18th December 2014
The word ‘home' conjures up all sorts of pictures and meanings for different people. For some of us we think of an island or a country where the sun always shines! But even here in London, it's great to come home at the end of a busy day and get out of the rain and cold. Home should be a place of warmth and safety, a place where we give and receive care and love and into which we can welcome others. For those who call King's Church London 'home', we have seen over the last year even more people welcomed and becoming part of the King's family. I'm delighted that three months after the opening of our new Lee auditorium it was full for our first King's Carol Service last Sunday evening - a fantastic start to our Christmas celebrations! Home is our Christmas theme this year and our goal is to help many more members of our local communities find their own way home to a heavenly Father who longs to welcome them!
With that in view, I would like to invite you to join with me this coming weekend at one of our eight remaining Carol Services - don't stay at home! Come along, bring a friend or family member, and let us celebrate together the coming of the Saviour of the world!
There are five remaining KING'S EVENING CAROL SERVICES at the Catford site. The services include carols, readings, some performance pieces and a short talk.
Saturday 20th - 5pm & 7.30pm at Catford
Sunday 21st - 2.30pm, 5pm & 7.30pm* at Catford
*BSL interpretation at this service
And site Carol Services will take place on the morning of Sunday 21 December at 10.30am - at Catford, Downham and Lee.
Meanwhile, we also remember those for whom a physical home is an issue. Simon Allen and his team at our Jericho Road Project, which reaches out to rough sleepers and those with life-controlling issues and addictions, have been working hard to add further funds to support this great work through the sale of King's Christmas Trees. All the trees are now sold! And we heard late last night that Mike Reich and the Big Red Box project team have more than met their goal of 1,000 filled food boxes for distribution to local community members for whom Christmas will be a time of financial hardship. That's a brilliant effort! Our thanks to all of you who have volunteered for these two great causes and are extending the love of God beyond our immediate circles.
Finally, I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas time! I hope you will enjoy a break and a rest, get to be with family and friends and recognise again and value the great gift we have in Jesus, who welcomes us all and makes his home with us.
A joyful Christmas to you all!
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.