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Welcome to the Vine Community Church.

We're a vibrant and relevant church with a passion for you to find hope, and know Jesus.

We are a friendly church so whatever your age, background or previous experience of church, if any at all, we invite you to come along.  Join us at our Sunday Services or other  activities and receive a great welcome.

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The Vine at a Glance

  • Join us in person or online for our Sunday Service. 

    We would love to welcome you this Sunday at 11:00am.  

     

     

    The best way to keep up-to-date with changes is by subscribing to our Newsletter or join us on social media.

     Catch up on previous services on our Watch Again page or watch on our Youtube Channel  

  • We would love to welcome you in-person this Sunday at 11:00am.

    The style of worship at the Vine is contemporary and informal.  The range of music is wide and varied from lively and loud praise to quieter worship songs. Worship is led by members of the worship team and often comprises of drums, keyboard, guitar or Ukele.  Everyone is encouraged to take part no matter how off key you might think your voice is.

    At the Vine, we try to use language that is appropriate to the situation. So if someone is reading an account from the past it may have thee' and thou's in it but for the most, we use contemporary language and we read from a number of Bible translations including the Christian Standard Bilbe (CSB), the New International Version (NIV), the Message, 
    The New Living Translation (NLT), and even the KJV.

    On most weeks we have Shiners our Sunday Morning Childrens work, find out more about our what to expect at our Sunday Morning Meetings

    The best way to keep up-to-date with changes is by subscribing to our Newsletter or join us on social media.

     Catch up on previous services on our Watch Again page or watch on our Youtube Channel  

  • We are now providing:

    • In person Sunday Services that are also available online.
      • Shiners our childrens work runs during the service
    • Online Sunday Night Prayer via Zoom
    • In Person and Online Midweek connection groups via Zoom
    • Assist One-to-one Support
    • Post Office Outreach
    • Library Service
    • TST Kids club for primary age children- also see our  Facebook page 
    • The Gathering Place - Wellbing group
    • Assist Dementia group.

     

    Some events and groups will have adaptions to accomodate Covid-19 guidance

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    Can we Assist you?

    Who we are:

    Assist is a set up to facilitate support to those who have no one else to help them during times of difficulty or crisis.  Have you ever felt you needed someone to speak to but didn't want to bother anyone? Do you feel isolated or lonely and you want someone to talk to? Perhaps you don't know where to turn for advice or help.  

    Maybe you are bereaved, recovering from illness or struggling with debts or living with Dementia.  Whatever the issue we are here to help and if we can't help we will find someone who can.
     

     

    Contact Assist on 01522 370164 and contact@assistlincs.org.uk
     
    If it is a life-threatening emergency please call 999. If you are having a mental health crisis click here
     

    Volunteers:

    We have a range of volunteering options with the library and Assist, contact us to find out more contact@assistlincs.org.uk
     

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The importance of justice

justiceI don’t suppose anyone can have escaped the surge in news covering the story of the Post Office Horizon software scandal and the hundreds of Sub-postmasters.  If you have been living in a media blackout for the last few weeks or so, then I would highly recommend watching the ITV drama, Mr Bates versus the Post Office. It clearly lit the ‘blue touch paper’ on exploding this issue to the attention of the public, and seemingly forcing individuals, and government to do the right thing.  

At the heart of the postmasters’ claim and the public response was an overwhelming desire for justice.  

The emotional need for justice is visceral. Just watching the drama and the subsequent news interview left me feeling the same emotions as when as a child I was told off for something I had not done. Except for these people it wasn’t about a broken greenhouse window, it was about livelihoods, unsafe convictions, prison sentences and the loss of life of some concerned.

Justice and mercy are key attributes of God. We cannot fully appreciate the mercy of God without understanding His justice. Biblical justice is all about making things right. The parable of the widow in Luke 18:1-8 highlights the importance of victims getting justice. Like the widow in Luke 18, who kept demanding justice from the uncaring judge, victims want things to be put right. They seek for their voices to be heard and to not be seen as powerless.

Jesus spoke about justice but with a different emphasis. He advocated a personal approach to justice.  A personal approach to justice sounds, on the face of it like vigilantism or an expression of the much misunderstood ‘eye for an eye’ but Jesus’s focus was more about our individual responsibility. A duty to bring justice by loving our neighbours and doing good for those around us, especially the poor and marginalized.  He talked more about the responsibility of individuals than of authorities to promote good. Jesus defines his gospel as having a social component, which means the impoverished being lifted up, the “captive” to society’s wrongful norms being released, the physically hurting finding healing, and the, emotionally, spiritually or physically oppressed finding freedom. Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, these are laudable things to strive for.

From the news articles of the day, I write this, it appears the sub-postmasters are one step closer to seeing their justice, I pray that each of us will be able to promote good and see justice in our own lives and for those around us. Justice may be blind but Jesus calls us not to be blind to injustice.

 

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Behind the wall

Jenny and I have just returned from a short trip to Budapest in Hungary. I’ll spare you the family holiday photos but suffice to say we had a fantastic time visiting the sights, enjoying the food, and relaxing in the warm sunshine, yes sunshine even in early October.  

Budapest has a rich and turbulent history. It is full of grand buildings with baroque and gothic architecture. We stayed in the Jewish quarter, home to the second largest synagogue in the world and frequented the restaurants and bars that filled the countless courtyards and passageways between the buildings.  The bright and cheerful atmosphere belied the history of this place.    As we walked into the city each day, we passed a pale-yellow wall of no significance. We passed it day after day.  It was only on the last day that we noticed the sign reading:

 “In the rear portion of this courtyard stood the last remaining part of a wall surrounding the Budapest ghetto demarcated in November 1944. Tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews - mostly children, women, and older men - were crowded behind this wall.  Thousands among them did not survive to experience the liberation of the ghetto.”   

So many things happen behind walls, beyond closed doors some of which we cannot possibly know and some of which as a society we choose not to know, just as some would have in the latter years of the second world war.  As we move towards Remembrance Sunday where we look back at those that fought for freedom and to expose what was happening behind the walls of conflicts around the globe it is too easy to think these are events of a bygone age.  The reality is that today behind closed doors terrible things still happen.  

In Hungary two people amongst others are noted as taking a stand: Raoul Wallenberg and Carl Lutz. Carl was a Swiss career diplomat trained and experienced. Raoul was a Swedish diplomat with a more chequered background far less suited to the position. In fact, some sources claimed he only got the job because no one else would do it.  Both were brave enough not to ignore what was going on behind the closed doors and walls of the ghetto.  Between them they saved at least 70,000 people from death or deportation to the extermination camps.  

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 As we look back, on Armistice Sunday, it is good to remember not all heroes wore a military uniform. As we look forward, it is my prayer that as a society we never normalise the mistreatment of a part of humanity or choose to ignore that mistreatment and that we learn from the sacrifice of those who stood up for justice in the past.

 

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