13th November 2017
At church yesterday, Deb and I picked up our Big Red Box, ready to fill with a list of food items and Christmas treats. It is great to know it will be going to a family who might otherwise be going without. We have also just ordered our King’s Christmas Tree – we love a real a tree at Christmas, and all the profits from tree sales go towards providing hot meals at The Feast, our weekly drop-in for the homeless and vulnerable in the local area.
An integral part of our vision at King’s is to extend God’s love and mercy in practical ways to those who are hurting or in need. If you have been around King’s in the last few weeks, you will undoubtedly have heard about both Big Red Box and King’s Christmas Trees, and if you have not already done so, why not get involved by buying a real tree or contributing towards a hamper?
I have asked Alice, our Jericho Road Project Manager, to give an update on how things are going so far this year:
Big Red Box
We have had a great start to Big Red Box 2017 with over 200 boxes packed already! We have had more engagement with the local community than ever before with the Lewisham Young Offenders Service (YOS) helping us sort through donations, 32 GoodGym runners involved with our first packing evening and our local MP Heidi Alexander joining us for our second.
We have also had some incredibly generous donations from our times at the Sainsbury’s stores in Sydenham and Charlton. Each year, our Christmas hampers go out to some of the neediest families and individuals across South East London and are distributed by Social Services teams in Lewisham, Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Southwark and Croydon, as well as other local charities and organisations. With their help we were able to distribute 1,760 Big Red Box food hampers in 2016 and we hope to reach even more people this year.
If you would like to get involved then please go to bigredbox.org for more details or call 020 8690 5121.
King’s Christmas Trees
We’re reaching new heights with our King’s Christmas Tree sales, selling 100 trees online in the first week! Our mission is to share hope in our community not only at Christmas but all year round – that is why all of the sales and donations from the King’s Christmas Tree project go to running The Feast, our weekly Wednesday outreach meal, which not only offers a hot three-course meal but also advice, friendship and clothes to homeless and vulnerable people in our community.
Trees are available to buy now at kingschristmastrees.org. You can also volunteer to help at The Feast on a Wednesday night. Call 020 8690 5121 to find out more details.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
9th November 2017
We are well and truly into November and I can no longer ignore the fact that Christmas is coming soon. It seems the retailers have been aware of this for several months already – it has been hard to avoid the displays of gifts and decorations for some time now – but I prefer to wait until the summer holidays are a more distant memory before turning my thoughts towards the approaching festive season.
In fact, as many of you know, I love Christmas. I love the time spent with family and friends, the wonderful meals, games with the kids and the giving and receiving of presents. I love singing carols, eating mince pies and watching films in front of a log fire. But most of all I love the fact that it is the season when we celebrate the coming of our saviour Jesus Christ.
We like to do Christmas in a big way at King’s, and the highlight each year has to be our annual carol services. Preparations for this year began months ago and rehearsals are already underway. The theme is What a Beautiful Name and we will be exploring the various names of Jesus in a short preaching series running up to Christmas. In 2016 we welcomed some 3000 people to our carol services – we hope to exceed that this year. Once again, there will be many opportunities to come along, with services over two weekends, across all three sites and at different times of day. All details can be found on our Christmas webpage.
As well as spreading the good news of Jesus by inviting people to the carol services, we also want to show mercy to those who are in need in our community, through our Big Red Box project and King’s Christmas Trees. So once again there are three ways to get involved this Christmas at King’s:
1. COME TO THE CAROL SERVICES – Come to at least one, invite your friends, family and work colleagues and bring someone along. It has to be the easiest invite of the year!
2. GIVE HOMELESS PEOPLE A GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS – Buy a King’s Christmas Tree and support homeless people throughout the year through our Jericho Road Project. Each year the profits from the trees sold help provide hot meals at our weekly drop-in centre.
3. HELP PUT FOOD IN PEOPLE’S HOMES – Take part in our Big Red Box project providing boxes of food for the neediest families in our local community. Last year we distributed 1760 boxes to families and individuals in need.
So, with December just a few weeks away now, I hope you are starting to get as excited about Christmas as I am. Meanwhile, if you are new to the church or have not had the chance to come to one of our carol services before, have a look at the video below to see what you can look forward to.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
22nd December 2016
I hope you enjoyed our Light of the World carol services last weekend. Once again, I was impressed by the quality and professionalism of our musicians and performers and I was thrilled to see so many visitors. Thank you again to everyone who took part and helped to make it such a success.
With seven carol services and another five family Christmas services already behind us, it can feel as if Christmas has come early! But we still have the joy to come of celebrating as a church family on Christmas Day. As in previous years, there will be one service at 10.30am at each of our three sites, lasting for no more than an hour. These services are always lively and fun and are a great way to begin Christmas Day.
Then just a week after Christmas, we have another of my favourite King’s events, when we gather across all our sites for WATCHNIGHT. What better way to mark the start of 2017 than to see in the New Year with worship and prayer! WATCHNIGHT will be taking place on all three sites at the following times:
CATFORD: 9.30pm – 12.30am
DOWNHAM and LEE: 10.30pm – 12.30am
We will also be hosting NYE, our New Year’s event for the 17-30s age group, which will be taking place on the Lee site. Doors open at 9pm and there will be worship, a short talk, entertainment, and a party going on until 2am – long after I plan to be in bed! This is a ticketed event – details on the website.
Don’t forget that because we will be celebrating into the early hours of New Year’s Day, there will be no Sunday services on Sunday 1st January 2017 – enjoy the lie-in!
So whether you are staying at home or travelling to see friends or family this year, I wish you a very happy Christmas.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
15th December 2016
What a great start we had to our Christmas season at King’s last Sunday! Our series of carol services kicked off at Lee, and once again our team of performers, musicians and technicians excelled themselves – well done to everyone involved. I am always so proud to be able to stand up and say that everyone who takes part in these events comes to King’s – we really are privileged to have so much talent among us. Some great photos from the evening can be found here, and there's a short video of some of the carol service highlights here.
If you didn’t manage to come to one of the services last week, don’t worry! We have six more opportunities coming up this weekend:
SAT 17 DEC
SUN 18 DEC
9.30am & 11.30am Catford (with children’s work for 0-9s)
5pm Catford & Downham
I know many of us have been picking up tickets and taking the chance to invite friends and family along. Remember, tickets are free, and you do not need one to come along – we never turn anyone away! This really is one of the easiest invites of the year, and everyone is welcome.
In addition to this, we have a Family Christmas Service on the Lee site in the morning of Sunday 18th December at 10.30am. This is a fun services for the whole family and will be followed by drinks and mince pies. So once again, let me encourage you to invite your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues and come along to one service, two or maybe even more! I will see you there.
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.