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Broadfield Christian Fellowship

Broadfield Community Centre, Broadfield Barton,
Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BA

Telephone: 01444 400521 (+44 1444 400521)
Email: fellowship@broadfield.org.uk


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Thought for the Week – from Caroline (17th January 2021)

Psalm 101:7 “No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.”
Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”

Last week I talked about Helena a character in the drama “Mother Love.” I am using it again as a teaching aid and I must try to make it understandable as not everybody will want to watch it. To recap, Helena became angry, bitter, resentful, jealous and unforgiving from a young childhood when she discovers her best friend has lied and deceived her, a bitter root starts to grow within her. This root, which was never dealt with, grew, and when as an adult she is rejected by her husband for another woman she becomes unknowingly the puppet of the devil and listens to his lies. That’s not mentioned in the drama but to Christians watching it’s obvious. As I mentioned last week her warped and troubled thoughts lead her to extreme evil behaviour, she murders, and in her mind she justifies this as the deserved punishment for those who have hurt and betrayed her. But doesn’t scripture give us this rather sobering warning in 1 John 3:15: “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.” Although Helena became deranged and deeply lost in her evil intent her family were not innocent as in the guise of caring for her and protecting her they make it far, far worse. I will explain: There was no way Helena wanted to share her only son with his father so she prevented him from ever meeting him. However at the age of 14 her son Kit told his mother, Helena, that he had actually met his father, so with that Helena attempted to kill herself. From then on Kit, his father and his father’s new family all vowed never to tell Helena of any meetings and they lied and deceived her at every turn and everybody that knew Helena was drawn into this plan in order to prevent and save Helena from taking her own life. When you change your decisions and behaviour to accommodate your fears that a loved one will commit suicide you are actually succumbing to the “fear of man” which is a snare and as a Christian you are no longer trusting God, you are being manipulated. It is very hard to come against, as manipulation is a powerful spirit. It is easy for me to write these things and don’t think for one moment that when I write these “Thoughts for the week” I don’t have my own struggles. Helena’s family brought tragedy upon themselves, because as Helena discovered bit by bit that those of her own family had lied, deceived and betrayed her, particularly her daughter-in-law and the worst betrayal her son, whom she adored, the bitter root grew to gigantic proportions bringing utter destruction to everybody.

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” (Sir Walter Scott, 1808)


Welcome to the Broadfield Christian Fellowship Website

Broadfield Christian Fellowship is a local church made up of people from all backgrounds. We are based in the Broadfield Community Centre, which we share with the Church of England and Roman Catholic churches. We are adjacent to the local shopping parade, which includes a large free car park, and opposite the library and Neighbourhood Hub, ideally situated for the local community.

Broadfield is the largest neighbourhood in the new town of Crawley in West Sussex, situated in its south-western corner within the triangle formed by the A23, A264 and A2220. It is predominantly made up of estates of council, housing trust and former council housing, with private housing estates around the perimeter. Broadfield has a population of over 13,000. Click here for a map showing our location.

Broadfield Christian Fellowship is a Link Church within the Ichthus Christian Fellowship, which is based in South London, and a member of the Evangelical Alliance. We are in fellowship with other evangelical churches in Crawley and have links with various local Christian groups, such as The Lighthouse Project, a Christian ministry to the children of Crawley, The Christians Against Poverty Crawley Debt Centre, Holmsted Manor near Cuckfield, run by Youth With A Mission, the International Bible Training Institute in Burgess Hill, and The Easter Team, a local Christian charity that serves people who are homeless or in need in and around Crawley.  We also support and have a number of members actively involved with Street Pastors Crawley.

We meet every Sunday morning at 10.30 am (10.00 am for refreshments) in the Community Centre Social Hall for worship and teaching. Our worship style is informal and generally led by people from within the Fellowship, with occasional visiting speakers. We normally celebrate communion on the third or fourth Sunday in each month and at other times as arranged. We have weekly house group meetings, usually on Tuesday evenings.

Every Wednesday at 9.30 am we run the Triangle Coffee Shop in the Social Hall, at which coffee, tea, biscuits and cakes are served for a nominal donation. Second-hand clothes and other items are also freely available. This provides an important service to the community and many people drop in during this time. We also host the Friday Meal, a free drop-in cooked meal at 5.00 pm every Friday. The Coffee Shop and the Friday Meal have been awarded the highest 5-star Food Standards Agency rating for Food Hygiene by the local authority.

On the first Sunday of each month at 7.00 pm we join with other churches in Crawley for celebration, teaching, prayer and fellowship at Crawley Baptist Church, Crabtree Road, West Green.

Email Contact Details

You can contact us by email at fellowship@broadfield.org.uk with any queries you may have about our activities or this web site. If you wish to contact one of the leaders, please use the same address and your message will be passed on. Thank you.

Leaders:

Trustees:

David Evans - Pastor Kevin Gordon
Kevin Gordon Ian Johnson
  Pauline Okelo

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