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.
August in the Year of our Lord Jesus Christ 2014
The August Pastoral Letter from the Rector
The Gospel is the announcement that Jesus is Lord
The Gospel is not a set of techniques for making people Christians. The Gospel is not a set of systematic theological reflections. The Gospel is the announcement that Jesus is Lord - Lord of the world, Lord of the universe, Lord of the earth, of the downs, the seas, the waterfalls, of trees and animals, Jesus is Lord of all that is known. Sharing the gospel means bringing that greatest of all truths to bear on every aspect of our lives and on every aspect of our world. That means that the gospel of Jesus Christ is political, it is involved in social action, it is concerned about green issues, about justice. There was a popular slogan some years ago that went: ‘If Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all.’ This means that there is no area of life, including no area of our human lives, that doesn’t have to come under spotlight of the sovereignty of the crucified and risen Jesus, no area of life is exempt from the summons to allegiance to Jesus - who is Saviour and Lord.
Nature Notes August 2014
July has brought hot weather and thunder-storms. How great for nature that it is getting both warmth and moisture to make things grow. However, the heat seems to be outgunning the rain, and many streams have stopped flowing, and we are still having to water parts of our garden. If you have a bird bath, please remember to top it up, as lack of water in the summer is one of the most potent killers of birds and other wildlife.
The butterflies continue to be a treat, and it looks like being a great year for them. The honeybees also seem to be doing well, with bee keepers being able to extract copious amounts of honey from their hives. Bumblebees also seem to be doing well. Their life-cycle is rather different from honeybees, and generally gets completed by the end of August. The queens then go looking for places to spend the winter before starting their new nests in the following spring.
Little Horsted Appeal
Appeal on behalf of St.Michael and All Angels, Little Horsted
There is good reason to believe that a Church has stood at Little Horsted since Saxon times, when the Saxon invaders established a “Horstede”, or station for horses, in this locality.
The oldest part of the Church is 12th century; the Tower was built in the 15th century and extensively repaired during Victorian times. However, restoration is now required to preserve this Grade II listed Church.
£75,000.00 is targeted to upgrade the Heating, Electrics, Water Supply and Pathways, and the Appeal was launched on Mothering Sunday 30th March, 2014, with “The Great Teddy Bear Parachute Challenge” from the Church Tower.
To download an information pamphlet about the Appeal please click here.
To view photographs of the Event click here.
Festival of Christmas Trees 2013
Festival of Christmas Trees December 6th, 7th 8th 2013
Wow. Over four thousand people visited the sixth annual Festival of Christmas trees. Although the Festival essentially keeps to the traditional methods of tree decorating the Sponsors are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year was no exception. A study of the photographs in the website’s photo gallery shows the varieties of decorating achieved. All the trees had been sponsored by a cross section of people and associations from within our local community. There were representations from five local primary schools, the community college, local businesses, voluntary organisations, community support groups, and youth organisations.
Friday evening visitors were fortunate to hear the very talented Bernard Tagliavini entertain with a wide repertoire of festive songs and tales. On Saturday morning children were entertained by ‘Jimmy the Juggling Jester’, and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons there was live entertainment. John Marsh (from BBC Radio 2) played the organ, Kathryn Anderson, Beth Ellwood and Amy Davis sang to their own accompaniment, and on Sunday there were solo performances by Caroline Reed and Jeanne Russell, Tim Bramly played the piano and Anthony Roberts played the keyboard. Children could undertake a Quiz and also go to the Belmont Centre and decorate biscuits.
|Some photos from the Festival 2013|
Click here to view photographs of this year's festival some of which show the Festival being prepared.
On the Saturday morning the Church was home to Uckfield FM, when Mike Skinner broadcast “Saturday Live” from the Church.
Visitors were exceedingly well catered for throughout the Festival. In the Belmont Centre there was Morning Coffee and Mince Pies, followed by Lunches, and later in the day Afternoon Teas were available. On the Friday evening it was Late Night Shopping in the High Street and the doors of the Festival remained open until 9.00 pm. While outside a Barbeque was held with traditional Mulled Wine available for the adults.