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.
Holy Week this year was hugely moving and effective: from Tinsel the donkey on Palm Sunday to the enactment of the Passion on Good Friday, from the Agape on Holy Wednesday to the Messy Church session on Holy Saturday, we experienced the Passion of Jesus in different ways, for different ages, but all joining in on the journey of Easter Faith. It was especially lovely to see so many in church on Easter Day itself: we had fun with party poppers, Easter eggs and Easter bonnets & we let off sixteen silver, gold and red helium filled balloons halfway through the service to represent the surprise of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. As I write, apart from one which has given up the ghost, they’re still up there in the roof vault! “How are you going to get them down?” I’ve been asked a number of times, (air rifles have been mentioned more than once…) but the answer is – I don’t want to! I’m hoping they will stay up in the roof for Eastertide which (like Lent) goes on for forty days – hence, even though it’s now May, I’m still saying “Happy Easter!”
Jesus’ Resurrection happened only once, two thousand years ago: it’s part of what some theologians call “the Christ Event”, which means the whole story of the birth, life, death and rising again of the Nazarene Jesus bar-Joseph, and the impact it all had on the world. It is this cycle of events which we celebrate throughout the church’s year through Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter and all the feasts and festivals. All these things happened only once,
“Once, only once and once for all
His precious life he gave”,
I am now in Bexhill on duty with my wife caring for my elderly Mother-In-Law. However, the weather is beautiful and the sea calm. A few weeks ago I saw a Seal swimming about 100 metres off the beach moving due west. I often write about the change of seasons, but rarely about how this affects marine organisms. The temperature off the coast of Southern England normally varies from about100C in the winter to about 180C in late summer. In recent years it has reached 200C on occasion. The sea tends to be rougher in the winter with storms moving huge amounts of material such as pebbles and sand. These storms also cause the erosion of cliffs, and coastal soil. The coast-line is forever changing.
The animals in the sea also move with the seasons, and cold water fish like Cod will migrate north in the spring. Later in early summer baby Herring will move north followed by Mackerel which feed on them as they move. Cuttlefish will lay their eggs among coastal rocks and these will hatch out to produce a new generation. Meanwhile the older Cuttlefish die and quickly decay leaving only their white Cuttlebone which often washes up on our shores in large numbers. In recent years, marine nature reserves have been created off the coast of Sussex.
|Palm Sunday Walk with the Donkey. Click each image to enlarge. Click here for gallery. All photos by Ron Hill.|
One of things a curate is expected to do during their training is to lead a Lent Group. Don’t tell anyone at the Diocese, but this year I decided not to lead the Diocesan Lent Course but instead to try something a little bit different! (Don’t worry, we did also run the Diocesan Course too!)
The course I led was all about the idea of embracing the Sabbath as a daily discipline. We were encouraged to explore ideas of Sabbath as something more than simply a twenty-four hour period at the beginning of a new week. To help us do this, the course suggested a number of weird and wonderful activities like engaging with our five main senses and making a list of your favourite sound, view, taste, smell and physical sensation such as walking barefoot on wet sand or stroking a dog.
The penultimate session was all about re-connecting with our inner child! We explored ways of approaching life in a childlike manner, attempting to see our lives through the prism of child’s sense of awe and wonder. We even spent time playing games like pick up sticks, cards, dominoes, snakes and ladders and ‘Ker-Plunk’ – a gravity defying game using sticks and marbles! All this to the accompaniment of Queen’s ‘Don’t stop me now!’