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the vine logo onlyThe 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

  • Telling Stories

    I spend a lot of time telling stories.  As you may know, I’m a writer, and I love to go into schools to read to young people from my books, then draw out of them their ideas, encouraging them to love words and stories and the truths about life hidden within them.

    Of course most of my time is devoted to the church, but in a way it’s more of the same thing, but this time telling stories with a single central theme – about how God breathed life into us, how our lives are destined to be interweaved with his greater eternal purposes, that each life is a journey  with a hidden goal of finding our way back to God. It’s a wonderful story of life extending eternally, not ending in death, but with God reaching out to us in Jesus Christ, to overcome the limits of time and the troubles of this present world.

    This Christmastime, I’ll be at my usual business of stories.  You’ll find me in the library session in the Vine Centre near the shops on Saturday 10th  December from 10.30am with a team of readers, telling Christmas stories of many types and from many places.  It’s principally aimed at children, but as we know, a good story is for everyone who has ears to listen.

    Story Telling

     

  • Keep it Simple Stupid

    KISS is an acronym for "Keep it simple stupid" as a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960. The KISS principle states that most things work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore, simplicity should be a key goal and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.

    We live in an increasingly complex world, where we are bombarded by information, are constantly multi-tasking and required to ‘spin plates’ in terms of managing all the things we need to remember and do.Simple

    We seem to extend this complexity to the relationships we have with the people around us.  Some are fiends, some colleagues, some acquaintances, some live near us, some are our peers, some are poor or disadvantaged, some locals and others foreigners.  We form options and treat them all differently.

    When I read Matthew 22: 37-40, I wonder if Jesus had the KISS principal in mind when he was asked what the greatest commandment was. Rather than picking from the tens of thousands of words in the Old testament law or arguing over keeping all ten of the ‘Ten Commandments’.  Jesus kept it simple, replying,

    ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

    Condensing the rules for life down to two tenants, that are as applicable to harmonious life today as they were then, Jesus brought simplicity to how our relationships with God and our fellow humans should be. 

    How about taking a 24 hour Kiss Challenge? 

    For 24 hours - Love God with all you heart, mind and soul AND love the people around you as yourself, no matter who they are, what their background, race, or any other characteristic is. 

    You never know this may change the world. After all, things work best if they are kept simple.

  • Fear or Love - you choose.

    This weekend is Halloween.  Halloween means Holy evening, the day before all Saints day.  Whatever the background and thoughts on its place in modern society, it is and always has been a day that people focus on all that is scary. Did you know that there are hundreds of things to be afraid of?  For example, some people have what is called Acerophobia, which is the fear of foods being sour.  – slice of lemon, anyone?

    Still others are afraid of chopsticks, numbers, and certain fabrics.  These may sound like silly fears to us, but to some people, these fears are real!

    Others have Catoptrophobia, which is not the fear of cats, but the fear of mirrors.  To be fair sometimes when I look in the mirror first thing in the morning, it is scary!

     

    Last week we went away for a few days.  We went to Northumberland.  We had a fantastic time as we visited, the Angel of the North, Hardrian’s Wall, the Northumbrian coast with it’s castle ruins and seaweed munching cows. 

    It was all lovely and relaxing, that is until we decided to go to “Go Ape”. always stay attached sm

    If you have not heard of ‘Go Ape’, It entails climbing up and walking between trees by moving along wire bridges, tarzan swings, hanging ropes and Zip Wires.  All the time you are clipped in with a climbing harness. We went around with huge smiles on our faces. We had a great time fuelled by adrenalin and secure that we were safe. That is until I stepped off a platform some fifty feet above the ground.  Just at that moment I had a flickering doubt, I did clip onto the safety wire, didn’t I?

    The fact I am typing this suggests that I did, although the feeling of my stomach knotting and the photos of my panic stricken face reveal that this was a genuine fear.  My fear was real as I lost trust in the equipment provided to save me.

     

    Some psychologists suggest that the human brain expresses only two fundamental emotions,  love and fear and from these two, all other emotions are experienced. 

    As Christians we are called to live in God's love and not to live in fear.  When we live in fear we react to it, instead of acting against our fear.

    When we live with love we have excitement, generosity, trust and courage.

    Love strengthens and empowers, whereas fear weakens and disables.  God’s love is a perfect love and we are told that perfect love, like a light dispelling darkness, casts out all fear.  We read in the bible,

    “Fear not for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand"

    For me ‘Go Ape’ -  was hard work, it was scary but also exhilarating and the rewards were great, but you have to trust in your equipment. 

    Life with God is similar, it can be hard work, it can be scary but it is exhilarating and the rewards are great, but you have to trust in God, a God who is for us and desperate to step in and catch us should we fall.

    Mark Twain wrote. 

    With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. 

    If this is true, what more do we have, what greater things can we achieve when this courage is provided because of God’s love.

    So which will you choose to live by?  Fear or love? 

  • The Vine is a member of the Evangelical Alliance Read More

    We are a member of the Evangelical Alliance, the largest body serving evangelical Christians in the UK: working for a united Church, confident in voice and inspired for mission, www.eauk.org. We subscribe to the Evangelical Alliance basis of faith.

  • The Vine is a member of the Ground Level Network Read More
    The 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 is a partner of OpenDoors Read More
    As part of the body of Christ, it is our privilege to stand alongside our courageous brothers and sisters who are persecuted around the world. That means letting them know they’re not forgotten. Strengthening them by our prayers and support.
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