12th August 2021
At last year’s Vision Sunday I announced our plans to partner with HTB church and their Love Your Neighbour initiative as part of our response to the Covid crisis. The combination of our Hope Fund and match funding via Love your Neighbour has meant that we have been able to provide much needed help to some of the most vulnerable in our community during this difficult time. Over the last year we have been able to provide 4,500 boxes of food to local families and individuals. We have also helped 150 people with money and debt advice, and 70 people with employment support.
Alongside Love Your Neighbour, the normal work of our Jericho Road Project has continued. The Feast, our weekly meal and outreach service, switched to a delivery system during Covid, and has delivered over 20,000 hot meals to people in need since the start of the pandemic. As the crisis has eased we have been able to pause this, and The Feast will reopen its in-person service at our Catford venue on 8th September.
Although the funding from Love Your Neighbour has now come to an end, we are excited to announce that from October, King’s will continue to provide a more focussed Big Red Box food parcel service. I will be sharing more details about this on Vision Sunday (3rd October). I am also glad to tell you that JRP will continue to offer debt and money advice through the CAP Money Course, with courses continuing through 2021 and 2022. The next course is due to start on Wednesday 22nd September and more details can be found here. We will also be opening an over the phone befriending service so that we can continue supporting those struggling with loneliness and isolation. If you are interested in being involved in this or any other volunteer opportunities available at JRP, please contact Alice Tibbert.
The JRP team have recently produced this short video highlighting one of the residents and her success in fashion design, despite periods of homelessness. The video is a great opportunity to meet the team and find out more about the breadth of work they do.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic staff team on JRP, who have worked tirelessly through this very demanding year. I would also like to thank the many volunteers who are involved in Love Your Neighbour and JRP – you are an essential and highly valued part of what we do. And I would like to thank all of you at King’s for your ongoing support and prayers for JRP and its fantastic work.
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.