St Marys Church Hall is available to hire. Please place enquiries to Homer Cox on 01825 or via the email link in the button below.
We are already planning the third of these events, held each May to commemorate the opening of our Community Garden at the rear of the church. The 2020 event will be held on Saturday 16th May, from 12.00 until 6.00. The poster and flyer was hand drawn by Brett Hudson, a talented young local illustrator.
The event will again be a joint undertaking with our friends from the Claude Jessett Trust, based at Tinker’s Park in Hadlow Down, which is a major centre for steam traction preservation. So we will have the ever popular steam miniature railway, a vintage fairground organ and a steam engine with a lovingly restored living van.
Classic Cars will be a new feature, with the East Sussex Morris Minor Club on site, together with some other 60s classics.
Country crafts will be represented, with a working forge and demonstrations of woodland coppicing and hurdling.
A range of local crafters will be exhibiting within the Church Hall, and also in the Hall Garden. At the time of writing, a small number of outside pitches remain available to exhibit and sell crafts, home produce, plants, bric-a-brac or memorabilia. Perhaps it’s time to clear out the attic? Pitches are only £20.
The church will be looking its very best, with our Victorian pipe organ providing some music. Members of the congregation will be on hand to talk to visitors about the fascinating history of the church, including Fr Hope Patten’s time here, and the Walsingham Chapel. From our more recent past, there is an exhibition stand giving the history of restoring our ‘Top Field’ into the Community Garden, Buxted’s newest public open space.
At the beginning of a new calendar year, with the excesses and celebrations of Christmas and New Year behind us, we are prone to gaze somewhat forlornly at the fuller, more shapely, self reflected in the mirror. We resolve to get fit and back into shape.
And our resolution is all the more piqued by the offers to join gyms and fitness clubs for discount prices and great offers.
But the experience of many, indeed my own, is that in the gloomier darker days of winter, the temptation is to rest in comfort, by the fire and not to put on gym gear, run outside and get wet and cold.
However, many will speak well to the benefits of losing unnecessary weight, keeping fit and feeling good about engaging in exercise. And I suspect that they achieve this because they develop the habit of exercise, not as a reaction to a period of excess, but as a regular discipline in respect for themselves and their bodies.
So, as we embark on a new decade in early 2020, it is very much the same in respect of our spiritual selves. If we are a bit flabby in that respect, here are some pointers to consider (and none are too good to be true):
1. What you put into your body makes a difference: so it is with your mind, your heart and your soul. To be properly fed spiritually, we need to regularly pray, share in worship within our community and read the bible, God’s word to us. These are really good habits to get into.
2. I’m afraid this is also involves regular exercise. A runner who doesn’t train for a race might not finish or might come far down the field. So what we learn in church and read in the bible needs to be put into practice regularly. Like a tree planted where there is good soil and regular water, faith that is healthy should bear good fruit and we should be known for our goodness.
3. This all takes discipline. Just as with gym going or physical exercise, our spiritual habits can be tough to keep because they aren’t always flashy or easy. We won’t always want to keep them. But these habits are vital to keep us on the right track in life. And thankfully, we are not on our own. God has given us Jesus and the Holy Spirit to support and encourage us. The important thing to remember is that if we drop the ball, we can get back up and start again.
All of us at St Mary the Virgin will welcome you anytime you want to come and share in worship with us. And a very happy, healthy and yes – spiritually fit – New Year!
Begin your Christmas with glorious candlelit performance of the Christmas Music from Handel’s Messiah.