1st April 2021
I love this time of year, with signs of new life everywhere. Spring this year has been particularly welcome, after so many months of winter lockdown. Like many of you I am enjoying being able to meet up with a few friends and family outside again, and the warm weather of the last few days has made it even better.
As the Covid situation continues to look more positive in the UK, we are moving ahead with our plans to start opening up services again at King’s. I shared some important details about these plans in a video at last week’s service, but as things are moving fast, I thought it would be helpful to show it again here.
This Easter weekend, we will be hosting two services at our Catford, Downham and Lee sites on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We would love you to join us, but places are booking up fast, so please reserve yours now if you would like to come along. We will of course be meeting online as well on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
9th April 2020
Today I address the issue of how to give in a time of crisis.
We are already aware of some in our community who have lost jobs because of the current situation or are worried about losing their job in the future. However, others of us are finding we have more money at the end of the month because our outgoings have reduced; not spending money on travel costs, eating out or going on holiday mean that our monthly expenditure has gone down. What an opportunity to apply the principle of Acts 2!
‘And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.’ Acts 2 44-45
For those of us fortunate enough to find ourselves with more money than usual, I want to suggest we do three things:
1. Save some – for your family
2. Give some – to the King’s family
3. Give some more – to help a household in need
Deb and I have reviewed our financial position and have decided to do all these things. We will SAVE some of the money we had planned to spend on a holiday this Easter. We have INCREASED our giving to King’s to help cover the shortfall caused by others needing to reduce their giving. And we will also GIVE SOME MORE to the King’s Hope Initiative being launched this week, which will include a fund to provide food for people in our King’s family and in the local community. This is an excellent initiative which I look forward to telling you more about soon.
King’s, let's apply the principle of Acts 2. Let's respond with generosity where we can and together, care for those who have less.
This weekend is of course Easter weekend, and I hope you will join me online for our Good Friday service which will be shown at 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 (BSL-interpreted) and 7.30. On Easter Sunday we will be celebrating the resurrection of the risen Lord Jesus Christ and I will be preaching – please join us at 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 (BSL-interpreted), 1.30, 5.30 or 7.30.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
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
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.