Welcome to the Vine Community Church website.

the vine logo onlyThe Vine Community Church is a church in the Ground Level network of churches, Ground Level network belongs to Churches Together in the UK. The Vine Community Church serves the villages of Cherry Willingham, Reepham, Fiskerton and the surrounding areas of Lincoln and Lincolnshire.  The Vine Community Church is a registered CIO number 1158738 

 Contact us - You can contact us on 01522 872011 - Alternatively, e-mail Veronica or 

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Vine Life

  • Cross at the centre

    The cross in the picture was given to the Vine by an incredibly talented and generous client of assist. Based on a Celtic design and made entirely by hand as an expression of thanks for the assistance that the Assist project has provided.

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    The Cross is at the centre of everything we do, or more accurately the victor of the cross is. Assist is a project based on the values of the Vine Church.

     The values are:

    • A Passion for Jesus
    • A heart for the Least and the Lost
    • Authenticity
    • Abundance
    • Faith Building; and
    • Life Impacting

    Assist is a free and confidential service for people over 18 years of age and its work is based on the values above.  Assist takes referrals from healthcare professionals, social care agencies, voluntary organisations, relatives, friends, neighbours or indviduals. Assist volunteers are formally approved, trained, trustworthy and reliable, they seek to make a positive impact in clients' lives as they exhibit the authentic love of Jesus in practical ways.

    The love and dedication that has gone into creating the gift of this cross reflects the passion for reaching people that is at the heart of Assist and the Vine Community Church.

     
  • Recognising what’s right in front of you.

    reconiseThe theme of recognition just won’t go away!  It started sometime around Palm Sunday, with the whole issue of whether any of the people around Jesus as he entered into Jerusalem that day really recognised him for who he was.  

    Even Jesus’ mother, who’d  had  revelations from heaven both before he was born (Angel Gabriel appearing in person to tell her) and later, for instance, the two extraordinary prophetic interventions at the Temple when Jesus was eight days old,  by Simeon and Anna .  On seeing the infant Jesus, Simeon, called into the Temple that day by the Holy Spirit, called out to God, “My eyes have seen your salvation!.. a light for revelation to the Gentiles...”, affirming he was now ready to die.  Despite hearing this, Mary reacted just like the mother of any ordinary child when Jesus was “lost” for a whole day.  Travelling  away from the city after celebrating Passover they turned back in alarm when they realised they didn’t have Jesus, aged 12, with them.  There was no sign that she was bearing in mind his unique identity when they found him in the Temple speaking with great wisdom to the learned teachers.  She says bluntly, “Child, why have you treated us like this?  Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.”  (Luke 2:48  NRSV)

    His calm reply, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  is commented on in Luke’s Gospel  ‘But they did not understand what he said to them.’ Not much recognition at that moment, certainly. 

    Then, quite shockingly,  the account in Mark 3:21 of how, when Jesus was surrounded by pressing crowds and couldn’t get a chance to eat – “When his family heard it, they went to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ “ It’s worth noting that this followed some wonderful healings which Jesus had just done.  Where was the recognition of what actually was going on ?

    It should make us feel much more compassionate to one another when we fail to recognise Jesus in our lives – fail to see his hand guiding us, his Spirit leading us, and the destiny which he is calling us into.  We either forget or get distracted by everything else.

    The truth is, Jesus is right in front of us, present and active in our lives. God open our eyes to recognise Him.

  • Christianity Explored

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    Christianity Explored is an informal 7-week course for people who'd like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics. Looking at Mark's gospel, it explores who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him.

    Christianity Explored gives time and space to think about the big questions of life.  Find out more look here or contact us

     

     

     

    Why not give it a try?

    Starting on March 15th and running for 7 weeks.  7:00PM Tuesday's at The Vine Centre, The Parade, Cherry Willingham.

    Would like to attend but can't? Find another course.

     


  • What to expect at Christianity Explored

    Watch the following video to find out what to expect.

     

     

  • A sign we are here.

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    The Vine took possession of the Cherry Willingham Library in October 2015.  Since then it has become the home of The Vine Community Church, the Cherry Willingham Community Choir, Assist, 'The Mix' youth group and a new dementia group funded by Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust.   We have now rebranded the building as the Vine Centre reflecting that the building is much more than a library.  

    Since moving into the building on the Parade in the centre of Cherry Willingham, the Vine has purchased new tables and chairs and is planning for a refurbishment of parts of the building to make it more suitable as a multi-use venue both for the church and the wider community as well as providing a library service to the village and surrounding areas.