Christ the Lord, Broadfield
Church of England
Broadfield Barton, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BA
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On Sunday December 3rd, our churchwardens announced the name of our new Vicar: Rev David King. David is currently serving at St Patrick's Church, Wallington in Surrey. Three weeks later, at our Christmas Eve service, the wardens were able to give the date of the Licensing service.
David and his wife Katy plan to join us in April 2024 and David will be licensed by Bishop Martin, and begin his ministry at Christ the Lord church, on Wednesday 3rd April at 7;30 pm. 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.
With Easter and the end of CtL’s vacancy at the end of this month, there’s a risk that March could seem like a runaway train... so much to do and so little time to do it in! May God save us from becoming Mad March Hares.
Let's pray for His peace to reign in our hearts, helping us to balance rest and activity, guarding us from anxiety on the one hand and apathy on the other. And let's also ask for His wisdom, to make times and find places to be alone with Him, through Lent and beyond.
03 Mar Clearing the temple Ps 19:7-14
10 Mar* The God of comfort 1 Cor 1:3-7
17 Mar Death and Glory Heb 5:5-10 John 12:20-33
24 Mar Palm Sunday Ps 118:19-29, 15-16 Mark
31 Mar* Easter Sunday Acts 10:34-43 John
*Service of Holy Communion.
Image: Christians gathering by Tilgate Lake for the Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday - courtesy of church member, Peter Stroud.
Sunday the 27th August 2023 was a special day for us. It's not often we get visited by a bishop; in fact, we don't think we've ever had a Sunday visit by a bishop in the 40+ years of our church's life.
But all that changed when the Bishop of Horsham got out of her car and greeted the person in a Hi-Viz jacket who was acting as our car park attendant. Reaching out her hand, she said, "Hello, I'm Ruth".
She radiated warmth, and hope, and encouragement before, during and after our service. Beforehand, she eyeballed early arrivers and looked around the building to get a sense of what might be possible in the future (not to criticise what happens or what doesn't).
In the service, she spoke about the value of the faith of every Christian - you can hear her sermon by clicking this link - and afterwards, stayed to chat with church members over coffee to hear their hopes and fears first hand.
When she left, something left with her; but the encouragement stayed behind. (Rom 1:12)
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.