25th March 2021
At the beginning of last year, I had the yellow fever vaccine. Our first trip to Zambia required us to have this before we travelled there, and we needed a vaccine certificate to be allowed through immigration. I don’t know much about yellow fever, and to be honest I didn’t do a lot of research into the vaccine, but I trusted the scientists and medical professionals who had made it possible. Also, I wanted to go to Zambia and didn’t want to catch yellow fever!
Last Sunday we showed an interview with two of our medical professionals about the new Covid vaccines, and I thought it would be good to give you another opportunity to watch it. We know some people have had concerns about the vaccine, and we thought it would be helpful for you to hear from a couple of medical professionals in the King’s community who have a lot more knowledge and expertise in this area than I have!
It has been amazing to see the phenomenal pace at which vaccines are being rolled out here – as I write, some 30 million doses have now been administered in the UK. I am glad to say that Deb and I have had our first jabs, and my parents had their second this week. We are very grateful for the scientists and medical professionals who have made this possible – after such a difficult year, it is good to have some positive news and with it, the hope of better times on the way.
We have now passed the one-year anniversary of lockdown in the UK, and there is no doubt that it has been a challenging time for us all. However, many in our King’s family have been affected by Covid in the most tragic way. Sadly, over 50 families have lost a family member to this terrible illness. Next week we are holding two remembrance services – on Tuesday for Downham and Lee, and Wednesday for Catford and Beckenham. The services are open to all, and details can be found on our Events page. These services on Zoom will have worship, prayer, words of encouragement and a video tribute to those we have lost. We will share stories of hope in the midst of tragedy. This is a great opportunity for us to stand together as a community as we remember the losses of the last year.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.