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.
Janus, the Roman god from whom we get the name of the month of January, was a god with two faces, one – old and lined – looking back to the year that had gone and one – young and immature – looking to the year to come. He was the god of doorways and beginnings, of transitions and change, both feared and embraced.
In this Season we do the same. We look back to where we have come from, to the events of the past year and further back to the stories that have formed us over the years and over the decades. This is in many ways good, for we are the product of our stories, of our history, both as individuals and as communities, both town and church. We hold on to and cherish our traditions, for they are the things that guide and form us, holding on to and communicating values. But we also look forward, to new ways of doing things, to new ways of embracing the authentic experience of the Living God, to the challenges we are set and the opportunities we are offered to grow and move forward.
Happy New Year!
A New Year, a new start; a fresh beginning. A year full of potential; of opportunities to do things differently; to let go of things that we no longer want to carry; to embrace new ways of doing things and new ways of being. An opportunity to be honest with ourselves and determine to do things differently, to try harder at the things we find most difficult. A time to listen to that still small voice inside us, that tells us the truths we don’t want to hear.
The start of a new year has long been seen as a way of making a fresh start, of choosing to behave in a different way. It is well known that January is the busiest month for new gym memberships, as people decide to put the excesses of Christmas behind them and get fit and healthy. Very often though, the initial enthusiasm wanes, life gets in the way, and the gym membership becomes another cause for guilt. But this need to take an honest look at ourselves and decide to do things differently at the New Year, speaks of a very basic and important human need – the need to be given a second chance. None of us is perfect. We all make a mess of things from time to time. But sometimes, we mess us so badly, it seems there is no way back. Sometimes, we get trapped in a cycle of behavior that we just can’t break; that we are helpless to tackle on our own.
Holy Cross Church was overflowing with visitors when the Bonfire Societies held their annual Carol Service. Uckfield Performance Ensemble together with Heathfield Silver Band played and accompanied many of the carols. This was the first year that The Rector, Revd. John Wall, had led the service. The Rector and the Curate, Revd. Mitch, reappeared part the way through the Service dressed as the comedy duo Laurel and Harvey, and much to the amusement of all those present.
Photographs by Ron Hill Photographic
Last month’s Nature Notes may have seemed a bit depressing, so this month I have resolved to write in a more positive tone. I am currently writing a book on Blue Tits. These fascinating little birds never cease to cheer me up as they are so cheerful and resourceful. The colours of Blue Tits are similar to those of Plant Earth as seen for space; blue for the oceans, yellow for the deserts, green for the forests, black for the deepest water and white for the snowy regions such as the Poles.
Blue Tits are one of the few birds actually increasing in number throughout their European range. Their ancient history is fascinating. Their ancestors almost certainly came from China, and spread across Asia to Europe and Africa. Then a series of ice ages and other climatic extremes caused the ancestors to go extinct, isolating the remaining Blue Tits in North Africa. From there they colonised the Canary Islands where they diversified but remained isolated. They then colonised Europe from Africa and spread north and east, back into Asia and Russia where they lost most of their colour except for black white and blue and became Azure Tits. Some of these in Asia developed a band of yellow across their breasts to become Yellow-Breasted Tits.
Festival of Christmas Trees - December 2nd, 3rd, 4th 2016
The amazing eighty-nine decorated Christmas Trees in Holy Cross Church attracted nearly six thousand visitors to the ninth Festival of Christmas Trees with visitors coming from the Medway towns and Isle of Sheppey in the east to Odiham in the west. 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 themselves with more than ever hand crafted decorations. One particular display titled “The Santa Special Tree” had been months in the planning and development. Photographs of this year’s Festival can be viewed in the website’s photo gallery. The eighty-nine trees displayed had been sponsored by a cross section of Uckfield’s community – schools, businesses, voluntary organisations and associations, community support groups as well as individual families.
During Friday evening visitors were entertained by Sean Martin playing the organ, and Bernard Tagliavini singing and playing the guitar.