THE STORY SO FAR
The adventure first began in the 13th Century with Church at St John’s, a daughter church to a church in Slaugham. For us it began in 2022, partnering with St John's Crawley and St Peter's West Green as part of Church Crawley.
We are part of the Church of England and the HTB Network, which has a big vision, to play our part in the evangelisation of the nations, the revitalisation of the church and the transformation of society. For us here in Crawley, that means we love Jesus, love church, love people and love Crawley. Alpha, Sundays, Social Action and Discipleship are core to this vision, but what’s really important to us are the steps we take on the journey.
For many years St Richard's have run groups for pre-school children and their parents and carers, as well as a traditional Eucharist service at 9.30am on Sundays. With a vision focussed on launching a new children and families centre, working with the local schools, and connecting meaningfully with the community throughout the week, we can’t wait to be part of what God’s going to do in Three Bridges.
At our core we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We are humble, not thinking too highly or too lowly of ourselves, knowing our identity is secure in Jesus. We are hungry, hungry to grow in relationship with Jesus, to serve, hungry for Crawley. We are home, a welcoming place where everyone is seen, heard and loved, a place of both comfort and challenge.
From humble comes aspiring for excellence, bringing our best as we honour God with our skills and abilities. From hungry comes generous, pouring out all we have, giving our time, energy and resources. And from home we want to be risk takers for the kingdom of God, not taking ourselves too seriously but taking God really seriously. We know we’re not risking our reputation but God’s, and He’s so big He can take it.