the vine v 2

Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:53

mud2We read in Genesis 2 about a familiar tale, the creation of Adam.

Genesis 2:5–7  NIV

5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

In the bible the imagery of breath is often used to convey spiritual essence and power, unseen except in its effects, including aspects of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The main Hebrew and Greek words translated as “breath” in the NIV are also translated as “spirit” and “wind”.


The breath of life—literally, of lives, not only animal but spiritual life. If the body is so admirable, how much more the soul with all its varied faculties: its emotions, intellect and will.

God formed Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life—whether you believe that this act is literal or not the emphasis on tis draws a distinction between animals and is. this narrative is used to show that man’s life originated in a different way from his body—being implanted directly by God

When the verse talks about God breathing into us the word here doesn’t mean to breathe like we are doing now -it speaks of life, it is the same word that you would use when you talk about someone starting a fire, fanning into flame, or a blacksmith blowing to increase the ferocity of the fire..

I don’t know if you have tried to start a fire but when you start you have to blow very gently, but then as it takes hold you have to blow increasingly harder to make it grow, you have to put more of your breath into the action of fanning the flames - as you get to a really hot fire, look at a black smith, the size of the bellows that they use are massive. They move a lot of air at a time, they impart great power into the flames making them hot enough to refine the most precious of metals to shape the hardest of iron.

This is a perfect picture of how our Father God breathes his life into us. 

We start as a vessel that is made in his image a vessel that is fearfully and wonderfully made…

Psalm 139:14 NIV

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

..And then we have encounter with God, he breathes his life gently into us, a soft breath, bringing us spiritually alive as we recognise our need for Him, as he revels Himself to us. He brings us to life. allowing us to know him as Father.  The spirit helps us recognise our position in life.

Galatians 4:6 NIV

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 

As we continue to grow in God the impetus of his breath, his spirt is increases.

The spirit like the fire of the furnace refines us at He transforms us. the Spirt, the breath of God empowers us 

There is a key difference though between the way the Spirit of God - impacts us and the way that that blacksmith uses a furnace to refine.  The blacksmith controls the power of the bellows, he is in control of the process - he doesn’t care if the piece of iron wants to be transformed or not, if the iron is stubborn the smith just pumps the bellows with more force and hits the iron harder.

God, however, never forces his Life, his spirit on anyone it is up to us to decide if we want this.

Both initially when we are presented with the option to accept or reject the message of salvation and also as we live our lives.  We engaged in an ongoing choice of how we live fully in, fully out, or partially in the presence of God.  This choice reflects in our desire for the Holy Spirit,  that breath of God to impart life into us. 

The more we desire to walk closely with God the more opportunity we have for God to impart life into us.  

Take a moment, still your heart and mind and as God to breathe life into you. 

Hear more : From the earth : from the breath of God 

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Saturday, 01 February 2020 13:36

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As well as working for the Vine, I work four days a week in the education software sector. I tend to spend my time working from London, Bedford, Nottingham and my favourite location home.  The routes to these offices are very familiar, so much so, I could probably travel them with my eyes closed.  

I was driving home from Bedford this week when I suddenly found myself not going along the A1 but rather going off it. I was happily drifting left, over the dotted white line towards the side of the road and off onto a slip road taking me somewhere I did not want to go. I realised that I was taking the wrong road, signalled and steered back onto the road. 

I wasn’t distracted, I wasn’t asleep. So, why did this happen?

It was simple I just followed the road. My driving was not intentional, I simply followed the road, which at that point had turned into an exit to another road.  I blindly followed the car in front of me not considering it was taking me somewhere I had not intended going.  It is so easy to do that when you are driving. Especially when you are on a very familiar stretch of road and when you have been on that road for a considerable time. 

Life is pretty similar - it is so easy to stay on the same old track or follow the people around you; not considering that the destination you are heading for is not the one that you really wanted to go to. 

Sunday, 05 January 2020 13:55

PngItem 339000We read in Matthews Gospel  [Matthew 2:1-12] of the Magi (Wisemen, Three Kings - although they were not kings nor were there three of them) following a star to find a King. 

The Magi were a pagan, priestly tribe of people from the Medes and the Persians they were referenced in the Old Testament and recored in the historical writings of Herodotus. 
 
They were very skilled in both astronomy and astrology. There was little in the separation between the superstition (astrology) and the science (astronomy). 
 
They were occultists practicing divination and sorcery -  the word magi was corrupted through history into the word magic, magician, which is a synonym for sorcerer. 
 
These practices were  detestable to God.  See Deuteronomy 18:9–13 and Leviticus 19:26 if you want to know what God thinks of this sort of thing.
 
Despite this God chose them to reveal the nature of Jesus.  
 
The Magi were seekers and when it comes to God being a seeker seems to be more important than being perfect.   
 
Many people that are searching for Jesus do not conform to the stereotypical ‘nice’ image the church and popular culture has given to ‘Christians’
 
In reality no seeker of the King is perfect. Nor do you have to be perfect to approach Jesus.
 
We keep mixing this idea up. We place perfection before access to the Holy One. When in reality access to the king Jesus is what makes us righteous.
 
Jesus welcomes searchers of all shapes, genders, colours, sexual orientations, superstitious beliefs, behaviours and backgrounds. God may desire people to change - but He accepts us as we are as long as we are seeking.
 
Each of us may be seeking something different.
 
Some are looking for healing, or forgiveness.
Some are looking for peace or provision.
Others are looking for evidence that God is real or interested in them.
 
What ever you are seeking Jesus's presence is constant and available but it must be sought out. This was true for the shepherds and Magi and it's true for us today. Through his Holy Spirit God draws near to those who draw near to Him and he promises that those who seek, will find Him.
 
When you seek Jesus he is there to be found.
 
Today, as you read this you have the opportunity to seek, find and experience God.  
It doesn't matter who you are, what you have done what matters is that you are seeking.
 
If that is you have a look at https://www.lookingforgod.com/a-simple-prayer or come and speak to us at the Vine or your local church. Need help finding a local church have a look at  or  
 
If you are not ready yet then I pray you will keep searching. 
 
Want to hear more about the Magi and searching for God?  You could listen to this message What are you seeking?
 
 
 

 

Monday, 12 December 2016 08:23

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

 

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Saturday, 25 January 2020 23:00

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.

 

Monday, 28 January 2019 09:18

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

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You can find us here:

 

 

 

Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:45

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

 

Sunday, 05 March 2017 19:15

Free Fun, Games & activities for Primary age children from 5 years up.

2-3pm every First and Third Saturday at the Vine Centre Cherry Willingham 

Organised by the Vine Community Church 

All staff and volunteers are DBS Checked

Parents of younger children are free to stay or escape for some well-earned freedom

 

 

All volunteers and staff hold current DBS certificates.

Saturday thing

 

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

 

or fill out a card on arrival

 

Name ______________________________ 

 

Age _______________________________ 

 

Name of parent/carer _______________________________________ 

 

Emergency contact details ________________________________________

 

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

 

 

 

Parent / carer signature, _______________________________________ 

Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

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.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

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  

 

Sunday, 05 March 2017 19:15

Free Fun, Games & activities for Primary age children from 5 years up.

2-3pm every First and Third Saturday at the Vine Centre Cherry Willingham 

Organised by the Vine Community Church 

All staff and volunteers are DBS Checked

Parents of younger children are free to stay or escape for some well-earned freedom

 

 

All volunteers and staff hold current DBS certificates.

Saturday thing

 

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

 

or fill out a card on arrival

 

Name ______________________________ 

 

Age _______________________________ 

 

Name of parent/carer _______________________________________ 

 

Emergency contact details ________________________________________

 

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

 

 

 

Parent / carer signature, _______________________________________ 

Sunday, 11 May 2014 00:00

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 a 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 

Saturdays

That Saturday Thing- Great activities for priamry age children.  Saturday, twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Saturday 2pm.

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Youth


Souled Out

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


Sunday, 11 May 2014 00:00

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.

Sunday, 05 March 2017 21:34

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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Sunday, 05 March 2017 19:36

Coffee Connect is a weekly friendship group for all ages.  

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

Fridays 10:30am at the Vine Centre

 

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Saturday, 17 September 2016 12:46

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View the latest episode from Books for Life at http://www.booksforlife.uk/episodes

Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

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.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

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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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

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