19th May 2022
‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…’
One of the many challenges of Covid has been the loss of life’s normal rhythms. I am someone who prefers to plan months ahead, but the pandemic made this almost impossible. It took me a while to adjust to living week-by-week, to hold plans lightly. Living with uncertainty became the new normal: Would we be able to have our week of prayer in-person, or would it need to be online? Could we start meeting on Sundays again, or was it going to be delayed once more? Final decisions often had to wait until the last minute. Home life was no different, and I lost count of the number of times a planned holiday had to be cancelled, postponed or adjusted due to the latest Covid developments.
Therefore, it has been a particular joy to be in France this week with a number of the key senior staff of King’s for four days of focussed planning and prayer – and quite a few fun meals together as well. This is something we used to do annually, but of course Covid restrictions prevented us from doing so in the last couple of years. In fact, this is our first time here since 2019. As usual, we are staying with dear friends, Paul and Charlotte Braithwaite, who used to be on King’s staff and moved to France 15 years ago. Going away with the team each May to pray and plan for the coming church year (which starts in September on Vision Sunday) has always proved fruitful, and the last few days have been no exception. It’s a sign that, for now at least, we can re-establish some of the normal rhythms of life again. We have had a fantastic week, and I am looking forward to seeing the outworking of all that God has called us to together as we seek to fulfil our vison to Reach, Restore and Resource.
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.