Philip Ellwood

Where’s Your Chair?

Back in May, as part of our ‘Vital Signs’ series, we looked at what it is to ‘Live Nourished’: to have healthy hearts that are regularly fed by time experiencing God speak to us through the Bible. A number of people were impacted by the video clip we showed of American Pastor, Bill Hybels. Hybels… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Ebenezer Scrooge, a stone and a party

“The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice, bah humbug.” I don’t know about you, but when I think of Ebenezer, I think of Dickens’ vivid description of Ebenezer Scrooge, the cold-hearted miser he so… Read More

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Devoted

Written by Kate Goddard   On Saturday 22nd April, I struggled out of the house, past whining children (mummy! Why do you have to go out mum??!) and breakfast debris, running far later than I had planned… I then battled with delayed buses and roadworks before arriving at Everyday Church Kingston for the Devoted women’s… Read More

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Coffee, Cake & Candlelight | The Marriage Course

Written by Nnamdi Bolu Very simply, in my own experience, the key to a fulfilling marriage is continuous learning AND applying what you learnt! Before getting married about 8 years ago, I thought I knew all about marriage and was very confident it was going to be a walk in the park. My solution to… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Journey | Saturday

Listen: Philip takes us through our final podcast, and helpfully reminds us to never mistake the silence of God for the absence of God. Sunday is coming! Listen below or right-click here to download.

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The Journey | Friday

Listen: Mo Halloum takes us through Friday’s podcast. Listen below or right-click here to download. Read | Luke 22:47 – 23:56 Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus 47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus… Read More

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The Journey | Thursday

Listen: Heather Hannington takes us through Thursday’s podcast. Listen below or right-click here to download. Read | Luke 22:7-46 The Passover with the Disciples 7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may… Read More

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The Journey | Wednesday

Read | Luke 21:38 – 22:6 38 And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him. The Plot to Kill Jesus 22 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover.2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death,… Read More

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The Journey | Tuesday

Read | Luke 20:9-18 The Parable of the Wicked Tenants 9 And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Journey | Monday

Read | Luke 19:45-48 Jesus Cleanses the Temple 45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’, but you have made it a den of robbers.” 47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests… Read More

Becca Beschizza

This Woman Can | Devoted 2017

  Sat on the sofa, the TV flickers, an advert for This Girl Can flashes up; women all ages, shapes and situations take on something and accomplish it. Running, swimming, judo…it really is quite inspirational! I feel empowered, I smile at the portrayal of women accomplishing their goals. For a moment I think of my… Read More

Philip Ellwood

SATURDAY | YOUR WORLD

Today we hear from John Ford & Dave Holden. John leads a church plant out in eastern Europe , planted from King’s a few years ago. Dave leads NEW GROUND, the family of churches that King’s is a part of. The good news of Jesus is spreading around the globe. Dave & John both share… Read More

Philip Ellwood

FRIDAY | YOUR NATION

Nnamdi reminds us of the important role we play as Christians in our nation. Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read:  ‘First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a… Read More

Philip Ellwood

THURSDAY | YOUR CHURCH MISSION

Carly shares with us some of the things we’re involved in as a church, our mission and how we can have a greater impact within the borough of Kingston. Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read:  ‘Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service,… Read More

Philip Ellwood

WEDNESDAY | YOUR CHURCH COMMUNITY

Paul encourages us to engage with church life and to explore what our role might be in serving the local church. Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read: ‘For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so… Read More

Philip Ellwood

TUESDAY | YOUR FAMILY

Catherine shares with us on praying for our families. How can we show love to those around us? How can you reflect the love of Jesus to your family and as a family? Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall… Read More

Philip Ellwood

MONDAY | YOU & GOD

Philip helps us centre our hearts on God in gratitude and worship. Envisioning us for the week, he encourages us to explore prayer and fasting in a deeper way. Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read: ‘O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Saturday

Today’s Theme: An issue of justice or need globally or more locally Well done for making it through the week! I really hope you have felt God speaking to you in new ways as you have pressed in to deeper relationship with and reliance on him. Thank you for participating so wholeheartedly in this week. To end… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Friday

Today’s Theme: New Ground & Uskudar Life Church, Istanbul Read: ‘After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Thursday

Today’s Theme: King’s Church’s Leaders Read: ‘And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit… Read More

Anna Harris

Newday 2016 Review

  285 first time commitments to Jesus. 231 verified healings. Over £120,000 given to church planting around the world! God is at work in the lives of a generation of young people and Newday 2017 was testament to that. On Monday August 1st we set off with 9 young people, a bunch of leaders and… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Wednesday

Today’s Theme: You, King’s Church & Kingston Read: ‘You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Tuesday

Today’s Theme: You & King’s Church Read: ‘For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Monday

Today’s Theme: You & God Read: ‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him’ Psalm 37:7 ‘Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! … Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!’ Psalm 34:3,8 Pray: Connect with God, give thanks… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Sunday

Today’s Theme: The Quiet Place Read: ‘But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’ Matthew 6:6 Pray: Ask God to help you get into that quiet place. When is a good time for you to get quiet time… Read More

Jennie Pollock

Ask London

We as a church want to be characterised by loving God and loving other people. One of the best ways of doing both is simply by listening. As we take time to listen to God we get to know him better, hearing what’s on his heart and gaining a greater understanding of how he sees… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Journey – Day 5

It’s Good Friday, the day Jesus has been walking towards all week. I trust the week’s podcasts have helped you to gain a new understanding of Jesus’ determination and resolve to come to this point, the turning point of history. Today’s podcast is by Kristie Rodrigues. If you want to follow along with the Bible reading,… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Journey – Day 4

We now reach the final hours of Jesus’ life and, remarkably perhaps, he chooses to begin his final moments sharing a meal with his disciples. But it’s no ordinary meal… My prayer is that these resources will help you to worship, to reflect, to pray and to proclaim this magnificent Gospel. You can listen to… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Journey – Day 3

Yesterday we read about Jesus clearing the Temple courts and beginning to teach there. Today Joanna Gill helps us look at one of the parables he used to get his message across. You can listen to the podcast here or through the player below, and if you’d like to follow the reading in your Bible it… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Journey – Day 2

Yesterday we read about Jesus clearing the Temple courts and beginning to teach there. Today Joanna Gill helps us look at one of the parables he used to get his message across. You can listen to the podcast here or through the player below, and if you’d like to follow the reading in your Bible it… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Journey – Day 1

The podcasts and the opportunities to gather together that we will have through Easter week this year are about helping you to walk the Easter journey alongside Jesus and the disciples. This really was the week, the journey, that transformed the world. It’s the week that the entire Christian faith rests upon. My prayer is that… Read More

Sarah Smith

Founders’ Day at Kingston Community School

Yesterday Kingston Community School (KCS) celebrated their Founders’ Day with an assembly for the children’s families and guests who have supported the school in its first year. I was lucky enough to be invited along with Catherine Joseph (governor), Philip Ellwood, Peter Holmes (vicar of St Peter’s), Andrea Craig (local Councillor) and James Berry our… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Sunday

Today’s theme: Thankfulness and love Read: ‘Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.’ Romans… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Saturday

Today’s theme: An issue of justice or need globally or locally Read: ‘Seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.’ Isaiah 1:17 ‘Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Friday

Today’s theme: New Ground & Middle East church plant Read: 9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Thursday

Today’s theme: King’s Church’s leaders Read: Today’s passage was actually written by Paul telling the church in Colossae how he was praying for all of them, but it gives a wonderful structure of the kinds of things we can pray for our leaders. 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Wednesday

Today’s theme: You, King’s Church & Kingston Read: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Tuesday

Today’s theme: You & King’s Church Read: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting Week – Monday

Today’s theme: You & God Read: ‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.’ Psalm 37:7 1 I will bless the Lord at all times;     his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;     let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,     and… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting FAQs

We’re looking forward to our week of Prayer & Fasting at the beginning of January. As you begin to prepare for this time, I wanted to answer some common questions and concerns you may have. There are also lots more helpful tips on the International House of Prayer website. Can I fast from something other… Read More

Dan Best

Early Birds

When Dan and Ross approached the church office with their proposal for providing better coffee at a better price and with a better conscience than we were getting from the university on a Sunday morning, we were intrigued. As we chatted to them about it it became clear that this wasn’t just a whim, they were truly… Read More

Philip Ellwood

How could a loving God allow suffering?

When you combine social media, an atheist friend and the enormous question of how a Christian accounts for so much suffering in the light of the dreadful earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year, you have a potentially explosive question! You also have an opportunity: an opportunity to pray, study and live as a follower of… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Trial

The courtroom is buzzing. The prosecutor rubs his hands, certain of victory. Justice shall be served. Yet the man in the dock seems oddly assured. Join us on Sunday mornings throughout the autumn for our new sermon series based in the book or Romans, and see how The Trial unfolds. Catch up on the story… Read More

Anna Harris

Rise up, take courage and do it

At the start of this month 12 young people, 11 adults, 6 tents, and more chocolate brownies than you can count, packed up and left Kingston upon Thames, to join thousands of others around the country, for Newday! Newday is a week-long camp that provides the opportunity for young people to get to know God… Read More

Matt Hazeltine

The Three Ages of Serving

It’s the question from the mythological story of Oedipus and the Sphinx: “What goes on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the evening?” asked The Sphinx.  Oedipus thought a moment. Then he replied “The answer is Man. He crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two… Read More

Louise Richmond

Ready for Blast Off!

What was the last mission you were sent on? What was the last quest you succeeded in? When was the last time you had whipped cream all over your face? If you can’t remember you might want to join with dozens of other members of King’s Church in enrolling in the very exclusive, Mission Academy… Read More

Jennie Pollock

Does God heal today?

As a church, we are firmly convinced that God’s healing power was not limited to Bible times. We often pray for healing for one another in our midst because we believe He still heals today. We don’t often have the opportunity to share the results of our prayers for healing, so here, for your encouragement,… Read More

Rachel Rigby

Back to Iraq

In late August 2014 Tearfund made the corporate decision to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by the rise of the Islamic State, and in September 2014 I was deployed as part of an assessment team to determine what role Tearfund could play in alleviating the suffering of displaced people. It became clear very quickly… Read More

Paul McArdle

In Kingston for Kingston – an interview with Paul McArdle

You’ve been a key part of King’s Church since its very beginning – what was it like in those early, pioneering days? It was fantastic. There were 28 of us, and everybody was on the frontline, which I really liked. Everybody was busy doing everything. There was a really close community: everybody was in it… Read More

Freddie Ingle

God Out Of The Box

Newday – the Newfrontiers youth camp – is a rather spectacular monster. I’m sure those who have been going for years have seen it grow and stayed fairly comfortable on the whole thing, but for those of us that turned up to the Norfolk Showground for the first time (or the second time in my… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Offence of Aslan

“I don’t need anyone to die for me. I’ll take my chances” My friends, family and teammates have various responses to Jesus. Sometimes intrigued, often apathetic, occasionally dismissive. But every now and then there are those who are downright offended. Polly Toynbee is a well known, gifted journalist for The Guardian and one rightly admired… Read More

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Rachel O'Mahony

Fun, Food and Church Family – Ashburnham 2015

I have recently booked my tickets to Ashburnham 2015. I went to the first ‘New Ground’ conference two years ago and it was absolutely fantastic! For me, it was one of those key weekends where God speaks and does amazing things in you. I was so encouraged and spurred on! The teaching, worship, ministry times,… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Sword, Spade or Staff?

Warrior? Servant? Shepherd? Builder? Gardener? Farmer? Can we sum up what it is to be a Christian man? For some Christian men, especially those in the 18-35 demographic (amongst whom I remain for two more precious years!), the ‘warrior’ concept is appealing and motivating. Others are understandably repelled by either the historical horrors of ‘warrior… Read More

Jason Stocks

Searching The World For Happiness

My search for happiness started at 17, when my mum died. I spent 10 years travelling the world looking for it – I went to Australasia, Africa, the South Pacific… Externally, things appeared to be ok. I had a good job, a house, a girlfriend, but inside I wasn’t really happy. I wanted to experience… Read More

Jess Gill

Making an Impact

Each year we participate in an internship programme called Impact. Run by the New Ground network of churches that we are part of, this ten-month programme offers a young person work experience in the church office, ministry experience in the church, and outstanding theological training. Our ‘Impacter’ this year has been Jess Gill. Half way… Read More

Jennie Pollock

Being Albert McMakin

In 1934 a young farm worker called Albert McMakin (great name!) invited one of his friends to hear a travelling evangelist (Mordecai Ham – ditto!). The friend had turned down several invitations from other friends before, but this time he accepted. Something about the preacher’s words caught his attention, and he went back the next… Read More

Thor toy
Freddie Ingle

Who Do You Think You Are?

I am Thor, a paladin, the colour red, a Labrador, Sherlock Holmes and Raphael (the turtle, not the painter). At least that’s what Facebook quizzes tell me. Obviously most of us who take these little personality tests don’t attach too much weight to them, but they’re incredibly popular anyway. Presumably, part of the appeal is… Read More

Joanna Gill

A Journey Towards Healing

Three years ago I found myself moving to Kingston to study for my Masters in Composing Music for Film and Television. Growing up I attended a couple of fairly traditional churches in Scotland, and so when I went along to King’s Church in Kingston, it was a quite different experience for me to see how… Read More

Rediscovering Joy

My high school years were filled with a great joy and a great passion for God. After becoming a Christian in my early teens, I knew that God loved me, and knowing His love for me permeated everything I did. I became a more joyful version of myself. I continued to like all the same… Read More

Freddie Ingle

Rescued From Rock Bottom

I first decided there was a God when I was 13 – I was on a family holiday and there was a hurricane coming, so I prayed in desperation and when I woke up the next day, it had changed course overnight. I thought: ‘OK, there’s a God.’ But I kind of moved on with… Read More