Christ the Lord, Broadfield
Church of England
Broadfield Barton, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BA
Working with agencies and groups
Local and national recognition
Faith developments and the Muslim community
Christian work and those in need abroad
Although a Church of England church, Christ the Lord is a unique project. We work in close partnership with two other local church groups: the Roman Catholics and Broadfield Christian Fellowship, a local independent church. While we worship in our own way, we jointly share resources, funds, the site, buildings and many activities. The joint church activity is co-ordinated by a group called the JMC (Joint Management Council). The JMC pray together, make shared decisions and work together with other local groups for the benefit of Broadfield. As the whole Church and Community Centre are on church land the JMC reports directly to the church trustees, who own the land.
Christians in Crawley know that there is common ground in Christian faith and how it is lived and expressed. Across Crawley there are a number of joint church projects, all supported by CtL. We are part of the Lighthouse Project, taking school clubs and assemblies in many Crawley schools, including Broadfield. Lighthouse is widely recognised in Crawley for its excellence in educational and youth enhancement work. CtL is also involved in the monthly townwide churches together event held at Crawley Baptist Church.
CtL is linked with a number of groups sharing the same values and vision as CtL. We work together, drawing on resources and ideas. In return others ask what we are doing to bring God's excellence, encouragement and expectation to the local area. We are a founding church in the local New Wine Network, are linked with the Willow Creek Association and are part of the Evangelical Alliance.
Who are these groups? Just as people and organisations associate with others who overlap with them or have common ground, so do churches. EA linked churches are those that believe the Bible is God's Words and believe that when we become Christians we seek to change to live a life modelled on God's way. There are many Anglican, Independent, Baptist and Methodist churches linked to the EA. New Wine is a growing group of churches that have a younger, perhaps modern feel to them and who believe that God works with Spiritual gifts today. New Wine churches tend to be urban and mainly Anglican or Independent churches - like the Vineyard church denomination. Willow Creek linked churches are those across the world which have a view of church that says 'this is good, we want others to see this great news too' in a modern way, so try to see services as not only 'my place of worship' but also where we'd love to invite friends to.
CtL is a church made up of its local community: the people of Broadfield. We are passionate about the area, playing our part locally for the good of the whole community. It may be that you are reading this from within another town or community. We hope that some of the small developments here may give ideas for others to try in areas engaged in social and spiritual transformation. And we would be interested in hearing from you about any other ideas you know about…
Broadfield is our neighbourhood and the issues Broadfield faces are our issues. What we bring to things like crime, social exclusion or alienation of individuals is a personal confidence that everyone matters to Jesus Christ. God cares about everything and everyone. When we put our faith in Jesus into action we find that lives and whole communities are transformed. Not everyone we are involved with would agree with our Christian confidence and belief, but we are not about forcing people to accept our personal opinion. Our role is to work alongside others who share a passion for improving the lives of all who live locally, whatever their faith or personal background.
We are grateful that many value our community work and the good work of the
whole church and centre complex. Most importantly, we hope that recognition of
our work will bring positive recognition to Broadfield.
CtL has received a discretionary 'Let's Face It' award by Crawley Borough Council. Barclaycard/The Observer newspaper has awarded the church and Centre 'Making a Difference' recognition twice in the past five years. Due to our community involvement we are grateful to the outstanding financial and technical support given by a major national cctv installation firm, Seecam. The work of the church and Centre was recognised by a Prime Ministerial visit. Church staff have addressed regional statutory leaders and national conferences.
Broadfield, and Crawley as a whole, is a diverse community. The major World faith groups are all present. Broadfield Mosque is close to CtL. Both the Muslim community and CtL recognise and respect that we have particular differences in our basis of belief and its expression, yet many common values. Working together the leadership of CtL and the council of elders of the Mosque liaise over matters of local importance and shared agreement.
The church is a shared premises with Broadfield Community Centre. To book the community centre please telephone the Centre Office on 01293 531337 or visit www.broadfield.cc. We have regular contact with many governing and development bodies, giving a Broadfield representation to many situations.
We support a township project in South Africa by working with
YWAM and their Worcester team. We regularly fundraise for a number of
international activities, particularly the work of
TEARFund, who are engaged worldwide in development in many areas of acute
need. We also have
Fair Trade recognition.