News from St Mary’s – April 2020

A full programme of Easter worship will again be held at St Mary’s this year, with details on our Worship Calendar page.

Once again we will be celebrating the First Mass of Easter. This is a Vigil Mass held after nightfall on Holy Saturday, or sometimes before dawn on Easter Sunday. This dramatic and inspiring service, with its imagery of light emerging from darkness, was in abeyance in the parish for a number of years before being revived at St Mary’s three years ago. So we are once again united with Christian churches across the world in proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. At St Mary’s we do this as night falls on Holy Saturday.

During the Gloria at the Mass, the organ and church bells are used in the liturgy for the first time in two days. A blaze of light fills the church as the lights are restored, accompanied by the exultant ringing of bells. The Paschal candle is used to bless the baptismal font before it is used in the celebration of the sacrament. The Great Alleluia is sung before the Gospel is read, Alleluia being used for the first time since before Lent.

Our Easter Vigil Mass will be held on Holy Saturday, 11th April and we will be gathering around the brazier in the front churchyard at 7.30pm. This year we are going to be joined by some of the congregation from St John’s Church, Crowborough, and we look forward to welcoming them to Buxted.

Moving the focus a few yards to the left across the car park, developments in the use of the Church Hall continue to be encouraging. The group for people with dementia and their carers is meeting regularly on a Tuesday morning, and they are finding the venue more than suitable. We also have a weekday children’s dance class starting after Easter, run by Universal Dance. A free taster session is on offer (see their advert elsewhere in this edition for details).

We are also looking at how the improve the hall garden area. The storage hut and sandpit have now gone, which leaves a space which could be developed as an outside seating area. The first task though is to re-seed the lawn, which will be done after the Open Day & Craft Fair in May. More about that next month.

Keith Revoir


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.

Contribution from St Mary the Virgin to the Buxted Messenger – January 2020 Edition

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!

St. Mary’s Openday and Craft fair 2019

On Saturday 11th May hundreds of people attended our second annual Community Garden Open Day and Craft Fair at St Mary’s Church Buxted. Most of them came from the parish. However, there were a number of visitors from greater distances as a result of the wonderful signs placed all around the locality and excellent advertising support from Uckfield FM and Radio Sussex. We have a few final payments to make. However, overall we look to have raised around £750 for parish funds with every single activity contributing to this total. Huge thanks to everybody who helped to make the event such a resounding success.

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