4th July 2019
King’s is a multi-site church meeting in four locations in south east London. This is the last in a short series of guest blogs with an update from each site. This week we hear from Andy Floyd at the Lee site.
Have you ever been through a season of transition? Are you someone who enjoys and embraces change, or is change something that feels uncomfortable for you? I think I sit somewhere in the middle and often feel the joy and pain in equal measure.
As I look back and reflect on this past year at the Lee site, I can see that we have been going through a period of transition and change. On a personal note, this time last year Sarah and I were at our old address with three children, and I was enjoying being part of a team led by Tristan Newman. I now sit here writing from our new home, listening to the cries of our fourth child as he wakes from his afternoon nap (I think that means I’d better stop writing and give him a cuddle!!), and I now lead the Lee site. As I think about each of these delightful changes, I am both very grateful to God for his faithfulness but also aware of the challenges and stresses that have accompanied this change.
The Lee staff team is also transitioning, with the wonderful Dave Moore and Ghulam Fernandes moving on to other things (Ghulam moving to the Catford site), and Neal Glanville moving across from Catford to Lee to be a support for me from this September. As I think about these things my heart is full of thankfulness for what’s gone before and excitement about what lies ahead.
With all of this change, the Lee site continues to feel strong, secure, vibrant and welcoming. We have seen a good number make commitments to Christ, including a couple of people from Muslim backgrounds, and heard some hugely moving stories from those who have been baptised. We enjoyed record numbers attending Carol Services and our Watchnight gathering during the festive period and have seen over 450 attending on a normal Sunday for the first time.
Community is a high priority on the site and, along with almost 75% of those attending on a Sunday also involved in groups, we have also seen around 20 people step into group leadership for the first time. Community at Lee often means food(!) and, over this past term, we have had a massive ‘bring and share’ lunch on Diversity Sunday and our annual site barbeque. These moments are crucial in keeping community alive as numbers grow.
It has also been great to run Alpha over the summer term. What a privilege to see people growing and changing as a result of this magnificent course!
We have new people attending every week and, as I consider the next church year, I look forward to seeing these people connected and knitted into the heart of community more fully than before. I am also eager that we continue to look outwards to reach those who have no faith and see an increase in salvation across the site. I would love you to join with us in prayer for these things.
Andy Floyd is a pastor at King's and leads the Lee site. He is married to Sarah and they have four 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.