14th May 2021
Deb and I have just returned from a week’s break on the north Norfolk coast. This was our first chance in a long time to have a holiday away, and it was great to be in the countryside and enjoy long walks and pub lunches, even if it was rather cold. Some of you may know I’m a keen birdwatcher, and I’m happy to report a new record of 102 different birds seen in the space of a week! For any fellow twitchers out there, one of the highlights was watching a white-tailed eagle soaring above the Norfolk marshes. Amazing.
I have been extremely encouraged by the church’s response to our in-person services. We estimate between a quarter and a third of the church is already gathering in-person. With the continued success of the vaccine roll out and the steady reduction in Covid cases, it does appear to be increasingly safe to mix again. It is certainly good to see a gradual adjustment back to normality – I’m particularly looking forward to being able to welcome people inside our home again from next Monday.
I therefore want to keep encouraging you to come to an in-person service – to leave your armchair and come and sit in a King’s blue chair for the Sunday meeting. We will probably run a similar pattern of in-person services up until 21st June, and we will let you know the next phase of our plans after half term. Online services will continue to run for those who, for whatever reason, are unable to make the journey back to gathering in-person just yet.
I am increasingly hopeful that we are starting to emerge from this dark season. Last week, as I watched the white-tailed eagle, I thought of those wonderful verses in Isaiah, reminding us that ‘…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ King’s, let’s keep trusting God as we move forward together.
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.