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.
February in the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2015
February Pastoral Letter from the Rectory
What is your motivation?
People often ask me what made me ‘go into the church’. I am not sure this is actually the right phraseology for what they mean, as I became a full member of the church through my baptism just like all other members. I do understand that what they are really asking me about is how I felt the call by God to become a priest.
I suspect that many of us are looking for affirmation in our lives. We want to be affirmed for the people we are. It makes us happy when people say good things about us - the danger is that we do things for the wrong motivation, only so as to receive the affirmation of others. When I was exploring the possibility that God may be asking me to be a priest in the Church, I was asked questions about motive. And, as an outsider then, it was the ‘nice things’ in the lives of my parish priest that one saw. The inspiration that they brought to people, the ‘up-front’ things in church, the fun and laughter at a youth club. What one didn’t see was the being with people at difficult times in their lives, the feelings of inadequacy as people looked for support and help. The preparation that goes into an act of worship as you lay your own soul on the line. Don’t get me wrong I am certainly not complaining, far from it - I can’t think of anything more rewarding - and I come in the belief that this is what God called me to and in the knowledge that others have affirmed that belief.
For all of us there will be things that happen, circumstances we find our selves in, when it would be easy to either do them for the wrong motive, or to shy away from them altogether, even if we know we shouldn’t.
Nature Notes February 2015
Now that the days are slowly stretching, nature is responding by pushing up the bulb shoots, extending the hazel catkins and swelling the leaf buds on some of the understory trees and shrubs. It will not be long before we see frog spawn in the ponds, snowdrops in flower and after that the first celandines. Already the cow parsley is growing to catch the early-year low sunshine which can penetrate the stands of naked deciduous trees. It pays for understory plants to leaf early before the large deciduous trees steal from them the strong rays of summer sun with their dense canopy of broad leaves. Sometimes, these leaves can be totally defoliated by thousands of caterpillars, and for a time the sun can get through. However, the caterpillars are not there for long, and soon pupate before becoming moths or butterflies. Then the trees have a second flush of leaves, often known as Lammas growth in July and August as it coincides with the Christian Celtic harvest festival of Lammas or loaf mass (August 1st).
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.
Chaplaincy and the Air Training Corps
Curate’s Corner October 2014
Immediately prior to ordination, those of us being ordained were encouraged by the Bishop to continue to engage in hobbies and other activities of personal interest alongside our duties as curates. This included possible areas of ministry that might be of particular interest, as well as non-church-related activities.
Last year, when I was studying at Theological College, I was fortunate enough to spend a week with the chaplaincy team at RAF Marham in Norfolk, home to the frontline squadrons of the RAF’s Tornado GR4 Force. During the course of the week I was given the opportunity to meet many service men and women who serve their country and respective communities so willingly, and to experience something of the lives that they lead. I was very struck by their sense of duty, their professionalism and their sense of focus on the importance of their particular task.