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.
Over the last few weeks, I have found myself reflecting on the nature and importance of service in three very different contexts.
Firstly, the celebrations that have taken place up and down the country to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. In recent years there seem to have been various opportunities for us to acknowledge and give thanks for Her Majesty’s service to her country, and these birthday celebrations are the latest to highlight the extraordinary commitment and dedication she has shown in fulfilling her duties as Queen.
The Queen has served her country as Monarch for 64 years and counting – longer than any other British monarch in history. The press and media coverage of her birthday celebrations have rightly highlighted her tireless commitment to service, and have remarked upon the the fact that she has been a constant in an ever-changing society and world. It is hard to disagree that she has exemplified what it means to do your duty and to serve others.
I am currently engaged in doing some writing about Blue Tits. This has involved understanding the range of forms of this popular little bird. It turns out there are at least eight forms of Blue Tits that can be described as separate species, and more than 20 sub-species. They are all a bit different from each other. The ones we are familiar with are limited to the British Isles and are the sub-species Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus. The ones on most of the European continent are Cyanistes caeruleus caeruleus. However, I will not go into the 20 or so other Latin names here, but I am hoping to publish a book about it during next year.
I'm so excited about being your new Parish Priest! I've known Uckfield since Fr. Bill Peters' time, & hugely look forward to coming to your town.
I've been ordained almost twenty seven years now, and have served in parishes in Crawley and central Brighton, Newbury in Berkshire and - for the last ten years - have been Team Rector of Moulsecoomb in Brighton. Having been brought up in Sussex, I went to the University of York (I have a M.A. in Medieval Art & Iconography and I relish the prospect of finally having medieval buildings in my care!) & then tested my vocation by nursing at St. Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham before training as a priest at St. Stephen's House in Oxford.
It's going to be a huge wrench leaving Moulsecoomb, which I've loved. It has quite a reputation (when I first got there I got a post card addressed "Fr. John Wall, the Rectory, the Dodgy Bit of Brighton" & it got to me...) I've been very active in the local community, as School Governor, running a networking local community leaders' lunch (I'm a good & enthusiastic cook!) as well as being heavily involved in opening a community co-operative pub, "the Bevy" - but that's another and quite long story. My leaving do at "the Bevy" is, I think, going to be quite a local community event above & beyond my church farewells! I've also done a lot in Brighton in the wider City as chaplain to three of the recent Mayors, and I'm looking forward to being involved in the Civic life in Uckfield.
Other interests include entertaining (food again...), theatre, films, (I hear good things about the cinema in Uckfield!), Art, and I used to sing Opera, but a long time ago.... I'm single but will come with a happy little Labrador called Sophie who adores being the Rectory dog. I also write a regular humorous (hopefully) column in "the Church Times" which is pretty much the Church of England's trade magazine.
I'm starting a four month sabbatical after Easter, (Art in Rome and Venice, with, I suspect quite a lot of pasta and Veneto wine) and will be moving over to you after that.
I'm so looking forward to meeting you all and joining in with your communities on this next stage of our Pilgrimage together, being the people of God, walking and growing in the footsteps of Jesus.
I think it's going to be fun!
Love Fr. John