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27th March 2020

An update from Steve

It’s been another week of massive change in this nation and around the world. We are all having to adjust quickly to changes to our daily lives that would have been unimaginable even a few weeks ago. Please watch this new message from me with latest news of what's happening at King's in response to the Coronavirus crisis.

We are privileged to have an amazing staff and volunteer team at King's. They have been working round the clock to secure our online Sunday services, get groups going through Zoom chats, and serve our church family pastorally. We are particularly grateful to our worship team who, before we went into 'lock-down', were able to record all the songs we'll be using for the coming weeks for our services. A huge thank you to all of you involved.

King's, we are walking through difficult days. But let's reach out to one another, follow the Government advice, and remember that we follow a powerful God who walks with us through the storm.

I look forward to joining with you on Sunday.

Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay prayerful.

'God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.' Psalm 46:1

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20th March 2020

Stay Connected, Stay Safe, Stay Prayerful

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

King's, as we walk through this challenging season together, I am asking you to do three things:

We have numerous means of communication available to us. Whether it’s phone, email, WhatsApp or Zoom, let’s use them and speak to people every day. We will be providing resources to serve you, and the pastoral team and your group or ministry leader will be in contact soon. You can also help us: please take the initiative and contact us (call 020 8690 4646 or email to make sure we have your correct contact details or to make us aware of any needs you may have. This is also a time for us to reach out to our neighbours and offer help and support where we can.

If you are over 70 or have any underlying health issues, please follow government advice and self-isolate now. This also applies to any of us who develop a cough or temperature, as well as to other members of that household. We have a responsibility to our wider community to protect them from possible exposure to the virus. Please stay up-to-date with the latest government advice, as the situation is changing rapidly.

We are moving into a time when our church family will gather online, so please join us each week for our online Sunday services which will be live streamed each week at 9.30, 10.30, 11.30 and 1.30, starting this Sunday. We may discover we have time to spare as we stay in our homes to see out the crisis. Let's make good use of the extra time! Consider arranging an online prayer group or setting up a Zoom group. We will be providing additional resources to assist in these things soon.

King’s, let’s stand firm, trust God and keep washing our hands!

I encourage all of you who are part of King’s to watch this video message recorded earlier this week about how we are adjusting to the latest government advice regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) .

For the latest information on how King’s is responding to the Coronavirus crisis, go to our Coronavirus Update page.

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19th March 2020

Leading in Crisis

Deb and I landed back in London on Friday morning after our recent three-and-a-half-week trip to southern Africa. It had felt increasingly strange being away from home as the Coronavirus crisis accelerated round the world, and we were glad to be back. I am sure you won’t be surprised to hear that it has been full on since our plane touched down.

We find ourselves in unprecedented times, the like of which has not been seen in this nation for several generations. Churches face particular challenges that could not have been imagined a few months ago. Here are a few thoughts I’ve had on how to lead in crisis:

1. Overcommunicate. Since we landed on Friday (and during the days before we left) I have been in constant contact with people through phone calls, WhatsApp and Zoom groups. The technology available to us these days is a massive blessing – let’s take advantage of it and maximise connection. Like many churches, our Sunday services will be online from now on, and we will be contacting everyone at King's with final details about this by the end of the week. 

2. Keep it Simple. This is a situation which is developing rapidly. Focus on what the next step should be.

3. Make a Plan. Once the next step has been secured, stand back and consider the medium term. As we flew through the night last Thursday, I wrote a short paper for our elders, trustees and senior staff about the next six months at King’s, including the key principles we are going to adopt during this crisis season.

4. Rework the Financial Narrative. One area which needs immediate focus is the potential financial impact on the church. We are running a number of models. It’s important to keep an eye on cash flow.

5. Keep Calm and Trust God. I am expecting some demanding days ahead. Already at King’s, three of our pastors have had temperatures. A few days ago, I was told the 81-year-old grandfather of one of our core members had died from the virus. Behind every statistic on the news is a real person and a family coping with loss. We live in a rapidly changing world, but Jesus remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Though our circumstances may change, He is Lord and He reigns on high. We place our trust in One who is sovereign and who sees all things. Our confidence is in His provision.

You will find the latest information on how we are responding to the Coronavirus crisis at King's here.

Steve Tibbert

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17th March 2020

An important update for everyone at King's

My friends, we are living through unprecedented days. The challenge of Coronavirus Covid-19 is going to affect every area of our lives for the next weeks and months, including how we do church.

Please watch this very important video message from me to find out about important changes that take place from today and this weekend. You can read a summary here.

Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert

Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. 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.

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