30th November 2018
This week Deb and I ordered our King’s Christmas Tree, a sure sign that Christmas preparations at home are underway. We love a real tree at Christmas and it’s great to know the profits from our purchase will help provide meals for homeless and vulnerable people through the coming year. We have also been shopping for food items to contribute to Big Red Box, which distributes Christmas food hampers to local families who might otherwise go without.
An integral part of our vision at King’s is to extend God’s love and mercy in practical ways to those in our community who are hurting or in need. King’s has been running Kings Christmas Trees and Big Red Box for a number of years now, and it is exciting to see how each project has grown and developed. I have asked Alice, our Jericho Road Project Manager, to give us a quick update on how things are going so far this year:
Big Red Box
Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the generous contributions from people at King’s Church and in the local community. With the help of a fantastic group of volunteers, we have already distributed 478 boxes across south east London through our contacts with social services and local charities. Many companies are getting involved and at the end of this week we will be at J P Morgan packing boxes with donations collected by their employees - this year they hope to beat their previous record for number of boxes filled. On Monday, Lewisham Good Gym will be joining us to help sort and pack donations. We also have more schools taking part than ever before and we are looking forward to collecting their donations over the next couple of weeks.
If you would like to take part or donate, you will find more details at bigredbox.org.
King's Christmas Trees
This year marks our tenth year selling trees to fund The Feast and we are hoping to sell 700 this year, beating all previous records—I am excited to report we have already sold more than 400! More trees sold means even more meals can be provided for homeless and vulnerable people in the local area.
Our 700 trees arrived this week, and some have already been distributed to local schools and businesses. To mark our tenth anniversary, we have produced a short video about our work, which you can check out below. You may also like to take a look at this recent Huffington Post article profiling our work.
It’s not too late to order your tree! We have four collection sites in Beckenham, Catford, Deptford and Dulwich, and you can also order for home delivery. Go to our website kingschristmastrees.org for more details.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
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.