10th March 2016
Churches are communities where we seek to grow in relationship – both with God and with one another.
As it was Mother’s Day on Sunday, it seemed like a good moment to address the important subject of family relationships and parenting. As I said on Sunday, this area can bring many challenges and can also remind us of experiences or circumstances which may be painful – we should take time to reflect and be aware of these. It was great to share the platform with my wife Deb and discuss how, with God’s help, we can build strong families. A strong family is a place for growth – that is where we can learn to manage our emotions, deal with loss, learn important values and handle conflict appropriately. All this is done, hopefully, in the context of fun, loving relationship.
Further afield, I am very excited about our ongoing and developing relationship with Scott Marques and River of Life Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. As part of our mutual desire to work more closely together as churches, we have sent a team out from King’s to learn more about their context, what they do and how we might be able to partner in the future. The team arrived last Saturday after 22 hours of travelling and have already reported being overwhelmed by the welcome and hospitality extended to them. Currently in Harare, highlights of their time so far have been:
• attending Sunday services at River of Life Church – like King’s, a multi-site, diverse, city church
• visiting an orphanage just outside Harare
• seeing a number of projects run by a church connected to River of Life, including outreach to street children and a discipleship project for ex-gang members
Towards the end of this week the team will be moving on to Bulawayo to visit churches there and spend some time at the Ebenezer farming project. You may remember meeting Renee Cunningham, who manages this fantastic enterprise, when she and Scott spent a weekend at King’s earlier this year. Please do pray for our team, that their visit would be fruitful, informative and have lasting impact. And if you would like to see some videos of their time, check out the King’s Church London Facebook page.
Finally, let me remind you again to make every effort to be with us on Sunday to welcome Andrew Wilson and his wife Rachel. Andrew will be speaking at our Catford and Lee sites in the next in our Transformed series – the video will be shown at Downham the following week. I will take the chance to interview them both, so that you can hear a little more from them. Andrew joins our team as our Teaching Pastor in September, and I know that the King’s family will give a warm and enthusiastic welcome to them both.
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.