20th April 2017
What a great Easter we had at King’s last weekend! Firstly, coming together on Good Friday to focus on the cross, share communion and reflect on all that Jesus sacrificed for us. And then gathering again on Sunday to celebrate his victory over death and remember that he is indeed our redeemer, our substitute, our shame remover and our victor! It is always a joy to worship with my church family at King’s, but there was one particular moment which stood out above all, when we sang the fantastic chorus Alpha and Omega. Our God really is ‘…the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End’, who died for us, conquered death for us, and is present in our lives today. It was a wonderful moment of corporate worship - the Easter story is very much our story and is worth celebrating!
It was good to be able to go into a busy week off the back of such a fantastic weekend. This week I am spending time with the Newfrontiers Together Team, led by David Devenish. The team with Dave currently are John Lanferman, Edward Buria, David Holden, P J Smyth, Steve van Rhyn and myself, with Alistair Gregory helping us in a management capacity. This is a great group, and it is a joy and privilege to serve alongside them. Do have a look at the recently relaunched Newfrontiers website to read more about these guys as well as some of the other apostolic leaders heading up their own networks around the world.
I will return from several days of meetings to another exciting Sunday at King’s. This week we have the joy of celebrating with new Christians, with baptismal services at the Lee and Catford sites. I always love to hear people's personal stories of how they have encountered Jesus and come to know Him as their saviour. It is a reminder that God continues to meet people daily and transform lives. He is indeed Alpha and Omega!
Posted by Steve Tibbert
13th April 2017
'Don’t be alarmed,' he said. 'You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.' Mark 16:6
The cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the heart of the gospel, providing the way for us to know forgiveness and have eternal life. This weekend, along with Christians around the world, King’s will be remembering the cost of our Saviour’s sacrifice and rejoicing in His victory over sin, death and the devil.
Jesus is our Shame Remover, our Victor, our Substitute and our Redeemer! Let us gather together this Easter weekend to give thanks for this wonderful salvation.
On Good Friday, please join us for a reflective service centred around the cross, when we will break bread together. Then on Easter Sunday, we will gather again to celebrate our victorious, risen Lord Jesus Christ!
All sites – 10.30am to 11.30am
Please note there will be no children’s work during these services.
Our Easter Sunday services take place at the normal Sunday service times, and there will be children’s work as usual.
Catford – 9.30am, 11.30am & 5.30pm
Downham – 9.30am & 11.30am
Lee – 10.30am
Easter changes everything! I look forward to seeing you there.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
30th March 2017
In 2008, I found myself in a seminar at a Newfrontiers Leadership Conference listening to Mark Driscoll talk about multi-site churches. For the first time, it occurred to me that King’s was exactly the type of church that could become multi-site in the future.
King’s was in a season of remarkable growth and we were short of space in our auditorium, in our kids’ works and for parking. We had already done a major refurbishment of our building, followed swiftly by a second extension to enlarge our worship space; we had reached the limits of what we could do with the Catford building. We were running multiple services on Sunday and had no more capacity there. King’s is situated in the London Borough of Lewisham, where, as in most parts of our capital city, property is expensive and in short supply, and large spaces are a rarity. We had no shortage of people – but we were running out of places to put them! Multi-site was the perfect model for us, allowing a large church to continue to grow whilst at the same time be involved in planting new congregations in other areas. Three years later, in March 2011, we became a multi-site church.
In preparation for the launch, we read and researched widely. One of the most helpful books we came across was Geoff Surratt’s ‘Multi-Site Church Road Trip’, which drew on his experiences of being on the staff of Seacoast Church in the USA, one of the pioneers of the multi-site church movement. King’s has benefitted greatly from the lessons shared in Geoff’s book and it is therefore a huge privilege to be welcoming him, together with his brother Greg, the founding pastor of Seacoast, to King’s this week. Greg and Geoff will be leading a day’s conference on multi-site churches, hosted at King’s. The team and I are looking forward to drawing as much helpful advice as possible to apply to our own context, but it is also great to be joined by 150 pastors from 40 churches within the Newfrontiers family.
King’s has come a long way and changed a great deal in the last decade. When you look back and see all that God has done, you wonder what God will do amongst us over the next decade?
Posted by Steve Tibbert
23rd March 2017
What a fantastic Sunday we had last week, as we ended our series on diversity with a time of worship and celebration. I particularly enjoyed watching the short video of highlights from the series, put together by the creative team at King’s. It gives a taste of what INVITED has been all about, and I thought I would share it with you here – it is well worth a look!
As we broke bread together on Sunday, it was a reminder that in His death and resurrection, Jesus destroyed all barriers between us and brought peace. As I said last week, I believe we still have much to learn in the area of diversity, and INVITED has been another step in a longer journey. But I know that God is at work among us, and I trust that what He has started will continue over the next months and years.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we will be taking the opportunity to remember and honour the women in our lives. We are also holding dedication services, when parents come to give thanks for new babies and to commit themselves to bringing them up in God’s ways. Can I encourage all of you at King’s to come early and to be ready to welcome the many guests we are expecting? It should be a great Sunday and I look forward to seeing you there!
All the material from the series is available online at kingschurchlondon.org/invited.
As I was writing this blog yesterday, news was starting to come in of the tragic events in Westminster. It is always shocking when atrocities such as this take place, particularly when it happens so close to home. As London gets back on its feet, let us continue to pray for the friends and family of those who have died, for the people still recovering from injuries, for the emergency and security services, and for peace to come to this city.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.