25th November 2021
As our Giving Review Month draws to a close, I thought I would give you a short update on how it’s going.
As you may remember, we were asking all of you who call King’s home to review your monthly giving as well as to consider making an additional gift towards Vision 2030. After a slow start during the first two months of the King’s financial year, we had set a target of between £200,000 and £220,000 in total offerings for November.
I am delighted to report that a significant proportion of the church have participated in the Giving Review so far. This reflects high commitment across the church, which is very encouraging. Our best indication is that we seem likely to finish the month at just over £205,000 which, though slightly below our faith target, would still be amazing. Massive thanks to all of you who have taken part!
Of course, it’s not too late to contribute, so if you have yet to play your part, please prayerfully respond over the next few days as we approach the end of the month.
Diversity Listening Survey
You may remember that in my Vision Sunday message in October I told you that we planned to conduct a listening exercise in the church, specifically on the subjects of race, diversity and justice, as part of our commitment to building a diverse church. The online survey is now live, and we would love to hear feedback from members of King’s about your experiences in these areas. It is anonymous and is focused on King’s in particular. It will take about ten minutes to complete.
Finally, can I remind you that our first weekend of carol services is just a couple of weeks away, so now is the time to start inviting your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues. To help us manage numbers at our in-person services you will need to book free tickets for everyone in your party, which you can now do here. An online version of the service will be also available, and you will find plenty of ideas of how to invite your friends and family, no matter where they live, here.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
18th November 2021
‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’ – Hebrews 6:19
Christmas is approaching fast. Our first weekend of Carol Services at King’s is now only three weeks away and band rehearsals are already underway. Christmas at King’s is always a highlight, and I am particularly excited that this year we will be meeting in-person once again.
We are centring this year’s Christmas services around the theme of Hope. Hope is a powerful human emotion. It sustains us through difficult seasons, offering the prospect of better times to come. We can place our hope in many things – a political party, a relationship or a new job. But often these things can disappoint and fail to meet our expectations: the political party does not keep all its promises; we discover the person we love is as imperfect as we are; and the job we had always dreamed of fails to bring the satisfaction we long for.
The heart of the Christmas story is one of hope fulfilled. It tells us of a God who loves us so much He was prepared to come to us in human form and be born in humble surroundings – a God so committed to us that He suffered and died for us and took our sin upon His shoulders that we might be set free from its power. It’s a story about the One who would conquer death and offer us eternal life with Him. It is a hope that is ‘firm and secure’ and that is why we celebrate and sing.
This year we’ll have in-person Carol Services at our Catford, Lee, Downham and Beckenham sites, along with an online service – so you’re able to invite not only those who live locally, but also friends and family from further afield. We’re also running in-person Family Christmas Services at each of our sites. You will need to book tickets for the Carol Services if you intend to come along so that we can manage numbers, and you will be able to do so from Sunday 21st November.
So I want to encourage you to start inviting your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues to come along to a service. This really is one of the easiest invites of the year!
Let’s share our hope this Christmas.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
10th December 2020
It’s that time of year where Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ. Here is a short exhortation from me, encouraging us all to find time amid the busyness of this season to focus on the significance of Christmas.
King’s, let’s ensure we make time this Christmas to come to Jesus and worship Him. Let’s pause and reflect on the wonderful truth that a Saviour has come to us, that light has broken into darkness.
Details of everything that’s happening at King’s this Christmas, as well as all you need to know about our in-person and online services, can be found on the King’s website.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
3rd December 2020
I have always enjoyed inviting people to our Christmas carol services. It is one of the easiest invitations to make, and this year I have already begun making a mental list of those I can invite to join us online – some local, but others further afield.
The Christmas story represents light coming into darkness. This year, many of the areas in which we normally put our comfort, security and confidence, have been shaken; more than ever, the eternal truths of the Gospel are needed.
Our online carol services will be going out over the weekend of 19 and 20 December. Having the services online has brought an unexpected opportunity as this year, geography is no barrier to inviting people along! Many of the elements of our usual King’s carol services will be in the online event, and the Worship and Comms Teams are already busy preparing and recording some outstanding content. Our Teaching Pastor, Andrew Wilson, will be giving a short talk, and there will be a mix of worship, carols, testimonies and performance songs.
As you make your preparations for Christmas, I want to encourage you to start thinking about who you’re going to invite to a carol service this year. You will find everything you need to know about Christmas at King’s, what’s happening when and how to invite people, on our Christmas page.
Finally, as London comes out of strict lockdown and enters Tier 2 restrictions, I am glad to be able to tell you that in-person services will be resuming on our Catford, Downham and Lee sites from 13 December. As previously, we will still need to follow government guidelines to make the meetings as Covid-safe as possible, and you will need to book a place in advance if you wish to attend. All details will be available on the website from Monday 7th. Meanwhile, the majority of us can continue to join King’s online.
More details of what is happening at King’s over the Christmas and New Year period will be coming soon, so keep an eye out for updates.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.