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Pray 2020 Logo smJoin us at our monthly prayer evenings through out 2020

Seeking God's Kingdom growth for this area and beyond

We believe that prayer makes a difference, it is effective and is essential to knowing God. 

Pray 2020 - Prayer nights will take place on the last Wednesday of the month at the Vine Centre

A time of worship and prayer startng at 7:30pm for Coffee and concluding at 8:30pm

All are welcome.


The Vine Centre is situated in the heart of Cherry Willingham and is easily accessible from the surrounding area.

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The Postal address of the Vine Centre is:

The Vine Centre

The Parade

Cherry Willingham



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The end of one season and the start of an adventure. 

Around fifteen years ago the Vine Community Church was started.  Serving Cherry Willingham, Fiskerton and Reepham.  Originally meeting in Village halls of those places.  Lots of things have happened in those fifteen years. For one,  our youngest who could only crawl backwards when the Vine launched can now walk as well as any fifteen year old.  This weekend (14th October 2018) sees the founding pastors of the Vine. Veronica and Dave Podbury step down. It is a time that we look back on the amazing times we have had under their tenure.  Starting Carols on the Green, taking on the Village Library, providing one-to-one support for people struggling with life or mental illness to name but three. 

Picking up the reigns as the new ‘leaders’ is an exciting prospect (I am spelling exciting  -S C A R Y) and promises to be a great new adventure.  

Some things will undoubtedly change: the Youth Group, for example, has been handed over to the experts.  Other things will stay the same:  the Values of the Vine will not change and it will continue to be a place that seeks to connect people with God and to come alongside those who need help in a relevant, welcoming and authentic way. 

As Jenny and I start this adventure we would welcome you saying ‘Hi’ if you are in the villages.

So who are we?

Well, I am Darren and for four days a week I work for a large software company and Jenny (we’ve been married for over 20 years) runs the Assist service if you don’t know what that is, check out the link. We have lived in Cherry for the last fifteen years.  If you want to know more than that come and meet us some time. 

Until then we are excited at the honour we have been given of serving the Vine and the villages and surrounding areas.



We would love to hear from you. 


You can mail us at : 

The Vine Community Church PO BOX 1236. Lincoln LN5 5NW

Or use this link to e-mail. Contact Us

You can also call us on 01522 872011.




 Leadership Team 




  • Jenny & Darren Pepper

    Jenny & Darren Pepper

    Jenny and Darren are privileged to be the senior leaders of the Vine Community Church. Jenny and Darren bring different backgrounds to the church with Jenny being from a family of believers while Darren is a first-generation follower of Christ. Jenny co-ordinates for the social outreach for the Vine including the Assist support service and dementia support groups. Jenny and Darren have been married for 20 plus years and they have two children, Alice and Andrew. Darren has a background as an educationalist and works across the UK as a leader in the Education Software and Services Industry.
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 Previous Leadership 



  • Veronica & Dave Podbury

    Veronica & Dave Podbury

    Veronica and Dave Podbury pastored The Vine Community Church for fifteen years concluding October 2018. Veronica has a Masters Degree in Theological and Pastoral Studies from Nottingham University and has been a church pastor since 2000. She has also held various posts in education and is a writer. Dave has a long experience of leading worship and developing Christian outreach for children and adults. He has held a number of senior management posts, most recently as Associate Director of an NHS Trust. Dave and Veronica have three sons, Duncan, Ben and Sam, daughters-in-law Susanna and Nena, and now have four grandsons and a granddaughter, Reuben, Barnaby, Will, Noah and Emilia. All are actively involved in churches in the UK and USA . Dave and Veronica stepped down as the overall leaders of The Vine in October 2018 to concentrate on other ministry opportunities. The blessings of the Vine Community Church go with them as they start their new adventure.
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Summer is here.

Welcome to the Summer update.  
As minds turn to summer holidays and yet more sun, the Vine will take our 'traditional two-week break' followed by the One Event.  We also have exciting news about the Vine Centre



What's on when

Sunday Services

22 July 2018 - Normal Service
29 July 2018 - No Service
05 Aug 2018 - No Service
12 Aug 2018 - Normal Service
19 Aug 2018 - Normal Service
26 Aug 2018 - Join us at the One Event at Lincolnshire Showground
02 Sept 2018 - Normal Service


Mid-Week Groups

Home Groups

The 'Tuesday' & 'Wednesday' mid-week groups are not on during the summer.  They will restart in September.


Community Choir

The Community Choir will not meet in August.
The first rehearsal in September will be the 10th September at 7.30pm

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The Dementia Support group has finished now for the summer and will resume on Wednesday 5th September.

The main Assist service will continue through the summer.

Coffee Connect

Friday the 20th of July will be the last Coffee Connect before the summer.  It will resume on September the 7th.


Thursday Morning Prayer will be on throughout the summer - Prayer powers this place - come and plugin.

Meet at the Vine Centre at 8:45am







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Dear Friends,

Developments at The Vine

Many thanks to all of you who were able to come to the church meeting which we held on 17th June. Unfortunately, a few people were unable to attend and so we thought it would be helpful to set out a note briefly summarising the changes ahead.

You will remember that we looked back briefly over the past year to review some of our activities and the changes and challenges in the church; and we shared the news, among other things, of the future transition in leadership of the Vine.  Over the shared lunch many of us had the chance to talk about these developments and over the last few days, there have been opportunities for the different groups in and around the church to hear about and discuss the news with us.

Veronica and Dave, who were the founding pastors of the church, have led The Vine Community Church for nearly 15 years and believe it is God’s timing to move on and hand overall leadership responsibility to Darren and Jenny and this will take place in November 2018. 

Darren and Jenny have shown, both in their faithfulness, character and leadership skills, how suitable they are to take on this new level of leadership responsibility.  As the leadership team of The Vine the four of us have worked together throughout in such good harmony, purpose and vision – and for Veronica and Dave it has been a great pleasure and gift from God to have Darren and Jenny alongside us in increasing measure of responsibility over these years. We are sure that the whole church will share confidence in them as they respond to this call from God.

Dave and Veronica will be moving on to other ministry opportunities beginning with a mission to Ghana, West Africa, in November. 

The second associated development we described was the decision to become a partner church of Revive–a Hull based church and church network led by Jarrod Cooper. Many of you will have heard Jarrod and other senior members of his team at The One Event over the years. 

Over the past year, we have had increasing links with  Revive and most of you will remember that The Vine has benefited from many inspiring visits from anointed people- including Luke and Nicola Vardy, Andrew Murray, Chris Fleetcroft, and Jonathan Whitehouse.  Late in 2017 Dave and Veronica met with Jarrod Cooper and this resulted in a series of meetings between members of Revive’s senior team and ourselves and our own involvement in some of their meetings and gatherings for local church leaders.

It has quickly become apparent that -like The Vine- Revive has a raw, authentic and passionate approach to our shared Christian mission. They very much share our vision and understanding of what it is to live your life following Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, in the exciting way the Bible describes.

The Revive network encompasses city, town and village churches and we have found that they have shown the same investment, insight and concern and for smaller churches, as they have for the larger town and city-based churches they run. 

The plan to partner with Revive was approved by the church’s trustees earlier in June and represents a ‘heart and spirit’ connection. It will provide a framework of support to the church together with opportunities for mentoring and teaching and access to their conferences and other special events. They will be able to make speakers and teachers available to The Vine for some Sundays and special weekend events here as well. 

The partnership with Revive does not affect our independence as a church and we will continue to be a part of the Ground Level Network as we have been for most of the life of The Vine. However, and most importantly, we believe they will play a significant role in helping us in our journey of increasingly becoming a ‘Presence-filled’ church which is anointed and gifted in the Holy Spirit.

We love the Vine Church - the people in it, the mission it carries from God, and the Presence of God that visitors always remark on when they come through the door, and we are sure that this transition is God-ordained and will bring much fruit in so many ways.

Every blessing,

Veronica, Dave, Darren and Jenny.

The Vine Leadership Team

29 June 2018


The Vine Community Church, Cherry Willingham

1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we? 

The Vine Community Church is the data controller (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The Trustees, Staff and Volunteers of, The Vine Community Church,  Cherry Willingham, complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • To administer membership records; 
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity; 
  • To manage our employees and volunteers; 
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at, or run by The Vine Community Church;
  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution; 
  • To share your contact details, where you have given consent with other organisations who can provide assistance following identification through our voluntary work

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and keep you informed about diocesan events.
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out legal obligations in relation to Gift Aid or under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -
    • the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and 
    • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent. 

5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties with your consent.

6. How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in The Vine Community Church’s Privacy, Security and Data retention policy.

Specifically, we retain membership data while it is still current including for a defined period after contact is lost; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; information relating to voluntary work funded by Grants we retain recipient individual’s data while current and for a determined time past the end of the engagement and/or the grant funding. 

7. Your rights and your personal data  

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the Vine Community Church, Cherry Willingham holds about you; 
  • The right to request that the Vine Community Church, Cherry Willingham corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;  
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the Vine Community Church, Cherry Willingham to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing of your data at any time
  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact: The Data Controller. The Vine Community Church, PO BOX 1236, Lincoln. LN5 5NW.

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.


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