24th November 2016
Deb and I have just returned from an excellent trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. After a six-hour delay in Harare, and some doubt as to whether we would actually make our connecting flight to London, it is good to be home.
Being part of the Newfrontiers family brings many joys, not the least of which is the opportunity to have relationship with churches in other parts of the world. We had planned a couple of days holiday in Cape Town before flying onto Harare and took the chance to visit Jubilee Community Church. In fact we landed on Sunday morning after an eleven-hour flight from London and drove straight to the first of their services! They have recently become a multi-site church, with a second site launched in the very centre of Cape Town just six weeks ago. It was so encouraging to see both their sites full – what amazing growth and momentum!
Following a few days off enjoying Cape Town, and an afternoon with the Jubilee elders, Deb and I flew on to Harare. This was my fifth visit to Zimbabwe in as many years. One of the benefits of repeated visits is the ability to build real relationship with the people there and Deb and I greatly value the friendship that has developed with Scott and Claire Marques and the other elders and wives at River of Life. It was a joy to preach at all five services on Sunday, to see 31 responses for baptism and witness the amazing growth they have been experiencing as a church. All this is set in the context of a nation facing increasing political and economic uncertainty, so it is tremendously encouraging to see the robust faith and growing unity amongst all the churches there. There is a sense that this is a country waiting for resolution, like a woman waiting to give birth. These are important days for Zimbabwe – please continue to pray for them.
We arrived back in London early Tuesday morning following a long flight through the night, but I could not resist going into King's to see our new offices. Over the last ten days the team have been working hard to get us settled into our new premises at the Lee building. Our staff outgrew our offices in Catford many years ago, so six years after purchasing our Lee building it is great to at last be able to provide a comfortable working environment for those who serve us so faithfully.
This Sunday I will be hosting a membership morning. This is for anyone interested in finding out more about what it means to become a member of King’s – there is still time to sign up if you have not already done so.
God’s church is flourishing both at home and in other parts of the world. I am looking forward to being back with my King’s family this Sunday, knowing that as we gather to worship Jesus, our voices join with countless others from around the globe. Wherever we are, whatever our circumstances, God's name is being praised and His church marches forward.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
16th June 2016
It was such a joy to have Scott Marques and Renee Cunningham with us in January, when we introduced the work of the Ebenezer Agricultural Centre in Zimbabwe to the church. As many of you will know, Scott Marques is the apostolic leader for DNA, a part of Newfrontiers, and Renee Cunningham is the director of Ebenezer, a church-backed, Christian project which trains young adults in farming and business methods, whilst also offering them Christian discipleship. King’s is keen to develop its links with the church in Zimbabwe and with the Ebenezer Project in particular, and so with this in mind, Malcolm Kyte took a team from King’s out to Zimbabwe in March to visit the churches in Harare and Bulawayo and to see some of the many social action projects they run. We hope this will be the first of many such trips.
As part of a packed schedule, Malcolm and the team spent some time at Ebenezer and were very impressed with the work that goes on there. They discovered that one of the most acute needs at the centre is for improved accommodation for their staff – one staff family is currently living in a tent! After consultation with Renee and Scott, we set a target to raise £20,000 from King’s to build that family a new house. We held our gift days a few weeks ago, and I am thrilled to announce that once again, the people of King’s have excelled in their generosity: We have gone way beyond the original target and raised the amazing amount of £35,000! Renee and her team will be able to put this to great use. King’s, thank you again for being such a generous community.
This coming Sunday is Father’s Day and I am looking forward to speaking on the subject of fatherhood at the Catford and Lee sites. Malcolm Kyte will be speaking on a similar subject at Downham, where the service will include dedications. Please come along this Sunday ready to mark Father’s Day, to worship our heavenly Father and to give thanks for dads.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
12th May 2016
What an amazing weekend we have just had, with a total of nineteen people being baptised at our Catford and Lee services on Sunday. As always, it was fantastic to hear the different stories of people’s journeys towards finding faith and encountering Jesus. What is more, two people became Christians and ten responded to say they too would like to be baptised, including one of those who had just responded to salvation! Wow, praise God! This weekend it is our Downham site’s moment, with another four people testifying in word and deed to the risen Lord Jesus and taking the step of being baptised. We will be praying for another fruitful Sunday!
I do find these moments such an encouragement - witnessing each life transformed is deeply moving. With this in mind, as we approach our Annual Giving Review, I hope that we will be encouraged that our generous and sacrificial giving is bearing fruit in many lives. Please take a look again at the short video notice I shared with the church recently:
On this occasion, we are asking everyone to review their regular (revenue) giving, to review their regular multi-site giving and also to bring an additional one-off gift towards our multi-site fund. We take a monthly multi-site offering towards the fulfilment of our vision here at King’s but on these next two Sundays, 15th and 22nd May, it’s a multi-site offering with a difference: we are looking to raise £20,000 for the Ebenezer Project in Zimbabwe, where we have a growing relationship.
So as we approach the next two Sundays, let us continue to be a people who excel in faith-filled giving.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
31st March 2016
Thank you so much for praying for the King’s Church team over the last couple of weeks – the trip was a great success and everything went to plan. Our team was made up of five from the Catford site – Charles & Amy Kimbangi, Helen Fuller, Roberta Walker and Jean-Marie Tucker; three from Lee – Peregrine & Denise Storrs-Fox and Lauren Miller; and me from the Downham site.
Our trip was packed with extraordinary experiences and it will take a while for the team to process everything we saw and heard. Time and time again we heard stories of great faith and were challenged by the entrepreneurial spirit of the people. In the UK we often put social action in a separate category to church but there, church and social action is totally integrated. Even the smallest churches were reaching out to their local communities to make a difference. They often start projects in a small way and see what God does. There is a real dependence on God in prayer for all their needs and a willingness to step out in faith to try to meet needs wherever they can. So, for example, The Michael Project (based at River of Life, Harare) started in a small way and has now grown to a children’s home for 16 children, a pre-school in a poor community called Wingate, a pre-school at Greystone Park (one of their church sites) and a pre-school and day-care centre for children in Chikurubi Maximum Security Women’s Prison.
The King’s Church team was based in Harare for the first half of our trip and then travelled to Bulawayo for the final three days. Our road trip to Bulawayo took over eight hours, mainly due to the 13 or 14 times we had to stop at police checkpoints!
We attended five church services over two weekends at River of Life in Harare and New Creation Church and Hope City Church in Bulawayo. We also spent time meeting other church teams, visiting pre-schools, orphanages, social enterprise projects, a kids’ club and the highly impressive Ebenezer Project, where 85 apprentices are currently being trained in agriculture & farming with an education and discipleship programme alongside. Possibly the highlight of the trip was the first-time response to the gospel made by our driver Peter at Hope City Church on our last Sunday!
There are several videos of our trip on the King's Church London Facebook page – it is worth looking at it if you haven’t already. Our intention is to build an ongoing link with Zimbabwe to learn from each other – there are plenty of opportunities to make a significant difference!
Pictures (clockwise from left) – River of Life Church (Greystone Park site), Wingate Community Pre-School, Team house in Harare
Posted by Malcolm Kyte
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. 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.