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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
     

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Vine Life

Twenty years on...

pexels genaro servín 2190381Can you believe it? It’s been two decades since the Vine Community Church started to worship in Cherry.  In the past twenty years there have been over 960 Sunday services, more than 4320 songs sung, and countless prayers sent up and thanks given.  

Started in 2004 by Rev. Veronica, her husband Dave and a small group of Christians from other local churches, the Vine’s first meeting was on 21st March 2004 at the Cherry Willingham and Reepham Village Hall.  For the first few years after that, the Vine alternated its meetings between Cherry Willingham and Fiskerton Village Halls before moving to the library building in 2015.  

As well as being a vibrant place to worship and explore life with Jesus, making a positive impact on the community has been at the heart of the Vine.   Even before the church started to meet in Cherry, we were busy providing youth and children’s work at the Secondary School.  This theme has continued with the Vine funding a school’s worker for a number of years and now running activities for primary and secondary age children in the form of That Saturday Thing (TST) for 5-11 year olds and That Tuesday Thing (TTT), our youth drop-in.

Our community focus isn’t solely on the younger generation.  For the last decade, Assist, our service providing 1-2-1 support, wellbeing, and specialist dementia groups, has been open to anyone in need.  Since October 2013 Assist has been a lifeline for over 1007 people including 220 people living with dementia (or caring for someone living with dementia), more than 737 people who have received 1-2-1 support and over 50 people who have attended or continue to attend the well-being group. 

The most amazing part of this story is that although organised by the Vine the majority of the 60 Assist volunteers, the 30 additional volunteers who stepped up during lockdown and the 31 plus volunteers who have helped run the library are not from the Vine but are made up of other Christians from a range of churches in the area as well as members of the local community. 

Jenny and I took the reins of the Vine a little over five years ago, and we are thrilled to be part of this church, the family of nearby churches and the wider Cherry community. 

Join us in raising a cheer for the Vine’s 20th Birthday! 🎉

 

 

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The importance of justice

justiceI don’t suppose anyone can have escaped the surge in news covering the story of the Post Office Horizon software scandal and the hundreds of Sub-postmasters.  If you have been living in a media blackout for the last few weeks or so, then I would highly recommend watching the ITV drama, Mr Bates versus the Post Office. It clearly lit the ‘blue touch paper’ on exploding this issue to the attention of the public, and seemingly forcing individuals, and government to do the right thing.  

At the heart of the postmasters’ claim and the public response was an overwhelming desire for justice.  

The emotional need for justice is visceral. Just watching the drama and the subsequent news interview left me feeling the same emotions as when as a child I was told off for something I had not done. Except for these people it wasn’t about a broken greenhouse window, it was about livelihoods, unsafe convictions, prison sentences and the loss of life of some concerned.

Justice and mercy are key attributes of God. We cannot fully appreciate the mercy of God without understanding His justice. Biblical justice is all about making things right. The parable of the widow in Luke 18:1-8 highlights the importance of victims getting justice. Like the widow in Luke 18, who kept demanding justice from the uncaring judge, victims want things to be put right. They seek for their voices to be heard and to not be seen as powerless.

Jesus spoke about justice but with a different emphasis. He advocated a personal approach to justice.  A personal approach to justice sounds, on the face of it like vigilantism or an expression of the much misunderstood ‘eye for an eye’ but Jesus’s focus was more about our individual responsibility. A duty to bring justice by loving our neighbours and doing good for those around us, especially the poor and marginalized.  He talked more about the responsibility of individuals than of authorities to promote good. Jesus defines his gospel as having a social component, which means the impoverished being lifted up, the “captive” to society’s wrongful norms being released, the physically hurting finding healing, and the, emotionally, spiritually or physically oppressed finding freedom. Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, these are laudable things to strive for.

From the news articles of the day, I write this, it appears the sub-postmasters are one step closer to seeing their justice, I pray that each of us will be able to promote good and see justice in our own lives and for those around us. Justice may be blind but Jesus calls us not to be blind to injustice.

 

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