Christ the Lord, Broadfield
Church of England
Broadfield Barton, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BA
On Sunday December 3rd, our churchwardens were able to announce the name of our new Vicar: Rev David King. David is currently serving at St Patrick's Church, Wallington in Surrey. David and his wife Katy hope to join us in the early part of 2024. We thank God for their strong sense of calling to work with us here in Broadfield and look forward to their arrival with hope and anticipation.
Jesus is coming to Broadfield! In fact, He's coming back for the whole world to see - not as a baby in manger, but as Lord of Heaven and Judge of the Earth. As He Himself promised, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him and he will separate the people from one another." (Matthew 25:31-32a)
During Advent, we look back to Jesus' first coming. We remember the hope and faith of those who waited for Israel's Messiah - and their joy when He finally came. And we look forward to His second coming and remember that we, like them, must wait and work with hope and faith, seeking to be fully prepared for that time of great joy - and of great challenge - when He comes again.
December services at 11 am except where stated
03 Dec Getting ready 2 Pet 3:8-15a
10 Dec* Jesus will return! Mark 13:24-37
17 Dec Nativity service for all ages
24 Dec 4 pm Christmas Eve Light in the darkness John
25 Dec 10:30 am Christmas Day joint service with
31 Dec Presented in the Temple Luke 2:21-40
*Service of Holy Communion.
prepared by Howard, our previous Vicar, for
On Sunday 16th April 2023, we said, “Goodbye!” to our vicar – Rev. Howard Schnaar. Howard and Deirdre, with their daughter Bethany, came to us in September 2011. The years they spent with us were marked by humble service and gentleness of spirit, leaving us an example which, by God’s grace, we will be able to follow in the years to come.
In their last service with us, Howard and Deirdre gave the church this picture as a gift, to remind us to keep Jesus at the centre of all we do. They have moved on, but He is still with us – here in Broadfield.
Let’s keep praying for them: for Bethany, as she completes her university course in the coming year; for Deirdre, as she finds and grows into new roles in a new situation; and for Howard, in his pioneering outreach to the housing neighbourhoods in and around the town of Witham, in the diocese of Chelmsford.