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.
Christmas Services 2014
Sunday, 7th December
‘Festival of Christmas Trees - Christmas Service 4.30 p.m.
Sunday, 14th December
Christingle Service 11.00 a.m.
Sunday 21st December
Lessons and Carols by Candlelight 6.30 p.m.
Followed by mulled wine and mince pies
Wednesday, 24th December
Crib Service ‘The Little Angel’ 4.00 p.m.
Midnight Mass 11.30 p.m.
Prayer Book Communion 8.00 a.m.
Parish Eucharist and Carols 10.00 a.m.
St Margaret’s Isfield
10.00 a.m. Christmas Communion
St Michael’s Little Horsted
Communion for Christmas 10.30 a.m.
10.00 a.m. Family Eucharist and Carols
December in the Year of our Lord Jesus Christ 2014
The December Pastoral Letter from the Rector
My dear friends,
Think of someone locally, a friend or neighbour, who is a special person. They may be the ‘salt of the earth’; never complaining, always ready to help, someone we can rely on, someone who lifts us when we are down. They are going to have a major birthday and decide to throw a celebration for all their friends and family. All the guests duly arrive for this great celebration and they completely ignore the one whose celebration it is - the guest of honour. It’s unthinkable isn’t it? And yet more and more this is what happens every year at Christmas time.
We may all be delighted to spend time with family and friends, to exchange costly gifts, to indulge and over-indulge in food and drink, but it is easy to forget and ignore, why we are celebrating. We have reached the point where in many communities, in this so called, Christian country, the term Christ-mass has been substituted for ‘winter festival’ or Seasons Greetings, lest someone might be offended! Political correctness spends so much time telling perfectly tolerant people that they might be offended, that these people begin to think they ought to be.
Nature Notes - December 2014
Well, October did bring some thunder storms, but thankfully no great disasters. Uckfield High Street flooded, but this was apparently due to surface runoff in excess of the capacity of the drains to cope. Let’s hope the new improvements will deal with that.
November is still remaining mild, with showers and sunny intervals. Most of the leaves have fallen from the deciduous trees, with the exception of oak, alder and some beech (recorded mid-November). Most of the summer migrant birds have gone and the winter migrants have arrived. Interestingly, there are probably more birds visiting us in the winter than the summer. Our winter visitors include redwings, fieldfares, extra blackbirds and song thrushes (all from Scandinavia). Polish blackcaps.
Festival of Christmas Trees 2014
2014 - Festival of Christmas Trees - December 5th, 6th 7th
Incredibly over five thousand people visited the Seventh Festival of Christmas Trees to be staged at Holy Cross Church. This Festival retains the traditional methods of tree decorating, but the Sponsors are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year was no exception. A study of this year’s Festival photographs in the website’s photo gallery shows the preparations for this Year’s Festival together with the varieties of decorating achieved. The trees had been sponsored by a cross section of people, businesses, and associations from within the local community. There were representations from five local primary schools, the community college, local businesses, voluntary organisations, community support groups, and youth organisations, and individual families.
This year the Festival was featured on Friday’s BBC South East today, and the Church was fortunate that Natalie Graham interviewed the Rector and Church Warden, and carried out a live link during the late night news.