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.
September in the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2014
The September Pastoral Letter from the Rector
On holiday Gill, the family and I like nothing better than to go walking, whether it be on the downs here in Sussex, or as we did this year on the cliff tops of Dorset. It has been known on occasions that we get ourselves a little lost. This can of course so easily happen in life too. The landscape of our lives can sometimes become a frightening and threatening place to be with no familiar landmarks to help us. There may be particular times when this is so; when we have to move home, or leave home or we are the ones left when our children leave home, or a life threatening operation or disease takes hold of us or a loved one, or a life time partner dies. At these times I believe that all of us need a strong land mark. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) Of course we could - and do - spend the whole of our lives exploring what this means; and I believe that every human life, is lived in relation to this statement, whether people know it or not, because either it is true or the whole Christian faith is an illusion. There isn’t any room between those two alternatives for wriggling or squirming. For Christians the image of Jesus Christ as 'the way' is invitation for us to follow him so that his way might become our way, our way become conformed to his way, and that we might safely reach our journey’s end where we shall know the truth perfectly and live the real life for which we were created.
Getting my feet under desk
By the time you read this I will have been ordained and working as curate in Uckfield for just over two months. It has been a really wonderful first couple of months, and I am really grateful to everyone who has helped me to settle in and ‘get my feet under the desk’ so to speak.
As with any new job there is always a settling-in period, a time to get to know how the place ticks, who people are, trying to remember at least some people’s names (!), and discovering things like where the keys are kept to the various doors and cupboards in the churches!
But as well as getting used to a new place of work and new people, there is something else that I think will take a little longer to get used to. Being a curate isn’t just doing a similar job to your previous one but with a new boss and a new desk. There’s also something about taking on a new identity.
Nature Notes September 2014
From a hot July to a cool August. However, we are not having a bad summer. The sea temperature off Brighton went up to at least 190C in early August, but has dropped back to about 170C now. The swifts have returned to Africa, and the other migrants are following their example gradually. Some of the last to leave will be the swallows and house martins which can have 2 or 3 broods during their stay in Britain. A few swallows are even remaining in the West Country over winter in recent years. This is interesting and probably due to milder winters allowing the insects they feed on to fly through the winter.
Vivien and I took a group of teenagers to an International Youth Camp in arctic Finland recently, and it was interesting to see the differences in natural history there. There are very few people, and many more trees of fewer types, mainly spruce, pine, birch, aspen, rowan and willow in order of apparent frequency. The trees were shaped by the winter snow and were tall and narrow. There were very few birds, except around human habitation where they seem to take advantage of human activity. There was a bird, not found in Britain, called a Siberian Jay or (Kukkoli in Finish).
2014 Festival of Christmas Trees
The 2014 Festival of Christmas Trees at the Church of the Holy Cross Uckfield
will be open to visitors on the following days and times
Friday 5th December from 10.00 am until 9.00 pm
Saturday 6th December from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm
Sunday 7th December from 11.30 am until 4.00 pm
The Christmas Service at 4.30 pm on Sunday 7th December
will mark the formal closure of the Festival
This will be the seventh year that a Christmas Tree Festival has been held and as in previous years the Church will be filled with a wonderful display of decorated Christmas Trees. This Festival reflects the truly wide range of activities within our local community, and last year over four thousand people visited the Festival. On the Saturday morning Jimmy the Juggling Jester will be entertaining children, and on both the Saturday and Sunday afternoons there will be live musical entertainment featuring some of Uckfield's most talented musicians. Activities will be available for young people and in the Church and Belmont Centre. Follow this link to read an article about last year’s event.
Some photos from the Festival 2013