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

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 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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Contact and Connect

  • 05 August 2018 |
  • Published in Vineinfo

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.

 

 

 

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Who's Who

  • 05 August 2018 |
  • Published in Vineinfo

 Leadership Team 

 

 

 

  • Veronica & Dave Podbury

    Veronica & Dave Podbury

    Veronica and Dave Podbury pastor The Vine Community Church. 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 will be stepping down as the overall leaders of The Vine in November 2018 to concentrate on other ministry opportunities. Click Read More to read the announcement of June 2018. Read More
  • Jenny & Darren Pepper

    Jenny & Darren Pepper

    Jenny and Darren assist in the leadership of the Vine. Jenny is responsible for the social outreach for the Vine including the Assist support service and dementia support groups. Jenny co-ordinates the Sunday children's work as well as joint leading That Saturday Thing. Darren holds a variety of leadership responsibilities ranging from sharing some of the preaching load to managing the accounts. He is married to Jenny 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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Summer is Here

 

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.

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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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Assist 

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.

Prayer

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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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 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 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.

 

 

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Children

 

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

 

 

 

Mid Week

 

 

That Saturday Thing- Great activities for 7 -11 years.  Saturday, twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Saturday 2pm.

 

Youth


The Mix

For those young people aged 12-18 there is The Mix  on the 1st and 3rd  Friday nights.  Full of exciting activities mixed with the opportunity to talk about life's biggest question.


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

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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

 

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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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