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.
2018 already! Where did 2017 go?
We are starting January of a new year, and with that go New Year resolutions. I can hear the groans from here. Mind you, it really is no bad thing to have a go at starting a-fresh, at trying to make the year to come happier and healthier, both physically and spiritually, than the year before. We are creatures of (often bad) habit, and breaking patterns of habit and behaviour ,though hard (Slimming World here I come – again), is doable: there is always the possibility of real change, real growth, real hope.
God is a God of renewal, of forgiveness, of new starts: if we allow ourselves to rest in his love, to accept his challenge to grow, to change, then amazing things can happen to us , both as individuals and as a community. And it’s never too late. That’s one of the truly wonderful things about God: through his transforming, energizing Love, renewal and new horizons of the Spirit are there to be explored and lived.
We will in this New Year be starting to experience Celtic styles of worship which are both atmospheric and challenging: let me leave you, at the beginning of this year, with a prayer from a Morning Liturgy from the Iona Community which expresses some of this restless new hope:
the widowed find a carer,
the orphaned find a parent,
the fearful find a friend.
the wounded find a healer,
the penitent find a pardoner,
the burdened find a counsellor.
The recent cold weather here in the maritime north Atlantic island of Great Britain has sent nature running for cover. Like us, most other animals, plants, fungi and microbes prefer to take refuge in locations warmer than average for the time of year where they usually live.
You may say that plants and fungi do not move, yes? Well, actually, most plants are large enough to move bits of their life-support systems between warm and cold parts of their extensive bodies. That is, during the summer, when the air temperature is above 10o Celsius, most of the activity is above ground and the green bits grow large and bright, usually culminating in producing some kind of seeding fruit. However, during the winter, these plants recede into the ground where, just about 10 centimetres down, the soil remains at about 10o Celsius. The roots continue to grow, and some plants produce tubers, others corms which are really subterranean stem tissue; others produce bulbs, which are really compressed white leaf material. During winter, the tissue above ground either goes dormant or dies off completely, leaving a powerful refugium below ground. We often like to eat those in the form of carrots (root), potatoes (tubers), Chinese water chestnut (corm) and onion (bulb). Even the seeds are usually hiding in leaf litter or below ground, and we eat those in the form of rice, beans and bread.
Fungi are also below ground, indeed the largest living organisms on the planet are probably fungi which include individuals spreading out underground for sometimes several hectares. Fungi only come above ground to produce tiny airborne spores from their mushroom fruiting bodies, which drift on the wind into new habitats to make new fungi.
A totally amazing six thousand, three hundred and ninety-nine visitors came to The Church of the Holy Cross to see Tenth year of the Festival of Christmas Trees, and it is doubtful whether anyone left disappointed, because there were an incredible ninety-eight decorated positions to be seen and admired. The Church welcomed visitors from as far afield as Yorkshire and Hampshire and a considerable number from across the country boundary with Kent. This Festival retains the traditional methods of tree decorating, but the Sponsors are very much encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year they certainly excelled. One very special display was titled “Santa’s Workshop” which had been several months in development while another display was a tree that had been decorated to represent a full length dress. Photographs of the Trees featured in this year’s Festival can be viewed in the Church’s website Photo Gallery, which can be accessed via the main Menu Bar at the top of this page, or see the link below. The ninety-eight displays had been sponsored by a cross section of Uckfield’s community – schools, businesses, voluntary organisations and associations, community support groups as well as individuals and families. During Friday afternoon visitors were entertained by Margaret Watson,harpist,and John Pontefract a singer and guitarist. Children could have their face painted by Pretty Fantastic Faces on both the Friday and Saturday afternoons.