19th November 2015
Christmas is definitely one of my favourite times of year, a highlight in both my church and family calendars. It may still be November, but preparations are already in full swing both at King’s and at home.
We like to celebrate Christmas in a big way at King's, and this year there will be no fewer than seven evening carol services taking place across all three sites and over two weekends! Our carol services are one of the highlights of the church year for me - I never cease to be impressed by the creativity and talent of all those involved. Our theme this year is CLOSER, celebrating a time when Jesus comes closer to us than ever before. We would love you all to attend at least one of the services - and also to bring a friend. This is probably the easiest invite of the year! Flyers will be available for you to pick up this Sunday, so can I encourage you to start thinking about who you can invite? This may be the moment when your friend, colleague or family member takes a step closer to knowing Jesus.
This time of year also provides us with opportunities to take the love of Jesus closer to our local community, through the King’s Christmas Trees and Big Red Box initiatives. Deb ordered our own tree this week and it really couldn’t be easier! All profits go to the Jericho Road Project, helping rough sleepers and vulnerable people in south east London. Then on Sunday, we will be picking up our Big Red Box, ready to fill with food for a family who might otherwise go without. If you would like to participate or contribute you will find all the information you need on the Christmas webpage - kingschurchlondon.org/closer. We are also looking for volunteers to help with our food collections at local supermarkets over the next two weekends. If you are able to help, please contact the church office on 020 8690 5121, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have all been deeply shocked and saddened by events in Paris this week. And whilst we try to come to terms with what has happened in a country so near to us, we are aware that equally terrible atrocities are occurring in many other places around the world - even as I write this blog, news has come in of a bomb blast in a crowded square in Nigeria. It is important that we pray for all our world leaders, for wisdom and insight as they seek to find solutions and a way forward. Let us also pray for all those who are living in fear, fleeing war zones or living in refugee camps.
This weekend, we are looking forward to going to Portsmouth to visit our middle son Josh who is at university there, and also to spending an evening with good friends, Paul and Charlotte Braithwaite. Then on Sunday we have the next in the 'Follow Me' series, looking at the issue of how we honour the elderly. Meanwhile I will be taking our membership morning for anyone new to King’s who would like to find out more about the church and what it means to be a member. I look forward to seeing you there.
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.