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.
March in the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2014
Pastoral Letter from the Rector.
“The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness.”
On 11 February 1990 the eyes of the world were fixed on the gates of a prison in Cape Town, South Africa. Through those gates was to walk the most famous prisoner in the world — Nelson Mandela. As he stepped forward, those who witnessed the event on countless television screens knew that this was a momentous occasion. Not only was a man being freed; a whole nation was being released from a form of imprisonment. Mandela was no longer a young man, but his mission to lead his nation was only just beginning. Within a few short years he would move from a prison cell to the presidential residence as he, with many others, forged a new South Africa.
Nature Notes March 2014
Signs of spring are all around! Today (16th February) was probably the best day we have had for weather for about two months! We had almost wall to wall sunshine with a few fair weather cumulus clouds, and hardly a breeze. Last night there was a chorus of frogs in my pond, and this morning there were several clumps of spawn to add to the clump that appeared a few days ago. This morning as I pruned a hornbeam tree in my garden, I spotted three common buzzards soaring a thermal in the sky above my house. Earlier, a blue tit was sussing out a nest-box on one of my oak trees. I saw several celandines in flower today to add to crocuses and daffodils also seen. Yesterday I saw hawthorn leaves breaking bud and heard a great-spotted woodpecker hammering in Nightingale Wood.
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.