Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cross
Welcome to our website for Holy Cross Church with St Saviours in Uckfield together with St Michael’s at Little Horsted and St Margaret’s at Isfield.
Our Churches were formally linked in the 1970’s and work together in faith and fellowship. Having visited our site we hope that you will be encouraged and inspired by what you see here and that you too will want to be part of the Mission of Christ’s Church.
August in the Year of our Lord Jesus Christ 2014
The August Pastoral Letter from the Rector
The Gospel is the announcement that Jesus is Lord
The Gospel is not a set of techniques for making people Christians. The Gospel is not a set of systematic theological reflections. The Gospel is the announcement that Jesus is Lord - Lord of the world, Lord of the universe, Lord of the earth, of the downs, the seas, the waterfalls, of trees and animals, Jesus is Lord of all that is known. Sharing the gospel means bringing that greatest of all truths to bear on every aspect of our lives and on every aspect of our world. That means that the gospel of Jesus Christ is political, it is involved in social action, it is concerned about green issues, about justice. There was a popular slogan some years ago that went: ‘If Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all.’ This means that there is no area of life, including no area of our human lives, that doesn’t have to come under spotlight of the sovereignty of the crucified and risen Jesus, no area of life is exempt from the summons to allegiance to Jesus - who is Saviour and Lord.
Nature Notes August 2014
July has brought hot weather and thunder-storms. How great for nature that it is getting both warmth and moisture to make things grow. However, the heat seems to be outgunning the rain, and many streams have stopped flowing, and we are still having to water parts of our garden. If you have a bird bath, please remember to top it up, as lack of water in the summer is one of the most potent killers of birds and other wildlife.
The butterflies continue to be a treat, and it looks like being a great year for them. The honeybees also seem to be doing well, with bee keepers being able to extract copious amounts of honey from their hives. Bumblebees also seem to be doing well. Their life-cycle is rather different from honeybees, and generally gets completed by the end of August. The queens then go looking for places to spend the winter before starting their new nests in the following spring.
Following in his father’s footsteps
The name Tim Gibson was well known at Holy Cross during the 1980s and 1990s when he was a regular worshipper and member of our junior Church.
Tim’s father, the Rev’d Canon Ian Gibson, started his ordained Ministry at Holy Cross serving as our non-stipendiary Curate before being appointed as Vicar of Christ Church, Fairwarp, and Holy Trinity, High Hurstwood and later moving to work for the Bishop of Chichester.
Tim was ordained Deacon in June, at Wells Cathedral, Somerset. He has been licensed as Assistant Curate in a rural benefice near Ilminster, where he lives with his wife Sarah and their young son Monty. He will continue in his teaching job at the South West Ministry Training Course in Exeter, as well as working as a freelance journalist.
Tim recalls a ‘small world’ twist, because he is friends with our Curate, Mitch. They met when Tim was visiting Mitch’s theological college in Oxford, and Tim remarks – “I must say Mitch will be a real asset to Holy Cross. I have fond memories of growing up in Uckfield, and send love and blessings to all of our friends there”.
Little Horsted Appeal
Appeal on behalf of St.Michael and All Angels, Little Horsted
There is good reason to believe that a Church has stood at Little Horsted since Saxon times, when the Saxon invaders established a “Horstede”, or station for horses, in this locality.
The oldest part of the Church is 12th century; the Tower was built in the 15th century and extensively repaired during Victorian times. However, restoration is now required to preserve this Grade II listed Church.
£75,000.00 is targeted to upgrade the Heating, Electrics, Water Supply and Pathways, and the Appeal was launched on Mothering Sunday 30th March, 2014, with “The Great Teddy Bear Parachute Challenge” from the Church Tower.
To download an information pamphlet about the Appeal please click here.
To view photographs of the Event click here.