2nd August 2018
I’ve recently reread some of the stories in the book of Acts about how the first Churches started and grew. They faced many challenges and their members and leaders were often moved on by persecution or the call to share the good news across the Roman Empire. In the short period of the book of Acts, the church experienced many changes.
As I reflect on the last year at the Catford site and look ahead to the coming year, I see a lot of change happening. Some of it is totally positive – who hasn’t been excited to see Moses, Jason and Gary (new staff members) step into leadership and service – they have done so well. Gary has finished his one-year internship and is looking to work in research, but Moses and Jason will continue working at King's, growing in their pastoral gifts. We have also seen many volunteers step into serving. Thank you – without you King's would not be King's! Week after week new people continue to join us.
There has also been the joy of changed lives month after month. One hundred and forty nine people have attended Alpha this year - forty eight have put their faith in Jesus for the first time since September at King's, many others have recommitted themselves to love and serve Him, others have been baptised. We rejoice in what God is doing in people’s hearts - we set the scene, but it is the work of the Holy Spirit within that truly changes people. Hallelujah! Let’s never lose the joy of being part of God’s life-changing work.
The last year has not been without challenges and loss though: Annie Twort, who served on staff at King's for many years, retired; after much prayer and deliberation we have closed the 5:30 meeting; our work among the disadvantaged is growing, a sign that all is not well on our streets; people within our community have lost loved ones to knife crime; many amongst us face the pressures and difficulties of life in the city.
The call to serve London and spread the good news of Jesus Christ, building a community of all kinds of people changed by the love of God is as pressing as ever. That’s partly why we have chosen to regroup and pull everyone back into the morning meetings, ready to launch a new site in Beckenham this autumn. We want to reach more people for Jesus. We know at Catford sending over a hundred people to the new site will call for many more to step into serving – but we must continue to look outward. The harvest field is there – ripe and ready. We pray God will continue to draw new people to us, so we are planning a third meeting at Catford in the New Year. Change is coming! The gospel is spreading – let’s take every opportunity to play our part.
Hilary Dalziel assists in leading the Catford site and 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 is on sabbatical and 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.