Peace in the storm
Welcome to our website, or at least this temporary front page!
We are living in extraordinary times that are going to be a huge challenge to our nation. As a church we want to respond really well to this situation with wisdom and faith. We are supporting our governement’s efforts to manage this virus by not meeting together in person, but rather by using the technology we have to keep connected.
We are also commited to expressing our faith though love by joining our wider communities in meeting the pressing needs all around us at this time.
Read on to find out about how we are being church.
This unprecedented situation has created a huge need for all kinds of support in our communities. This is where the church can truely be Jesus’ hand and feet and demonstrate love in very practical ways.
Current Areas of Service
In Kingston we are partnering with Voices of Hope, Kingston Council and Kingston Volunteer Action to provide support to the vulnerable and isolated in our community. We are currently running a food hub for cooked meals. Volunteers will be needed to prepeare, cook and deliver food.
We are also partnering with Kingston Churches Together to run a social media campaign focusing specifically on KT1 and KT2, offering prayer or a listening ear. This will be a phone-in service. Volunteers are needed.
In Ham, we are exploring supporting local pharmacies in delivering prescription medication to vulnerable people who are self-isolating. We are also, launching a phone-in service offering prayer.
In Cobham, support efforts are being funnelled through a group called Community Coronavirus Care. We are also working with Churches Together in Cobham to support local pharmacies in prescription delivery.
Get in touch with your congregation leaders directly.
There are so many creative ways to keep community during this time. Activities that you can do together, but not in close physical proximity, could be going for a walk or cycle together.
Furthermore, this is where the internet can come into its own as a tool for connection. There are some great platforms for meeting face-to-face and yet not in the same place. Google Hangout and Zoom are two popular applications.
Keep up to date with KingsGate through social media.
Keeping a pattern of weekly worship is so important. We are going to be providing content for every person or family to worship together each week.
Below are 5 simple elements to add to your Sunday pattern.
Take time to pray together. The Psalms are full of prayers that encapsulate the full human experience in every season of life. They are full of honesty and trust in God.
Each week there will be a playlist of faith building worship tracks available. Alternatively, pick up the instrument you play or simply sing unaccompanied.
Each week there will be a Scripure-based video message available to watch together. This will be accompanied by questions for discussiuon and reflection.
Break bread together, remembering the acts of Jesus in history, his presence with us now, and his promised return in the future.
Why not take the opportunity to reach out to someone else in the church over one of the many online video platforms available like Google Hangout or Zoom.
Giving is part of our worshipful response to God. It is an ackowledgement that everything, even in the most difficult circumstances, comes from him and that we are ultimately dependant on him for our daily bread.
Giving can be done via ChurchSuite online giving facility.
Alternatively, you can give directly through the bank account.
Account Name: KingsGate Church (Kingston)
Account Sort code: 40-52-40
Account Number: 00019298
Reference: please reference your giving with your Gift Aid reference number if you have one.
In addition to your regular giving you can give specifically towards the needs of those inside and outside the KingsGate family, and even specify the name of a person, family or initiative thar you would like the gift to go to. This could be a wonderful opporunity to practice something of the Acts 4 church:
“…All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need..”