11th December 2014
When Deb and I moved from our home town of Bedford just under twenty years ago our main motivation was to serve God and place ourselves in a context where we could reach as many people as possible for Christ! I concluded that if you wanted to reach a nation you had to reach the capital city. Each one of us is called to serve God wherever He places us, in village, town or, in our case, a global city like London.
Urban life has its challenges - we now live in the borough of Lewisham, one of the most densely populated - and are a fifteen-minute train journey from central London and its cultural venues and historical sights. From the top floor of our house we can see Canary Wharf and the skyline of the city of London. Meanwhile, the combination of traffic, noise and the pace of city life can be demanding.
But! We love living in London; it's our home and the city provides many great opportunities along with any challenges. This week our youngest son, Sam, is on work experience - like our other two sons before him he is working in the city, in an office right next to the Gherkin building in a large and successful insurance company, learning about life and work in that context. We are grateful to our good friend Peregrine who has been brilliant in giving Sam this opportunity, one unlikely to have happened had we lived elsewhere.
As for our church, I am often asked why King's has grown so much over recent years. One clear reason is - there are a lot of people here! That's why, over the next few weeks, King's will host nine Carol Services, each expressing our heart, to reach lost people and call them home to their Maker and Saviour.
It is also the motivation behind our Big Red Box initiative. Mike Reich and his fantastic team are aiming for 1,000 food hampers for distribution to some of the most disadvantaged people in our southeast London communities. Currently there are 583 filled boxes - 130 already distrbuted but hundreds more in the auditorium awaiting delivery! At the same time Simon Allen and his team have done an excellent job this year with the King's Christmas Trees initiative. All the trees have now been sold - 438 of them! All profits go to support the Jericho Road Project, our social action ministry, reaching out and giving support and food to those who live on the streets.
So with the same motivation over our original call and move to London, can I invite you to join with me this Christmas by being there at one of the Carol Services and inviting your friends and family members to come along too... and together, let's reach London for Christ!
There are six KING'S EVENING CAROL SERVICES, hosted at the Catford and Lee sites. The services involve carols, readings, some performance pieces and a short talk.
Sunday 14th - 5pm* at Lee
Saturday 20th - 5pm & 7.30pm at Catford
Sunday 21st - 2.30pm, 5pm & 7.30pm* at Catford
*BSL interpretation at these services
And site Carol Services will take place on the morning of Sunday 21 December at 10.30am - at Catford, Downham and Lee.
Further details found at kingschurchlondon.org/home.
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.