you arrive and we will give you a warm welcome.