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21st December 2017

Christmas and New Year

We had a fantastic time at our King’s Carol Services last weekend. I am always impressed by the way our creative team manage to put on such a brilliant and original service year after year. We are very fortunate to have so many talented singers, musicians, artists and technical experts among us, not to mention the numerous volunteers who give up their time to ensure everything runs smoothly. Well done and many thanks to all involved!

With three Family Christmas services and seven Carol Services behind us already, it can easily feel as if Christmas has come early. But we still have Christmas Day itself to look forward to, as well as our New Year’s Eve Watchnight service the following week.

As Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, we will be holding ONE service at EACH SITE at 10.30am on 24th December. Then on Christmas Day itself there will again be ONE service at 10.30am on each site. The Christmas Day service is always one of my favourite times of the year, when we gather as a family to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ.

The following Sunday on New Year's Eve there will again be ONE morning service at 10.30am on each site, followed by our WATCHNIGHT service on the Catford site from 10.30pm to 12.30am. As I said in my blog last week, this is always a great evening and a wonderful way to see in the New Year. Doors open at 10pm.

All details of King’s services over the Christmas and New Year period can be found on the website.

It only remains for me to wish you merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert
10:00


14th December 2017

King's Carols

We had a great start to our carol services on the Lee site last Sunday evening. Despite the wintery weather, the room was packed with people ready to sing some carols and hear the Christmas story, and it was great to see many visitors there. Once again, I was so impressed with the creativity of the team who put this together, who continue to come up with new ideas each year. The theme is What A Beautiful Name, focussing on the meaning and significance of the name of Jesus, our saviour. Our musicians and singers excelled themselves as usual, but as is so often the case, it was the children who stole the show! If you missed last Sunday, but would like a sneak preview of what is in store, take a look at the highlights video below:


This weekend there will be another SIX carol services for you to choose from. This really is one of the highlights of our church year and presents a fantastic opportunity to invite your friends, family and work colleagues. There will be FIVE services at our Catford site over the weekend, and ONE at our Downham site:

SAT 16 DEC
5pm* Catford

SUN 17 DEC
9.30am & 11.30am† Catford

5pm Catford & Downham

7.30pm* Catford


* with British Sign Language interpretation
† with kids' work for 0-9s


Don’t forget Lee site have a Family Christmas Service at 10.30am on Sunday. This is fun for all the family and will be followed by drinks and mince pies. Downham will have just one morning service at 10.30am on Sunday, as they will be holding their carol service at 5.00pm.

It promises to be a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you there.


Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert
09:00


7th December 2017

Deb's Story

Those of you who were at King’s on Sunday will have heard me talk about my wife Deb’s first experience of coming to a church carol service – a spur of the moment decision that turned out to be quite significant for her! As we approach our carol service season, I thought you might be interested to hear the story from her point of view. So, here is my wife Deb, in her own words!

As Steve said on Sunday, I was not brought up in a Christian home. I think he actually said that I had never been to church before going to a carol service, but that is not quite true! I remember a burst of interest in Christianity when I was about thirteen, which led me to visit two different churches. One was with my grandfather, who was a Catholic, and the other was with my friend Anne, who went to a Church of England church. My memories of both occasions are of feeling terribly out of place – everyone except me seemed to know what to do: when to stand up, sit down, go forward for communion (what was that about?) and how to follow the service in some book we were given! It was rather bewildering and seemed pretty meaningless at the time. My brief exploration of Christianity ended after a month or so, and I decided at the beginning of my teens that I was an atheist!

Roll on several years to Christmas Eve 1982, when I was seventeen. I was in a local pub with some school friends and as last orders were being called, someone suggested going to the midnight candlelight service at the church up the road. She knew the church and promised we would enjoy it. The thought of singing carols by candlelight sounded suitably Christmassy, so off we all went.

My initial impressions were not what I expected: the church was warm (I’d assumed I’d need my coat), full of people who were all talking and clearly happy to be there, and welcoming. We were given a candle, a hymn book and shown to a seat. This was in the days before we worried about issues of health and safety, and with several hundred people packed into the church, each holding a burning candle, there was a beautiful warm glow in the room. It was quite atmospheric, and I began to feel intrigued about what lay ahead.

I remember being surprised by the volume of the voices as we sang the first carol. Not only did the people here enjoy singing, they also sounded as if they believed it. There were no embarrassing moments where I didn’t know what to do, and everyone seemed remarkably relaxed. But what I remember most clearly, and what I realise now, is that this was the first time I heard the gospel. At some point in the service there was a drama, during which a young woman stood in the middle of the stage with a torch and talked about Jesus being ‘the light of the world’. It was a simple message; it didn’t answer all my questions, but it caught my attention.

It was another 14 months before I actually gave my life to Christ, but that carol service in 1982 marked the beginning of my journey to faith. It left me with a positive impression of church. It caused me to question my unbelief and gave me a desire to find out more. It was some months before I acted on that desire, but the seed was planted on Christmas Eve, 1982.

Deb Tibbert

That is Deb’s story, and I am very grateful to the friend who invited her to that carol service. This Sunday marks the beginning of our carol service weekends at King’s, and I want to encourage you once again to invite your friends and family. I hope Deb’s story will be an encouragement to you. Who knows – perhaps your invitation will be the beginning of someone’s own journey of faith?

All our carol services are listed below, and more details can be found on the website.

SUN 10 DEC
5pm Lee

SAT 16 DEC
5pm* Catford

SUN 17 DEC
9.30am & 11.30am† Catford

5pm Catford & Downham

7.30pm* Catford

* with British Sign Language interpretation
† with kids' work for 0-9s


Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert
12:30


30th November 2017

What's In a Name?

Names are important – they are part of our identity. Even if the name we have been given has no significant meaning, the way in which it is used often does. How we are addressed by different people reveals their relationship to us or says something about how they see us.

To most people I’m just ‘Steve’, rarely ‘Stephen' - unless I’m in trouble, especially with my mother! Growing up, I was ‘Tibbsy’ to my friends. In our congregation at King’s I’m often known as ‘Pastor Steve’, a title which seems quite formal in my white British culture, and which it took me a while to get used to. Many of us who are married have affectionate names for our spouse which reflect the unique intimacy of the husband and wife relationship. And my three sons are the only people who call me ‘Dad’ - although they have been known to shout ‘Steve’ if they can’t get my attention any other way!

The names we use for someone are significant. They can reveal who they are, what they do and how we view them. The Bible is filled with numerous different names for Jesus: He is our 'Lord', our 'Saviour', our 'Comforter', our 'Counsellor', our 'Judge', our 'Guide' and our 'Rock'. He is the one who saves, who gives life and who frees us from our sin. Jesus is all this and more. Has one name ever encompassed so much? It is a beautiful name, and the reason we come to worship and celebrate at Christmas.

As you probably know already, we like to do Christmas in a big way at King’s. Across two weekends, starting on Sunday 10th December, we have no fewer than seven carol services for you to choose from. They take place at all three sites and include carols, readings, performance pieces, videos and a short talk that is fun and festive. Our theme for this year is ‘What a Beautiful Name’ and we want to take this opportunity to invite as many people as possible. Last year, some 3000 people attended at least one of our Christmas services, and we hope to exceed that this year. So now is the time to start inviting your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues. Dates and times are as follows:

SUN 10 DEC
5pm Lee

SAT 16 DEC
5pm* Catford

SUN 17 DEC
9.30am & 11.30am† Catford
5pm Catford & Downham
7.30pm* Catford

* with British Sign Language interpretation
† with kids' work for 0-9s

We ask you to collect tickets for yourselves and any guests you know are coming. Tickets are free and help to give an indication of how many people are likely to be attending each service. They are available for collection at all sites on Sundays. All information can be found on the King's website.

Who knows, perhaps your invitation could be the beginning of a journey for somebody? Perhaps they too will come to discover the beauty, power and significance of the name JESUS.



Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert
10:00


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.

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