Parish News

Worship Information


Holy Cross Welcomes You!

COVID-19 Response:

In cooperation with the Governor’s directive and that of our Bishop, be advised that

SUSPENDED through May 10.

The CHURCH remains OPEN for prayer and reflection just as our
MISSION and MINISTRY to the greater community CONTINUES.

Thank you for understanding.


Click here after 7:30 pm Friday, April 3 to reach today's Virtual Worship.
Compine begins at 8 pm.

Click here for Church of the Holy Cross YouTube channel to see and
participate in
our on-line worship services. Here is the worship leaflet as a .pdf
for Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 10 am.


Compline at 8 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Evening Prayer at 6 pm every Wednesday.
Sunday Service on Holy Cross YouTube channel.



 Holy Cross is an Episcopal Church and Member of the Diocese of
Western North Carolina.

Please check this page for any possible changes to our regular worship schedule. 


Sunday Services from Sunday following Labor Day through Sunday prior to Memorial Day weekend
at Holy Cross:
8:30 am:
Holy Communion, a quiet service (no music).
11 am:    Holy Communion (with music).
1st Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
      Contemplative worship service of quiet reflection, prayer and song.  
5:30 pm       Quiet Holy Communion & Healing Service.

Office Hours: The office is located in Skiles Hall; our parish administrator's hours are Sunday-Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Summer Schedule of Services 
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:


9 am
    St. John’s Church: Holy Communion with “old-time Gospel style” hymns. Here are directions to St. John's.
11 am   Holy Cross Church: Traditional Holy Communion Service with hymns. Here are directions to Holy Cross.
(Please note healing ministers are present on first and third Sundays each month to pray with you as you desire.)

1st Tuesdays of the Month:  

6:30 pm   St. John’s Church, Contemplative worship services during summer months.

5:30 pm   Holy Cross: Quiet Holy Communion & Healing Service (no music).

The Sacrament of Reconciliation: 
This Sacrament is offered at any time by appointment. Please contact the Rector directly at (828) 963-4609 ext. 22.

Read the April 2020 Newsletter here.

Published sermons are here. 

Prayer Lists -- We have a separate page for our prayer lists here.
Or click on "Prayer Lists" under Parish News in the navigation bar at the top of each page.


This Sunday

Please see the top of this page for updated information regarding
Worship and Services during COVID-19 outbreak.


  8:30 am

 11 am:










Prayers of
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Coming Up:

Next Week

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Mountain Deanery Meeting, Postponed

Please be advised that in light of Coronavirus concerns, the Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Mountain Deanery Meeting scheduled to be held at Holy Cross has been postponed until further notice. We will advise of a new date for the presentation and discussion on proposed changes to our diocesan Constitution and Canons when such has been scheduled.  Thank you. Fr. Allan +

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 
Daughters of the King Meeting Cancelled
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm in Skiles Hall

All women are welcome to gather for a time of study and prayer.
The parish Eucharist follows at 5:30 pm.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Cancelled
Men's Night Out

March Men's Night Out gathering will be held at the home of Faye and John Cooper from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020.  Men’s Night Out is an opportunity for men from within the parish and the greater community to enjoy an evening of fellowship together.  The Cooper home is located at 177 Apple Lane in the Hound Ears Community.  Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.  
Please RSVP for head count and directions to Bob Gates via email to or by phone to (734) 604-0681.  John is working on a menu sure to please all.  Please advise us of any dietary restrictions, so that all may be accommodated.  Food cost is split among the group and is about $6–8 each.  Remember to bring your favorite beverage to enjoy and share, and feel free to bring a friend or two.  All men are welcome!  Please save-the-date for future Men’s Night Out events: Tuesday, April 21 (Host: Dan Shepherd), Thursday, May 23 (Ray Lutz) and Tuesday, June 16 (Walter Pitts)

Next Sunday, March 22, 2020 Service See information regarding virtual services at the top of this page.
The Fourth Sunday in Lent

8:30 am      The Great Litany and Holy Eucharist, Rite I, without music
9:45 am      Christian Education (Upper Skiles Hall)
11:00 am    The Great Litany and Holy Eucharist, Rite Iwith music. 
12:00 pm    Fellowship time in Skiles Hall


March for Diapers

March is the month we collect diapers for the Children’s Council to distribute to mothers who need help.  Please bring diapers to Skiles Hall.  If you have any questions, please call Marilyn Welch at 828-963-5715.

Valle Country Fair Volunteer(s) Needed

Valle Country Fair – Boy Scouts/trash volunteer and Boone Rental Point Person Needed

We need one to two volunteers to fill vacancies in the Valle Country Fair Leadership Team.  Can you help?  The first volunteer will serve as the contact person for the Boy Scouts who take care of trash at the Fair.  This role would involve some upfront communication with the Scout leader, then helping Scouts with set up and collection of trash cans on the day of the Fair.  The second volunteer position will coordinate the Boone Rental order (tents, tables, chairs, etc.).  We have detailed records of Boone Rental orders from previous fairs to make the job easier.  

Please contact Bob (734-604-0681) or Julie Gates (704-906-2269) if you can help.  Thank you!

A Simple Gesture Continues

Food/Grocery Drive for the Hunger & Health Coalition

One in four children in the High Country are hungry. Along with other churches in the area, we have a simple way to meet this immediate need. Green recyclable grocery bags are available in the Choir Room.  Simply fill them with the items listed on the bag and return it to the Choir Room (under the bell tables) on the date listed on the bag.  Thank you!

Become A Founding Partner

Holy Cross ministries and programs continue to touch the lives of members, friends, our neighbors and countless others throughout the region. Remembering Holy Cross in your Will/Estate is a wonderful way to ensure that the legacy of this dynamic parish will live on for multiple generations to come. All are welcome to become Founding Partners in The Vale of the Cross Legacy Foundation. See the foundation brochures in the Narthex, Skiles Hall, and Holy Cross Welcome Center for additional information.

          “A Seed Planted Today Brings Beautiful Blossoms Tomorrow. 
    As Others Have Planted For Me, So Shall I Plant For Future Generations.”