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.
I don’t really like going to the gym. I have tried it a few times over the years, but despite initial enthusiasm, I quickly stop going. There’s something about being surrounded by people apparently much fitter and healthier than me that puts me off I think!
But as we all know, it is important to do what we can to get (and to keep) fit. A few months ago I decided that I really needed to do some exercise, so I decided to start running. Initially, I was only able to manage a few repetitions of 60 seconds’ running followed by 60 seconds of walking. Slowly, gradually, I was able to build up to longer distances and longer periods of running.
Now, I don’t want to suggest that I’m going to be running a marathon any time soon, but I’ve actually got to the point now where I’m quite enjoying running, and I find myself looking forward to the next run. I’m at the point where I can run 5k quite comfortably, and want to start progressing to longer runs.
But I seem to have hit a bit of barrier. I just can’t seem to get beyond a certain point before running out of steam and needing to stop. However much I push myself I feel I’ve reached my limit and have to stop. I couldn’t really work out why it was I couldn’t progress to the next ‘stage’ so to speak.
I then came across a training programme designed to help you train towards a 10k run. I looked at where I was roughly on the programme to see what they recommended. Suddenly it clicked. Instead of saying things like “just keep on pushing yourself until you achieve your goal” it recommended breaking up the longer runs with short periods of walking as you build up your stamina. It was so simple and so obvious. By introducing 2 short times of walking, it’s much easier to carry on and to extend the distance you can run bit by bit.
One would not have thought that feeding birds would be controversial. Some kind generous people do it to help the birds and bring them into their gardens and this gives the householder pleasure. However, it has become controversial because it sometimes has unexpected consequences. Herring Gulls are a declining species and have protection. People have been sharing their fish and chips and sandwiches with them for years. However, many Gulls now believe they have a right to the food of Humans, and have developed the skills to steal food from people who do not wish to share it. Therefore they have now become unpopular and there have been calls to control them.
Other people feed the feral pigeons that are the descendants of Rock Doves once caught from the rocky cliffs in wild places and taken into captivity for racing and carrying messages. Many subsequently become feral and then breed on buildings in towns and cities and scrounge food from wherever they can, but the more they are fed, the more they breed and eventually become a problem. Calls to control them also arise. I have also heard of folk feeding ducks, which waddle across a busy road from their pond to the garden to get the food putting their lives at risk.
I'm so excited about being your new Parish Priest! I've known Uckfield since Fr. Bill Peters' time, & hugely look forward to coming to your town.
I've been ordained almost twenty seven years now, and have served in parishes in Crawley and central Brighton, Newbury in Berkshire and - for the last ten years - have been Team Rector of Moulsecoomb in Brighton. Having been brought up in Sussex, I went to the University of York (I have a M.A. in Medieval Art & Iconography and I relish the prospect of finally having medieval buildings in my care!) & then tested my vocation by nursing at St. Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham before training as a priest at St. Stephen's House in Oxford.
It's going to be a huge wrench leaving Moulsecoomb, which I've loved. It has quite a reputation (when I first got there I got a post card addressed "Fr. John Wall, the Rectory, the Dodgy Bit of Brighton" & it got to me...) I've been very active in the local community, as School Governor, running a networking local community leaders' lunch (I'm a good & enthusiastic cook!) as well as being heavily involved in opening a community co-operative pub, "the Bevy" - but that's another and quite long story. My leaving do at "the Bevy" is, I think, going to be quite a local community event above & beyond my church farewells! I've also done a lot in Brighton in the wider City as chaplain to three of the recent Mayors, and I'm looking forward to being involved in the Civic life in Uckfield.
Other interests include entertaining (food again...), theatre, films, (I hear good things about the cinema in Uckfield!), Art, and I used to sing Opera, but a long time ago.... I'm single but will come with a happy little Labrador called Sophie who adores being the Rectory dog. I also write a regular humorous (hopefully) column in "the Church Times" which is pretty much the Church of England's trade magazine.
I'm starting a four month sabbatical after Easter, (Art in Rome and Venice, with, I suspect quite a lot of pasta and Veneto wine) and will be moving over to you after that.
I'm so looking forward to meeting you all and joining in with your communities on this next stage of our Pilgrimage together, being the people of God, walking and growing in the footsteps of Jesus.
I think it's going to be fun!
Love Fr. John