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.
Festival of Christmas Trees 2015
The 2015 Festival of Christmas Trees
Friday 4th December, Saturday 5th December, Sunday 6th December
STOP PRESS. To see and read what is happening at this year’s Festival of Christmas Trees click here.
Incredibly last year over five thousand people visited the Holy Cross Church’s Festival of Christmas Trees. The planning for this year’s Eighth Christmas Tree Festival is well under way and aims as in previous years to retain the traditional methods of tree decorating. However, Sponsors are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and hopefully this year will be no exception. A study of last year’s Festival photographs can be found in the website’s photo gallery, and photographs taken show the preparations for last year’s Festival together with the varieties of decorating achieved. The trees had been sponsored by a cross section of Uckfield people, businesses and associations from within the local community. There were also Trees decorated by Uckfield’s five Primary Schools, and the Community College.
Last year the Church was very fortunate to have the Festival featured on BBC South East today, and to have a live link with the BBC’s TV News Reporter Natalie Graham during the late night news.
Friday 4th December is Late Night Shopping in Uckfield and the Church will be open from 10.00am until 9.00 pm (last entry at 8.30 pm); On the Saturday morning Uckfield FM will be hosting an Outside Live Broadcast from the Church with their presenters Phillip Garland and Malcolm Newman and in the evening there will also be Festive Activities in Uckfield and the Church will be open from 10.00 am until 8.00 pm. On Sunday the Church will be open from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm and a Christmas Service at 4.30 pm will formally close the Festival.
Click here to view last year's photographs.
During the Saturday and Sunday there will be live entertainment featuring “Jimmy the Juggling Jester” and several of Uckfield’s talented musicians. Children can undertake a Quiz in the Church and then go to the Belmont Centre and try their hand at decorating biscuits. The Church’s Crafty Ladies group will have a stall in the Belmont Centre offering interesting and beautifully made craft items many of which would make great Christmas gifts. Visitors will also be well catered for throughout the Festival, because also in the Belmont Centre there will be Morning Coffee and Mince Pies, followed by Lunches, and later in the day Afternoon Teas.
Nature Notes November 2015
As science unfolds the secrets of nature, we come to realise that we are totally dependent on the functioning of most forms of life. This is called ecosystem services. In short these are the activities of wildlife that support the lives of humans and other organisms. We are actually dependent on almost all species in some way or another. Many of these services we take for granted because they are silently always there functioning normally and providing for our needs. For example, about 70% of the oxygen that we breathe emanates from photosynthetic plankton in the vast oceans. It is released into the atmosphere and then circulates around the globe. The remaining 30% will come from the plants of the land and fresh-water habitats.
October Curate's Corner
Curate’s Corner – October 2015
Many of you may have seen some of the very popular BBC television series ‘Rev’ which follows the ups and downs of a very human priest in a struggling church in inner London. The main character, The Reverend Adam Smallbone (played by Tom Hollander) is quite often challenged to think about his vocation; his calling to ordained ministry. In one episode, when the pressures of parish life are weighing particularly heavily on his shoulders, there is a lovely scene where he is talking to his wife about all the stresses and strains of ministry, and she says, “Well why don’t you just take the day off? Don’t be the vicar for the day. For once.” Adam replies, “I can’t. It’s a calling isn’t it? I can’t be uncalled for the day”.
It’s a great piece of script-writing and one that brilliantly captures that bitter-sweet sense of responding to the demands of a vocation or calling.
Oridnation of Priests 2015
On Tuesday 2nd June the bells of Holy Cross rang to celebrate the Oridination of The Curate Christian Mitchell.
Christian Mitchell (Fr. Mitch) was ordained in to the Priesthood by the Bishop of Lewes Richard Jackson together with Pauline Ingram (Nutley and Maresfield), Joy Collins (Westfield) and Mark Ashworth (Crowborough).
Click here to view Photo Gallery - all Photographs by Ron Hill.