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.
Oridnation of Priests 2015
On Tuesday 2nd June the bells of Holy Cross rang to celebrate the Oridination of The Curate Christian Mitchell.
Christian Mitchell (Fr. Mitch) was ordained in to the Priesthood by the Bishop of Lewes Richard Jackson together with Pauline Ingram (Nutley and Maresfield), Joy Collins (Westfield) and Mark Ashworth (Crowborough).
Click here to view Photo Gallery - all Photographs by Ron Hill.
Curate's Corner July 2015
Curate’s Corner - July
When I began my curacy just 12 months ago, one of the things I was looking forward to was writing a short article each month for the parish magazine, reflecting on life as a curate and how the experience of ministry was changing me and my outlook on life. This was the brief I had received and, with one or two exceptions, I have enjoyed the discipline each month of putting metaphorical pen to paper and sharing my thoughts on a variety of subjects.
I never imagined, however, that I would find myself writing an article reflecting on the impact of the death of our parish priest, and my training incumbent. That wasn’t part of the deal. I don’t feel equipped to offer the right words or to try to express the pain and hurt of the parish. How can I convey the mix of emotions, the anguish and the pain that so many people have felt in light of Fr Martin’s sudden and tragic death?
Well, I have realised that no one has all the right words and knows exactly what the right thing to do is. We just have to do the best we can with what we have. We muddle through and hope that what we say, what we do, will be enough; that it will offer some sort of comfort or clarity in the confusion and grief.
Nature Notes July 2015
Nature Notes - July
The apple blossom has now long gone and the small green round fruit is beginning to form. I wonder if you have ever wondered how apples became so sweet and delicious? Anyone who has ever bitten into a Crab Apple will know how sharp their taste can be. However a Russet or Cox’s Orange Pippin or a Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples are lovely and sweet and easy to eat.
Well, apparently we have vegetarian bears in and around Kazakhstan to thank for this. Apparently, this is the region of the world where the first apples appeared, vast forests of apple trees. In these forests lived many locally adapted Brown Bears Ursus arctoswhose food consisted of mainly a vegetarian diet. Their favourite food was apples, and when these were in season, the bears knew exactly which trees bore the sweetest fruit.
Prom Praise - Pentecost
‘How Great Thou Art’. What a fitting title had been chosen by Canon Martin Onions because this was an absolutely wonderful evening of Hymns accompanied by the Uckfield Concert Brass. The hymns for the evening were all carefully selected by Father Martin to both welcome, and celebrate, the Diocese of Chichester’s launch of it’s strategy of a ‘New Vision’.
The gregarious nature of Martin was reflected by virtue of the fact that this was truly an evening of fun, and entertainment, designed to celebrate Pentecost, and for many it was, in part, a helpful release from the horrors of Martins tragic and sudden death. Nick Morris’ conducting of Uckfield Concert Brass, and leading of the congregation, was superb, and the evening made even more special by the fact the organist, Anthony Roberts, had written a lament – that musically featured the name Martin – as a tribute to Father Martin.