Kings Family Night

The full recording from our Kings Family Night where the elders shared the future things God is calling us to in Eastbourne and Seaford, and how we have landed at some of these decisions together.

Here are the five key statements made:

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1. Graham and Belinda will be connecting the Kings Church Family with God’s global mission. Having extended periods of time both home and away, ensuring there’s a strong link between the two.

2. We will be actively raising up the next generation of leaders and elders across the church. This has already been happening in each of the venues over the past few years but will now accelerate

3.As we transition into this new phase, Oli is taking on responsibility for Hampden Park (a role he has already been fulfilling the last six months), with Andy continuing to oversee Centro. Dave Holden will be working with the Elders as they look to determine future leadership of Kings.

4. We are now in the process of releasing Seaford to become a standalone church (but remaining part of the family). We will be supporting Jez, Amy and the team in working this all out.

5. Graham and Belinda are staying in Eastbourne, working on Global Mission from this base. They will continue to be an active part of the church, helping shape the eldership and leadership at Kings over this transitionary period. Belinda will continue to oversee developments in discipleship, integration and pastoral care. They will both be involved in the raising up of new elders and leaders and shaping the future leadership structure at Kings.

The Good Life

Our Summer series ‘The Good Life’ kicks off this Sunday (28th July), 10am at the Kings Centre. A four week family series based on the book of Proverbs, we’ll be heading back to class in ‘The School Of Wisdom’. Lots of fun, music, videos and treats! Our meeting will be just over an hour long and great for kids of any age (even big kids!).

Get a sneak peak at the timetable here. Don’t forget this is one joint meeting, replacing the 9 & 11am at our Hampden Park venue.

Our Centro venue is also having a one hour family friendly service based on the parables of Jesus. 10am at the Hippodrome Theatre.

Inkosi Kids Newsletter — April 2018

Graham, Belinda, Dave and June have recently returned from their trip to Zimbabwe to visit the Early Childhood Education school in Trenance which many of you contribute to.

It was so encouraging to see the school in action again and meet the dedicated staff. We have a new member of staff in addition to the original four. She is “Aunty Lucy” and is a fully qualified teacher, as required by the government in order to get the school registered. Registration is a long and drawn out process (as are all things in Zim) but Taurai and Taps are working hard to make it happen.

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We met the new intake of children (all very scrummy!) and were able to see the New curriculum brought in last year, being taught. The teachers have had to make significant changes to line up with what is required of them now, but have embraced change with a good heart. They have a packed timetable so have increased the time the children are at school to fit it all in. They start at 8am and finish at 1pm. It’s a long morning for the youngest of the children and they have less time to play. We talked about the importance of keeping Jesus at the Centre and not getting bogged down with what is required and reminded them of the importance of praying together as a team and with the children.

The new intake of children

↑   The new intake of children

The day we first visited the school the children were all outside practicing for an inter school sports day. They had made a running track and were practicing running, a sack race, throwing and bowling the tyre. A group were also practicing for a “mass display” which involves marching and chanting led by a parent who came in on the children’s day off to train them! We also witnessed one of the girls from ECD B (5years old) recite a poem, written by Samu in English, from memory. Amazing!

↑   ECD A

↑   ECD B

A group practicing for mass display

↑   A group practicing for mass display

Snack Time

↑   Snack time

The teachers had noticed a difference in this years intake in that some of the children are arriving at school hungry, a direct result of the economic situation in the country, unemployment and family break up. The food the children receive mid morning is so important for them.

We also visited the local Primary school where the children graduate to once they have completed their time in ECD. The Headteacher is always pleased to see us and talked about the challenges she faces working in such a deprived area. Obviously she is very grateful for the children we sponsor as she is guaranteed to receive their termly fees. She also takes some responsibility for the oversight of the ECD in terms of the curriculum and standards.

She arranged for all of the children we sponsor to come out of class to have their photos taken and it was lovely to see them all. The first group to go through the ECD are now in Grade 4!

We also sponsor the children of the teachers and some other older children so it was great to catch up with them too. Ma Phiri’s son achieved 5 ‘O’levels and is studying for 2 more subjects at another school because his school did not offer them, as he wants to be a lawyer. Happiness who is an orphan and had missed a year of school after her mother died is now catching up with her studies. We had the privilege of taking her to the shops to buy her a winter uniform and a mountain of school books and her friends Tendai and Takunda are taking ‘O’ levels this year to name but a few. None of this would have happened without your support.

All the staff, children and church leaders asked us to pass on our thanks to you as individuals and as King’s Church for what you have done and are doing to improve their lives. They know they can never repay you but say they will work hard and do their best to make you proud!


To find out more about our child sponsorship program in Zimbabwe visit our Inkosi Kids webpage.


Inkosi Kids newsletter: Jan 2018

The sponsorship programme continues to bless families and educate the children of Trenance in Bulawayo. Thank you so much to the members of Kings Church Eastbourne and Seaford for your continued support.

It has been a challenging year for the teachers because not only has the government completely changed the curriculum, the school has also had to come under the direction of the local primary school Headteacher.

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She oversees all the planning ideas and documentation so the teachers are sometimes working very long hours. The education department have also insisted on a fully qualified teacher being employed at the school. She will start work in January and take on some of the administrative duties. We are hoping she will take on the responsibility of writing reports on individual children and events at the school and relay them back to the UK on a regular basis.

The change in the curriculum is quite worrying because all of the teaching had been focused around Bible stories and characters but Samu has assured us that they have kept as much of the Christian content as possible and continue to add in stories from the Bible during free periods and maintain the Christian ethos of the school. We will be interested to see how it is all working out when we visit in March with Graham and Belinda.

Rhey have also had challenges with break-ins to the church building where the school meets. The last one resulted in the CD player being taken along with some dollies!

Outside Museum

↑   Sitting outside of the museum.

Museum

↑   Ma Phiri and children in front of a stuffed Kudu in the museum.

Despite all of this the teachers try to maintain the high standard of education we expect from them and in November they took the children to the local Museum, a small zoo and swimming in the local pool. A unique experience for most of them. Very few children in Zim swim as it is a landlocked country and suffers from water shortages so we would have loved to have been there to see their faces!

Swimming

At the beginning of December the ECD “B” children graduated and will start at the Primary school at the beginning of January. The graduation ceremony is always a “big” occasion for the school and especially the children. They perform for their parents and various dignitaries and receive a certificate to say that they have completed two years of early years education.

Sadly, the only video that successfully came through is of the children greeting the parents!

 

Going home

↑   The children preparing to go home on the combi (bus).

The teachers and children now have a well earned break for a few weeks which is their summer holiday. Please pray for rain for them as up to now they have had none. They plant their maize at the end of November, in anticipation of the first rains but so far there has been nothing so the seed will just shrivel.

There are 24 children registered on the waiting list for January so we are in need of a lot more sponsors! So please spread the news to friends and family. It is easy to register — you can sign up by filling out this simple form:

Inkosi Kids Sign-up Form
 

We hope this letter has kept you informed and inspired you to keep supporting the project.Please keep praying for your children in these uncertain times in Zimbabwe and also for the teachers and Taurai, the pastor of the church. They need wisdom and the Holy Spirits guidance to lead these children in the ways of God and support them in, sometimes, very challenging home situations.


To find out more about our child sponsorship program in Zimbabwe visit our Inkosi Kids webpage.


Kids Inspire

We were delighted to welcome over 300 to our Autumn Kidz Inspire event at Kings during the October half term. Children, parents, grandparents & friends came along to enjoy the craft activities, games, afternoon movie and refreshments in Vivo cafe. Much messy fun was had by all!