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.
One of the most memorable services I’ve ever been involved with was by the Sea of Galilee when I first went to the holy Land. There was just a little group of us sitting on the seashore, gathered around a rough stone altar and listening to the story of the risen Jesus cooking breakfast for his friends, while the waves lapped at the sandy beach, the sun shone warmly on our backs and birds flew overhead.
In every Eucharist Jesus comes to us, offering himself in the form of bread and wine. “Do this in remembrance of me,” he said, and so we have for over 2000 years, offering up bread and wine so that they might become his body and blood, that God’s people can be fed, sustained and remade in his image. We are most truly God’s family when we meet together to receive Jesus’ body and blood: it is the church’s breathing in and breathing out, at the heart of our life together as God’s Holy people.
Last Sunday we celebrated the first anniversary of the ‘Open Doors’ all age service at Holy Cross Church. It was a wonderful service of celebration and praise in which several of the children from Holy Cross School also joined us to celebrate the very recently published OFSTED report, confirming that the school is at long last deemed to be a “Good” school. It has been a long and difficult journey for the school, but the dedication and hard work of the staff and governors has paid off, and they are rightly proud of what they have achieved.
And we at Holy Cross are rightly proud of our first year of Open Doors services. Originally inspired by the theme of the Diocesan Lent course in 2016, ‘Opening the door of mercy’, the service was intended to open the door, both physically and metaphorically to those for whom the church door had felt closed previously. For many people, crossing the threshold of a church can still be a very scary and uncomfortable experience.
Time and again I hear stories of people who have come to one of our churches within the Plurality, often to the Open Doors service, but not always, and have found their expectations and preconceptions of what Church is to have been totally wrong. But no amount of colourful marketing, clever service names, or different worship formats can achieve that on their own. What will make the difference is the people they meet when they come through the door.
Continuing with the marine theme, sea-birds are moving along the coast; generally, from west to east during May. They are following the fish and heading for breeding grounds. These birds include Sandwich Terns, Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Little Terns, Pomarine Skuas, Arctic Skuas, Black-throated Divers, Red-throated Divers, Great-northern Divers, Bar-tailed Godwits, Black-tailed Godwits, Common Scoters Velvet Scoters, Red-breasted Mergansers, Whimbrel and Gannets. They have spent winter at sea and on coasts in warmer latitudes. Some of these birds may be understandably unfamiliar to some readers; because in order to see these birds it is usually necessary to be on a suitable beach at about 6:00 am on a sunny calm morning in May with a pair of good binoculars and a telescope. This can be rather cold and frustrating, but when the birds start to appear, it can get quite exciting. Observers often post their sightings on the Sussex Ornithological Society on-line web-pages. Popular beaches include Selsey Bill, Splash Point in Seaford and the beach at Rye Harbour.