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To Join us on an interactive adventure you need a map and the app.

 

 

The Map

We have a limited amount we can send to you just ask - Contact Us  or you can Download the map here

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The APP

You will need the App on your smart phone or tablet.

Download the app here:

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Instructions for the app can be found here.

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The app will feature daily games and videos which will all be delivered through augmented reality, bringing the map to life.!

This will l still work with the augmented reality app, whether printed in colour or black and white or used on the screen of another device.

More things to pass the time.

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Bonus Activities

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Family Prayer Adventure Journal

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The Family Prayer Adventure podcasts

The Family Prayer Adventure podcasts are a fun and engaging way to help families pray together. There is one following each daily theme of Thy Kingdom Come, and they are about 10-12 minutes long. They feature a game, an interactive Bible story, a chance to pray and great music.You can use them alongside the Interactive Adventure map.

Available on most PodCast Services and sound cloud

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

This week's services.

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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

 

 

Watch Services from previous weeks or subscribe to our podcast 

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This page was updated on 10-09-2020

Following on from recent announcements from the government on the relaxation of certain elements of 'lockdown' and changes to the number of people who can congregate both inside and outside we are providing an update on how this affects the Assist and Library Services and you as volunteers/staff.

 

Library

The decision as to when and how to open the Library is a joint one taken between LCC, Greenwich Leisure (who administer the library service) and the Vine.  

All parties have hard to consider what reopening will look like and what precautions and changes to the service will be required.

LCC and Greenwich leisure are being incredibly supportive of the volunteer library groups and are providing details as they have them.  

At present a modified Library Service, with reduced hours, limited numbers of customers and modifications to some services is planned to start the week commencing October 1st. This is of course subject to change.

Volunteers are being informed and trained in new systems and processes.

The priority in reopening will be the safety of staff and clients. 

 

 

Assist 1-2-1 Support

To comply with Covid guidance and following an assessment of risk we have determined that our volunteers should not enter others peoples homes other than in limited exceptional circumstances.  We, therefore, do not anticipate operating physical support services other than those we offer through the COVID support line. (collecting and delivering food, prescriptions etc)

We will continue to operate telephone support services for both Assist clients and those who contact through the COVID support line.

Assist Dementia Group

There are no plans to restart the dementia group at this time.  We are reviewing the changed guidance on groups from multiple households (not exceeding six persons) being able to meet.  However, we need to balance this opportunity and the benefits it brings against the risk this may pose to clients and volunteers. Amongst the group are vulnerable individuals that make may make attendance inappropriate for their safety. This coupled with the 'close contact' nature of the group and transport needs of individuals make the operation of the group a high-risk activity.  We will continue to monitor this and reappraise the situation as guidance and circumstances change.  

Overall

We continue to consider new guidance and how each of our services should respond to deliver a positive service to our clients while not compromising on client and volunteer/worker safety, which is our prime concern

 

 

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Update of 26-06-2020

Following on from recent announcements from the government on the relaxation of certain elements of 'lockdown' we are providing an update on how this affects the Assist and Library Services and you as volunteers/staff.

 

Assist 1-2-1 Support

Government guidance has not changed regarding entering other homes, other than in limited circumstances.  We, therefore, do not anticipate operating physical support services other than those we offer through the COVID support line. (collecting and delivering food, prescriptions etc)

We will continue to operate telephone support services for both Assist clients and those who contact through the COVID support line.

Assist Dementia Group

There are no plans to restart the dementia group at this time.  

Amongst the group are vulnerable individuals that make this inappropriate for their safety. This coupled with the 'close contact' nature of the group and transport needs of individuals make the operation of the group a high-risk activity that we do not feel is appropriate to consider reopening at this time.  We also not that the recent  overall guidance announcing the changes from 4 July, contains the statement 'people are advised not to interact socially with anyone outside the group with which they are attending any given place.'  this effectively prevents the operation of the dementia group, even if we wished to restart this.

 

Library

The decision as to when and how to open the Library will be a joint one taken between LCC, Greenwich Leisure (who administer the library service) and the Vine.  Until all parties are happy that the service can be operated safely and will provide value to the local community the service will not restart even if Government Guidance allows it.

All parties are working hard to consider what any form of reopening will look like and what precautions and changes to the service will be required.

LCC and Greenwich leisure are being incredibly supportive of the volunteer library groups and are providing details as they have them.  They have made it abundantly clear that there will be no expectation on us to re-open your site at short notice.  

When a decision is made to re-open we will work collectively to determine both the needs for the Vine Centre site and the most appropriate time to consider re-opening.  

There is much to consider and do before this being a possibility.  When this is the case it is currently envisaged that the first activity will not see the site open to the public but will be activity aimed at realigning the stock levels, as you will appreciate, reservations have not been collected, the stock has not been rotated, returned books have not been checked in.  This will need to be resolved first.

When the service does start the plan is to initially open the Core Sites (Lincoln Main Library etc) only after which will Community Hubs, like ours, be considered. 

It is clear that when this happens the service will be different and maybe restricted, at least initially to the return of books and the collection of reservations. As these activities are easier to implement the necessary protections for both customers and volunteers.

Only after this first stage will any consideration be given to allowing customers to browse in limited numbers, the implications of this are still being worked through as are the prospects of allowing customers access to the computer facilities should they be able to enter the building.

To reiterate there is currently no plan to restart library services from the Vine Centre.

 

Overall

We continue to consider new guidance and how each of our services should respond to deliver a positive service to our clients while not compromising on client and volunteer/worker safety, which is our prime concern

 

 

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Updated 23-03-2020 

This is an update to the information on Coronavirus that we are issuing to all staff and volunteers as part of our duty of care to you, our clients and the general public
 

Following the Prime Ministers press conference on Monday 23rd March 2020, physical distancing has been mandated with the instruction to stay at for other than for the most essential, limited reasons.  Other than food shops and essential services, all shops and premises have been ordered to close this includes the suspension of all gatherings and ceremonies other than funerals and the closure of all leisure facilities including libraries

This means all Vine groups, services, social activities and gatherings and most community outreach activities are being suspended until further notice.  

What does this mean in practice

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.
  • Third Thursday Book Club
  • Library Service

 

These things will continue to run:

  • Assist One-to-one Support

 

Our absolute priority remains to be the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone within the Vine and those we serve.

Taking care of ourselves

We  encourage you to use the official government website(s) as the official source of advice and information.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


We will continue to update our approach as the situation changes via our website : http://bit.ly/volunteer-coronavirus

 

 

Thank you for the efforts you put in as a volunteer or member of staff.
We appreciate the uncertainty of these times and value your commitment and flexibility as we try to provide a proportionate response while still being able to serve those that need it. 

I would like to reiterate that everything we do will be based on the current advice and that our absolute priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone within Assist, the Vine and those we serve.
 
Jenny & Darren

 

 

 

This page was updated on 10-09-2020

 

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'. 

 

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 Update of 23-03-2020

Following the Prime Ministers press conference on Monday 23rd March 2020, physical distancing has been mandated with the instruction to stay at for other than for the most essential, limited reasons.  Other than food shops and essential services, all shops and premises have been ordered to close this includes the suspension of all gatherings and ceremonies other than funerals and the closure of all leisure facilities including libraries.

This means all Vine groups, services, social activities and gatherings and most community outreach activities are being suspended until further notice.  

Information on streamed service and virtual mid week meetings has been circulated.  If you wish to find out more please see the coronavirus information on the home page and contact us.

We are one church, we are a family.  We are all positioned to provide support, connection, reassurance and prayer for each other. 

If you are unwell in any way, please do let us know so we can pray for you. We may not always be able to visit in person at this time, but we will be in touch by phone to chat, pray and help you trust and draw on God.
 

What does this mean in practice

 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.
  • Third Thursday Book Club
  • Library Service

These things will continue to run:

  • Assist One-to-one Support

Our absolute priority remains to be the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone within the Vine and those we serve.


Assist one-to-one support.

The service will continue to operate but will primarily operate through non-contact or extremely limited contact operating procedures with Volunteers being encouraged to telephone clients.  Volunteers will not enter clients homes as standard practice.
We continue to closely monitoring the official government guidance as well as current best practice and will alter our approach further as this changes.

 

Current Action being taken by by The Vine

We will…

  • Send instructions to all staff members and volunteers on good personal hygiene practices
  • Instruct all home visitors to check the person they are visiting is not self isolating before visiting and not to enter the property
  • Ask everyone who exhibits any cold or flu like symptoms or Coronavirus specific symptoms to follow the current advice.
  • Regularly update our decision on services, meetings and operational activities as guidance is received.
  • Regularly update our advice to you, the latest of which will always be available at http://bit.ly/vinecoronavirus 

 

Taking care of ourselves

We  encourage you to use the official government website(s) as the official source of advice and information.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Further help on self isolation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Again we would also request that you inform us of this so that we can support you both in prayer and if necessary in other ways this is of course at your discretion if you wish to inform us or not.

We will continue to update our approach as the situation changes via our website : http://bit.ly/vinecoronavirus

The Vine's wider response

We will continue to pray for every individual affected in any way by this virus and are thankful for the Church who is able to rise up in these situations to bring hope, peace and care in times of fear. We are called to love our neighbours including the least in our society and we will look how we can do this in a sensible and practical way.  

The Church is in some ways uniquely positioned to be of service at this time. 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



As a church leadership team we love you, are praying for you and we know that God is with us all.  Can I encourage you all to join the online sessions we are hosting.

 
Jenny & Darren

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

Lincoln

LN3 4JL

You can find us here:

 

 

 

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.

dandj

 

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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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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A collection of the latest news and articles from The Vine

  • 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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  • “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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