In 1958, twelve Broomfield families that worshiped in Episcopal churches in Denver asked the Bishop to start an Episcopal mission in Broomfield. Tired of the long Sunday drives to into the city, they envisioned a nearby congregation for their families to participate throughout the week.
Initially gathering in a home basement (with a wet bar as the altar!), then moving to a location on Hemlock Street, the fledgling congregation grew and soon purchased the current location. In 1960, 287 was a two lane country road and Broomfield had a population of 4,000.
The chapel was largely constructed by members putting in long hours on evenings and weekends after their day jobs. The vestments and altar linens were sewn by hand. The first pipe organ modified from a home instrument. The first priest, the Bishop’s son. The community thrived in the decades that followed. In the 1980s Holy Comforter purchased the residence next door, expanding its property to nearly five acres and providing needed space for an expanding Sunday school. In 2000, a capital campaign funded a new sanctuary and parish hall.
Every congregation has its share of ups and downs, and Holy Comforter is no exception. The 00's were a challenging decade for our faith community, and the video below shares our resurrection story.
Fast forward nearly sixty years from its founding: 287 is now a major six lane highway and Broomfield boasts 65,000 residents. What began as a hopeful vision of 12 young families has grown into a vibrant reality of over 200 households. As we approach our sixtieth anniversary in 2018, we are actively seeking God's leading in our next chapter.