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“It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.”

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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Coronavirus Information

  • Join use for this week's Sunday Service from 11:00 this Sunday either in person -( you must pre-book by contacting us prior to the service) or online.  This week we will be live streaming the service.   If the stream has a problem we will post the video later on Sunday so please check back.

     

     

    Catch up on previous content on our Youtube Channel via this website or on our facebook page 

     

     

  • Coronavirus Update

     

    The Prime Minister announced the return to public worship services from 4th ;July 2020. Well, sort of...

    The guidance makes it is clear that this return to public worship is not a return to public worship as we would have known it prior to March 2020.

    The guidance limits numbers, prohibits singing (classified as a risky activity), hugging, handshaking, raised voices. But we are free to join together (safely) and worship.

     

    From Septeber 6th 2020 we will return to limited Sunday Serices while maintaining access to the service online.

    For those wishing to attend on a Sunday we will email details each week to allow you to book attendance at the service.  If you do not recieve an email from us currently we would encourage you to join our email list.

    Face coverings will have to be worn at all times and we will have reduced capcity.  

     

     

    All other activities will remain suspended or will only operate online.

     

    We will keep watching the guidance, both the high-level announcements and the detail that follows, that is often not quite the same. As things change we will, consider and react appropriately.

    This is a time to be both bold in our faith and actions and responsible.

     

     

    We never closed

     

    While it is easy to look forward to meeting together and I look forward to this as much as anyone, it is important to remember we never closed. While the building was not available to us:

    We worshipped online with our services on Youtube and Facebook. I know may of you have and many more people that would not already have attended a physical church have engaged with the online services.

    We have met together on Zoom for Sunday night prayer, being joined by other Christians from the area.

    We have met together on Zoom for our mid-week groups, continuing our exploration of discipleship.

    We have engaged with local, regional and national events online both receiving great input and publishing video content for Lincoln City Churches group, Hope Together, Groundlevel and others as well as taking part in live meetings with a range of groups.

    Our social outreach Assist has continued to provide support for the most vulnerable in the area, increasing its provision through partnership with others during this time. We do not see this need abating any time soon.

    We have engaged with the children of the village through TST Online and the Video content 'Freya Speaks'

    We have kept in touch with each other as best we can.

    We have not closed, we have adapted and God has provided great opportunities to work with others and to reach people who would not consider stepping inside 'the church'. 

  • Working alongside other churches in the village and key community leaders we have provided joined up service for the most vulnerable and isolated.

    We advise all citizens to seek help and offer help to family, friends and neighbours first.  beyond this we have implemented a dedicated telephone service that connects those in need with over 150 volunteers.

    Now the inital Covid response has ended the organisation of further support has been moved into Assist - a project run by the Vine Community Church.  The email address and phone number has been maintained and are being activly monitored

    Request Assistance  0333 772 6021  or by emailing cc@assistlincs.org.uk

     

    The following leaflet was posted through every letterbox (we hope) in the three villages.

     

    CV19leaflet

     

     

     

  • We are now providing:


    • Physical Sunday Services - Limited attendance, Covid-secure and must be prebooked


    • Online access to Sunday Services
    • Online content for TST via our Facebook page 
    • Online Sunday Night Prayer via Zoom
    • Online Midweek Studay groups via Zoom
    • Assist One-to-one Support
    • Post Office Outreach

     



    We are activly preparing to reopen:



    • Library Services with a tentative start date week commencing October 1st

     



    These things will not run until further notice:



    • Physical Sunday Services
    • TST
    • Souled Out
    • Coffee Connect
    • Alpha
    • Physical home groups
    • Physical Monthly Prayer Nights
    • Assist Dementia groups.
    • Home (connect) groups.
    • Library Service
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  • Chilli in the eye - Again!

    chili 2282 640There I stood anticipating the stinging pain and knowing that I had little choice.  I put my fingers to my eye and ouch! Instant pain, blurred vision, watery eyes and the knowledge I had to do it again with the other eye. I have been a contact lens wearer for the best part of thirty years. You would have thought by now that I would have worked out that if I take my contact lenses out before I chop chilli peppers then I could avoid a world of pain and discomfort. 

    This time of year, sees many young adults leave for university or similar.  As they go, like many parents, I hope that my children will not have to go through the same pains of growing up that I endured.  But some pain is inevitable as our children find their own feet in the world and in some ways, it is necessary for growth and independence.  As parents we try to teach our children good ways to live, strategies to cope and to be there when things ‘do go not as well as they could have’.

    I am reminded of the story of the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit. With their newfound knowledge, they thought they knew it all and could take on the world. We tend to focus on God expelling them from the Garden but in verse 21 of Genesis, there is a beautiful touching detail that is generally overlooked. Having dismissed Adam and Eve from the Garden, we are told that “The Lord God made garments of skins for the man and his wife, and clothed them.”  It mattered that they had got things wrong. Adam and Eve felt the pain and the consequences. Equally, it didn’t matter that they had got things wrong, the perennial love of the parent shines through in this protective gesture.

    This is a picture of God that is often repeated and a model of parenthood that I aspire to.  No matter what happens, how often mistakes are made or repeated, there is always a way back, there is always support, there is always someone to restore us.  

    So why the story about the chillies?  Well, simple, it reminds me that if we can avoid making the same mistake again and again, we should, that is common sense. If we keep making the same mistake, although we can expect the same outcome, pain there will always be a loving father as concerned about us as the first time we made the mistake waiting to accept and comfort us.  I pray that I can be that sort of dad as my children go off into the world.          

    I also hope I remember to take my contact lenses out before I chop chillies again.

     

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  • Don't be denied by tinted opinions

    DirtywindowsRecently many students received their exam results, and it can be a difficult time for many students as they feel that the grades on those pieces of paper are defining their lives and telling them what they will and won’t be able to achieve in their futures. 

    But it isn’t just exam results that put those tags and labels over our heads. It happens more than we’d probably like to think, in our jobs, in clothing choices, in the world’s beauty standards or even in our relationships.  All of these things allow others to put labels on our heads and cause our lives to become defined by others. We’re constantly being compared to each other and even the unattainable.  Just take a look at the beauty industry or social media to see. It is all too believe that in the eyes of those around us and often in ourselves we feel we are always failing. We start to believe these words spoken over us and the comparisons that are made are a true representation of us, are forever and can’t be changed. 

    Despite the fact that it is normal to be judged every second of our lives whether that be in a professional setting, examinations or through the critical eye of those who watch us on Social Media or in life.    I do not believe that we should let the words, the comparisons and the value that others place on our lives, define us today. 

    Jesus was once confronted with a woman the community wanted to stone.  The labels on her were not great, whether or not they were true was immaterial. Jesus saw that the labels did not reflect the nature of the woman and treated her with dignity and compassion.  Challenging the faultless amongst the community to throw the first stone, He reset the community’s critical comparison of the woman.   

    This week I read a modern parable that goes like this:

    A young couple moved into a new house. 

    The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbour hanging the washing outside.

    "That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better soap powder. 

    Her husband looked on, remaining silent.

    Every time her neighbour hung her washing out to dry, the young woman made the same comments.

    A month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, "Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?"

    The husband replied, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows."

    And so it is with life… What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.

    So don’t be too quick to judge others, especially if your perspective of life is clouded by anger, jealousy, negativity or unfulfilled desires.

    "Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are."

    — Jonathan Kestenbaum

    Each of us is capable of change:

    • You can always change your story and disprove the words people say over You.
    • You can also positively affect others through kindly applying new labels to them that reflects their true worth. 
    • You can recognise that others view you through the lens of their experience and that can give a false view of you.

    I believe that we should only let the words that are actually true determine how we view ourselves and what decisions we make in life. Not the ‘tinted’ opinions of others.

    I believe that God has so many true and positive words to say over us, I believe that he loves us, cherishes us, and believes that we are a work of art and worthy of good things. 

    So instead of believing that we aren’t enough, I think we need to start trying to believe the words that God says over our lives and let them define us and our lives so that we allow ourselves to love ourselves for who God says we are.   We can then start to accept ourselves just as God already accepts us.

    If you need something to balance out the critical views of others and see your true worth. Ask God what he thinks about you.

     

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Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 01 @08:45
Thursday Morning Prayer
Fri Oct 02 @08:00
CANCELLED - Coffee Connect
Fri Oct 02 @19:00
CANCELLED - Souled Out
Sat Oct 03 @14:00
CANCELLED That Saturday Thing!
Sun Oct 04 @11:00
Sunday Service - during Covid
Sun Oct 04 @19:00
Online Sunday Evening Prayer
Wed Oct 07 @20:00
Online - Connect Groups.
Thu Oct 08 @08:45
Thursday Morning Prayer