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
2nd November 2017
Over the past month I have found myself in no fewer than three different conferences, each of them presenting an opportunity to learn from others. It began with the Newfrontiers Global 17 conference, which I wrote about last week. No sooner had Deb and I returned from that than we were off to the Richmond Group, a relational network of churches in the UK hosted by Nicky Gumbel from HTB Church. Then this week I have been at Kings Gate Church in Peterborough with some of our King’s team and teams from over fifty other churches, for three days’ teaching on the subject of Biblical generosity. It has been a month of excellent input!
It is a huge privilege to hear great leaders and speakers share their stories of God’s grace and faithfulness. At the Richmond Group we were joined by Brian Houston, Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong. As he spoke I was deeply impressed with his heart, faith and vision. He believes in a big God and listening to him inspired me to believe God for more. At KingsGate this week we heard from Robert Morris, founding Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Texas, who suggested a difference between preaching and teaching – that good preaching should answer the why question while good teaching should answer the how question. It was a new way of looking at the subject and certainly made me stop and think. Then today we have the joy of welcoming Geoff and Sherry Surratt to spend some time with our team here at King’s. Geoff is one of the leading experts on multi-site church, and we are looking forward to benefitting from his wisdom and insights. Geoff and Sherry have also just published an excellent book called Together, which draws on their experience of ministry and marriage.
I am hugely grateful for these recent opportunities to hear from such highly respected leaders. I have been in ministry for nearly thirty years now, but I know I still have much to learn – I am always looking out for people who are ahead of me. I believe it is important for each of us, no matter how experienced we may be, to continue placing ourselves in contexts where we can keep on learning. This Friday and Saturday, King’s will once again be hosting the GLS Leadership Summit videocast conference, which presents another opportunity to receive excellent input from some of the best leaders around the world – I highly recommend it to all of you! You will find more details here and if you are not booked in already, you can still turn up on the day. Let’s keep learning together!
Posted by Steve Tibbert
26th October 2017
Deb and I have just returned from a fantastic week at the Newfrontiers Global 2017 conference, our annual gathering of apostolic leaders from around the world. For the last few years this has been held in Turkey but on this occasion we met on the other side of the Aegean Sea, in Athens, Greece. Newfrontiers has emerged from its transition from our founding father Terry Virgo to a band of brothers leading their own families of churches but joined together as Newfrontiers for mutual support, encouragement and accountability.
It was great to see friends who had flown in from far and wide, from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa. We worshipped, prayed and learned together. Hearing news of hundreds of church plants across the world and of new nations opening up to our fellowship was such an encouragement. In his key note message to us, David Devenish spoke out of Paul’s letters to Timothy and exhorted us to continue pressing forward with our apostolic extension.
A highlight of the conference was welcoming in Simon and Caroline Holley, based in the UK, and Joseph and Lily Mwila from Zambia. It is always good to see the family growing!
As we broke bread together in our final session on Thursday we sang the beautiful hymn When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. It was a deeply moving time and as tears rolled down my face the words of the final verse resonated deeply with me:
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- Isaac Watts
As the conference closed it was fitting to focus our hearts and minds on Jesus, on the sacrifice he made for each of us and the victory he has won. This is what motivates and inspires us all! It is a huge privilege to walk this journey with this growing family of apostolic leaders - what a great place to worship, learn and encounter God.
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.