13th June 2019
Some years are uneventful, with seasons coming and going – others have a turning point that defines everything. This last year has been one of those eventful years at King's, with the launch of the Beckenham site from Catford and the opening of the 1.30pm meeting. The drive to Reach others with the good news of Jesus has led us to recruit many new volunteers to replace those going to Beckenham and to serve the 1.30pm meeting. It’s been exciting to see people willingly step up and get involved in a team or take responsibility for leading a team. In our children’s and youth work alone over forty people have started serving this year. We’re so grateful for every person who serves and makes mission possible – they are an answer to many prayers. Their serving has meant the Beckenham site is flourishing, new people have been welcomed at the 1.30pm every week since it opened, and the 9.30am and 11.30am meetings have also stayed healthy.
Reaching out isn’t just for Sundays – the Catford building is busy all week! Alpha runs each term – we praise God for people finding faith for the first time, and prodigals coming home to God the Father. Many of those who got baptised over the year trace their journey of faith through Alpha.
Our community-focused ministries such as Rainbow Rhymes (for parents and young children), Wednesday Welcome (for older people) and The Feast (for those disadvantaged or rough sleeping) provide friendship and hope week by week across our local community.
This year has been a tough year with violence on our streets. We have had the sad privilege of hosting two funerals for victims of stabbing – with hundreds of people gathering to remember and pray for hope and justice. Our young people desperately need our support and prayers. We have launched a TLG project in a second local primary school and a partnership with XLP, both involving King’s members mentoring children and young people who are under pressure. These projects aim to bring long-term hope. We are also in the early stages of working with several King's members on Restore projects – watch this space!
When we celebrated Diversity Sunday recently and read from Revelation 7 about the great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language praising God, I looked around and saw an echo of heaven right among us at Catford. (By the way, it also featured a Zimbabwean playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes – we expect the unexpected at Catford!) What an amazing work of grace to bring so many different types of people together. What an amazing work of grace we have experienced this year at Catford – Praise God!
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.
Please note there will be no blog next week – back as usual the following week.
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.