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11th December 2019

Christmas at King's

We are now in the final week preparations for this year’s Christmas Carol services at King’s, which start this weekend on the Catford site. Our carol services are an annual highlight, one I always anticipate with great excitement. It’s also one of the easiest invites of the year, and if you haven’t already asked your friends and family to come along, it’s not too late! As well as carols, songs and performance pieces, I've heard there will be mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. Our first Emmanuel service is this Saturday, 5pm, Catford, with another four services at Catford on Sunday at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5pm and 7.30pm and one at Downham at 6pm, Knight’s Academy (please note NO morning meetings at Downham this Sunday).

With so many services taking place over the next two weekends, it can be difficult to remember what’s happening when, so here is a quick summary for you of all the different service times and venues:

Christmas Carol Services

5pm Catford

9.30am & 11.30am Catford
5pm & 7.30pm Catford
6pm Knight's Academy School, Downham
(N.B. no morning meetings at Downham on 15 Dec)

5pm & 7.30pm Lee
6pm Beckenham
(N.B. no morning meeting at Beckenham on 22 Dec)

Family Christmas Services (for the whole family):
10.30am Lee
10.30am Beckenham

9.30am & 11.30am Catford
9.30am & 11.30am Downham

Although tickets are not required for entry, it is helpful for us to know in advance how many to expect at each service, so I encourage you to book your (free) tickets for the carol services online for yourself and as many guests as you plan to bring. You do not need tickets for the Family Christmas services.

As always, you can find all the information you need about what’s happening at King’s over the Christmas period on our website.

P.S. Christmas is yet to come, but we are already looking ahead to Watchnight on New Year’s Eve! This is another fantastic evening when we gather to worship, pray and see in the New Year together. Watchnight is happening at Catford, Downham and Lee this year, and tickets are going fast, so book yours now if you intend to come.

Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert

5th December 2019


‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.’ Isaiah 7:14

Christmas is approaching fast, and we are less than two weeks away from the first of our carol services here at King’s. This is an annual highlight for us, one of my favourite times of year, and planning and preparations began many months ago. Rehearsals are now in full swing, and I am looking forward to seeing what our talented and creative team have put together this year.

Our theme will be Emmanuel, ‘God with us’. It’s a word that expresses the very heart of Christmas – the time when we stop and remember that God, out of His mercy and love for us, came to live among us, bringing hope and salvation to the world. This year we want to give opportunity to share that hope with more people than ever before. Over two weekends we will be putting on fifteen services across our four sites – nine Carol Services and six Family Christmas Services. That’s fifteen opportunities to invite your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues to come along and hear the Good News!

To help us manage numbers at the Carol Services, we are asking you to book tickets in advance for yourself and any guests you plan to bring along (no tickets needed for the Family Christmas Services). Tickets are free as usual, but this year we are asking you to book them online. You will find all the information you need on our website. Meanwhile, for a taste of what to expect from the carol services, have a look at the video below.

I would like to encourage you to start thinking and praying about the people you can invite to one of the services. Let’s pray that the Good News of Jesus – Emmanuel, God with us – will be shared with hundreds of people at King’s this year; let’s pray that many will find hope and salvation in Him.

Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert

21st November 2019

Sharing Hope this Christmas

Christmas will soon be upon us, and preparations have been underway at King’s for several months now. I have actually lost count of how many carol services are planned for this year! We want to make it possible for more people than ever to attend a service and hear the Good News of Jesus, and I’ll be telling you more about this year’s Christmas services in a couple of weeks.

One of the things I like to do on the blog at this time of year is profile our two Christmas social action projects, King's Christmas Trees and Big Red Box. King’s Christmas Trees is one project which is very simple but has a huge impact. All profits from trees sold go towards providing hot meals at The Feast, a weekly drop-in meeting for rough sleepers and vulnerable people. Last year we were able to serve more than 4500 three-course meals to local people in need. You can find out more about volunteer opportunities or how to order a tree here.

Big Red Box is the sister project to King’s Christmas Trees. Last year, with the help of local social services and charities, we were able to distribute more than 2200 hampers of food to people who would otherwise go without. This year we are encouraging everyone who calls King’s home to get involved – to donate an item, a bag or a box of food from the shopping list. (If you come to King's, here are the details of when and where to drop off your donations.) You can also help with supermarket collections or packing and distributing boxes.  You’ll find everything you need to know at

Extending God’s love and mercy in practical ways to those who are hurting or in need is an integral part of our vision at King’s. Christmas can be a challenging time for some people, so let’s take this opportunity to get involved and share the hope of Jesus with those around us.

Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert

14th November 2019

Building Teams

We have numerous teams at King’s for different areas of ministry – pastoral teams, worship teams, programme teams and so on. Over the years I have led or been part of many of these, but I now find myself on just five key teams, three in my home church and two in Newfrontiers. I lead three of these and sit on the other two. It is important to be aware of the role you have in any team context and adjust accordingly.

The ability to build effective teams is a key skill for leaders, one which hopefully I have become better at with experience. This week I am meeting with eight of our younger staff to talk about the importance of building teams. Here are some of the things I will be encouraging them to consider:
1. Get the right people in the room. I am slow to appoint new people to a team, especially ones that carry a lot of responsibility. Jesus spent a whole night in prayer before appointing the twelve disciples. I try to spend time getting to know someone before inviting them to join a team.

2. It is helpful to ask people to sit in on a team before confirming their position. This gives space for both the new person and the team leader to see if their gifting is a good fit before making their appointment official.

3. Help your team to catch your heart. To do that you need to spend time with them. John Maxwell says, 'A person with experience learns that people buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.' For a team to catch your vision, they need to feel they know you. Part of my motivation for meeting with our younger staff members is that I want them to get to know me, catch my heart and so catch the vision for the church.

4. Team culture is set by the leader. The leader sets far more than the agenda! You also set the culture, temperature and pace e.g., relaxed or formal, consultative or authoritarian.

5. Leaders need to give time to future development of the team. By this I mean considering the future needs of a team. Where are the potential gaps? What about diversity? How can I bring in the next generation? Thinking about the next appointment is a key leadership role.

Of course there is a lot more I could say on this subject, but hopefully the group I meet with today will find this helpful.

Steve Tibbert

Posted by Steve Tibbert

Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.

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