19th July 2018
The year was 1938 and Great Britain was on the verge of what would become known as the Second World War. Along with many others, my great grandma had to move from her inner-city home in Bermondsey onto the recently built ‘suburban’ Downham Estate. In fact, she moved onto Roundtable Road – just 220 metres from the current Downham site!
My great grandma and great grandad with my mum in their garden in Roundtable Road
My nan and grandad's wedding photo at St John's Church at bottom of Whitefoot Lane
Who would have thought that 80 years later, her great grandson would be going there to lead the Downham site as a part of King’s Church London! God had a plan.
In fact, there is a remarkable synergy with my family’s history in Downham. As I said, my great grandma moved there in 1938. Sixty years later, in 1998, my mum became a Christian at what was then Downham Way Family Church. Ten years after that, in 2008, I was baptised (I was only 15) and now, in 2018, I am preparing to lead the site. Who knows what God will do by 2028!
My wife, Sylvia, and I could not be more excited about going to lead the Downham site. As many of you will know, we were previously at the Lee site where we were married last August, and in April this year we joined Downham. It’s been an exciting year to say the least.
We have been made to feel so welcome by everyone and have settled in quickly – we already feel like part of the family. There are some incredible people at the Downham site, who have been serving faithfully for many years – we consider it a privilege and joy to serve alongside them as we press on.
Looking ahead fills me with lots of excitement. If you know the area, then you’ll know there isn’t much in Downham – but the one thing it isn’t short of is people! There is a community there that we want to serve and see come to know Jesus. People often say this, but I am convinced that the best is yet to come in Downham. Let’s pray that the impact we have on the local community is vast, and that we continue to follow the command of Jesus to ‘make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ (Matthew 28:19).
Joe Macnamara joined the King's team in January this year and is based at the Downham site. He will be appointed Downham Site Leader in September 2018. He is married to Sylvia.
Steve Tibbert is on sabbatical and will be returning in September.
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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.