13th November 2014
A recurring event in my diary, and one that took place again this week was hosting the two days of coaching, on this occasion with ten teams of church leaders from across the UK. It is something that I consider a real privilege and at the same time find stimulating and encouraging - the attitude of those who attend is that in their desire to serve Christ and His church they want to lead well and to continue to grow in leadership. As I share something of what we have learnt (and are continuing to learn) here at King's, we are helping to prepare these leaders and their churches for the future.
Meanwhile, in case you haven't noticed, Christmas seems to be heading towards us at great speed! As you would expect, planning, preparation and prayer for the programme of events at King's have been going on for a while - those who were around on Sunday will have been able to pick up the list of Christmas events, along with information regarding serving opportunities and how to get involved.
The theme of our Christmas events is ‘Home' and we will be unpacking thoughts and ideas around this topic in our Carol Services and Christmas meetings. Now is definitely the time for us all to be preparing - not only with gifts and cards and planning visits to family and friends, but also thinking about who we will invite to the Carol Services. Christmas is a fantastic season when friends and neighbours are often more open to invitations to come along. Let's make the most of these opportunities!
Tickets and flyers for the evening Carol Services will be available from next Sunday and apart from the five to be held as usual at the Catford site on Sat 20th and Sun 21st, this year there will be an evening Carol Service at the Lee site on Sunday 14th December at 5pm - a new venture!
Our Big Red Box project will be taking place again this year - you can collect your box/boxes to fill on Sunday, along with a list of contents to put together. These boxes of food have been a real blessing in past years to those for whom life is hard and as the boxes are distributed by Social Services and other dependable agencies we know they bring some festive cheer to those who would not otherwise have much with which to celebrate!
King's Christmas Trees, another venture we are continuing from previous years, are already doing brisk trade - 86 trees already sold as I write this! All profits from the sale of these good quality trees go to support the Jericho Road Project - Simon Allen and his team are aiming to sell a magnificent 430 trees this year!
Further details about Christmas at King's can be found at kingschurchlondon.org/home.
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.