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Welcome to the Vine Community Church.

We're a vibrant and relevant church with a passion for you to find hope, and know Jesus.

We are a friendly church so whatever your age, background or previous experience of church, if any at all, we invite you to come along.  Join us at our Sunday Services or other  activities and receive a great welcome.

We would love to welcome you as friend, a visitor or part of our family..

 

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The Vine at a Glance

  • Join us in person or online for our Sunday Service. 

    We would love to welcome you this Sunday at 11:00am.  

     

     

    The best way to keep up-to-date with changes is by subscribing to our Newsletter or join us on social media.

     Catch up on previous services on our Watch Again page or watch on our Youtube Channel  

  • We would love to welcome you in-person this Sunday at 11:00am.

    The style of worship at the Vine is contemporary and informal.  The range of music is wide and varied from lively and loud praise to quieter worship songs. Worship is led by members of the worship team and often comprises of drums, keyboard, guitar or Ukele.  Everyone is encouraged to take part no matter how off key you might think your voice is.

    At the Vine, we try to use language that is appropriate to the situation. So if someone is reading an account from the past it may have thee' and thou's in it but for the most, we use contemporary language and we read from a number of Bible translations including the Christian Standard Bilbe (CSB), the New International Version (NIV), the Message, 
    The New Living Translation (NLT), and even the KJV.

    On most weeks we have Shiners our Sunday Morning Childrens work, find out more about our what to expect at our Sunday Morning Meetings

    The best way to keep up-to-date with changes is by subscribing to our Newsletter or join us on social media.

     Catch up on previous services on our Watch Again page or watch on our Youtube Channel  

  • We are now providing:

    • In person Sunday Services that are also available online.
      • Shiners our childrens work runs during the service
    • Online Sunday Night Prayer via Zoom
    • In Person and Online Midweek connection groups via Zoom
    • Assist One-to-one Support
    • Post Office Outreach
    • Library Service
    • TST Kids club for primary age children- also see our  Facebook page 
    • The Gathering Place - Wellbing group
    • Assist Dementia group.

     

    Some events and groups will have adaptions to accomodate Covid-19 guidance

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    Can we Assist you?

    Who we are:

    Assist is a set up to facilitate support to those who have no one else to help them during times of difficulty or crisis.  Have you ever felt you needed someone to speak to but didn't want to bother anyone? Do you feel isolated or lonely and you want someone to talk to? Perhaps you don't know where to turn for advice or help.  

    Maybe you are bereaved, recovering from illness or struggling with debts or living with Dementia.  Whatever the issue we are here to help and if we can't help we will find someone who can.
     

     

    Contact Assist on 01522 370164 and contact@assistlincs.org.uk
     
    If it is a life-threatening emergency please call 999. If you are having a mental health crisis click here
     

    Volunteers:

    We have a range of volunteering options with the library and Assist, contact us to find out more contact@assistlincs.org.uk
     

Vine Life

Three spoons

spoonI've just returned from a few days at a conference nestled in the serene landscapes of Derbyshire. Amidst the modern amenities and expansive grounds of the conference centre lies the historic house, a relic from the 1860s crafted by Fitzherbert Wright, the visionary behind St Pancras Station. Once a symbol of opulence, this house now serves as a window into history, adorned with original plans and curious relics, including three battered spoons that whisper tales of a bygone era.

During the tumult of the Second World War, this tranquil retreat was abruptly transformed into Camp 13, hosting German POWs. This was the site of one of the most daring escapes of the war when five German prisoners, including ace fighter pilot Franz von Werra, successfully tunnelled out of the camp using the spoons to dig, as the POW choir distracted the guards.  Von Werra managed to convince locals he was a downed Dutch pilot and nearly completed his escape. He was in the cockpit of a plane preparing to fly home when he was discovered and re-arrested. The events were later turned into a film, ‘The One That Got Away’ starring Hardy Kruger. 

Along with the spoons there were photographs of some of the prisoners of war both during the war and those that returned after the war to revisit.  In almost all cases the prisoners were smiling.  Accounts from the returning prisoners document, that although they were the enemy, they were treated humanely with dignity and respect. 

These snapshots offer a poignant contrast to the harrowing images we often witness from conflict zones worldwide, where dignity and respect for human life are all too often overshadowed by brutality.  Reminded of our shared humanity, I'm drawn to Shakespeare's timeless words from 'The Merchant of Venice': 'If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?'. The bible tells me that all humans are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, that there is a common humanity that should not be discounted.

All of this seems disconnected from Lincolnshire and of little relevance and yet, I visited the Vets, the Doctors, the supermarket, even the Foodbank and all display similar signs that state, ‘we will not tolerate physical or verbal abuse towards our staff’.  I am all for good customer service, I am even known to complain when things go wrong, but I hope I do this with dignity and respect.  In a world where aggression is sometimes mistaken for strength, it's a poignant reminder that true strength lies in our ability to treat one another with dignity and empathy, even amidst disagreement. In the wise words of Peter (the one from the bible), 'Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing' (1 Peter 3:8-9). So, let's endeavour to navigate our interactions with kindness and understanding, upholding the dignity of others as we nurture a more compassionate world for ourselves and for all humanity.

 

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Don't leave it too late

Q: What do William Shakespeare, Jane Fonda and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius have in common?  

A:  Not a lot other than they are all cited as being the originators of notable quotes on the subject of being ‘too late’.

Being too late nearly meant that this article did not make its way to the village magazine.  Where has the time gone, a few moments ago it was the first of the month and now it is deadline day, maybe I should have taken the opportunity to write this days ago.   sand clock

We all put things off and risk being too late.  In life, opportunities knock softly, often too softly for us to hear amidst the cacophony of daily existence.

It's a lesson I am all too familiar with.  My brother and I drifted apart many years ago and after several years he tried to contact me by text.  I always held onto the hope of reconciliation. I intended to respond, I told myself, "One day, I'll reach out. One day, we'll bury the hatchet." But "one day" never came. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months. Life got in the way, or rather, I let life get in the way. I convinced myself there would always be more time, more chances to mend fences and bridge the divide between us. Then came the call that shattered my illusion of endless tomorrows.

My brother was gone, snatched away by fate before I could utter the words I'd rehearsed a thousand times in my mind. The regret hit me along with the thoughts of what-if and If-only. It was a harsh wake-up call, a stark reminder of the fragility of time and the importance of seizing opportunities before they vanish forever, or as William would put it:

 Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. - William Shakespeare

Not all ‘too lates’ are quite as final, but more often than not, at least in my experience, when we put things off, we miss out and pretty soon we can be comfortable as we are or are reluctant to change and settle for second best, cue Ms Fonda: 

It's never too late - never too late to start over, never too late to be happy. - Jane Fonda

The Good Friday story tells of two thieves crucified with Jesus. One of them at the brink of death turns to Jesus.  Jesus’ response: “Today you will be with me in paradise”.  Within the Vine there are people that grew up in Christian homes, those who didn’t and had not considered God until there teens or twenties and some who were considerably older.   Each, no matter what stage of life they were in found a God who accepted them as they were, it is never too late for God. 

In the tapestry of life, we are free to do or not do, procrastinate, or act, until it’s too late that is. Let’s not be defined by the regret of what could have been but rather by the courage to seize the moment and make it count. Take note of Marcus: 

Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday. Marcus Aurelius.

 

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