6th June 2019
Back in September, at one of our one-church prayer meetings, Annie Twort, who was a Pastor at King’s for over 20 years, had a prophetic word regarding the Downham site.
She had a picture of a seed being scattered very evenly on the ground in a large field, giving it the best chance of survival. The seed was still there, waiting to germinate in season. Annie went on to explain how this represented huge amounts of seed that have been sown over decades at Downham, affecting two generations. Prayers, acts of kindness, words of comfort and of truth that have been sown and are still being sown. She encouraged us that many of these seeds are not dead but are just lying dormant, and at the right time, they will produce a great harvest.
There is a great legacy in Downham of Kingdom people serving God faithfully and planting seeds. It is how I came to faith, being baptised in our current Downham building over ten years ago! There is a huge gospel legacy at the Downham site, and it is honestly a great privilege to be able to lead there.
Annie’s word for Downham immediately resonated with a number of us at the site, and it is one that we have revisited often at our early morning Friday prayer meetings. It truly feels like these last nine months have been a part of the harvest season Annie spoke about. Although we believe there is more to come, there is no denying that there has been much fruit, and God has blessed us immensely since then.
Not only has there been lots of numerical growth (we recently experienced our biggest ever regular Sunday, with 305 people there!) but there has been much going on in the community, and incredible stories of local people being saved.
We have managed to build fantastic relationships with the local primary and secondary school. They have invited me in for assemblies, and we have partnered with them for our Big Red Box scheme. Rainbow Rhymes, our parent and toddler singing group, continues to draw a huge crowd on Friday mornings, and we have recently launched our first Restore project at Downham: a coffee morning running on Thursdays for anyone who is lonely in the community - it has been going really well.
Our prayer is that we can keep pressing on. Like those who have gone before, we want to faithfully build God’s Kingdom in South East London. We want to keep sowing, planting and watering, trusting that God will make it grow and bring about a great harvest.
We long to reach more people with the good news of Jesus Christ and see hundreds of people in our community impacted. I’m excited about the year ahead and, as ever, am full of hope that God is building his church, and nothing can stand against it!
Joe Macnamara is a pastor at King’s and has been leading our Downham site since September 2018.
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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.