20th August 2015
I love sharing Jesus with other people; being able to do this every Sunday at King’s Kids is an amazing privilege. Across our three sites at King’s we have over 100 children between the ages of one and nine who come to learn about Jesus each week. In addition to this we have provision for those in years five and six, after which they move into our youth work. Looking after all our young people each week requires a lot of planning, organising and many fantastic volunteers!
We have a clear vision for our children’s work at King’s. Firstly we want King’s Kids to be a place where Jesus is communicated clearly, where every child knows Jesus is their friend and where they come to know for themselves that they have a Saviour who loves them unconditionally. But also central to our philosophy is that children’s work should be fun! My desire is that our youngsters grow up knowing that church is not boring, that it can be exciting, a place where they will experience a lot of laughter. And lastly, we want every child who comes to us to know that they are valued and cared for.
As a parent myself, I often get to hear some of the things my children are learning in King’s Kids. My four-year-old regularly repeats phrases that he has been taught in Promiseland. He recently told me to remember that ‘Jesus is your treasure’ and ‘Jesus is always listening’! My seven-year-old loves to look in his Bible to find the stories he has heard in King's Kids – and then asks me to quiz him on the details. My one-year-old happily dances around the house singing worship songs that she is taught in Jumping Beans. Just the other day, a friend told me that her son had been asking if it was Sunday yet as he couldn’t wait to go to Promiseland! How wonderful that our children can grow up with such a positive experience of coming to church.
Children are brilliant – they soak up so much and they love hearing about Jesus. Thank you to all our volunteers who invest their time in such an important area – you are making such an impact on these young lives and we could not do this without you. And if after reading this you think this may be an area you would like to get involved in, please contact me at the church office.
Kerri-Jane Lamb is a part-time Children’s Worker at King’s, based on our Catford site. She also has a role supporting all our sites with developing our children’s curriculum and in training the many volunteers involved in Kids' Work. Kerri-Jane is married to Andy and they have three young children.
Steve Tibbert is taking study leave and summer holiday and will be back in September.
Posted by Kerri-Jane Lamb
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.