NEWS FROM ST MARY’S – JULY 2021

At the time of writing we are putting the finishing touches to the Open Day & Craft Fair. The event is on Saturday 12th July from 12.00 until 6.00.
We will once again have exhibits and rides from Tinker’s Park, including Wally the Steam Engine and his beautifully restored wooden living van. The fairground organ will bid a tuneful welcome, and Margaret the miniature railway engine will be giving rides in the Top Field behind the church. The Top Field will also accommodate the Bouncy Jungle, the BBQ and the Beer & Wine Tent. We are joined this year by a folk group from Chailey, playing alongside the Beer Tent from 2.00 pm.
At the front of the church we will have David Skinner’s forge and Pete Holland from Heathfield with his potter’s wheel. The Church Hall, Hall Garden and the rear of the church will house a total of 22 stalls, selling a variety of craft related items. Tea, coffee and cake will be available in the Hall. Look out for cars of yesteryear, including two marvellous Morris Minors.
The church will be looking its best, and David Bailey will be playing our magnificent organ between 2.00 and 3.00. There are informative displays featuring the history of the church and the Community Garden Project, now completed and celebrated with the Open Day. Two local organisations, the Buxted Art Club and the Horticultural Society will also have displays in the church, with a firm message of ‘we are still here’.
Business sponsorship this year has been absolutely inspiring, including Crusader Vans, Weald Packaging, Rose Gas, the Buxted Inn and the Pig & Butcher. Bishop’s of Uckfield are sponsoring the BBQ, so you are guaranteed a top quality burger or sausage! Big names such as Waitrose have also stepped in.
Special thanks must go to the Trustees and volunteers at Tinker’s Park, who help us with the loan of equipment, event management expertise and hands-on help setting up the event and restoring the site afterwards.
With all of the site given over to stalls and exhibits, there will be no on-site parking. However, you will see signs pointing 50yds down Church Road to the Oast House field, where there will be free parking and a marshal to guide you.
The Rector, PCC and everyone in the Parish look forward to seeing you all for a great family afternoon out, on your doorstep!

Keith Revoir

St Mary’s Open Day & Craft Fair – New Date

St Mary’s Open Day & Craft Fair – New Date

The Rector, Churchwardens and PCC have been looking closely at government guidance with particular reference to our event, which is a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. On balance, it was felt best not to go ahead with our traditional May event this year, but to proceed in full on a date after all event restrictions are lifted  on 21st June. 

The new date is set for Saturday 10th July, from 12.00 until 6.00

All of our volunteers, exhibitors and sponsors are still very much ‘on board’ despite the 2020 event having to be cancelled. There will be a very wide range of stalls and exhibits both inside and outside the Church Hall, with a theme of crafts and hobbies.

The church itself will be looking its best, with an organ recital planned for the afternoon

The Claude Jessett Trust will once again be our partners, with Wally the Steam Engine coming down from Tinker’s Park, together with the steam miniature railway and a fairground organ.

At the front of the church we will have a working forge and a potter’s wheel, and up in the Top Field the Harvey’s Beer Tent will be assembled, together with a BBQ.  Tea, coffee and cake will as usual be provided in the Church Hall. Our generous local sponsors have provided a range of prizes to be won in the raffle, which will be drawn at 5pm.

As all of the space on site will be taken up with stalls and exhibits, there will be no visitor parking available, but look out for directions to ample free parking further down Church Road.

Keith Revoir

Holy Week Services – 2021

Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down

28th March – Palm Sunday

  8:00 am Holy Communion – St. Margaret’s
  9:00 am Holy Communion – St. Mark’s
10.00 am Holy Communion – St. Margaret’s
11:15 am Holy Communion – St. Mary’s

31st March – Wednesday of Holy Week

11:00 am Stations of the Cross – St. Mary’s

1st April – Thursday of Holy Week

  7:00 pm Holy Communion & Stripping of the Altar – St. Mark’s

2nd April – Good Friday 

  3:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – St. Mary’s
  6:00 pm  Good Friday Service of Words and Music – St. Margaret’s

3rd April – Holy Saturday

  7:30pm Easter Vigil – St. Mary’s

4th April – Easter Sunday

  8:00 am Holy Communion – St. Margaret’s
  9:00 am Holy Communion – St. Mark’s
10:00 am Holy Communion – St. Margaret’s

S. Mary’s Open Day and Craft Fair 2021

This new village event dates from May 2018, when our Community Garden at the rear of the church was opened by the Archdeacon of Hastings.  We resolved at that time to stage an Open Day and Craft Fair each year during the second week of May.

The 2020 event was all ‘good to go’, with some new local sponsors and a wide range of craft stalls and exhibitors all booked.  We were of course not able to go ahead due to the lockdown restrictions.

So what are the plans for this year?  We have set a provisional date for Saturday 14th May.

I have recently contacted all concerned, and explained that soon after Easter we will review the situation as regards government guidance, and also conduct our own risk assessment.  As the event largely takes place out of doors, the prospects are perhaps more encouraging.  Everyone seems to understand that we have to ‘wait and see’, but also that a large scale event like ours needs a fair amount of forward planning by all concerned.

If we are able to go ahead, we will have a working forge, a potter’s wheel, and craft stalls in the church hall and garden.  Wally the Steam engine will be coming down from Tinker’s Park, along with the miniature railway and fairground organ.  The popular Harvey’s Beer Tent will again be in business up in the Top Field.  The church will be looking its best, and there will be an hour’s organ recital at some point during the afternoon.

We welcome two new local business sponsors this year – Crusader Vehicles and Weald Packaging.

So at this stage it’s ‘fingers crossed’, with more updates to follow.

Keith Revoir.

Covid update 5th January

Good Morning Friends,

Things are changing very quickly aren’t they? Like you, your wardens and I have been trying to wrap our minds around the guidance released last night concerning Lockdown 3.0. For the sake of clarity moving forward, we wanted to communicate our interpretation of the regulations as it relates to our common life together in the parish. Please regard these as being somewhat provisional as further guidance may be provided by the Diocese of Chichester or the Church of England, and of course we may not quite have everything sorted at this time. That being said, our position is ….

1. Public Worship in the parish will continue to be suspended until further notice.

2. Church buildings will remain open during daylight hours for private prayer.

3. Funerals, (including those scheduled for this week) will be permitted under guidance and with a maximum attendance of 30 persons.

4. The planned doorstep visitation to ‘Chalk Doors’ and bless homes will take place. Masks and limited contact will be required. (Please be in contact if would like a visit)

5. All other parish activity will be suspended or moved online unless meeting is absolutely necessary.

All of this being said, Christ’s Church in this community will continue to bring Glory to God, continue to make him known and will continue to comfort and nourish the faithful with prayer and God’s Holy Word.

Moving forward in Lockdown 3.0, let me encourage us all to re-engage with our three pronged strategy that we established in the fall lockdown:
1. Edifying teaching and worship through our Youtube channel;
2. Diligence in our lives of private prayer and study of scripture; and
3. Mutual encouragement and support.

On the first,  we will continue to follow the current pattern of a regular Sunday worship video and a mid-week devotional. And we will also continue to request that our parish musicians contribute videos as they are able and comfortable. The regulations allow for the churches to be used for the purposes of recording during lockdown, so you would be welcome to shoot there, or at home. Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts is willing to make background tracks available for this.  Additionally, I would like to broaden the scope of these videos at this time to invited other people in the parish to record videos for our common life and mutual encouragement. Perhaps you would like to read a favourite scripture passage, or psalm or poem and explain what you have learned from it, and why you have found it to be encouraging. If this is of interest, please let me know and I will provide you some direction on how best to record this. And again you can record this at home or at the churches, and if the technology seems daunting, I would be happy to meet you at one of our parish churches to record your contribution. We would love to hear from you.

Regarding private prayer and the study of scripture, during the last lockdown the Archbishops of Canterbury and York requested we use the Prayer for the Nation material, and I think quite a few in the parish did make use of that. In the coming days, I will see if similar material will be provided to order our prayers and will look into providing other resources for our parish. Additionally, let me encourage us all, as we begin this new lockdown and this new year to commit ourselves to a plan for reading through scripture. There are many schemes available from our BCP or CW lectionaries, or One Year Bible plans. Again I will try to put together some recommendations and get them to you in short order. In the meantime, let me encourage you to start reading anywhere. A chapter or two of the gospels, a few psalms etc…, Whatever it is, let us begin digging deep wherever we are.

Finally, let us encourage one another with regular contact (socially distanced of course). I proposed a scheme in the fall of a centralized calling plan to ensure everyone is reached. It ran into administrative difficulty with privacy issues regarding information sharing etc…, so let’s try this a bit differently,  and I think it might even be more effective. Let’s simply think and pray about the parish, and especially the congregations to which we belong and write down those names that we think might need some encouragement and commit to calling them on a regular basis. I suspect that that is simple enough to work. Calls can be quite simple, a quick hello and check in. If you are both comfortable you can pray together. If not just remember them in your morning or nightly prayers. It doesn’t need to be complicated. And of course, should you in the course of your conversation discern that they would like a call from the rector, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I have a short list of people with whom,  I am trying to keep in contact. I have room to add names.

There is a great Canadian political philosopher, Red Green (well worth looking up during the lockdown) who ends his lectures reminding his listeners that we are all in this together, and it’s true. Despite being apart in our homes, God left us his Holy Spirit and one another to comfort and encourage each other. Let us pray that during this Lockdown we will grow in faith and grow together as a body in this community.

God Bless,

CPM+

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