21st November 2019
Christmas will soon be upon us, and preparations have been underway at King’s for several months now. I have actually lost count of how many carol services are planned for this year! We want to make it possible for more people than ever to attend a service and hear the Good News of Jesus, and I’ll be telling you more about this year’s Christmas services in a couple of weeks.
One of the things I like to do on the blog at this time of year is profile our two Christmas social action projects, King's Christmas Trees and Big Red Box. King’s Christmas Trees is one project which is very simple but has a huge impact. All profits from trees sold go towards providing hot meals at The Feast, a weekly drop-in meeting for rough sleepers and vulnerable people. Last year we were able to serve more than 4500 three-course meals to local people in need. You can find out more about volunteer opportunities or how to order a tree here.
Big Red Box is the sister project to King’s Christmas Trees. Last year, with the help of local social services and charities, we were able to distribute more than 2200 hampers of food to people who would otherwise go without. This year we are encouraging everyone who calls King’s home to get involved – to donate an item, a bag or a box of food from the shopping list. (If you come to King's, here are the details of when and where to drop off your donations.) You can also help with supermarket collections or packing and distributing boxes. You’ll find everything you need to know at bigredbox.org.
Extending God’s love and mercy in practical ways to those who are hurting or in need is an integral part of our vision at King’s. Christmas can be a challenging time for some people, so let’s take this opportunity to get involved and share the hope of Jesus with those around us.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
30th November 2018
This week Deb and I ordered our King’s Christmas Tree, a sure sign that Christmas preparations at home are underway. We love a real tree at Christmas and it’s great to know the profits from our purchase will help provide meals for homeless and vulnerable people through the coming year. We have also been shopping for food items to contribute to Big Red Box, which distributes Christmas food hampers to local families who might otherwise go without.
An integral part of our vision at King’s is to extend God’s love and mercy in practical ways to those in our community who are hurting or in need. King’s has been running Kings Christmas Trees and Big Red Box for a number of years now, and it is exciting to see how each project has grown and developed. I have asked Alice, our Jericho Road Project Manager, to give us a quick update on how things are going so far this year:
Big Red Box
Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the generous contributions from people at King’s Church and in the local community. With the help of a fantastic group of volunteers, we have already distributed 478 boxes across south east London through our contacts with social services and local charities. Many companies are getting involved and at the end of this week we will be at J P Morgan packing boxes with donations collected by their employees - this year they hope to beat their previous record for number of boxes filled. On Monday, Lewisham Good Gym will be joining us to help sort and pack donations. We also have more schools taking part than ever before and we are looking forward to collecting their donations over the next couple of weeks.
If you would like to take part or donate, you will find more details at bigredbox.org.
King's Christmas Trees
This year marks our tenth year selling trees to fund The Feast and we are hoping to sell 700 this year, beating all previous records—I am excited to report we have already sold more than 400! More trees sold means even more meals can be provided for homeless and vulnerable people in the local area.
Our 700 trees arrived this week, and some have already been distributed to local schools and businesses. To mark our tenth anniversary, we have produced a short video about our work, which you can check out below. You may also like to take a look at this recent Huffington Post article profiling our work.
It’s not too late to order your tree! We have four collection sites in Beckenham, Catford, Deptford and Dulwich, and you can also order for home delivery. Go to our website kingschristmastrees.org for more details.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
13th November 2017
At church yesterday, Deb and I picked up our Big Red Box, ready to fill with a list of food items and Christmas treats. It is great to know it will be going to a family who might otherwise be going without. We have also just ordered our King’s Christmas Tree – we love a real a tree at Christmas, and all the profits from tree sales go towards providing hot meals at The Feast, our weekly drop-in for the homeless and vulnerable in the local area.
An integral part of our vision at King’s is to extend God’s love and mercy in practical ways to those who are hurting or in need. If you have been around King’s in the last few weeks, you will undoubtedly have heard about both Big Red Box and King’s Christmas Trees, and if you have not already done so, why not get involved by buying a real tree or contributing towards a hamper?
I have asked Alice, our Jericho Road Project Manager, to give an update on how things are going so far this year:
Big Red Box
We have had a great start to Big Red Box 2017 with over 200 boxes packed already! We have had more engagement with the local community than ever before with the Lewisham Young Offenders Service (YOS) helping us sort through donations, 32 GoodGym runners involved with our first packing evening and our local MP Heidi Alexander joining us for our second.
We have also had some incredibly generous donations from our times at the Sainsbury’s stores in Sydenham and Charlton. Each year, our Christmas hampers go out to some of the neediest families and individuals across South East London and are distributed by Social Services teams in Lewisham, Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Southwark and Croydon, as well as other local charities and organisations. With their help we were able to distribute 1,760 Big Red Box food hampers in 2016 and we hope to reach even more people this year.
If you would like to get involved then please go to bigredbox.org for more details or call 020 8690 5121.
King’s Christmas Trees
We’re reaching new heights with our King’s Christmas Tree sales, selling 100 trees online in the first week! Our mission is to share hope in our community not only at Christmas but all year round – that is why all of the sales and donations from the King’s Christmas Tree project go to running The Feast, our weekly Wednesday outreach meal, which not only offers a hot three-course meal but also advice, friendship and clothes to homeless and vulnerable people in our community.
Trees are available to buy now at kingschristmastrees.org. You can also volunteer to help at The Feast on a Wednesday night. Call 020 8690 5121 to find out more details.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
9th November 2017
We are well and truly into November and I can no longer ignore the fact that Christmas is coming soon. It seems the retailers have been aware of this for several months already – it has been hard to avoid the displays of gifts and decorations for some time now – but I prefer to wait until the summer holidays are a more distant memory before turning my thoughts towards the approaching festive season.
In fact, as many of you know, I love Christmas. I love the time spent with family and friends, the wonderful meals, games with the kids and the giving and receiving of presents. I love singing carols, eating mince pies and watching films in front of a log fire. But most of all I love the fact that it is the season when we celebrate the coming of our saviour Jesus Christ.
We like to do Christmas in a big way at King’s, and the highlight each year has to be our annual carol services. Preparations for this year began months ago and rehearsals are already underway. The theme is What a Beautiful Name and we will be exploring the various names of Jesus in a short preaching series running up to Christmas. In 2016 we welcomed some 3000 people to our carol services – we hope to exceed that this year. Once again, there will be many opportunities to come along, with services over two weekends, across all three sites and at different times of day. All details can be found on our Christmas webpage.
As well as spreading the good news of Jesus by inviting people to the carol services, we also want to show mercy to those who are in need in our community, through our Big Red Box project and King’s Christmas Trees. So once again there are three ways to get involved this Christmas at King’s:
1. COME TO THE CAROL SERVICES – Come to at least one, invite your friends, family and work colleagues and bring someone along. It has to be the easiest invite of the year!
2. GIVE HOMELESS PEOPLE A GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS – Buy a King’s Christmas Tree and support homeless people throughout the year through our Jericho Road Project. Each year the profits from the trees sold help provide hot meals at our weekly drop-in centre.
3. HELP PUT FOOD IN PEOPLE’S HOMES – Take part in our Big Red Box project providing boxes of food for the neediest families in our local community. Last year we distributed 1760 boxes to families and individuals in need.
So, with December just a few weeks away now, I hope you are starting to get as excited about Christmas as I am. Meanwhile, if you are new to the church or have not had the chance to come to one of our carol services before, have a look at the video below to see what you can look forward to.
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.