20th October 2016
Deb and I have just returned from an excellent week at the annual Newfrontiers conference. Five years on from when Terry Virgo handed over the movement to his ‘sons’, there was a tremendous sense of unity in the room as we gathered with friends from all around the world – ‘from London down to Cape Town, from LA to Beijing’, to quote one of my favourite Lex Loizides’ songs!
Following the handover from Terry in 2011, it has taken the movement a number of years to find its feet. Like a toddler taking his first experimental steps, progress has been slow at times, but this year I felt more than ever a genuine joining of hearts and faith for world mission.
Among the many highlights were the times of prayer for friends in countries where gospel preaching, or life in general, can be demanding, challenging, and sometimes dangerous. To pray and cry out to God for places such as India, Pakistan, The Crimea, China, The Middle East, Zimbabwe and many other African nations, was deeply moving. Throughout the week our worship was joyful, as we were ably led by a small band made up of a team from New York and Moscow. We were a truly international group joined by common purpose.
If you would like to keep up with news from the Newfrontiers family, do have look at the recently launched website.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
7th July 2016
Several years have passed since Newfrontiers multiplied into autonomous spheres, when Terry Virgo handed over responsibility to his sons. It is very heartening to see how we have continued to expand since then.
The brand new Newfrontiers website, launched last week, gives a flavour of the gospel expansion taking place within the spheres. Do have a look to see how we are continuing to work together to pursue the purposes of God around the world.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
14th January 2016
Having benefitted from a slightly slower pace during my study days last week, I am feeling energised and ready for all that’s coming in the year ahead. So far, this week has been a very interesting and fulfilling one. Tuesday began with our usual staff prayer meeting at King’s – I love starting the week in this way, focussing on Jesus, before we all head off to our meetings and to-do lists. Then a very full day followed by trustees and elders meetings in the evening. I have said it before, but I am so grateful to be working with such a fantastic team. That was followed by two days spent with key leaders from Newfrontiers and other church networks around the UK at a gathering hosted by Terry Virgo. I always enjoy these opportunities to share news and pray together, to hear about all that God is doing both within Newfrontiers and the wider body of Christ.
Our January focus on prayer continued on Wednesday evening, with the second of our weekly prayer and celebration nights. Dave Holden got us off to such a good start last week with his invitation to lean into the power of the Holy Spirit (available online here) – it was fantastic to have another opportunity to gather together to worship and wait on Jesus. During these weeks, I have been reflecting on the prophetic word brought to us by our friend Steve Nicholson on the opening night of the Lee auditorium:
“You took the step, you paid the price, to be in this room tonight. Now comes the harvest. This night marks the beginning of a whole new season – a season of favour, a season of harvest, a season of amazing miracles. And I think that what’s coming, is now a season of seeing just what God can do.”
Steve Nicholson, September 2014
A season of seeing just what God can do. This was one of those words that resonated – I have prayed about and reflected on it a great deal. We long to see all that God can do at King’s and I have a growing sense that we are beginning to see the fulfilment of this word. I look forward to being able to share more in the coming weeks!
This Sunday I will be preaching the next in our Start series – I hope that you are enjoying this fitting challenge to us as we set out on a new year. I will be speaking on the important topic of how to steward our lives well, and it is worth coming just to see the dramatic landing of the message – you’ll have to be there to see it!
Image: Sun and Wheat by Rick, used under CC
Posted by Steve Tibbert
26th November 2015
Christmas is a time of celebration, a time to give thanks and a time to share presents. But for families who are struggling to get by on low incomes, Christmas can also be a very challenging time. That is why I love Big Red Box and King’s Christmas Trees, our King's Christmas initiatives.
BIG RED BOX distributes gifts of food hampers donated by the church and local community to families who might otherwise go without over the festive period. It was launched in 2011 and has so far given away over 2,300 boxes. The scheme has been headed up by the brilliant Mike Reich and this year he has been joined by the equally brilliant Alice Tibbert. Last year we gave away over 1,000 hampers and we are hoping to equal that in 2015. Collections began early, and we have already filled 184 boxes! They will be distributed through Social Services, Lewisham Refugee Network and other local charities. We would love as many of you as possible to get involved. All you need to do is:
1. Get the food – pick up a list or use the website and decide what items you are going to get. You can buy just one or a few items, get it all yourself, or you can join with others: family, friends, work colleagues, class mates, group – you choose!
2. Get a box – if you want to fill a whole one, you can pick up a flat-pack box from any King’s Church London site from now.
3. Give it in – you can give a complete box or simply bring in any donations from the list. All items and boxes should be brought to any of our sites on or before Sunday 14th December.
You can also help in these ways:
4. Make a Donation – If you are unable to give food or a box in person, you might like to make a financial donation – we will do your shopping for you! Details of how to do this can be found on the webpage.
5. Volunteer! – If you visit a local supermarket in the weeks leading up to Christmas, you are likely to see our fantastic volunteers – dressed in their distinctive red t-shirts – collecting donations from generous shoppers. We are out again this weekend, and we need more volunteers! We also need people to help with packing and transport. If you would like to get involved, please contact the church office on 020 8690 5121 or send us an email.
KING'S CHRISTMAS TREES is another exciting Christmas initiative which has been running for a number of years. The Tibbert household loves a real Christmas tree – it is a part of our family tradition – and by buying ours from King’s Christmas Trees, we know that we are making a difference. Not only do we get a beautiful tree, but all profits from sales are helping rough sleepers and vulnerable people through the work of our Jericho Road Project. This year we are hoping to sell 500 trees and I have been told that we have already sold over half of them! Profits from the sale of just one tree can provide ten hot, three-course meals at The Feast, our weekly drop-in meeting. So, if you normally buy a real tree, can I encourage you to go to the webpage and order yours from King’s Christmas Trees?
The theme for our carol services this year is Closer, and it promises to be yet another brilliant event. Have you thought about who you can invite? Don’t forget you can pick up your tickets this Sunday – they are free, but it really helps us to have an indication of how many are coming! This week I am looking forward to preaching the last in our 'Follow Me' series, considering what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus and follow Him! And then in the evening at our 5.30pm meeting, we have the privilege of Terry Virgo preaching the final part of his brilliant series on grace. Definitely a great Sunday ahead, and I look forward to seeing you all 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.