5th December 2019
‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.’ Isaiah 7:14
Christmas is approaching fast, and we are less than two weeks away from the first of our carol services here at King’s. This is an annual highlight for us, one of my favourite times of year, and planning and preparations began many months ago. Rehearsals are now in full swing, and I am looking forward to seeing what our talented and creative team have put together this year.
Our theme will be Emmanuel, ‘God with us’. It’s a word that expresses the very heart of Christmas – the time when we stop and remember that God, out of His mercy and love for us, came to live among us, bringing hope and salvation to the world. This year we want to give opportunity to share that hope with more people than ever before. Over two weekends we will be putting on fifteen services across our four sites – nine Carol Services and six Family Christmas Services. That’s fifteen opportunities to invite your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues to come along and hear the Good News!
To help us manage numbers at the Carol Services, we are asking you to book tickets in advance for yourself and any guests you plan to bring along (no tickets needed for the Family Christmas Services). Tickets are free as usual, but this year we are asking you to book them online. You will find all the information you need on our website. Meanwhile, for a taste of what to expect from the carol services, have a look at the video below.
I would like to encourage you to start thinking and praying about the people you can invite to one of the services. Let’s pray that the Good News of Jesus – Emmanuel, God with us – will be shared with hundreds of people at King’s this year; let’s pray that many will find hope and salvation in Him.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
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
20th December 2018
Our first weekend of carol services got off to a flying start last Sunday at our Lee site. Once again, the creative team at King’s did an outstanding job communicating the wonder of the Christmas message, and I highly recommend coming along and bringing your friends and family.
This coming weekend will be even busier than last, with another seven opportunities to come along to a carol service. Here’s a quick reminder of times and venues:
Saturday at 5.00pm
Sunday at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.00pm and 7.30pm
Sunday at 5.00pm
Sunday at 6.00pm
On Sunday, we also have a family carol service at Lee at 10.30am and one normal morning service at Downham at 10.30am.
I understand that the Saturday 5.00pm service at Catford is likely to be quite full, so if you are planning on coming it would be best to choose a Sunday service where possible.
Other Christmas Dates
On Christmas Day there will be one morning service at 10.30am at Catford, Downham and Lee. This will be an hour-long family service and is always a great way to celebrate Christmas Day.
On Sunday 30th December, the last Sunday of 2018, there will be one service at all sites, including Beckenham.
Please check the website for more details of what’s happening at each site over the next couple of weeks.
Lastly, a quick reminder that our New Year’s Eve Watchnight services are being ticketed this year. Tickets are free, but you and every member of your party will need one to get in. We have two services happening, one at Catford and one at Lee, with 500 tickets available for each. There is still some space at Lee, but Catford has only a few tickets left, so I recommend booking in now! All details are on the website.
As you can see, there is a lot happening at King’s this Christmas and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
13th December 2018
Christmas is almost upon us, and our carol services kick off this weekend, starting at Lee this Sunday at 5pm and 7.30pm. The following weekend we have a further six opportunities to come along, with services taking place at Catford on Saturday and Sunday, and at Beckenham and Downham on Sunday. Please check the website for details of times and venues. As I have said before, these are great events to take your friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours to – every year we have people attend who have never been to church before, and for many it is has been a first step in their own journey of faith. You can help us by collecting tickets for the service you intend to come to – tickets are free and are not needed for entry, but really assist us in our planning.
FAMILY CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Don’t forget we also have a further six Family Christmas services happening – at Catford, Beckenham and Downham this Sunday morning, and at Lee the following Sunday. These are fun events suitable for all the family, and last just over an hour.
We are also busy planning for New Year, and for the first time this year we are ticketing our New Year’s Eve Watchnight services. This is to ensure we can accommodate everyone safely, as last year we were packed to the brim on our Catford site and still had to turn people away – not something we like to do. We have two Watchnight services this year, one at Catford and one at Lee, with 500 tickets available for each. Although tickets are free, you and every member of your party will need one for entry. Tickets can be reserved through the website.
This month is a busy and often tiring time of year. But the carol services are always a highlight for me, a moment to pause and remember the wonder of Christmas. I highly recommend coming along and hope to see you there.
Remember you can find details of everything happening at King's over the Christmas period on our website.
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.