How to make biblically based decisions

Making decisions under pressure is tough; the dangers and long-term consequences of making the wrong choice can be huge. Fear of being wrong can force us into not making a decision at all, while desperation can lead us to decisions we’ll live to regret.

Read Veronica's latest blog for the American Bible Society's "Blog.bible" site.

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Every Contact Leaves a Trace

image.png Have you heard of this principle?  Evidently (sorry about the pun!) it’s a basic concept of forensic science – that when two people or things or places come into contact in any way, there’s always a trace left. The contact time can be extremely brief, a fleeting forgotten moment, but nevertheless, a trace is left behind.  If you’re a fan of any of the police/detective series so popular at present, you probably know quite a lot about this field already.  But for all of us, it’s an amazing idea – wherever you’ve been and whoever you’ve been with, you’ve left a trace of yourself there.  You have changed the scene, leaving evidence of your presence. 

This is a thought-provoking idea, especially for any of us who sometimes feel insignificant, unnoticed, or even invisible. Even when you’re feeling you don’t make any difference, and nobody has noticed you, the fact is, every time you go anywhere, you actually change the place, whether you’re aware of it or not.

Thinking about this I have gained a new insight into what is actually happening when I walk past some people at the bus stop, my feet making contact with the pavement each step I take, or when I sit on a seat on the train (which seat shall I choose? and who shall I sit next to, my sleeve touching theirs?)  I know now that whoever I touch, even briefly, I will leave a little of myself with them.  A few molecules will pass from me to them, sticking to them, remaining after I have forgotten I’ve ever seen the person or shared a space with them. Does this sound freaky? Or a surprising insight into how interconnected we are, and actually how powerful each of us is.  We’re all changing the world constantly, as we move about, as we live, as we breathe. Perhaps a few molecules, tiny particles of hair or skin, don’t seem to matter, but the words we say, perhaps carelessly or moodily, or the touch of a hand, can remain with people long after we’ve left the scene…for better or worse, we can’t take it back.

Knowing we are constantly changing the world around us, for better or worse, should be a wake-up call. Today I read in my Bible,

 “Be very careful then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…Therefore do not be foolish…”  

I shall try to keep this in mind today, remembering that everything I do, everything I touch, everything I say, leaves a trace.

 

               Veronica           

Revd Veronica Podbury, Pastor of The Vine Community Church

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The value we place on blood

Having sat waiting for the best part of an hour it would have been easy to have given up and gone home without donating but I had waited this long and anyway, this was my sixty-seventh donation so waiting a little longer wouldn’t hurt. I’ve been a blood donor since a few days after my eighteenth birthday. Originally going just to find out my blood group, I was soon going every few months. Although I have always been aware that the blood donated goes on to help others, the NHS Blood and Transplant Service (as it is now known) and its predecessors have always done a great job of educating the public of the value of blood, but to be honest to me it is background information to what has become a routine or habit.

Greenshot 2018 02 17 10.27.55Eventually, I was called forward the staff were apologetic for the delay and professional as ever. I signed the necessary forms and felt the stab of the ‘finger prick’ test. All good, not anaemic, so all ready to donate. I sat on a chair as the donor assistant prepared the bags and tubes that would receive my donation. As she stuck on the various hi-tech barcoded stickers, she also started to tie on a paper parcel tag, “An extra label for you”, she noted. I looked quizzically, intrigued by the comment and the antiquated paper label being tied to the sterile equipment. “Your blood is going to a neonatal unit for babies, look it says ‘neo’ on your donation form”. A warm feeling spread across me as the value of my blood suddenly became more real than any donation I had given before. Having briefly visited a neonatal Intensive care unit when my son was born I was struck by the potential this donation had to change the lives of young and old and to bring hope to those in despair.

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Christmas Special Service

Start your Christmas in style join us for: Carols, Drama, Mince pies and a festive atmosphere for all the Family.

 

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Data Privacy Notice

DATA PRIVACY NOTICE

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 https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.



 

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Encounter with Andrew Murray

  • 28 January 2018 |
  • Published in Vineinfo

DSC 3553 206x300Join ANDREW MURRAY and the Vine Community Church in ENCOUNTERING GOD POWERFULLY. LINGERING IN GOD’S PRESENCE, BEING  REFRESHED AND EMPOWERED, HEALED AND RESTORED.

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Encounter Evening - time to be confirmed

11:Feb

Sunday Serice with guest speaker Andrew Murray

 

 

About Andrew 

 

 

 

 

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New Events for 2017

Exciting new events for 2017

The Vine Community Church and Vine Centre have a number of new events for 2017.

Why not Check them out?

  • Souled Out

    Souled Out-   Pizza, Games Life and Faith Run by the Vine Community Church and aimed at teenagers  Souled Out  - A safe and fun atmosphere to Eat Pizza and explore life. Held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month 7:00pm - 8:30pm     Read More
  • That Saturday Thing!

    A twice monthly event for 7-11 years olds.  Held on the first and third Saturday of the month Fun, Games & activities 2-3pm every other Saturday at the Vine Centre Cherry Willingham      All volunteers and staff hold current DBS certificates.   Want to come - please print out this Read More
  • Coffee Connect

    Coffee Connect is a weekly friendship group for all ages.   As the name suggests it is a safe an welcoming place to drink coffee and connect. Fridays 10:30am at the Vine Centre   Read More
  • Essential Spanish

    Ever wanted to Learn Spanish?  Holiday Coming up? Essential Spanish for anyone 6:30pm Tuesdays The Vine Centre.     Read More
  • Free Guitar Lessons

    Ever wanted to play the Guitar? Give it a go. Free Guitar lessons  Wednesdays 3:45pm 30-45 minutes per session.   No Guitar- don't worry come along and try one of ours. Read More
  • IT support sessions

    Want help getting around the internet. Not a clue how to tweet, post or upload? Want to trace your family roots but the technology puts you off? Come and try our Free IT support sessions Thursday 1:30pm at the Vine Centre. Read More
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That Saturday Thing!

A twice monthly event for 7-11 years olds.  Held on the first and third Saturday of the month

Fun, Games & activities 2-3pm every other Saturday at the Vine Centre Cherry Willingham 

 

 

All volunteers and staff hold current DBS certificates.

Saturday thing

 

Want to come - please print out this page and fill in the information below.

 

Please bring this half of the card completed with you on the day 

 

Name ______________________________ 

 

Age _______________________________ 

 

Name of parent/carer _______________________________________ 

 

Emergency contact details ________________________________________

 

Any allergies or health issues we should be aware of. _______________________________________ 

 

 

 

Parent / carer signature, _______________________________________ 

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Mpeketoni Relief

  • 24 November 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

Kenya FlagDuring June 2014 we were alerted to violent attacks taking place in the town of Mpeketoni in Eastern Kenya

Buildings were burned down, and 60 non Muslim men were singled out to be killed in front of their wives and families, leaving 50 widows and 142 fatherless children. 

 New Life Home Trust leader, Meleckson Dalano, met with the widows and local church leaders to find out what help we can offer them. 

Their greatest desire is for their children, particularly those in secondary school, to continue their education which will bring the hope of a brighter future for the children and their families.

 Partnering with New Life Homes Trust, the Vine Community Church has sent a significant donation to help provide schooling for the Orphaned Children.

 This weekend 22/11/2014 saw the BBC Report further killings of non muslims this time in the North of Kenya.  

Please join with us in praying for all concerned in these atrocities. We know from contact with New Life Homes Trust that there is as much comfort in those concerned knowing that others are  praying  for their situation and caring for them as there is from material support.

 

 

 

 

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Royal Junior Academy

  • 14 May 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

The Vine no longer activly supports the Royal Junior Academy having provided for the immediate needs of land,  a safe source of water and a hardship fund.  The following is for historical information only.

 

The Royal Junior Academy is a day preparatory and primary school.

The school is located at Akala market, 40km West of Kisumu city in western Kenya.

Royal Junior Academy was established in 2009 as a response to the government's appeal to the civil society and the private sector to complement government efforts in providing alternative education to her citizens, following the declaration of free primary education in the country with the resultant influx of pupils without corresponding provision for adequate teachers and facilities.

In western Kenya for instance, a classroom would have as many as 110 pupils in public schools. This has greatly compromised the quality of education.

The introduction of Royal Junior Academy has been a great relief to the pupils and parents in Akala in their quest for quality education in a favorable learning environment. Currently, the school has grown to grade 4, with a population of 124 pupils, served by 7 teachers and 1 support staff.


The school provides sponsorship to ensure a number of needy children are not able to pay the minimum fees charged by the school. At the moment the number of sponsored children account for 10% of the total student population. They also receive donations of books and uniforms as the school is enabled to provide. The school also provides a feeding program to ensure students are recieve adequate basic nutition

The Vine has supported the academy by providing funding to purchase desks and for the building of toilets to allow students safe, and hygenic basic sanitation.

Summer 2011 will see a team from the Vine return to the academey. Following a sponsored 10k run in Woodhall Spa it is hoped the team will see the money raised being transformed into two new classrooms including desks for 20 students.

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For a full profile of the school click here  

 

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That Saturday Thing!

A twice monthly event for 7-11 years olds.  Held on the first and third Saturday of the month

Fun, Games & activities 2-3pm every other Saturday at the Vine Centre Cherry Willingham 

 

 

All volunteers and staff hold current DBS certificates.

Saturday thing

 

Want to come - please print out this page and fill in the information below.

 

Please bring this half of the card completed with you on the day 

 

Name ______________________________ 

 

Age _______________________________ 

 

Name of parent/carer _______________________________________ 

 

Emergency contact details ________________________________________

 

Any allergies or health issues we should be aware of. _______________________________________ 

 

 

 

Parent / carer signature, _______________________________________ 

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Youth & Children's Work

The Vine Community Church values all children and young people irrespective of their personality, ability or background. It aims to enable each and every one of them to reach their full potential in Jesus Christ.

We do this by facilitating events and activities that help children and young people to

  • Form friendships with each other
  • Grow in their knowledge of God
  • Mature in relationship with Him,
  • Discover, develop and utilize their natural gifts and the gifts of the Holy Spirit from an early age.

 

Children

 

Sundays
These events and activities for children aged 0-11 consist of KidZone on Sunday mornings 

 

Mid Week


Souled Out - Aimed at 11 -14 year olds.  Souled Out contains Great Christian teaching in a safe and fun atmosphere.

 

GoWild - Great activities for 7 -11 years.  Saturday, once a month.

 


The Mix

For those young people aged 12-18 there is The Mix fortnightly on Friday nights.  Full of exciting activities mixed with the opportunity to talk about life's biggest question.


Youth Connect 

A more focused discipleship session for all 11-16 year olds who want to find out what Christianity is all about. Loads of fun and eats as well.


 

 

 

 

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KidZone

All children are an important part of the Vine and The Vine Community Church ensures that they are treated as importantly as any adult.

The Vine runs a dynamic programme introducing our Children to God and what he can mean for their lives. Urban Saints  resources are used which are interactive and make use of stories, songs, games and crafts as well as bible verses and prayer.

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IT support sessions

Want help getting around the internet.

Not a clue how to tweet, post or upload?

Want to trace your family roots but the technology puts you off?

Come and try our Free IT support sessions Thursday 1:30pm at the Vine Centre.

it support sessions

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Free Guitar Lessons

Ever wanted to play the Guitar?

Give it a go.

Free Guitar lessons 

Wednesdays 3:45pm 30-45 minutes per session.

 

No Guitar- don't worry come along and try one of ours.

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Coffee Connect

Coffee Connect is a weekly friendship group for all ages.  

As the name suggests it is a safe an welcoming place to drink coffee and connect.

Fridays 10:30am at the Vine Centre

 

coffee connect

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Mpeketoni Relief

  • 24 November 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

Kenya FlagDuring June 2014 we were alerted to violent attacks taking place in the town of Mpeketoni in Eastern Kenya

Buildings were burned down, and 60 non Muslim men were singled out to be killed in front of their wives and families, leaving 50 widows and 142 fatherless children. 

 New Life Home Trust leader, Meleckson Dalano, met with the widows and local church leaders to find out what help we can offer them. 

Their greatest desire is for their children, particularly those in secondary school, to continue their education which will bring the hope of a brighter future for the children and their families.

 Partnering with New Life Homes Trust, the Vine Community Church has sent a significant donation to help provide schooling for the Orphaned Children.

 This weekend 22/11/2014 saw the BBC Report further killings of non muslims this time in the North of Kenya.  

Please join with us in praying for all concerned in these atrocities. We know from contact with New Life Homes Trust that there is as much comfort in those concerned knowing that others are  praying  for their situation and caring for them as there is from material support.

 

 

 

 

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Links with Kenya

  • 14 May 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

The Vine has had close ties with a number of projects within Kenya. Starting with a personal connection with the late Bishop James and the St James Academy and recently with New Life Homes, the Kijoto Trust, Glad Tidings Church and the Royal Junior Academy.

 

 

In November 2008, Dave and Veronica were invited to go and speak at the annual church conference of the Glad Tidings Churches in Kenya. It was their first trip to Africa. All the sessions were translated into Swahili for the people who gathered from a wide area. They spent time in areas without running water. Since then, the Vine Church has funded the provision of boreholes for clean water, purchased land and seeds for poor widows to become self-sufficient, as well as raising money for desks and toilets in a new school.


The Vine also supports a Children's Home and orpahed/abandoned baby centre in Nairobi, through the New Life Homes Trust

A team of six from the Vine went back to Kenya in summer 2009 to work in The Ark, a home for orphaned children, and the New Life babies' home in Nairobi.


Summer 2011 sees a return visit to Kenya, when another team from the Vine visits a school, churches and community projects we support in western Kenya, as well as the Ark children's home in Nairobi. Based in the Kombewa district of Kenya, the community projects include the provision of Land for Widows, this allows these women to support themselves despite often having lost everything.


 

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Royal Junior Academy

  • 14 May 2014 |
  • Published in Kenya

The Vine no longer activly supports the Royal Junior Academy having provided for the immediate needs of land,  a safe source of water and a hardship fund.  The following is for historical information only.

 

The Royal Junior Academy is a day preparatory and primary school.

The school is located at Akala market, 40km West of Kisumu city in western Kenya.

Royal Junior Academy was established in 2009 as a response to the government's appeal to the civil society and the private sector to complement government efforts in providing alternative education to her citizens, following the declaration of free primary education in the country with the resultant influx of pupils without corresponding provision for adequate teachers and facilities.

In western Kenya for instance, a classroom would have as many as 110 pupils in public schools. This has greatly compromised the quality of education.

The introduction of Royal Junior Academy has been a great relief to the pupils and parents in Akala in their quest for quality education in a favorable learning environment. Currently, the school has grown to grade 4, with a population of 124 pupils, served by 7 teachers and 1 support staff.


The school provides sponsorship to ensure a number of needy children are not able to pay the minimum fees charged by the school. At the moment the number of sponsored children account for 10% of the total student population. They also receive donations of books and uniforms as the school is enabled to provide. The school also provides a feeding program to ensure students are recieve adequate basic nutition

The Vine has supported the academy by providing funding to purchase desks and for the building of toilets to allow students safe, and hygenic basic sanitation.

Summer 2011 will see a team from the Vine return to the academey. Following a sponsored 10k run in Woodhall Spa it is hoped the team will see the money raised being transformed into two new classrooms including desks for 20 students.

images/stories/royaljunior.png
For a full profile of the school click here  

 

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