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.
The Induction of Reverend John Wall at The Church of the Holy Cross
On Wednesday 21st September 2016 a congregation of well over two hundred people witnessed the Licensing of Reverend John Wall as Priest-in-Charge of The Church of the Holy Cross and St. Saviour’s, Uckfield; St.Michael, and All Angels, Little Horsted and St.Margaret of Antioch, Isfield by The Bishop of Lewes The Right Reverend Richard Jackson with the Induction by The Archdeacon of Hastings The Venerable Edward Dowler.
For photographs taken by Ron Hill of the induction evening click here.
We are fast approaching one of my favourite seasons of the year, Michaelmas. The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels is on 29th September, and Michaelmastide lasts for the week following. (I am so excited to have a St. Michael’s in the Plurality!) In the past, it has been one of the Church’s seasons for ordinations, and what could be more appropriate, men and women being priested during the celebration of the Messengers of God. Angels are in vogue at the moment. In New Age spirituality, there is a huge popular love of angels (remember Robbie Williams, first big hit “Angels”?) and a yearning for their beauty, transcendence and comfort, which says something about the spiritual journey many people are on.
One of my favourite TV programs of recent times is Rev, starring Tom Hollander as a rather hapless Inner-London vicar, Adam, and his long-suffering wife, played brilliantly by Olivia Coleman. In one of the episodes, we see Adam explaining to various people that he is going on retreat, correcting them when they say, ‘enjoy your holiday’; “It’s not a holiday, it’s a retreat!”
Before I was ordained, I think I would have had a great deal of sympathy with those parishioners, seeing a few days’ away at a retreat centre as a bit of a luxury; an extended holiday; an opportunity to relax and catch up on some sleep.
But I now see a retreat slightly differently. As curates, we were encouraged both in our College training, and in our early ministry, to consider going on a retreat as a means of taking stock; of reflecting on our experiences; and an opportunity to re-focus our spiritual lives.
I’m back on the Island of Great Britain now. Incidentally, I discovered recently that it was the Ptolemy (AD 100 – 170), the Greco-Egyptian writer that first referred to Great Britain as the larger of the two main islands with Little Britain (Ireland) of the British Isles referred to by the Celts and Romans as the islands off north-west Europe.
The natural history of these islands is extremely complex and stems back to their geology which itself is complex, and is a bizarre mixture of volcanic, sedimentary and metamorphic rock. The latter term refers mainly to sedimentary rock that has been transformed by heat and pressure from one rock type, say chalk into another such as limestone or marble. Here in Sussex all our substrates are either sedimentary such as clay, chalk or sandstone with a little metamorphic bits like Sussex Marble. Horsham stone is another very hard sand-rock that has been transformed from sediments into a hard rock commonly used for roofing, including the roof of Framfield Church.