25th August 2016
The church is such a great place to get stuck in and volunteer. Over the years I have volunteered to do all sorts of things in the churches we have belonged to. Some things have been more fun than others – I remember Sunday mornings in crèche trying to stop toddlers fighting over toys, the privilege of praying for people, making no end of cups of tea, and groups where, through discussion, people had ‘light bulb’ moments about Jesus and His Word.
King's has some wonderful volunteers who turn up early every Sunday, who hoover and move chairs, who play instruments and make children laugh – each volunteer is vital to the life of the church. I think of Shirley Toppin and Alice Bell, ‘mature’ ladies in every sense, who could easily sit back but still take their turn to stand at the door welcoming people on Sundays at Catford. I admire the energy and enthusiasm of Charlie Osborne at Lee or Nick Surridge at Downham who make learning about Jesus fun for our children. And what about all those behind the scenes people who do PA and projection, floor managing and King's Kids reception – if they didn’t turn up we would never be ready to worship God each week.
As we start a new term in a week or two, literally hundreds of volunteers at King's will be checking their rotas and donning t-shirts or badges, turning up for training and rehearsals so we can all enjoy church. I’m particularly excited about the more than 150 leaders who are preparing for groups across King's from the first week of October. They will be opening their homes, or coming to church during the week, dusting off teapots and opening Bibles, praying that you will find a place in their group and grow in your faith, learn a skill and make new friends. (You can sign up for a group on a Sunday from 4th September or to get signed up early, check out next term's groups online now.)
The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:13-14,27, ‘we were all baptised by the one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. And so the body is not made up of one part but of many....Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it.’
So I guess we really are all in this together – I pray this term you find where you can play your part.
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
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. 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.