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trekkinMr Spock’s phrase “It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.” never appeared in the Original Series, instead, it was popularised by the 1987 parody song “Star Trekkin’” by the firm, which had many of the generation repeating “It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.”, “Klingons on the starboard bow” and "We come in peace, shoot to kill, shoot to kill, shoot to kill”.  At this point, I feel I should apologise to anyone I have ‘ear wormed’ and say to anyone who has never heard the song, “relax it is probably better that way”.

The phrase though does seem to sum up life as we are currently experiencing it.   I am writing this article 24 hours into the further relaxation of lockdown, where pubs and restaurants and, most importantly, hairdressers and barbers have been allowed to open.    “It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.”, sums up where we find ourselves.  We are able to return somewhat to the activities that we used to be able to do freely but this is no return to normal.  The necessary restrictions and changes to be ‘Covid Secure’ mean that things are not the same. It’s life but not as we knew it.

In terms of Church, we have moved to online services and meetings only.  We are looking at the guidance as to how we may be able to meet physically once more including opening the building for the library.  In some ways it is church Jim, but not as we know it.    In other ways, it is ‘church’ just as it always has been. It has met to praise and worship God, it has met to support and encourage each other , and it has stepped up to provide help and aid to the village and surrounding area. 

In short, the church (the church being the people within) has tried its best to respond to Jesus’ words …“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.” Luke 10:27. In many ways this is life, just as we have always known it.

The world may be different today compared to this time last year but I pray: That for each of us we are able to adapt to the restrictions on our activities.  That we find ways to see the good in this world, ways to see God in this world and for each of us to find ways to be the good in this world. – Amen.”

 

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Sunday, 05 July 2020 12:13

What is normal anyway?

During July the ‘lock down’ is being relaxed.  While I have some trepidation about the consequences of this if as a population we don’t act responsibly; I am relieved that we are returning some normality to life.  Though it won’t be normal as we know it.  There will be continuing restrictions, the nervousness of previously familiar situations and new habits to learn: not shaking hands, one-way systems and keeping 2m (or is it 1m) apart wherever we are.

As part of this relaxation of restrictions, places of worship can open, firstly for prayer and then for some aspect of worship.  I found this announcement amusing in that prayer isn’t reliant on a building, and although the building can host people, many of the familiar aspects of worship such as singing and even socialising between groups is still prohibited.   This won’t be normal as we know it, but I do welcome the ability to be inside a church building even if it will be different.  The other reason I found this amusing is that the Church never really shut, it closed the building, but church is more than bricks, stone, glass and mortar.  While the building was not available to us.

  • We worshipped online with our services on YouTube and Facebook serving both our church and engaging with people who would never step in a church building. 
  • We have met together on Zoom for prayer, for social events and meetings.No mean feat for some less comfortable with technology 
  • We have continued to serve the community through ‘Assist’. Joining with others to provide support for the most vulnerable in the area and those advised to self-isolate.
  • We have continued our kids' activities for children of the village through TST Online- see the rainbow’s on the Vine Centre window as you pass.

I have seen a similar thing in my work in industry with people working differently, overcoming some challenges of lockdown but enjoying unexpected benefits of a better work-life balance.   We have taken an extraordinary situation and made it a new normal.   As lockdown is relaxed and things open up, I hope (and pray) that we can take the best of the ‘lockdown normal’ and blend it with the best of the ‘pre-lockdown normal’ to have a new normal, that is different to but better than before.    

If you're surprised that churches never really shut have a look at your local church’s website or Facebook page.  It is likely to be awash with opportunities and activities. 

 

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Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:00

Window Shopping

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During this time of ‘lockdown’, we have all had to adapt to shopping in different ways.  Whether that is the weekly delivery of a mystery food parcel for those isolating and shielding.  The weekly delivery of a mystery food parcel, that is an online grocery shop full of ‘substitutions’. Or you or loved ones may have ventured to the store, to wait in line, two meters apart, disinfect your trolley handle and spend the next forty minutes trying to choose food without touching it, plan a route around the one-way system that gets you everything in one pass before kick yourself when you realise that you have forgotten something near the beginning of the store. All without getting too close to others.  

Shopping for non-food items has inevitably caused us to turn towards the internet stores.  While most experiences of buying online are positive there are numerous stories of people whose purchases have not lived up to expectation. From those that got more than they bargained for and order 100s of the same item, not realising they were buying a wholesale lot, to the people who ordered goods that were not the correct size. Like the lady who tried to buy a new ladle and received a giant catering one or the man who ordered deckchairs and received ones only big enough to sit your Mobile Phone on; he did comment he thought they were unbelievably cheap.  

Buying online can be an ‘interesting’ experience but it does come with some benefits, you have the chance to view the items at lots of places, comparing the goods. You avoid the overly eager shop assistant who pounces on unsuspecting customers as they enter the store. In short, you can take your time, and there is no pressure.

The Vine, like many churches, has moved its services ‘on-line’ during this time.  Sky News reports that more people than ever are engaging with an online church service or content. I guess part of this like online shopping is people can ‘check out’ what is going on, they can compare and there is no danger of the over church leader pouncing on them as they enter the door.   

Why not give this window shopping a try?  Whether it is the Vine’s services (www.thevinecommunitychurch.org.uk/vineonline) or one of Revd. Penny’s online services for the village on facebook or maybe something from elsewhere (this page has over a dozen online services listed  www.groundlevel.org.uk/directory) You will find a whole range of styles, music and people. Now is a great time to window shop, fulfil your curiosity, demolish a few stereotypes. You never know you might find something you like.  

 

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Friday, 15 May 2020 08:46

TKC 2020 - Joint Churches

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A series of reflections from the churches in Reepham, Fiskerton and Cherry Willingham for TKC 2020

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 10:56

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During this time of ‘lockdown’, I have found my life patterns have changed. I have had time to do and to watch things that I would not normally. One thing I watched was an online video where they placed two strangers in a room and asked them to give their first impressions of each other, to the camera in front of the other person. The other person then told their life story.  It was a social experiment about how our preconceptions and first impressions affect who we engage with, who we speak too, who we even acknowledge in the street. 

The current COVID-19 situation has left many people lonely and isolated.  It has meant people that ordinarily would be self-sufficient and able to get on with life on their own, needing the help of others to do basic things like getting food or collecting medicine.

It has also caused a change in the way lots of people have acted in response.  This time last year, who would have imagined the sheer number of people who would volunteer to help in the response to this situation either through local and national volunteering initiatives or just by pushing a note through neighbours doors saying ‘I’m here can I help?’.  Who would have imagined that as you walk down the road almost everyone you meet acknowledges you, says ‘hello’ or asks if you are ok? Who would have thought that we would stand out clapping for our health and support workers when normally we would give them no thought? 

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Our world seems to have changed, I wonder how many preconceptions have had to be put aside as neighbours of different generations help each other or a volunteer who you have never met delivers medicine or calls for a chat. 

In Ecclesiastes 4: it says 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

How true these words are.  It is better to go through life together, with each other and for those of us that believe, with God.   I hope and pray that when life returns to more like normal, whatever that is, we keep some of these changes, that we, as a society continue to put aside our preconceptions and continue to care.  Two are better off than one, for they can help each other, succeed.

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 10:16

VineOnline - Service Videos

You can watch this week's Sunday Service  on our facebook page or on our youtube channel at 11:00am 

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20/09/20 Live Service - Have you heard the one about the three tax collectors?

 

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Previous services

13/09/20  Let your praise be like incense

 

06/09/20 A wedding dress of filthy rags

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30/08/20 Why there is no service this week 

23/08/20 Prophets & Intercessors

 

16/08/20 Prisons

09/08/20 Walls

 

02/08/20 Storms

26/07/20 Letters of Authority

 

 

19/07/20 No More Empty Lives 

12/07/20 Growing Spiritual Fruit

 

05/07/20 Out of the Wilderness

28/06/20 Spiritual Gifts 4

21/06/20 Spiritual Gifts 3

14/06/20 Spiritual Gifts 2 

07/06/20 Spiritual Gifts 1

31/05/20 Pentecost 

 

 

10/05/20 Waiting 

17/05/20 Do you know Him?

10/05/20 A Meal that Heals

03/05/20 Better Together

 

26/04/20  Born for the Mountain

19/04/20  Easter is over, so what ! ? 

012/04/2020 Easter Service - from Peter's Perspective

05/04/2020 Judas

 

 

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A series of reflections from the churches in Reepham, Fiskerton and Cherry Willingham.

Saturday, 04 April 2020 16:55

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Sunday, 22 March 2020 09:32

National day of prayer - Cornonavirus

Light a candle of hope: A national call to prayer

We are joining with churches across the nation this Mothering Sunday, 22nd March

At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

There are already stories being told of wonderful acts of kindness across neighbourhoods. This is seen in the three local villages and beyond.  We are fully committed to the practical action that is required  even if this as as small as taking the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated.  We are also committed to prayer which is especially important at such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5.7

Read more about the national day of prayer at Churches Together in England, The Evangelical Alliance, The Church of England,  The Methodist Church, The Church of Scotland

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