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Christ the Lord, Broadfield

Church of England

Broadfield Barton, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BA

News & What's On:

Come and join us for Morning Worship on Sunday at 11am and find a warm welcome!


Evening Pentecost Praise: Sunday 20th May

7pm at St, Mary's church, Southgate.  This is a joint Service for churches in South Crawley to come together in Worship.  

Pray for Broadfield

A new ecumenical prayer meeting is being launched to pray for our neighbourhood. The meeting will be in Broadfield church every 3rd Monday of the month at 6.45pm. We meet next on May 21st. Please support this as it will make a difference.


Talk Broadfield - Residents Association 

Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30pm
Broadfield Community Centre (small hall)
Come along and have your say.
Tea & Coffee provided


CtL Taize Service 

7pm Wednesday 30th June
Prayer, Quiet, Reflection Peace,
Solidarity and music


CAP Money Course at CtL

Great advice on budgeting, ordering your money, reviewing your funds - Soon to start.


Quiet day on 2nd June  - at  Slaugham church,

Church postcode:  RH17 6AG.  It is 9.30am to 3pm and led by Bob Key, former Dean of Jersey.   To book : chichsterdef.org.uk/events/quietday2018          or tel no. 01323 488527.


Confirmation Service at CtL is on Thursday 18 October.

Confirmation preparation will start in July - Please speak the vicar if interested or wish to know more.


Great love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 14.13)

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 withthem 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. 


Further reflection below:




The Vicars reflections on anxiety

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