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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 service for the 25th July:

 

 

Morning service for the 18th July:

 

 

Morning service for the 11th July:

 

 

Morning service for the 4th July:

 

Morning service for the 27th June:

 

Morning service for the 20th June:

 

Morning service for the 13th June:

 

 Morning Worship for Sunday 6th June :

 

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 Bibles, 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 vicar if 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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