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.
November in the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2014
The November Pastoral Letter from The Rector
My dear friends,
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
‘In what way is Jesus the way?’
To help answer these questions, I am invoking the help of one of the classic icon-types, known in Greek as Hodegetria, meaning “she who shows the way”. Although it is, to my mind a beautiful image, one should not try to evaluate icons from an aesthetic standpoint. What matters is the window into reality that they offer, or, more accurately, the reality they reveal.
Nature Notes November 2014
Autumn is upon us. Nature will exhibit many changes over the next few weeks. Leaf-fall has started with the elder trees; other trees are just starting to turn on 17th September. These are birch, beech, poplar and lime (linden). The horse chestnut leaves have turned brown and will soon fall and hazel is also beginning to turn. Incidentally, horse and sweet chestnut are not related, and are in completely different families. And resemblance between the two is entirely due to what is called convergent evolution. Sweet chestnut leaves are still green today.
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.
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