18th April 2019
At the Baptist church I attended when growing up in Bedford, our Pastor, Peter, established a tradition of a Good Friday church walk. After worship in the morning, everyone would get into their cars and drive in convoy to some woods about ten miles outside Bedford. Peter went at the front of the long procession of cars, and I always thought anyone watching us must have wondered where all these people were going on Good Friday. One of my lasting memories is of sitting in my new car at the back of the queue and seeing if my mates and I could find a quicker route, therefore starting at the back but arriving at the front. It’s amazing what seems important when you are young and have a new car! Peter had created a good tradition and it was enjoyed by many.
The Christian faith is rooted in tradition and history and this weekend we remember and celebrate an event which happened in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago, when a young man claiming to be God was crucified at the hands of the Romans. He died horrifically, yet three days later he rose again, making a way for millions and millions of people to find freedom from sin and death and new life in Christ. This weekend we will join billions of Christians around the world as we remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. What story! What a Saviour!
I would like to invite you to join us at King’s this weekend for our Easter celebrations. Here is a reminder of what is happening across the weekend:
Good Friday, 19th April
Join us at three of our sites, Catford, Downham and Lee, at 10.30am, as we reflect on Jesus' death and break bread together. (There will be no meeting at our Beckenham site.)
These services will last about an hour. Please note there will be no children's work.
Easter Sunday, 21st April
Join us as we celebrate Easter at King's!
Our Easter Sunday services take place at all four sites at our normal meeting times.
Catford: 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm
Downham: 9.30am & 11.30am
There is children's work at all our morning meetings this Sunday.
Do come along — and bring a friend!
There will be no blog next week as I will be enjoying a few days holiday, but I’ll be back the week after that.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
11th April 2019
‘But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’
1 Corinthians 15:57
Easter is central to the Christian faith. It’s a time for us to pause and consider Jesus’ work on the cross, to celebrate and rejoice in his resurrection and victory over sin and death.
As usual, there is a lot happening at King’s this Easter, beginning tomorrow, Friday April 12th: In the morning we have an Easter Family Event taking place at the Catford site, from 9.45am until 12.00pm, for children 10 and under. This promises to be a lot of fun, and if you have friends or family with children under 10, why not invite them along? Then in the evening at 7.30pm, also on the Catford site, we have another Encounter night, when we will come together to worship, receive the Holy Spirit, and pray for the new 1.30pm service and the Easter weekend services.
Services for the Easter weekend itself begin on Good Friday, 19th April. At 10.30am there will be a short, hour-long service taking place on each site except Beckenham. This will be an opportunity to reflect and remember Jesus’ death on the cross and to break bread together. Please note there will be no children’s work at these services. Then please join us again on Easter Sunday, 21st April, when we will be celebrating the risen Jesus Christ. Services will be at the usual times on all sites and children’s work will be running as normal. As this is likely to be a busy day at King’s, why not come to the 1.30pm service at the Catford site to make room for more visitors?
As we come to the end of this spring term and look ahead to the Easter weekend, let’s respond to the provocation of our recent Reach series by inviting our friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues to an Easter event. More details on everything happening over Easter can be found on the King’s website.
I shall look forward to being back at King’s this weekend after my recent travels. This Sunday is Palm Sunday and Andrew Wilson will be preaching.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
29th March 2018
‘For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…’ 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
I would like to extend a warm invitation to you all for our Easter services at King’s this coming weekend.
On Good Friday we gather across all our sites at 10.30am. We will break bread together and reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, which has paid the penalty for our sin. The service normally lasts around an hour. Please note there will be no children’s work for this service.
Then on Easter Sunday, we gather again, this time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Joe Macnamara will be speaking at both Downham meetings as he begins a new season of ministry based on the site. Meanwhile, I will be will speaking on our Catford and Lee sites. For those of you at the Catford site, please remember that we have meetings at 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. There will be no 5.30pm meeting on Easter Sunday.
So come along, invite a friend or family member and let us celebrate Jesus!
P.S. I will be on holiday next week, so no blog – but back as usual the week after.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
20th April 2017
What a great Easter we had at King’s last weekend! Firstly, coming together on Good Friday to focus on the cross, share communion and reflect on all that Jesus sacrificed for us. And then gathering again on Sunday to celebrate his victory over death and remember that he is indeed our redeemer, our substitute, our shame remover and our victor! It is always a joy to worship with my church family at King’s, but there was one particular moment which stood out above all, when we sang the fantastic chorus Alpha and Omega. Our God really is ‘…the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End’, who died for us, conquered death for us, and is present in our lives today. It was a wonderful moment of corporate worship - the Easter story is very much our story and is worth celebrating!
It was good to be able to go into a busy week off the back of such a fantastic weekend. This week I am spending time with the Newfrontiers Together Team, led by David Devenish. The team with Dave currently are John Lanferman, Edward Buria, David Holden, P J Smyth, Steve van Rhyn and myself, with Alistair Gregory helping us in a management capacity. This is a great group, and it is a joy and privilege to serve alongside them. Do have a look at the recently relaunched Newfrontiers website to read more about these guys as well as some of the other apostolic leaders heading up their own networks around the world.
I will return from several days of meetings to another exciting Sunday at King’s. This week we have the joy of celebrating with new Christians, with baptismal services at the Lee and Catford sites. I always love to hear people's personal stories of how they have encountered Jesus and come to know Him as their saviour. It is a reminder that God continues to meet people daily and transform lives. He is indeed Alpha and Omega!
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.