Holy Cross Church Uckfield is open
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For Holy Cross Church Buildings and Fabric, check out Fabric
For Nature Notes click on:- Nature Notes
Coming Shortly! Watch out for Messy Church on Saturday 12th February at 10am. Due to COVID we have limited places so please hurry and book with Sarah Widdowson.
Our normal Parish Eucharist taken from Common Worship is on all Sundays at 9.30am except the 2nd Sunday which is our special Open Doors Service at 10am and is a more family oriented form of worship.
In addition on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays we have Junior Church in the Belmont Centre from 9.30am to 11am which is run by Sarah Widdowson.
For those of you who prefer services from the Book of Common Prayer, we are currently doing the following:-
8am Sunday Morning Said Eucharist (No music)
5.30pm Sunday Evensong together with Holy Cross Church Choir.
Holy Cross Children's Choir runs during school term time in the Belmont Centre every Thursday 4.15pm to 5pm and is managed by Sarah Widdowson.
Holy Cross Church Choir practice meet on Thursdays at 7pm in the church. Please come along if you would like to sing.
Welcome to Holy Cross Church Uckfield
Welcome to our website of Holy Cross Church Uckfield which is part of the Uckfield Plurality with the Church of St Michael and All Angels at Little Horsted and the Church of St Margaret at Isfield. We also have the sheltered accommodation of St Saviour's on Framfield Road Uckfield. We are part of the Diocese of Chichester of the Church of England.
A Message from the Rector, Father John Wall
Welcome to Holy Cross Church Uckfield!
Holy Cross is a welcoming, active, and forward – looking church, wholeheartedly serving the community of our Town, providing solace, support, family & friendship.
We have reverted to our normal Parish Eucharist on Sundays at 9.30am. Please note that on 2nd Sundays this is the Open Doors Service which starts at the later time of 10am. For more detail check out the Services Tab. This is still subject to some COVID restrictions (See below).
In ordinary times, we offer a substantial children’s ministry through our fun & vibrant “Open Doors” Family Service, Messy Church, Junior Church , Children’s Choir & Holiday Club as well as offering fellowship, support and events for all ages. Of these our Open Doors Family Service has restarted on the second Sunday of the month at 10am; Junior Church has restarted on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month with no Junior Church on the 2nd & 4th Sunday.
During the Pandemic, we have been posting & will continue to post Sunday Services on Facebook and Youtube (click on words to direct to the sites) and have been keeping pastoral care alive through some thirty phone groups.
For the latest pandemic measures please see separate information below.
In addition we have restarted the 11am service on Wednesday mornings. The same rules apply as above.
Women's Ministry in the Diocese and in the Uckfield Plurality
The Dean of Women's Ministry has recently been appointed and is the Reverend Helen Garratt of St Peter's Brighton. The Assistant Dean of Women's Ministry is our own Reverend Martha Mutakani who is Associate Vicar of Isfield. We congratulate Martha on this appointment. They will be both commissioned in Chichester Cathedral on Sunday February 6th 2022 at Evensong at 3pm.
An Excerpt from a statement from the Diocese about this ministry:-
"The appointment of Helen and Martha feels like an expression of confidence among ordained women in the diocese of Chichester, with an unquestioned recognition that they are integral to its life. Helen and Martha will undoubtedly ensure that, in nurturing vocations and making appointments, we continue to shape the exercise of ordained ministry in ways that reflect the needs and aspirations of the parishes we serve."
Note The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Beginning Sunday 16th January
Events shown below:-
[To book contact Uckfield Baptist Church
[To book contact St Thomas a Becket Church, Framfield or leave a message on the office phone 01825 891090.]
Holy Cross Services have become subject to change due to forthcoming COVID Omicron issues. Changes are as below:-
We respectfully request, please, that everyone attending wears a mask (including children aged 11+) and takes an LFT test before coming to the church. The new tests only take 15 minutes to work. There will be some test kits available at the church but please allow half an hour beforehand to be tested. Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance and inside.
For further information see bullet points below.
Christmas services which took place at Holy Cross Church
Uckfield Concert Brass Carols by Candlelight has been livestreamed and is available on YouTube (Click on Link highlighted).
Nine Lessons and Carols has been livestreamed and is also available on YouTube.
Latest Measures for COVID19 Holy Cross Church Uckfield
- Holy Cross Church encourages the wearing of masks during services.
- The central pews downstairs have now been changed to alternate taping off of pews.
- You are requested not to attend Church services if you
have not received two COVID-19 vaccinations and the
booster. Exceptions to this are children aged under 12
and those children aged 12-17 who have only had one
COVID-19 vaccination so far.
- We request, please, that anyone (including children over 5 years) attending a
Church service has had a Lateral Flow Test
(LFT) on the same day, preferably 30 minutes
beforehand, which has shown a Negative result. If a
Positive result has shown, we respectfully request that they do not attend.
- Sanitiser will remain available at the door and will be encouraged.Holy Communion will still be in one kind only for the time being (Bread).
- Congregational Singing will take place but whilst wearing masks to minimise risk. The Choir will be allowed to sing but limited numbers as discussed between Fr John Wall and Tim Guntrip.
- The Junior Church will take place in the Belmont Centre. An appropriate risk assessment for this will be done by the Junior Church Leader, Sarah Widdowson. The Junior Church will come into church towards the end of the main service and sit in the front pews which will be reserved for them.
- We have reverted to hot drinks being served in the Belmont Centre after the normal Sunday Eucharist Service
- The church doors will be kept open to allow good ventilation. Please note that in winter this still applies so wrap up well.
- The management of COVID19 with respect to life events with larger groups attending such as Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals will depend on the families involved: we will encourage them to follow our recommendations, but the responsibility for this remains with them. Government guidance regarding Weddings and Funerals has been updated.
- 8am and 5.30pm services have restarted. Fogging will still take place the day after.
- These measures are constantly being reviewed.
Phone Times for Non-Urgent Calls
A Pretty Please Request from the Churchwardens: Please could more effort be made to respect the working hours of us all with regard to emails, texts and phone calls for non-urgent matters?
We have had an outbreak of contacts made after 11 pm at night – beyond any of our remits – whether we are working voluntarily or paid. Lynne’s office hours are printed above and appear on the back of the Grapevine and also in the Link magazine.
As much as we love you all – some respect needs to be in place, please.
If it is URGENT – a very different matter. Thank you. Dee and John P.
The Work of Holy Cross Church
The work of Holy Cross Church continues through the Corona virus lockdown even though the physical building is not open. Video services are just one of the things being done to allow the community to share the support and worship of the church. We are gradually moving back towards some of our normal services (see above).
Can You Help Holy Cross Church?
If you feel you could contribute financially to the continuing work of Holy Cross Church please click on this link which goes to our "Just Giving" Account.
Note the PRAYER tab
This has currently got some lockdown prayers which Father John found from Fr James Lyons, Archdiocese of Wellington, New Zealand.
The Church is closed until further notice during weekdays depending on Government Guidelines during the pandemic
Regrettably, as we are unable to monitor the church during the latest government regulations, we cannot open for private prayer. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
We hope the shutting of the church does not cause anyone any inconvenience but we have to follow the guidelines of the latest lockdown. Funerals can take place in line with government guidelines. Please check Government Guidelines
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Charity Commission Information
Please note that we are registered with the Charity Commission and our Charity Number is 1137746.