Category: Church Life

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Prayer & Fasting | Saturday

  Listen to Saturday’s Podcast.   Empowered: Pete Benton concludes our week by empowering us to engage with our world. READ: Matthew 28:16-19 PRAY: Pray for God’s Kingdom to be extended across the earth. Pray that God would break your heart for the nations and for those that don’t know God. Ask God to show you… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting | Friday

  Listen to Friday’s Podcast.   Empowered: Philip moves us on from encountering God to being empowered by Him; empowered to engage with our city. READ: Jeremiah 29:1-7; Acts 4:23-31 PRAY: Pray about what it means for you to live empowered by God to make a difference for His kingdom where you are. Pray for King’s… Read More

Jamie Rowsell

Prayer & Fasting | Thursday

  Listen to Thursday’s Podcast.   Encounter: Jamie explores the power of God and how that should affect how we pray. READ: Matthew 8:23-27 PRAY: Pray that God would enlarge your view of Him today. Pray that you would know God’s power in your life, your family and your work. There is power in the name… Read More

Andrew Brand

Prayer & Fasting | Wednesday

  Listen to Wednesday’s Podcast.   Encounter: Andrew Brand looks at what it really means to take up your cross and how encountering Jesus really is life changing. READ: Mark 8:34 PRAY: Are there areas of your life that you haven’t surrendered fully to God? What does denying yourself look like? Surrender your heart to God and… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting | Tuesday

  Listen to Tuesday’s Podcast.   Encounter: Philip unpacks the parable of the prodigal son. We see how we can so easily play the role of either son and how an encounter with a loving Father awaits us. READ: Luke 15:11-32 PRAY: How do you see yourself in this story? How can you pray in light of… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting | Monday

  Listen to Monday’s Podcast.   Explore: Philip introduces our week of Prayer & Fasting and encourages us to explore the Gospel again. See how the Gospel transforms prayer and what it means to pray. Read: Galatians 4:4-9 Pray: How can you get the most out of this week of Prayer & Fasting? Seek God today. Explore… Read More

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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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

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

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 | 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

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

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

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

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

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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

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