We had an amazing time at our Easter 2021 service, looking forward to reconnecting as a church, but also declaring a greater hope: “the grave has no hold on me”. Catch up here, along with all the worship songs recorded for our meeting.
We are once again meeting together in person to pray, worship and break bread together. Meetings will be hosted at the Kings Centre, following social distancing guidelines and will be Covid secure in line with current government guidance.
— Tickets must be booked in advance to ensure we limit attendance and can comply with track and trace requirements
— A queuing system for entering and leaving the building will be in place with the flow of movement around the building managed.
— Face coverings need to be worn throughout our time spent inside (unless you are exempt).
Hand sanitizing stations are throughout the building, and individual portions of bread and juice will be given out on the door. Chairs are set out 2m apart and as a congregation we will not be allowed to sing or touch one another as part of these events (unless you are part of the same household).
Despite all of the challenges this season is presenting us with, we believe it is also changing us, as the people of God, to be the church that Jesus longs for us to be.
We understand that due to shielding or personal circumstances this will not be an option for many others to join larger physical gatherings at this time. You may want to take a bit more time and see how we do before you consider coming back into larger gatherings in our venues.
Church online is still here every week and will be vital in resourcing us as one going forward. Our many life groups are key to building and sustaining relationships, and providing discipleship and pastoral care. And our individual friendships with others across the Church are truly the life blood of all we do in growing as followers of Jesus.
We know that large gatherings in buildings are not more important than other daily things that we do as the Church but they are something that we believe cannot be replaced and have been sorely missed throughout the past few months. Now is the time that we hope to slowly begin gathering again and that these prayer events will be the beginning of that process for us at Kings.
Please ensure that you book a ticket for each member of your household who will be attending.
Thanks once again for your ongoing love and prayers as we continue to love and lead you the Church.
Catch up with the latest news and developments in the life of our church, and how we plan to return from lockdown.
This was recorded at our Church Update Night. The three main sections are:
00:35 Dave Holden, Clive, Oli and prayer points from Andy
33:28 Roadmap out of lockdown to in-person gatherings
48:34 John Groves prayer & prophetic word
Hi Church Family!
This month we are learning about ‘How can I love like Jesus?’ The video talks about Jesus dying on the cross for all our sins because He loves us so much. The great news is, He rose again!
When we follow Jesus, we can be friends with God. And when we are friends with God, we have a heart full of God’s love. With a heart full of God’s love, we can love like Jesus — by loving everyone!
This month’s memory verse: John 13:34
“Just as I (that’s Jesus) have loved you, you should love each other”
Why not practice this memory verse with your little ones this week?
Come along to our U5’s zoom, every Sunday morning at 9:15am, as we talk through the video or a parable, sing a song or two and have a chance at the end for the grownups to chat and pray together. We love spending time with our church families and encouraging your children in their walk with God, alongside you.
Have a wonderful week,
The Family Team
If you aren’t able to print off the sheets, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get them to you.
Enjoy the livestream while your little ones are going on their Bible adventure!
The Family Team
As a church we’ve recently giving £5k to the work going on in Zimbabwe through Disciple Nations and Africa Alive, with Scott Marques and Graham and Belinda. Catch up here with their Covid-19 response.
Catch the latest update from Mattea on our Inkosi Kids projects taking place in Bulowayo, Zimbabwe.
Catch up with the worship songs recorded for our Christmas 2020 service
Catch up with Oli and David as they give us a financial update on where we are currently and how things look for the year ahead.
Dear Church family,
We hope you are well and you are being encouraged today by the goodness and grace of God in all that you do. We have been praying that out of this as the Church we lead and love, we hope you are being encouraged today by the goodness and grace of God in all that you do.
The seasons have changed, and a long warm summer has moved well and truly into a crisp and colourful autumn. We hope this is a good time, now that a new academic year has settled, to let you know where we are currently at and where we will be headed in the next few weeks and months.
Below are 5 updates (and a link to a few) from us as a team. Each update can be summarised below. If you’d like some extra details and heart behind some of these updates there will be some videos appearing on our YouTube and Facebook pages over the next week or so.
In person gatherings alongside online Church
We are currently meeting at Centro in the town centre on Sunday mornings at 10:30am, at the Kings Centre on Sunday evenings at 7pm and Thursday morning at 10am, and still online using YouTube each week and available for catch up from 10am every Sunday.
These have been such a blessing, with our gathered meetings growing each week and the online service continuing to resource the church and welcome guests. Guests who began watching online during lockdown have also been attending our Sunday in person gatherings, which is such an encouragement. A huge thank you to Rich Butt overseeing worship, Paul Johnson overseeing production and the following people overseeing each of our gathered meetings; Olly Alison at Centro, Terri Belsey on Thursday mornings and Sally Johnson and Adz Brennan at Hampden Park for all of their work and efforts in organising and leading these ongoing events.
Having learnt many lessons from our in-person meetings that are running so far, we are confident as a team to go again. We are now preparing for Sunday morning meetings at the Kings Centre, this will provide opportunities for all ages, including our children and youth, meeting in other parts of the building, to gather once again.
We will begin with two pilot events before Christmas on Sunday 8th and 29th November, both from 10am, look out for more updates and info for booking tickets in the coming week.
Groups and pastoral team
From Andy Thorpe: Over the last few months a new team has been formed to serve across the church — Centro and Hampden Park. The team is made up as follows:
Terri Belsey is our Inspire Pastor, overseeing our Inspire groups, and enabling pastoral care and support to our over sixties and others across the church, she is also a key member of the team leading our Thursday morning meetings.
Julia Evetts is our Family Pastor, supporting families, children and young people, providing groups and courses that will encourage and support families at Kings.
Sally Johnson is the glue in our team; she is not only a great administrator, using that gift to support us, Sally also helps to connect people to groups and courses and is a pastor in her own right, serving those around her.
Nailza Parekh is our Cross-Cultural support worker, specifically caring and connecting people from different nations into our Centro venue. She also serves with Sanctuary, our work with asylum seekers and refugees in Eastbourne.
Finally, I (Andy) am overseeing the pastoral team, leading our groups and courses, and loving the opportunity to visit people in their homes, listen, care and pray with those who are going through a tough time. We have a fantastic team, from different backgrounds, with different experiences all wanting to care and love our amazing church.
From Adz Brennan: We have restructured how we staff our family and ministry life, where previously we have had different people looking after specific areas, we now have a team of people who are focused on all areas of family life. This means that there is a greater variety of voices speaking into different ministries, allowing us to build a church that serves across the generations.
I have been leading our youth work for the last 6 years and I am now leading the Family Team. It is made up of Carrie Baker, who will continue the excellent work she has done with Focus whilst now speaking into a variety of different areas including the under 5s. Mads Wheelwright who will be serving largely into youth and inspire, whilst completing a theology degree at London School of Theology. We also have a few new faces who are joining our staff team.
Michael Bowley has been employed on a full-time basis focused on youth and kids work and will be starting his new role in early November. He previously completed an Impact year with us in 2019 and has been working in a Primary School in London for the last year. Rory Martin recently moved down to Eastbourne from Cambridge and is working on our kids, youth and media videos. He is doing an internship with Speak Life whilst working with us a couple of days a week. Finally, Susan Bowley has come through the youth here at Kings and is now doing an Impact year with us, where she will be working across many of the areas of family life at Kings. We are so excited to get properly started in building a place where every age group can love and serve together and as a result thrive as a church family.
From David Gamester: Reflecting on the church finances during this very strange year the most important thing to say is a huge thank you to everyone for their continued giving — throughout the year the amount received in offerings has remained broadly constant and we thank God for that.
We have also seen a number of new givers and we are grateful to all those who have switched to electronic giving. In addition, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our Love Eastbourne initiative — we received in excess of £32,000 which was quite incredible. So far we have given away almost £6,000 and this has enabled us to help individuals and local organisations both in and outside the church who have needed immediate support in recent weeks and will allow us to support others in the future as the financial repercussions of the pandemic are more widely felt.
We have also been blessed in other ways as our costs have dramatically reduced. During lockdown the cost of our ministry areas were naturally less — the Kings Centre was effectively mothballed for 5 months and a number of other key expenses were not required, such as the hiring of the Hippodrome or participation in the Newday event. We were also able to benefit from the governments Furlough Scheme and which combined with the savings in expenditure more than covered the loss of income from letting the Kings Centre.
Looking forward to the coming year, we know humanly speaking there are difficult times ahead. The financial implications of Covid19 on jobs could well have a knock-on effect to the giving income we receive. As a result we have already made expected savings to our annual expenditure of £75,000 compared to the previous years budget, as it also looks unlikely that we will be able to let the Kings Centre for external bookings in any significant way in the near future, which also has financial implications for us as a church as in previous years these lettings have contributed an annual income of £100,000. However, time and time again we have seen the provision of God in our church finances and as always we look to him in faith to supply all needs, as we seek to be good stewards of all the income we receive. Once again, we must say thank you for your ongoing generosity in standing with us.
Finally, some other areas for us to be praying for as a church; Alpha online has just begun, please pray for our guests to encounter Jesus as they explore the Christian faith; weekly prayer podcasts are a way we hope to resource you as the church in corporate prayer, these will be released every week as a tool to pray together with leaders at Kings. Finally, for Graham and Belinda, as they plan to head back to Zimbabwe soon as part of the Africa Alive and Inkosi projects, please pray for visas and travel as they go once again to train and develop leaders across Southern Africa.
We know this but let’s say it again, we are the church—devoted to one another, devoted to prayer, devoted to fellowship, devoted to loving our neighbour—and even in these scattered and uncertain Covid times we can do all of these things and will continue to do so. We exist to proclaim the gospel of Jesus in action and in words, to build a community of worshippers, today and for future generations.
We are so grateful for your continued love and support for us as a team. Please pray for our wisdom and encouragement, grace to lead and love others well and guidance from the Holy Spirit to become the church that he longs for us to be in the weeks and months ahead.
All our love,
Oli and Andy