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.
October in the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2014
The Pastoral Letter for October from the Rector
My Dear friends,
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (Jn 14:6
“Amazing grace.” T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far...and Grace will lead us home.God is consistent; God’s promise of mercy is for ever and for everyone; God never leaves himself without witnesses and messengers, people always charged with the same fundamental message of the “tender mercy of our God” giving “knowledge of salvation” and “the remission of our sins”. This is “to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace” so that “delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.”
This consistent God is still calling, still wanting people to know the good news of his love for them, and he wants us, you and me to be cheerful and fearless witnesses in our own day, pointing, as did all the prophets of old, to Jesus who not only showed the way but himself was and still remains 'the Way'.Jesus’ description of himself as “the Way” recalls many Old Testament passages referring to the need to walk in God’s way, or God’s ways. A journey to be travelled, a road to be trodden, a way to be walked, is a pretty natural image for a human life. It turns up in most religions, and doesn’t even need a religious context.
But on its own the image doesn’t take us very far. Roads lead in all directions. Many of you will remember Alice in Wonderland’s encounter with the Cheshire Cat:
Nature Notes October 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.
Autumn is also the time for rutting deer, and I saw an impressive group of large antlered male fallow deer from the Uckfield to London Bridge train today. We are having a warm dry September, but nature still moves on with peacock butterflies seeking hibernation sites in buildings. Dormice are fattening up for hibernation, and can double in size within a few weeks. Birds such as willow warbler, chiffchaff,
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