26th July 2018
The Lee site began in March 2011, when Phil Varley led a group of around 160 people over to the newly purchased Lee building to begin meetings on a Sunday morning. This, along with the simultaneous launch of the Downham site, was the start of King’s multi-site journey.
Since that time, and after a significant building project to increase the auditorium size from a 200- to a 500-seater, Lee has gone from strength to strength. From an initial group of 160, the site has grown steadily over the years, and now regularly gathers around 340 on a typical Sunday morning led by Tristan Newman. On Sundays there is a real sense of God’s presence, a buzz of community, and the many new people who visit the site week after week often comment on how friendly and welcoming the site is.
The King’s offices also moved across to the Lee building in October 2016, and the large King’s staff team can now enjoy working in a more spacious environment on the second floor. This great facility has also served us well as a place for people to meet through the week.
One significant ministry to emerge on the site is Rainbow Rhymes, a parent and toddler singing group, which started over two years ago. This draws in many mums (and a few dads) from the community, and for many this is their first contact with church. It has taken time, but recently a few of these mums have begun to attend on a Sunday morning, and many friendships are being formed.
Alpha is now a regular fixture on the Lee site and we have run one Alpha course a year for the past five years. We have seen a good number of people attending each year, including one of the mums from the school that meets on the first floor of the Lee building. There has been a steady flow of people committing their lives to Christ and getting baptised through Alpha.
There is a good committed core of people who serve the site diligently, both on Sundays and midweek, through various groups and ministries. This group has been expanding, particularly over the last few years, as tens of people have committed to becoming members of King’s.
Our prayer is that, rather than resting on our laurels, we continue, as a site, to reach out, make further inroads into the community, and see hundreds of people reached for Jesus and become His disciples. Though the building is somewhat hidden, we pray that the community that gather there each Sunday will be gloriously visible and well-known, as we spread the fragrance of Christ in all the spheres of influence we are involved in throughout the week.
Andy Floyd is one of the Pastors at the Lee site, overseeing the Welcome Team, Youth, Alpha and Groups for the site. He will be taking on the leadership of Lee from September 2018. He is married to Sarah and they have three young children.
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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.