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Welcome to the Ecclesiastical Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down
The Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down in East Sussex is a single parish with three parish churches: St Margaret the Queen in Buxted Park, St Mary the Virgin in Buxted, and St Mark the Evangelist in Hadlow Down. We glory in what unites us and in what makes us special.
The Parish has a Church Hall near St Mary's Church. Please click to see St Mary's Church Hall page.
GLUTEN FREE? If you are gluten intolerant and wish to receive a gluten free wafer at communion, cards, which you can take to the altar rail to indicate your preference, are available in all three churches. Please ask a sidesman for a card.
If you wish to see the contents of the latest pew sheet then please select the four-fold booklet: Pew Sheet
A REQUEST FOR HELP IN OUR PARISH
HELPER(S) REQUIRED. We really need the help of one or two people for a maximum of one to two hours per week, at any convenient time, to help with office administration. This is principally operating the church photocopier to print our weekly pew sheets and orders of service for special occasions. This could also include setting up the files on the computer using Word and Excel. If you think you could help, please do let the Rector know and we can meet to discuss in more detail.
MESSAGE FROM THE WEBMASTER
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ANNUAL REVISION OF THE CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL. You are entitled to be on the Church Electoral Roll if you are over 16, a member of the Church of England or of a church in communion therewith and resident in the parish or if not resident in the parish, to have habitually attended services in the parish during the last six months. The roll is now displayed in each church until 26th March. If you think you are on the roll please check your details and let me know if there should be any changes. If you would like to be on the roll and are not, please fill in an application form available in all the churches and either send to me or hand to a churchwarden or church roll assistant. The revised roll will be displayed in the churches from 28th March until the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which this year is on Wednesday April 11th at 7:30pm in St. Mary’s Hall. If you have any questions in relation to the roll please get in touch with me, Sally Jackson (Electoral Roll Officer)
The Folly, High Street, Buxted, TN22 4LA
Telephone:01825 732091 or Sally Jackson
"OPEN THE BOOK" - INITIAL TRAINING
You probably recall that we have been invited by both of our local schools to visit them and read bible stories to the children in a very informal and interesting way using Bible Society resources called "Open the Book". There will be an initial training course for anybody who is interested to be involved. Here are the details:
HOVE - Initial training - Wednesday 28 February 2018
Event Style: Initial Training Day
Time: Doors open for registration from 9.30 am, finishing at 2.30 pm.
Venue: Holland Road Baptist Church, Holland Road, Hove BN3 5NB
Cost: Donations welcome towards event costs
Refreshments: Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring a packed lunch
Parking: Some at the church, with lots on the surrounding streets - hopefully we can arrange car sharing.
I enquired to see if we could have training in the parish. Unfortunately the cost would be prohibitive.
Best Wishes,Fr John
Changing Service Times
The congregation at St Mary the Virgin has agreed to try out a revised service starting time of 11.15 from Sunday 4th March through to Easter Sunday which will be on Sunday 1st April. I am extremely grateful to them for this. It will give me much needed breathing space to get from St Margaret’s including, I hope, the chance to speak to members of the congregation there before leaving. Iain Lindsay has agreed to compile a questionnaire to ascertain the views of members of the St Mary’s congregation as we decide whether or not this should be a permanent change.
One benefit of the change is that we will be able to have Palm Sunday worship in all three churches of the parish on Sunday 25th March. So there will be a Procession with Palms and Eucharist at St Mark’s at 09.00, Procession with Palms and Eucharist at St Margaret’s starting at 10.00, and Palm Sunday Mass, including reading of the Passion, at St Mary’s starting at 11.15.
After Easter I would like to develop a similar dialogue with members of the St Mark’s and St Margaret’s congregations to discuss together not only timing of our worship but also the types of services that we want to hold throughout each month in our churches. First though, let us pray for the congregation at St Mary’s as they adapt to a revised worship time throughout March.
Walsingham Cell Meeting
The next meeting of the Walsingham Cell Group will be on Wednesday 7th March at 10.30 in the Rectory. There will be a Cell Mass in the Walsingham Chapel the following Wednesday, 14th March, again at 10.30.
GIVING DURING LENT. My apologies for any confusion caused by my earlier messages on this subject. The tradition in our parish during Lent is, of course, to save up our small change to support a worthy cause. There are jam jars available at the back of each of our churches if you wish to use them to store your coins before bringing them at Easter. This year we will support two charities. Half of the money raised will go the Diocesan Lent Appeal which aims to raise awareness of the tremendously important work of the Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Support Work (FSW) and help to realise the target it has set itself - to see a support worker in every part of Sussex within five years. The second charity will be local to the parish; the TN22 Plus Club which aims to provide a safe and caring environment for those with memory loss or dementia to socialise and take part in stimulating activities
LIVE LENT! On Thursday, 15th February, at our 10.00 Eucharist at St Margaret’s, I was waving my iPhone in the air during the homily. This was not because I received an unfortunately-timed call. Rather it was to encourage those present to consider downloading a Church of England App called Live Lent. This works on all smartphones, it is free and is an excellent resource to help us to reflect and pray our way through Lent. Each day there is a reading, a reflection, a prayer and a challenge.
LENT STUDY GROUPS. We will meet throughout Lent for study and reflection and will follow the Diocese Lent Course: Inspiring Vision. We will meet for an hour each week in the Church Hall from 7.30-8.30pm, usually on Wednesday evenings- 21st February. The Lent Group takes a break this coming week and will meet again on Wednesday 7th March at 7.30pm in the Rectory. Then the dates are: Thursday 15th March and Wednesday 21st March.
GETTING OURSELVES READY FOR LENT
Are you ready for Lent. Everybody approaches Lent in a different way. For some of us, there will be no changes at all; for others, a totally different lifestyle with an emphasis on praying, fasting, and giving. Maybe we pray more than usual, or we pray with different emphases. We might eat smaller or fewer meals or give up a favourite food or drink. Alternatively, we might give more of our resources or give them specifically to special works of mercy during Lent. These are all outward signs of response to the season of Lent. However, for any or indeed all of them to have merit then it is vital that we understand why we are doing whatever we might decide to do. What does this mean-what needs to happen within us so that we can practise with more integrity and intention whatever we are doing on the outside?
In reality, there are plenty of possibilities for actions and practices during Lent; coming up with ideas usually is not the problem. But we shouldn’t do anything simply for the sake of doing it (or even worse to be seen to be doing it), even if it’s a good thing. It’s good to have a plan for doing. It’s even better to have a plan for being. There are many different possibilities for how we might be this year during Lent:
- More quiet and thoughtful;
- More open to God’s wishes;
- Better able to sit with people who need our time and company;
- More attentive to what we are reading, whether in church or at home by ourselves;
- More compassionate toward our own fears and failings;
- More courageous about using the gifts God has given each of us.
These are simply a list of possibilities, they are not in any order of importance, neither is the list by any means complete. What is right for each of us will be unique to us, and unique even to 2018. Every year, our situation will be different and so how we might respond will be different also. However, I do encourage you all to think carefully about what might be right for us to do (or not do) throughout Lent this year. Here are some ideas to help us identify a good approach to Lent this year in the days prior to Lent.
-Ask God, every day, “What does my soul need?” Just ask, and wait quietly. Because we’re very good at fooling ourselves about how we’re doing, it might take several days of praying this question before we’re truly open and humble enough to know the answer.
-Ask God, every day, “What about my life makes you happy?” Yes, when God looks at your life, some parts of it—perhaps many aspects of it—bring joy to God’s heart. Think of how people close to you make you happy. God is in relationship with you, which means that your sins grieve God’s heart, but also that your growth and love and freedom and kindness bring joy to God. Stick with this little prayer and keep listening.
-Tell God, and yourself, every day, “I want to be open to the graces of this Lenten season.” Maybe we are not as open and willing as we would like to be or think we should be. We can always open our lives a bit more, let go of more stuff, listen better, and do more quickly and passionately what we know helps nurture God’s kingdom on earth.
This last possibility confirms that keeping a “good Lent” does not necessarily mean not doing some thing(s) for 40 days and 40 nights. It may mean the converse - actually doing some things that we usually do not have the time or confidence to do. Most important of all, please do think about how you might approach Lent this year. If you would like to discuss it with me Fr John, then just let me know. I would be delighted to spend time with you.
Prayer for Lent 2018
Lord, let everything I do this day and in the season of Lent come from you and be inspired by you. I long to be closer to you. Help me to remember that nothing is important in my life unless it glorifies you in some way. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day busyness of my life and keep saying, "Tomorrow, I will spend more time in prayer," but now my longing meets your love and I want to do it now. Help me to rely on you for help. Please, Lord, remind me that "perfection" isn't the crazy, "successful" way I try to live my life, but a perfection of my most authentic, real self. My "perfection" might be holding my many flaws in my open hands, asking you to help me accept them. Heal me, Lord, and help me to find you in the darkness of my life. Let me reach out to you and feel your hand and love there to guide me. Amen.
Click here to view Year of Prayer 2018 document
PARISH WALKING GROUP.
On Wednesday 21 February we were out and about around Hadlow Down.
We had a wonderful glimpse of spring and the beauty of God’s nature on our parish walk. The next walk will be on Wednesday 21st March, the first day of spring! Join us next time for around an hour and then finish with coffee and a chat.
CHILDREN’S CHOIR. The Children’s Choir resumed on Tuesday 12 September. We meet every Tuesday during school term times for one hour from 16.00 at the Rectory, Church Road, Buxted. New and old members aged from 6-11 years are welcome. There is no charge and the aim is to have fun through singing. For more information contact her by clicking on Ella or telephoning 01825 733103
1) LEGACIES POLICY. Please click to see how you can help
2) PARISH GIVING SCHEME. More than half the C of E dioceses are now in this scheme and Chichester diocese leads the field with more donors and churches active than any other diocese in the country. Our parish was one of the first to enrol, but we are always looking for more parishioners to join.
Are you a PGS member? Existing members wishing to change their gift, or any other details, should contact the PGS team directly and not their bank. This can easily be done by telephone to 01452 835595 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your PGS reference number. For further details, contact Homer Cox on 01825 732321
SIGNS RHYMES AND CHIMES
Don't forget that Signs Rhymes and Chimes is only a term time group.
PARISH EMAIL NEWSLETTER
Please continue to make a special point of supporting families in need through our food collections, to be handed on through Michelle, our local diocesan Family Support Worker. Please look for the box in each church, where food items can be left. These should be non-perishable items of general use to an ordinary family.
Where are we?
This map shows the location of our three churches and the nearby towns of Uckfield, Heathfield and Crowborough. More detailed maps and directions
Parish News and Events
GIVING - please visit our Giving pages to find out about the current and recent ways in which the parish is giving and see also how you can give, either financially or through your talents.(Time, Talents, and Money)
VACANCY FOR ORGANIST/CHOIRLEADER AT ST MARGARET'S Please visit the St Margaret's page for further details.
About the Parish
The parish is in the Uckfield Deanery, the Hastings Archdeaconry and the Chichester Diocese.
The Parish was created by a pastoral scheme and came into operation on 1 January 2008.
It is administered by a single PCC.
The villages of Buxted and Hadlow Down make up the ecclesiastical parish,
There are two Church of England Primary schools in the parish:
The parish maintains close links with both schools, details of which can be
The parish is a registered charity (Charity Reg. No. 1130925).
Parish Mission Statement
We are committed to playing our part in God's mission to the world by being:
To become the people of Christ.
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