21st November 2019
Christmas will soon be upon us, and preparations have been underway at King’s for several months now. I have actually lost count of how many carol services are planned for this year! We want to make it possible for more people than ever to attend a service and hear the Good News of Jesus, and I’ll be telling you more about this year’s Christmas services in a couple of weeks.
One of the things I like to do on the blog at this time of year is profile our two Christmas social action projects, King's Christmas Trees and Big Red Box. King’s Christmas Trees is one project which is very simple but has a huge impact. All profits from trees sold go towards providing hot meals at The Feast, a weekly drop-in meeting for rough sleepers and vulnerable people. Last year we were able to serve more than 4500 three-course meals to local people in need. You can find out more about volunteer opportunities or how to order a tree here.
Big Red Box is the sister project to King’s Christmas Trees. Last year, with the help of local social services and charities, we were able to distribute more than 2200 hampers of food to people who would otherwise go without. This year we are encouraging everyone who calls King’s home to get involved – to donate an item, a bag or a box of food from the shopping list. (If you come to King's, here are the details of when and where to drop off your donations.) You can also help with supermarket collections or packing and distributing boxes. You’ll find everything you need to know at bigredbox.org.
Extending God’s love and mercy in practical ways to those who are hurting or in need is an integral part of our vision at King’s. Christmas can be a challenging time for some people, so let’s take this opportunity to get involved and share the hope of Jesus with those around us.
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.