3rd September 2020
Over the Summer we have had a few guest blog posts from some of our pastors from across the sites. This is our final guest post from Hilary Dalziel who helps lead the Catford site.
Summer is the time for weddings, and this year we have had four weddings at King's despite the coronavirus restrictions. Yes, they have been very different: simple services with only thirty guests, chairs spaced out, and of course hand sanitiser at the ready. I even bought a pretty mask to match my outfit! But it has been so great to be in the building, to be part of the church community witnessing vows made in the presence of God, to hear the reading of scripture and to pray together for couples starting a life-long adventure. Those couples are just as married as any other couples who had tens of guests, a perfectly planned reception and all the other elaborate elements that usually make a wedding day.
All of us have also had to change our expectations about what the new ‘normal’ is for family celebrations, work and life during this summer! Our expectations around church have also had to change and will change again as we go into a new term. We do plan to have groups meeting in the buildings, but many will still be online. We can’t sing in church or hug yet, but we are still just as much the church as the days we sang with all our hearts and put our arms round each other and prayed together.
This September we will find a new normal as hundreds of us join groups, gathering around the word, encouraging each other and praying together. God will be there with us on zoom or in a room! We’re not just individual believers, we are his people, we are still being ‘built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.’ God still intends to display his ‘manifold wisdom’ through us, his church, whatever the circumstances – that has always been his eternal purpose. (Ephesians 2:21-22, 3:10-11)
Like the couples this summer who decided getting on with building their marriage was more important than waiting for the perfect wedding day, let’s step in and be the church - embracing the new normal, confident God is still at work building his church at Kings.
Hilary Dalziel assists in leading the Catford site and is the main driving force behind Groups at King's. She is part of the Pastoral Care Team, oversees marriage mentoring and organises much of the training of pastoral care staff and volunteers. Hilary is married to William and they have three grown-up children.
Posted by Hilary Dalziel
31st August 2017
My local supermarket has just installed new chilled and freezer cabinets. The whole shop is like a fridge now (which is great on scorching summer days) but I can't find anything anymore! It seems like all the things I regularly buy have been switched around. I'm sure the goal is a better service for customers but what's surprising is how just a few changes can be stressful!
In life, we often face change – some are welcome, others disturb us. Maybe this year your life has changed in some way – your family has grown, or someone close to you has moved away. You have more pressure at work or you are without work. Maybe the challenges in our nation, the shockwaves of tragedy have affected you. It feels like London, our home, is always changing, always rushing forward.
As believers, God calls us to a life that, although secure in Him, is also full of change. He calls us to follow Him, to be on a faith journey that will only end when we meet Him face to face in glory. Psalm 84:5-7 talks about having our heart set on pilgrimage – never settling or being complacent, but turning the desert valleys we go through into a place of springs – water, life, joy. That takes faith and resilience.
'Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.' – Psalm 84:5-7
At King’s we believe we are called to journey together – no one should face the desert alone. Joys are multiplied as they are shared. As we gather on Sundays and make friends in groups, we find strength and encouragement to keep changing, growing in faith and moving on.
So, when King’s Life comes out in September with all its information about groups, my challenge to you is to embrace change, join a group and set your heart on pilgrimage with God's people.
You can find out more about Groups at King's by visiting the groups pages on our website.
Hilary Dalziel is the main driving force behind Groups at King's. She is part of the Pastoral Care Team, oversees marriage mentoring and organises much of the training of pastoral care staff and volunteers. Hilary is married to William and they have three grown up children.
Steve Tibbert will be back in September.
Posted by Hilary Dalziel
27th January 2016
It was fantastic to hear this week that we already have over 1,000 people signed up for groups again, a wonderful response to our new series, Transformed. This promises to be a challenging and relevant series which will take a biblical look at essential areas of our discipleship, such as our finances, our relationships, and our spiritual health. We are encouraging everybody at King's to do three things: be here on Sundays, be part of a group, and be transformed daily – read the daily Transformed Bible study, which can be found in the book accompanying the series. So, if you haven't already done so, there is still time to sign up for a group, although places are filling up fast!
What a joy it was to have our Zimbabwe friends, Scott Marques and Renee Cunningham, with us last weekend. Once again I was so impressed with their zeal for the Lord and their provocation to pursue God and serve Him wholeheartedly, whatever the circumstances. I am confident that we will build on this relationship in the coming years. (If you missed Scott's message, you can listen to it here.)
This evening we have the privilege of welcoming Mike Pilavachi to the last of our January prayer and celebration evenings. Mike is senior pastor of Soul Survivor Church in Watford and founder of the Soul Survivor festival – I know that our young people are particularly excited about his visit since he is a popular speaker at Newday. He is a gifted and entertaining preacher and this is definitely an evening not to be missed. Don't forget that tonight's meeting will be at our Lee Site, so if you haven't yet made it over there, this is a great time to go and have a look at our fantastic new auditorium. Doors open at 7.45pm and the meeting will begin at 8pm.
This Sunday Phil Varley will be launching the Transformed series at Catford and Lee. We will also be baptising 12 people through the day – another great weekend ahead!
Posted by Steve Tibbert
9th July 2015
‘Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts...’ Acts 2:46
At the beginning of this year we launched our new groups initiative at King’s, Better Together. As many of you will know, it proved to be extremely successful but I had wondered if the surge in attendance would continue over the long term. A few weeks ago I asked Hilary Dalziel, our groups pastor, to give the team some feedback on how things are going. I was amazed to hear that we have the same number of adults in groups during this second term as we had in the first, and that we have the leadership capacity for more to attend! In over 25 years of Christian ministry, I have never heard this said before.
Although King’s has many strengths, group life has not historically been one of them. However, following the implementation of lessons learned from Nelson Searcy’s book ‘Activate’, and our teaching series Better Together, our average attendance in groups has been 100% of what it is on Sundays. To have the same numbers in groups as we have on Sundays – that is a first for us!
The numbers are undoubtedly encouraging but more importantly, they demonstrate our commitment to build a community and not just a crowd. As my summer break approaches and I look back over the last church year, I feel that this is a very satisfying achievement.
Thanks to each of you who has stepped into community at King’s.
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.