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.
July in the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2014
The July Pastoral Letter from the Rector
My Dear friends,
“The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
The story is told of an old bishop who was teaching the children about the reserved Blessed Sacrament that is kept in church to take to the sick. “Every morning,” he said, “I come downstairs for my breakfast, but before my breakfast I go into the church. I walk up to the tabernacle (the place where the Blessed Sacrament is kept) and I knock on the door. I say, ‘Are you there, my little Jesus?’ and he replies, ‘Yes, my Lord Bishop.’”
It’s a ridiculous story. But it does illustrate a point. Jesus Christ, Son of God and son of Mary, didn’t abandon us when he ascended into heaven. Many centuries have gone by since the Gospel days. But the loving closeness of Our Lord to us is the same as it was to Peter, Andrew, James and John.
Nature Notes July 2014
It is now late June and mid-summer. Our part of the world seems full of flowers and buzzing insects. Butterflies by day and moths by night flutter around like angels. Soon we will hear stridulating male grasshoppers singing among the meadows trying to attract a mate. This flurry of insects is timely for the cornucopia of fledged birds that have left the nest. The numbers of insects available will ultimately control the numbers of insectivorous birds that survive. However, if you feed the birds consistently, more birds and more insects should survive because you are raising the carrying capacity of the environment.
Nature is generally balanced, with a bottom up pyramid of numbers, for example, many thousands of tons of leaves absorb nitrogen and carbon from the air and ground to cover our trees each year with a verdant green coat which absorbs energy from the sun. However many thousands of caterpillars will eat a proportion of those leaves. One family of blue tits (say 9 babies and 2 adults) requires between 700 and 1000 caterpillars each day to keep it fed. When those baby blue tits leave the nest at the same time (early June) as many other families of small birds, these provide food for the families of sparrowhawks which require about 400 grams of meat each day. That is about 40 blue tits. However, if all this did not happen we would be overwhelmed with caterpillars and blue tits as every animal only has to replace itself in its life-time to maintain a stable population. In the past, human mortality was higher, and regulated the population of people, but now we are regulated by health care and birth control. Our developing intelligence, technology and decision making is taking over from disease, war and famine. Although these things still exist in parts of the world. Human pressures on the world (7 billion people, and increasing) is the greatest threat to the survival of our natural world. Let us hope that our collective decision making can progressively ameliorate that threat.
Uckfield and district is very good at preserving nature. Trees are encouraged to exist with at least 2 Woodland Trust reserves (Lake Wood and Views Wood), 2 local Nature Reserves (West Park and Hempstead Meadows), one Site of Special Scientific Importance (Buxted Park), and several Sites of Nature Conservation Importance.
Dr. Martyn Stenning,
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.
Festival of Christmas Trees 2013
Festival of Christmas Trees December 6th, 7th 8th 2013
Wow. Over four thousand people visited the sixth annual Festival of Christmas trees. Although the Festival essentially keeps to the traditional methods of tree decorating the Sponsors are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year was no exception. A study of the photographs in the website’s photo gallery shows the varieties of decorating achieved. All the trees had been sponsored by a cross section of people and associations from within our local community. There were representations from five local primary schools, the community college, local businesses, voluntary organisations, community support groups, and youth organisations.
Friday evening visitors were fortunate to hear the very talented Bernard Tagliavini entertain with a wide repertoire of festive songs and tales. On Saturday morning children were entertained by ‘Jimmy the Juggling Jester’, and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons there was live entertainment. John Marsh (from BBC Radio 2) played the organ, Kathryn Anderson, Beth Ellwood and Amy Davis sang to their own accompaniment, and on Sunday there were solo performances by Caroline Reed and Jeanne Russell, Tim Bramly played the piano and Anthony Roberts played the keyboard. Children could undertake a Quiz and also go to the Belmont Centre and decorate biscuits.
|Some photos from the Festival 2013|
Click here to view photographs of this year's festival some of which show the Festival being prepared.
On the Saturday morning the Church was home to Uckfield FM, when Mike Skinner broadcast “Saturday Live” from the Church.
Visitors were exceedingly well catered for throughout the Festival. In the Belmont Centre there was Morning Coffee and Mince Pies, followed by Lunches, and later in the day Afternoon Teas were available. On the Friday evening it was Late Night Shopping in the High Street and the doors of the Festival remained open until 9.00 pm. While outside a Barbeque was held with traditional Mulled Wine available for the adults.