Going to the edge

Have you seen the Structures on the Edge on the Lincolnshire coast?  Dave and I have only recently come across them, and we were fascinated.  Because they are very unusual works of art/architecture, they will trigger some strong opinions – as you stand on our shoreline seeing their rather weird outlines against the seascape, you’ll probably be quite excited about them, or maybe you’ll hate them.  They are meant to help us take a whole fresh look at our coastline, and “see” it in a new way, stopping to gaze on its natural beauty.

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Personally I really like looking at their outlines, etched against the open skies, helping us to take a fresh view of our familiar coast – there’s something very special about taking time to look at the place where sea and land meet – the seawater and its wildlife, the sand dunes and mudflats, each  with a different spectrum of creatures and plants – contrasting environments coming together in sight and sound of the ever-moving waves and wind.  This world on the edge feels wonderfully alive, not as predictable as being in the middle of a more settled and still environment. 

I’ve always been attracted to the margins, where different people and things meet, and where there is change and new experiences to encounter.  This fits well with how I think of Jesus Christ, who refused to be boxed in by other people’s narrow social norms, and kept going to the edges of the society he lived in, to “untouchable” people, shunned and isolated by most, and to places where respectable individuals were not supposed to go to.  It was on the edges where he found people who really needed his healing touch and the acceptance and love which he offered to everyone who turned to him.  Marginalised and isolated people and places seemed to capture Jesus’ attention – what most people didn’t stop to notice, he stopped for, seeing clearly the overlooked beauty. I believe his mission to the edges is continuing through you and me if we’re willing.

Veronica           

Revd Veronica Podbury, Pastor of The Vine Community Church

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Sheep and no Shepherd...

As I started writing this article I was unaware that I was about to be confronted by the sad news that my brother had taken his own life. I continue to write this a little over twelve hours later and the words of probably the most famous Psalm in the bible becomes particularly focused to me.  Most people will have heard of Psalm 23, " The Lord is my shepherd,  I will not want, he gives me rest in green pastures...".   It is often read at funerals or printed in cards given to people in loss or at times of need.  For me, knowing Jesus, the giver of peace the words of this Psalm are truth that brings comfort.  Psalm 23 also highlights what I may be feeling if I did not have that relationship with Jesus.  If you take God out of the Psalm the vision of peace and security the words portray is turned on its head.  

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Ethnicity in the Bible - A closer look at Jesus' world

History is strewn with examples of ethnic groups being disregarded, persecuted, or treated as less than human.

I have had the privilage of writing an article for the American Bible Society read how, isolated verses from the Bible have been used to justify such atrocities as the slave trade or anti-Semitism. But throughout the Bible we see God's intention to reach all races and nations with salvation (Genesis 12:2-3, Revelation 7:9). We see this the most clearly in the life of Jesus, who embodied God's love for all people, including the diverse ethnic groups right around him. As we take a closer look into Jesus's cultural milieu we can begin to understand the deep significance of his radical inclusion.

An Article in the American Bible Society by Veronica.

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Christmas Special Service

Start your Christmas in style join us for: Carols, Drama, Mince pies and a festive atmosphere for all the Family.

 

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New Events for 2017

Exciting new events for 2017

The Vine Community Church and Vine Centre have a number of new events for 2017.

Why not Check them out?

  • Souled Out

    Souled Out-   Pizza, Games Life and Faith Run by the Vine Community Church and aimed at teenagers  Souled Out  safe and fun atmosphere to Eat Pizza and explore life.     Read More
  • That Saturday Thing!

    A new fortnightly event for 7-11 years olds.  Fun, Games & activities 2-3pm every other Saturday at the Vine Centre Cherry Willingham  Initially taking place on the 4th & 18th March and 1st and 22nd April with more dates to follow.    All volunteers and staff hold current DBS cerificates. Read More
  • Coffee Connect

    Coffee Connect is a weekly friendship group for all ages.   As the name suggests it is a safe an welcoming place to drink coffee and connect. Fridays 10:30am at the Vine Centre   Read More
  • Essential Spanish

    Ever wanted to Learn Spanish?  Holiday Coming up? Essential Spanish for anyone 6:30pm Tuesdays The Vine Centre.     Read More
  • Free Guitar Lessons

    Ever wanted to play the Guitar? Give it a go. Free Guitar lessons  Wednesdays 3:45pm 30-45 minutes per session.   No Guitar- don't worry come along and try one of ours. Read More
  • IT support sessions

    Want help getting around the internet. Not a clue how to tweet, post or upload? Want to trace your family roots but the technology puts you off? Come and try our Free IT support sessions Thursday 1:30pm at the Vine Centre. Read More
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ALL IN - ONE-EVENT 2017

  • 31 August 2016 |
  • Published in Vineinfo

A Christian festival for all the family

The One Event 2017 is shaping up to be a very special gathering. Not only are we going to see people of all ages gather together for a week of worship, family time and Bible teaching but we are emphasising for the first time in the UK our unity with many similar events across the land

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That Saturday Thing!

A new fortnightly event for 7-11 years olds. 

Fun, Games & activities 2-3pm every other Saturday at the Vine Centre Cherry Willingham 

Initially taking place on the 4th & 18th March and 1st and 22nd April with more dates to follow. 

 

All volunteers and staff hold current DBS cerificates.

Saturday thing

 

Want to come - please print out this page and fill in the information below.

 

Please bring this half of the card completed with you on the day 

 

Name ______________________________ 

 

Age _______________________________ 

 

Name of parent/carer _______________________________________ 

 

Emergency contact details ________________________________________

 

Any allergies or health issues we should be aware of. _______________________________________ 

 

 

 

Parent / carer signature, _______________________________________ 

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Mpeketoni Relief

  • 24 November 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

Kenya FlagDuring June 2014 we were alerted to violent attacks taking place in the town of Mpeketoni in Eastern Kenya

Buildings were burned down, and 60 non Muslim men were singled out to be killed in front of their wives and families, leaving 50 widows and 142 fatherless children. 

 New Life Home Trust leader, Meleckson Dalano, met with the widows and local church leaders to find out what help we can offer them. 

Their greatest desire is for their children, particularly those in secondary school, to continue their education which will bring the hope of a brighter future for the children and their families.

 Partnering with New Life Homes Trust, the Vine Community Church has sent a significant donation to help provide schooling for the Orphaned Children.

 This weekend 22/11/2014 saw the BBC Report further killings of non muslims this time in the North of Kenya.  

Please join with us in praying for all concerned in these atrocities. We know from contact with New Life Homes Trust that there is as much comfort in those concerned knowing that others are  praying  for their situation and caring for them as there is from material support.

 

 

 

 

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Royal Junior Academy

  • 14 May 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

The Vine no longer activly supports the Royal Junior Academy having provided for the immediate needs of land,  a safe source of water and a hardship fund.  The following is for historical information only.

 

The Royal Junior Academy is a day preparatory and primary school.

The school is located at Akala market, 40km West of Kisumu city in western Kenya.

Royal Junior Academy was established in 2009 as a response to the government's appeal to the civil society and the private sector to complement government efforts in providing alternative education to her citizens, following the declaration of free primary education in the country with the resultant influx of pupils without corresponding provision for adequate teachers and facilities.

In western Kenya for instance, a classroom would have as many as 110 pupils in public schools. This has greatly compromised the quality of education.

The introduction of Royal Junior Academy has been a great relief to the pupils and parents in Akala in their quest for quality education in a favorable learning environment. Currently, the school has grown to grade 4, with a population of 124 pupils, served by 7 teachers and 1 support staff.


The school provides sponsorship to ensure a number of needy children are not able to pay the minimum fees charged by the school. At the moment the number of sponsored children account for 10% of the total student population. They also receive donations of books and uniforms as the school is enabled to provide. The school also provides a feeding program to ensure students are recieve adequate basic nutition

The Vine has supported the academy by providing funding to purchase desks and for the building of toilets to allow students safe, and hygenic basic sanitation.

Summer 2011 will see a team from the Vine return to the academey. Following a sponsored 10k run in Woodhall Spa it is hoped the team will see the money raised being transformed into two new classrooms including desks for 20 students.

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For a full profile of the school click here  

 

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That Saturday Thing!

A new fortnightly event for 7-11 years olds. 

Fun, Games & activities 2-3pm every other Saturday at the Vine Centre Cherry Willingham 

Initially taking place on the 4th & 18th March and 1st and 22nd April with more dates to follow. 

 

All volunteers and staff hold current DBS cerificates.

Saturday thing

 

Want to come - please print out this page and fill in the information below.

 

Please bring this half of the card completed with you on the day 

 

Name ______________________________ 

 

Age _______________________________ 

 

Name of parent/carer _______________________________________ 

 

Emergency contact details ________________________________________

 

Any allergies or health issues we should be aware of. _______________________________________ 

 

 

 

Parent / carer signature, _______________________________________ 

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Youth & Children's Work

The Vine Community Church values all children and young people irrespective of their personality, ability or background. It aims to enable each and every one of them to reach their full potential in Jesus Christ.

We do this by facilitating events and activities that help children and young people to

  • Form friendships with each other
  • Grow in their knowledge of God
  • Mature in relationship with Him,
  • Discover, develop and utilize their natural gifts and the gifts of the Holy Spirit from an early age.

 

Children

 

Sundays
These events and activities for children aged 0-11 consist of KidZone on Sunday mornings 

 

Mid Week


Souled Out - Aimed at 11 -14 year olds.  Souled Out contains Great Christian teaching in a safe and fun atmosphere.

 

GoWild - Great activities for 7 -11 years.  Saturday, once a month.

 


The Mix

For those young people aged 12-18 there is The Mix fortnightly on Friday nights.  Full of exciting activities mixed with the opportunity to talk about life's biggest question.


Youth Connect 

A more focused discipleship session for all 11-16 year olds who want to find out what Christianity is all about. Loads of fun and eats as well.


 

 

 

 

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KidZone

All children are an important part of the Vine and The Vine Community Church ensures that they are treated as importantly as any adult.

The Vine runs a dynamic programme introducing our Children to God and what he can mean for their lives. Urban Saints  resources are used which are interactive and make use of stories, songs, games and crafts as well as bible verses and prayer.

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IT support sessions

Want help getting around the internet.

Not a clue how to tweet, post or upload?

Want to trace your family roots but the technology puts you off?

Come and try our Free IT support sessions Thursday 1:30pm at the Vine Centre.

it support sessions

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Free Guitar Lessons

Ever wanted to play the Guitar?

Give it a go.

Free Guitar lessons 

Wednesdays 3:45pm 30-45 minutes per session.

 

No Guitar- don't worry come along and try one of ours.

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Coffee Connect

Coffee Connect is a weekly friendship group for all ages.  

As the name suggests it is a safe an welcoming place to drink coffee and connect.

Fridays 10:30am at the Vine Centre

 

coffee connect

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Mpeketoni Relief

  • 24 November 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

Kenya FlagDuring June 2014 we were alerted to violent attacks taking place in the town of Mpeketoni in Eastern Kenya

Buildings were burned down, and 60 non Muslim men were singled out to be killed in front of their wives and families, leaving 50 widows and 142 fatherless children. 

 New Life Home Trust leader, Meleckson Dalano, met with the widows and local church leaders to find out what help we can offer them. 

Their greatest desire is for their children, particularly those in secondary school, to continue their education which will bring the hope of a brighter future for the children and their families.

 Partnering with New Life Homes Trust, the Vine Community Church has sent a significant donation to help provide schooling for the Orphaned Children.

 This weekend 22/11/2014 saw the BBC Report further killings of non muslims this time in the North of Kenya.  

Please join with us in praying for all concerned in these atrocities. We know from contact with New Life Homes Trust that there is as much comfort in those concerned knowing that others are  praying  for their situation and caring for them as there is from material support.

 

 

 

 

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Links with Kenya

  • 14 May 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

The Vine has had close ties with a number of projects within Kenya. Starting with a personal connection with the late Bishop James and the St James Academy and recently with New Life Homes, the Kijoto Trust, Glad Tidings Church and the Royal Junior Academy.

 

 

In November 2008, Dave and Veronica were invited to go and speak at the annual church conference of the Glad Tidings Churches in Kenya. It was their first trip to Africa. All the sessions were translated into Swahili for the people who gathered from a wide area. They spent time in areas without running water. Since then, the Vine Church has funded the provision of boreholes for clean water, purchased land and seeds for poor widows to become self-sufficient, as well as raising money for desks and toilets in a new school.


The Vine also supports a Children's Home and orpahed/abandoned baby centre in Nairobi, through the New Life Homes Trust

A team of six from the Vine went back to Kenya in summer 2009 to work in The Ark, a home for orphaned children, and the New Life babies' home in Nairobi.


Summer 2011 sees a return visit to Kenya, when another team from the Vine visits a school, churches and community projects we support in western Kenya, as well as the Ark children's home in Nairobi. Based in the Kombewa district of Kenya, the community projects include the provision of Land for Widows, this allows these women to support themselves despite often having lost everything.


 

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Royal Junior Academy

  • 14 May 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

The Vine no longer activly supports the Royal Junior Academy having provided for the immediate needs of land,  a safe source of water and a hardship fund.  The following is for historical information only.

 

The Royal Junior Academy is a day preparatory and primary school.

The school is located at Akala market, 40km West of Kisumu city in western Kenya.

Royal Junior Academy was established in 2009 as a response to the government's appeal to the civil society and the private sector to complement government efforts in providing alternative education to her citizens, following the declaration of free primary education in the country with the resultant influx of pupils without corresponding provision for adequate teachers and facilities.

In western Kenya for instance, a classroom would have as many as 110 pupils in public schools. This has greatly compromised the quality of education.

The introduction of Royal Junior Academy has been a great relief to the pupils and parents in Akala in their quest for quality education in a favorable learning environment. Currently, the school has grown to grade 4, with a population of 124 pupils, served by 7 teachers and 1 support staff.


The school provides sponsorship to ensure a number of needy children are not able to pay the minimum fees charged by the school. At the moment the number of sponsored children account for 10% of the total student population. They also receive donations of books and uniforms as the school is enabled to provide. The school also provides a feeding program to ensure students are recieve adequate basic nutition

The Vine has supported the academy by providing funding to purchase desks and for the building of toilets to allow students safe, and hygenic basic sanitation.

Summer 2011 will see a team from the Vine return to the academey. Following a sponsored 10k run in Woodhall Spa it is hoped the team will see the money raised being transformed into two new classrooms including desks for 20 students.

images/stories/royaljunior.png
For a full profile of the school click here  

 

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