We are a warm and friendly church and come from a
wide range of Christian backgrounds. We are keen
to be more involved in village and community activities.
Visitors are always warmly welcomed
Bradfield Methodist Church
Heath Road, Bradfield, CO11 2XD
Minister: Revd Chris Preece
Tel: 01255 851179
Mr Derek Monnery
Telephone: 01255 870469
We have an excellent hall for meetings and parties (with Local Authority approved catering facilities) which is available to rent.
Please contact Mrs Brenda Taylor for booking details.
Telephone: 01255 870517
March 4th We join our Methodist friends at Mistley Methodist
Church for Worship with Communion led by Bonnie Beard at 10.45am.
March 11th Mothering Sunday worship led by Rev Chris Preece at
which our Methodist friends from Wix join us.
March 18th Worship led by Maddie Whittle
March 25th We join our Methodist friends at Wix Methodist
Church for Worship led by Rev Chris Preece at10.45am.
April 1st Easter Sunday worship led by Rev Derek Lang
What's on at Bradfield...
Have you ever run a marathon? I can certainly say that it’s not something that I’ve ever done although I have occasionally watched parts of the London marathon on TV – it’s as close as I’m ever likely to get! To me, those who run a marathon do so showing a fantastic level of perseverance. They have a goal and have become totally fixed on achieving it.
As we journey through Lent it is a time where we are encouraged to fix our eyes on Jesus. The idea behind giving something up or taking something up for Lent is that this gives a reminder of how we should continue to focus on God for everything. What we give up or take on should act as a gentle prompt for us to think of Jesus in everything we do. Sometimes we need to persevere in order to achieve this.
Jesus is our Lord and Saviour whose love was so great that he died for each and every person. Travelling through Lent is a time where we come to focus on Jesus death but then on the resurrection which is a time of transformation, hope and new possibilities.
Maybe at this time you are feeling that great perseverance is needed or maybe you are looking forward with hope to new possibilities that lie ahead. In fixing our eyes on Jesus we are assured of his presence, his love, and that he walks alongside us in all things, at all times. We can find huge encouragement in this.
At the centre of the journey through Lent is Jesus. At the centre of Good Friday and the resurrection on Easter Sunday is Jesus. As we travel through Lent towards Easter this year I encourage us all to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus who was, is and always will be at the centre.
I wish to tell you about three important men who have died in the last few days who have had a great influence on my life. Firstly the Evangelist Billy Graham who played a big part in my conversion to Christ at the age of 14 in June 1984 when I went to Carrow Road in Norwich to hear him preach during the Mission England campaign. I believe God had spoken to me before the event as I had started going regularly to church, but that night (even if I cannot remember the actual words Billy Graham preached!) resulting in me making that life-long commitment to the Christian faith.
Within a couple of years, this young teenager began to explore Local (lay) Preaching in the Methodist Church. One of my mentors during my training was a man called Donny Peers from Caister-on-Sea. Don was about 20 years older than me, and he was an experienced preacher. He also led the Sunday School at Caister chapel and the Boys Brigade. My early sermons to say the least were a bit ropy to put it kindly, and I’m grateful for the wonderful folk who sat through them in those days. Family services and the Children’s address were the worst part of my worship, and Donny was asked to help. Today I love family worship and taking School assemblies, and a part from God’s Holy Spirit it was the support and training of other people especially Donny that has equipped me for this ministry. You may have heard on the local TV news that on Monday 12th February that Don was killed in an accident working at the family run caravan park in Caister.
Finally the third man who had the greatest impact of all was my father, who suddenly died on Saturday 17th February. Dad was my role model and inspiration for so many things in life. I still remember as a young child the bedtime stories including reading Bible stories he told to me. He encouraged me in everything I did, including preaching and Candidating for the Methodist ministry. His loss can never be replaced.
I thank God for all these men; but I finish with Billy Graham who said about his own mortality “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
I believe strongly in the hope that Jesus offers to us all, that one day we will have a new address in our heavenly Father’s home, where we will be reunited again
May God bless you
Rev Andrew King