Christ the Lord, Broadfield
Church of England
Broadfield Barton, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BA
Come and join us for Morning Worship on Sunday at 11am and find a warm welcome! This Sunday it is Holy Communion. Come along and join us in the celebration.
An ecumenical prayer meeting (Prayer walk if dry) for our neighbourhood is being held on Monday 15th October at 6.45pm. This prayer meeting will be every 3rd Monday of the month at 6.45pm at Broadfield church.
On the 18th October our church is holding a Confirmation Service, which I am very much looking forward to for a number of reasons. This is when the Bishop will lay his hands on the Confirmation candidates' heads and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give strength and commitment to live God’s way for the rest of the candidate’s life.
Confirmation is a special church service in which a person confirms the promises that were made when they were baptised. You may have been baptised when you were a child. Your parents and godparents made these promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may be ready to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to following Jesus Christ. At a confirmation service, you make these promises for yourself. Your friends and family as well as the local Christian community will be there to promise to support and pray for you. Confirmation is a true sign of a commitment to living as disciples of Christ as the Church of England understands it and being part of the Anglican Communion. This is why Clergy and Readers have to be Confirmed.
Confirmation is a continuance of what has begun at our baptism, a continuance of developing awareness and reality of Faith and the Holy Spirit in our lives.
I am excited about the Confirmation Service because it is a celebration! A celebration of the fact that in Christ we can and are being transformed. This transformation will continue to take place with the help of the Holy Spirit until we are called home to heaven.
Deirdre and I can both speak of why our Confirmations were very special to each of us for slightly different reasons. As a shy teenager it was being Confirmed and being touched by God’s Spirit that offered me the strength, courage and boldness to share the Gospel message with others. This reminds me of the disciples, inasmuch as Jesus told them to spread the message and he promised to be with them always. However, the significance of this promise did not sink in until Pentecost; this is when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. It is this same Holy Spirit that the Bishop asks God should be given to the candidate. The Bishop will anoint the candidate with a special oil, the oil of chrism, this is a sign of the Spirit’s sealing.
I have already had a few people requesting Confirmation in October, so if you have not been Confirmed then please consider this carefully. 14 is the minimum age, but there is no upper age limit! Some preparation is needed for Confirmation, so if this something you would like or something you would like to know more about please feel free to speak to Deirdre or myself. I am putting this in the In Touch sheet now as Confirmation preparation is soon, so if you are interested please speak up soon or at least indicate your interest.
Please do pray for this special occasion which we have the privilege to host in October.
One of the prayers we all say during the Confirmation Service is this: ‘’Defend, O Lord your servants with your Holy heavenly grace, that they may continue yours for ever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until they come to your everlasting Kingdom.”
Why not personalise this wonderful prayer and make it yours for everyday.
A positive alternative to Halloween parties for our youngsters. We will be looking at Jesus the light of the World, having fun, arts and crafts, food and celebration
As a church I strongly believe it is time to reflect, take stock where we are at and with the help of Holy Spirit to discern the way forward for us as CtL. It is important to me that I don’t just dictate the way forward and say the vicar knows best as this is a poor model, but I long for us to come together as the worshiping community seeking God and listening to God in prayer, listening to each other carefully and considerately and listening to ourselves as we discern and come to develop a realistic plan to move forward as a church.
The shape of the afternoon will include worship, celebration of what has gone well and the lives CtL has touched over the last 5 years. I hope we can discern how we best can grow as CtL and develop our relationship with the wider community. This does mean focusing on growth numerically, spiritually and contributing to the common good and will involve in working in small groups. I do recognise this is not everyone’s thing, but for this one afternoon I would like as many people to support this and as much input as possible. Everyone can make a valid and worthwhile contribution from the younger member to the oldest one. I hope from this afternoon we can see the first steps of the formation of a vision and some key milestones to moving it from vision to reality.
After some careful thought I have ask the Reverend Rob Dillingham to help facilitate the afternoon. Rob Dillingham is the Deputy Director of Apostolic Life for the Dioceses of Chichester, but I strongly believe he has just the right skills and gifts to help us more forward in this discernment process.
This is very important to me so please note the date in your diary or smart ‘phone and make a huge effort to join us for the afternoon as I really want this to be a whole church gathering so we can go toward as CtL together and sharing a common vision.
Everyone will be catered for, with input facilitated for the children, as we need to hear their views to.
Prisoner 16770 – Executed! The evil death camp Auschwitz, known many to us today because of the killings during WWII and the horror of the gas chambers where the largest numbers of European Jews were killed by the Nazis. Here Prisoner 16770 who was executed. His name Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan Polish priest, who died on August 14, 1941.
When a prisoner escaped from the camp, the Nazis selected 10 others to be killed by starvation in reprisal. One of the 10 selected to die, Franciszek Gajowniczek, began to cry: “My wife! My children! I will never see them again!” At this Kolbe stepped forward and asked to die in his place. This substitution surprised many, but his request was indeed granted. Observers believed in horror that the commandant would be angered and would refuse the request, or would order the death of both men. The commandant remained silent for a moment. What his thoughts were on being confronted by this brave priest we have no idea. Amazingly, however, he agreed to the request. Apparently, the Nazis had more use for a young worker than for an old one. Gajowniczek was returned to the ranks, and the priest took his place
Kolbe was sent to the death camp for offering shelter to 3,000 Polish refugees, among whom were 2,000 Jews. The friars shared everything they had with the refugees. They housed, fed and clothed them in line with Jesus’ teaching and the early Church.
One day an SS officer abused him terribly and when he collapsed he was thrown him in the mud and left him for dead. His companions managed to smuggle him to the camp infirmary where he recovered. The doctor, Rudolph Diem, recalled, “I can say with certainty that during my four years in Auschwitz, I never saw such a sublime example of the love of God and one's neighbour.”
Gajowniczek later recalled, 'I could only thank him with my eyes. I was stunned and could hardly grasp what was going on. The immensity of it: I, the condemned, am to live and someone else willingly and voluntarily offers his life for me - a stranger. Is this some dream?
I was put back into my place without having had time to say anything to Maximilian Kolbe. I was saved. And I owe to him the fact that I could tell you all this. The news quickly spread all round the camp. It was the first and the last time that such an incident happened in the whole history of Auschwitz.
For a long time I felt remorse when I thought of Maximilian. By allowing myself to be saved, I had signed his death warrant. But now, on reflection, I understood that a man like him could not have done otherwise. Perhaps he thought that as a priest his place was beside the condemned men to help them keep hope. In fact he was with them to the last.'‘
Kolbe's body was removed to the crematorium and without ceremony was disposed of with no dignity.
I read that Gajowniczek died in 1995 in Poland, aged 93.
As I heard about this account at school for the first time it was instrumental for me coming to faith as Kolbe offered me such an example of Jesus Christ who took our punishment and our place on the cross at Calvary, died a criminals death that we might be free and have a relationship with out heavenly Father.