Church News — June 2024

Dear Church Family,

What a joy it was to celebrate Pentecost at the bandstand with churches around the town 2 weeks ago on that sunny Sunday and baptise some of our church family in the sea afterwards. You can watch the stories from Ethan, Nathan and Aydan below. 

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New Ground Conference 
We would love for as many as possible to book into the conference – this is a fantastic opportunity with special guests right on our doorstep to spend time with our wider church family being inspired and challenged to Go in Mission (one our vision statements!) whether that is personal, local, or global. For more information or to book in click here. For all those who have offered accommodation or to serve, you should have heard from Sally or Kate with some more details.

Building Update
After 2 fantastic gifts days and a few years of saving, we are pleased to tell you that the building works will be starting tomorrow, 3rd June. This will affect our car parking for the next few months as they will be using the area to the side of the Devon to store their machinery and supplies, so please be mindful of this for Sundays and other gatherings during the week. Thank you for every gift and faithful act of generosity into church life. We will soon have a much more energy efficient building with a fantastic new exterior setting us up for future generations of gospel impact in Eastbourne and beyond.  

Staff Update 
As you may know, David Gamester will be retiring from his role at Kings at the end of June. We are so grateful for his 22 years of faithful service and outstanding leadership of our staff team and management of the King’s Centre. We will be honoring David and Alison as part of our Sunday morning meeting 30th June. 

Along with this news we are also pleased to announce that our new Director of Operations and Staff will be Stuart Cox, who arrives from a very similar role at Crawley Community Church. Stuart, his wife Charlotte, and their four children will be joining us in the next few months. Please pray for them as they find a home and schools for their children as they re-locate to Eastbourne from the New Ground Church in Crawley.

Dates for your diary: 

  • Tuesday 18th June – Bible School
  • Saturday 22nd June, 6pm – 9pm: Men’s Event. An evening of food, fun, friendship and an opportunity to grow together in our walk with Jesus. We’ll be enjoying a curry together which will be £5 per person. Sign-up here
  • Sunday 23rd June our next Sunday evening meeting
  • Sunday 8th September – we’ll be praying for Bosun (Elder), Wendy & Nailza (Deacons) and Carl (leading Grace Community Church as an Elder) as they step into their new roles in our church family.  

We love our Church and can’t wait to see all that God has in store for us in the coming months. I’m so glad we’re on this adventure together.

Oli

Church News — May 2024

Dear Church Family,

How good was it having Tapiwa from Zimbabwe join us last Sunday and get an update on Inkosi Kids? You can view the update video we showed here. Thank you Church for the 10 new supporters that signed up on Sunday, and for those considering to join in, we have 3 more children who started at the ECD this year that still need funding. Could you become part of their story as we seek to Love Jesus and Love our World? Email mattea.hart@kings.church for more information!

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Gift Day Update!
We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our recent gift day with gifts still coming in. The total given at the present moment is £68,725.08 (Thursday 2nd May) and amazingly we’ve also had some interest free loans totalling £60,000 pledged to us to reduce the amount we have to borrow on the new mortgage. We are humbled to know that you are with us as we prepare this building for the next generation. If you would still like to give into this fund, click here.

We expect the builders to arrive this month for what will be a three-month project and look forward to substantial savings in our electricity bills following the installation of the new roof and solar panels!!

Staff updates
We are so pleased to welcome Paula Robinson and Kate Eason who have recently joined our staff on the family team. Paula will be heading up Focus on Tuesdays (with Carrie Baker continuing on Wednesdays and Thursdays) and Paula will also be looking after our 1-5’s kids work on Sunday mornings. Kate Eason is our new 6-11’s worker, please make them both feel really welcome as they are settling in to their new roles, and if you’d like to join one of their teams you can find a place to serve here.

Men’s Event – Saturday 22nd June, 6.30pm – 9pm
We’ll be gathering men for an evening of food, fun, friendship and an opportunity to grow together in our walk with Jesus. As with previous events there will be time to chat and chill, to play games and to worship together and to receive some teaching that we know will challenge us to grow as followers of Jesus. We’ll be enjoying a curry together which will be £5 per person. To help us to serve you well please sign-up as soon as you can so we can cater well! It promises to be another memorable time together. 

Bandstand on Sunday 19th May
The past few years we have loved joining churches from across our town to celebrate Pentecost together at the Bandstand. This year’s event will be at 11am on Sunday 19th May (NB no service at King’s that day unless the weather is bad). We’ll also be baptising people in the sea after the gathering, so if you’d like to find out more www.kings.church/baptism.

Pray Eastbourne – following the Bandstand event
Christians across the churches are coming together in unity to seek God’s mercy and favour on our town. After the bandstand event on 19th May, there will be prayer walks around the circumference of Eastbourne – you can walk the whole thing, or join for a particular leg more details here.

New Ground Leadership Conference: 13th-15th June
This year for the first time ever we will be hosting the New Ground International Leadership Conference 2024. What a privilege to welcome our global church family to Eastbourne. We’ve had loads of you volunteer to help make the conference go smoothly and bless all the delegates coming from the UK, Europe and further afield.

Maybe you’d just love to come along and be part of the conference – with guest speaker Amy Orr-Ewing and Gavin Calver alongside loads of seminars and a dedicated stream for any 18-30’s. Tickets are £65 for the whole 3 days or £35 if you are a teacher and can only make the Friday night and Saturday sessions. Book in here. 

We’re also looking for people to host some of our international delegates, so to sign-up and be part of blessing our New Ground family in this way you can, click here to serve, click here to host. If you’ve signed up to host, or serve, we’ll be in contact soon to confirm plans.

Finally, the Alpha Course and Joining the Church family have both started recently – it’s not too late to join either:  www.kings.church/alpha and www.kings.church/joining for more information, and our next evening meeting is Sunday 19th May at Kings, 7.30pm – open to any and to all! Come and join us.

What an exciting few months ahead. Nyame Ye, God is so, so good 

Oli
on behalf of the whole leadership team at King’s.

Church Info Night — April 2024

A key event of news and updates for all who call King’s their home.

TIME STAMPS
00:00 Introduction and overview
01:45 Services and Sites update
04:46 Thursday Church
15:00 Church on the Harbour
26:48 Sunday Evening
32:17 Mortgage and Buildings update
— 45:10 Q&A
53:48 Staffing update
59:48 Volunteering update
1:06:42 Role: Director of Operations and Staff
1:14:46 Elders and Deacons update
1:21:38 Gift Day
1:31:22 Scott Marques / Disciple Nations update

Nyame Ye — New Worship at King’s

Our worship and media teams have been busy recording a first for King’s — a home grown song all of our own — and something a little different. Written by our worship leaders Francis and Geisiel, with arrangement by our worship lead Rich, the song is a sung in three languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Twi and English; and is based on an Afrobeats rhythm. 

Released Easter Sunday 2024, the video is also available on our YouTube channel

You can also add the studio version of the song to your favourite streaming service at wingsmusic.lnk.to/Nyameye

For more live worship at King’s, visit our YouTube playlist.

7 ways of fasting through Lent

We are using the traditional period of Lent to seek after God through prayer & fasting, bringing our ‘holy dissatisfaction’ to Him collectively as a church family. For these seven weeks, wherever you are in your faith, we are encouraging people to fast, from food, for a time.

This will look different for everyone, it may be skipping a meal once a week and using that time to pray, it might be as a group you fast all day and break your fast together with a meal in the evening, it might be fasting completely for a day or two.

The 7 topics are:

12th Feb: Week 1 — All that is within me
Looking at how we praise the Lord with our whole selves.
Watch Video | Download Video | Life Group Notes (PDF)

19th Feb: Week 2 — Information overload
Exploring what dials we need to turn down in our lives in order to turn up our spiritual dial.
Watch Video | Download Video | Life Group Notes (PDF)

26th Feb: Week 3 — Repenting well
Discussing how we repent and how we can use fasting as a way to repent well.
Watch Video | Download Video | Life Group Notes (PDF)

4th March: Week 4 — Lamenting with God
Considering where we seek comfort in times of grief and lament.
Watch video | Download Video

11th March: Week 5 — Calling on God in a time of crisis
Assessing our gut reactions when crisis comes our way.
Watch Video | Download Video | Life Group Notes (PDF)

18th March: Week 6
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25th March: Week 7 — Knowing God’s Mind
Examine how you’ve found the practice of fasting and sharing what God has been speaking to you about and stirring your heart towards.
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FASTING GUIDELINES

For some there may be medical reasons meaning you are unable to safely fast from food completely, or there may be people who struggle with eating disorders.

If this is you or people you know, walk through this together asking the Holy Spirit to reveal if there is a particular type of food to fast from, or something that would be helpful to fast instead of food.

We want to reiterate that we live under grace and it’s important to be safe and sensible about this. There’s room for everyone to grow in this practice in some way.