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Christ the Lord, Broadfield

Church of England

Broadfield Barton, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BA

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On-Line Giving

If you feel you would like to support Christ the Lord financially (perhaps you would previously have made a cash donation on Sunday), you may like to make use of this on-line facility we have set up at this time.


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The church is very grateful to have received grants from Allchurches Trust, Congregational & General Charitable Trust and the Gatwick Airport Community Trust towards the replacement of the windows.

We are grateful to have received a grant of £3300 towards our Parish Nurse project from Allchurches Trust as part of its Hope Beyond thematic programme.


Morning Worship for Sunday 9th May - The 6th Sunday of Easter:




Service of Holy Communion for the 2nd May - The 5th Sunday of Easter:



Morning Worship for Sunday 25th April



Morning Worship for Sunday 18th April

If you would like to attend our 4pm  church service today please let me me know.  Thank you.




Last hour at the Cross Service - Special thanks to Holy Trinity church, Tilgate 




Town Wide Love our Neighbour Good Friday link above:


South Crawley Maundy Thursday Holy Communion Service - 1st April 



Palm Sunday service - 28th March


Morning Worship for Sunday 21st March



Mothering Sunday 14th March  Holy Communion:




Morning Worship for Sunday 7th March



Morning Worship for Sunday 28th February




Morning Worship for Sunday 21st February



The South Crawley Parish Ash Wednesday Holy Communion - Wednesday 17th February 



Morning Worship for Sunday 14th February




Morning Worship for Sunday 7th February



Sunday 31 January The theme of the service is actually about being totally amazed by Jesus Christ


Holy Communion Service for 24th January:



Morning Worship for 17th January:



Morning Worship for 10th January:



This Sunday we are invited to join in with a Parish wide Service - 3rd Jan 2021  - Happy New Year!



This Sunday we are invited to join in with a Parish wide Service hosted by Holy Trinity, Tilgate




Christmas day Holy Communion 


Nativity 20th December 2020 


Morning Worship for 13th December:





Christ the king Sunday - Holy Communion Service  22 November 2020



Morning Service for 15th November 2020 - The Parable of the Talents


CtL Remembrance Sunday Service.  


Morning Service for 1st November 2020 - All Saints' Day


Morning Service for 18th October 2020 -Health Care Sunday

Morning Service for 11th October 2020

Harvest Service for Sunday 4 October 2020


Morning Worship for Sunday 27th September 2020


Morning Worship for Sunday 20 September 2020


Morning Worship for Sunday 13 September 2020


Service of Holy Communion for September 6:


Morning Worship for Sunday 30th August 2020



Morning Worship for Sunday 23rd August 2020


Morning Worship for Sunday 16th August 2020


Morning Worship for Sunday 9th August 2020



Morning Worship for Sunday 2nd August 2020


Morning Worship for Sunday 26th July 2020.  The last in a series looking at  the  Biblical book of Hebrews.

Morning Worship  for Sunday 19th July 2020.  The sixth in a series looking at  the  Biblical book of Hebrews.




Holy Communion for Sunday 5th July 2020.  The 5th in a series looking at  the  Biblical book of Hebrews.



Morning Worship  for Sunday 5th July 2020.  The forth in a series looking at  the  Biblical book of Hebrews.


Morning Worship  for Sunday 28th June  2020.  The third in a series looking at  the  Biblical book of Hebrews.


Holy Communion - Sunday 21st  June 2020




Morning Worship  for Sunday 14th June  2020.  The first in a series looking at  the  Biblical book of Hebrews.  



Morning Worship  for Trinity Sunday 7th June  2020

Pentecost Service  - 31st May 2020


Morning Worship Service  - 24th May 2020:


Morning Worship Service  - 17th May 2020:


Please see the link below for our Sunday Morning Holy Communion 10 May 2020:

Music taken from Worship Lyric Videos - all rights reserve.   - CtL has the license to post these here.



Please see the link below for our Sunday Morning Worship 3 May 2020


The church has recently received a grant of £10,000 from the Lottery Community Fund towards the new window project and £700 from the Longley Trust towards the running of the new Monday Munch in the foyer. We are very grateful for both of these.

Please see the link below for our Sunday Morning Worship 19th April 2020:

Service leader:  Howard S.  Preacher: Wendy C



Howard's thought for the week:

Is there anyone, anywhere, who has not suffered?  I suspect not and you might even think it is a silly question.  We don’t have look too hard to realise that suffering is all around us in one form or another.    I often wonder how non Christian people deal with suffering without the Lord’s help.  Of course, Christianity is not a mere crutch to life’s problems.  To follow Jesus often means taking the narrow way, which is counter cultural and hard at times. 

Jesus was a human being like you and me in all things, except he never sinned.   It one thing to think of Jesus as fully divine and another to think of him as fully human as he suffers in the garden of Gethsemane, as it makes the pain harder to reflect on, at least for me.  Jesus said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” (Mark 14.34).   It is hard to imagine the sheer depth of pain Jesus knew to the close of his earthly life.

Jesus must have felt so alone, as his friends were sleeping, despite his sorrow.  It hard to imagine the fear of suffering after Judas, Jesus’, friend gave him the kiss (in betrayal) indicating this is the one.  Jesus knew his death loomed over him and prayed, “Abba Father, everything is possible for you.  Take this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  (Mark 14.36)

This was not a cry in despair or hopefulness, but a struggle with total acceptance and obedience to his father’s will and plan. 

Luke’s Gospel tells us that an angel came to strengthen Jesus and how his sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood. 

Jesus was mocked, despised, humiliated, rejected, beaten and died a criminal’s death outside the city wall and yet for some it is as though the Crucifixion had never happened and for some Christians, it is, in practice, as if it have never been.  I feel as some Christians wish to photo-shot the pain and Crucifixion out of Christianity.  Please never treat God’s grace cheaply because it cost Jesus his life.  Jesus’ self empting is also a challenge to our self centeredness. 

We see Jesus’ suffering as we read the Gospel accounts, but also his redeeming love.    We can know a love that will not fail us despite everything else in life.   This love can captivate our hearts and lives as we grow closer to Jesus.    Let us come to know that vast love more and more in our lives.   

Jesus’ prayer that night brought Jesus the strength to accept his Father’s will, allowing him to overcome.  Hebrews 4.15 states, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin”  

It seems to me just as God sent an Angel to strengthen Jesus, so God will send someone or something to strengthen us (possibly an Angel) and what a friend we have in Jesus who is there for us.


Don’t waste your Lent.

It is wonderful to see how people prepare for a big day such as a wedding, a big birthday of some other special occasion.  For most people the idea of not preparing for a wedding would be odd or even terrible.  In the church calendar we have Advent to help prepare to celebrate Christmas where we rejoice in the incarnation, that is ‘Emmanuel’ God with us.   Thankfully, we have Lent as a preparation for Holy week and Easter.  Lent calls us or invites us to prepare our hearts and minds ready for the heart of Christianity, which is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Where Advent is a season of‘anticipation’ and we pray, ‘Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus’ in eager expectation.Lent is seen as a time of solemn observance.  For the six weeks of Lent many fast, give extra money to the church and or give something up some luxury such as alcohol, chocolate, television, social media or meat and other dairy products. Many Christians decide to follow a Lent course, like we are doing on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm in the church, and spend more time in prayer, devotional reading and study. 

Lent follows the church calendar so the exact date varies, but it beings with Ash Wednesday until Easter day.  This is 46 days (40 fasting days and the 6 Sundays).  In Lent where we might focus on fasting or the solemn observance we also need to see Sundays as important.  Sunday is always to be a day in remembrance of what Christ achieved for us on the cross and Sunday was the day Jesus rose from the grave.   Of course we have both Mothering Sunday in Lent (the forth Sunday of Lent) and at the start of Holy Week we have Palm Sunday.

We often think about Jesus in the wilderness at this time, but the main theme is preparation.

The observance of Lent was first undertaken by candidates for Baptism and those wanting to come back into the church after falling away.   It is a good time to pray for those being admitted or readmitted in the Churches life.  Over the years the Church has come to understand that Lent is beneficial to all Christians in our Christian walk and if followed makes Easter so much more special.

I invite you to observe Lent using self examination, repentance, prayer and devotional study.

May God grant us strength to follow a Holy Lent.


2020 a new decade:

This year is the churches fortieth anniversary so hopefully as we go through the year we can acknowledge in a number of ways.  When I think of 20-20 my minds goes to vision – perfect vision.  Many of you will be familiar with the options term of 20/20 vision.  This is a term used to express normal visual sharpness, that is the clarity or acuity of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance.

I read this verse which I felt was right for CtL:  2 Chronicles 20.20 and it is so amazing the reference is 20.20 – It states:

“Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”

We are told to have in twice in this verse, that is firstly, to have faith in the Lord our God and then secondly to have faith in his prophets.   Let us declare of faith as a church and individuals this year and let us also have faith in his prophets.   Please note the promise of success and being upheld attached to this verse.

Today we look to what the prophets taught us mainly by looking in the word of God, the Bible.    Over last few months we have had the In Touch sheets and on the church screen promises taken from the Bible.  Scripture tells us, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Corinthians 1.20).

This why we share Bible verse on the screen and in our In Touch sheet as there is real blessing in looking and following them.  We will do well to learn these verses and as we enter this.  May I encourage you to look to your Bible’s ideally daily as we enter into 2020.  The words offer food to our souls and show us how to live God’s way which leads to us being upheld by the Lord.  There are different Bible reading notes or iphone apps some like to follow, helpful books to read or different Bible reading plans.  The other thing that many find helpful is joining a home group which looks at various book or themes in the Bible. We have some groups in the church, so do ask me the vicarif you would like to join one.

May I wish you a blessed 2020 and may we deepen in our relation and encounter with the Lord on the fortieth year of our church.


"All work, all sound and all locomotion should cease, so that in perfect stillness the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent Remembrance of the Glorious Dead" - King George V, 1919

Made by the congregations and friends of the churches of Christ the Lord

River of Poppies 1

River of Poppies 2

River of Poppies 3

The church lighting project has now been completed and we are grateful to the following for financial support


Treasurer's musings

There once was a strongman in a circus sideshow who demonstrated his strength before large audiences every night. Towards the end of one performance, he squeezed all the juice from a lemon by just using his hands, he then offered £200 to anyone who could get another drop of juice from the lemon. A frail little lady picked up the lemon, she squeezed, and out came a teaspoon of lemon juice. The strongman was amazed and duly paid the £200 but asked the lady what the secret of her strength was. "Practice," she replied, "I have been the treasurer of my church for forty-two years!"

I have not been the treasurer of CtL for quite that long, but I do at times rather feel like the lady in the story!

For example, our income during the year 2018 was £22050 but our expenditure was £24300, a shortfall of £2250. A bit of squeezing had to be done!

For those not familiar with the church finances it may be useful to tell you a bit about our regular costs and our sources of income to cover these. Our biggest items of expenditure are our Ministry Costs, which is our contribution to the Diocese amounting to £15000 for 2018, plus the Council Tax and water rates of the vicarage, and £3575 per annum for heating and lighting the church. Then there is the cost of insurance, copyright licence, telephone and broadband and maintenance costs.

The source of income? This cost is met solely by you our congregation for which we are continually grateful.

If you feel you can contribute to these costs, do please come and see me.

Parish Nurse

We are very fortunate to have Juliette as our Parish Nurse. She does an excellent job signposting, educating, and listening. She is very dedicated and gives more than the hours she is paid for. 

If you feel that you would like to support this project on a regular basis, please see Neil Stewart (Church Warden), Peter Stroud (Treasurer) or Howard (Vicar).

As a church, I know that we have all been praying for funding to allow Parish Nursing to continue at CtL and I now think that we can move forward and look to a positive future

"Greater 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 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. 

Further reflection below:

The Vicar's reflections on anxiety


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