Family Culture Day

Posted: 25 June 2012

UPDATE: Cancelled as bad weather is forecast.

Family Culture Day is a fun day of activities for the disadvantaged in the inner city. Vine Church is going to be involved in a number of ways including running a BBQ, playing games with kids, face painting and chatting with the locals. Training will be provided prior to the day.

Saturday, 28 July 2012
12pm - 3pm
Salvation Army Waterloo Community Centre
Cnr Cope St and Phillip St, Redfern

Training will be at 10.30am on the day in the Church office, 31 Albion St, Surry Hills.

Let Heidi know if you want to be involved by emailing and also mention if you would like training.

Categories: Events, Community

A Touchy Subject

Posted: 09 June 2012

A Touchy Subject - Love, Sex & Marriage

Love, Sex & Marriage, 8–29 July 2012

Singleness, separation, friends with benefits, cohabitation, masturbation, pornography, sexual brokenness, divorce ... Touchy Subjects: join us for a 4 week series as we discuss what Jesus has to say about love, sex and marriage.

Real marriage
– Naked and not ashamed
Sunday 8 July, 4pm

Love and the dating game
– Flexting, flirting and falling in love
Sunday 15 July, 4pm

Sex on a desert island
– Singleness, solo-sex and sexual brokenness
Sunday 22 July, 4pm

Panel discussion
– Life stories about love, sex and marriage
Sunday 29 July, 4pm

Surry Hills Library
Level 1, 405 Crown Street
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Engage Conference, Katoomba

Posted: 22 May 2012

Engage Conference, Katoomba

Read Zac's wrap up of Engage 2012

Whether you have been with us every week or have just joined us, we would love you to come to Engage Conference in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Engage is a great time to learn under world class preachers in a beautiful and relaxing setting with friends. We will be attending the second weekend, 24 – 26 August 2012, and will rent a house close to the conference centre.

Learn more about the conference here.

$200 – bank transfer to Vine Church, $30 deposit ASAP.
(Includes food, accommodation and conference ticket.)

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Gospel in Life: Justice

Posted: 23 March 2012 / Jeremiah 5:27-28, Luke 10:25-37

One of the largest objections to faith is the issue of injustice: "How can there be so much injustice in the world? Why doesn't God do something about it?"

But, when you start to read the Bible, you begin to realise that God also has this objection. He is shocked and wounded by the injustices committed in the world, and outraged that his own people cause much of it. In Jeremiah 5:27-28 he laments the society which is obese in prosperity but malnourshed in mercy:

Like cages full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
they have become rich and powerful
and have grown fat and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case...

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Sex, Money & Power

Posted: 03 March 2012

Sweet Nothings postcard, Easter in Surry Hills Sweet Nothings postcard, Easter in Surry Hills

All the talks from this series in 2012 are now available online or on the iTunes podcast here.

Join us for Easter in Surry Hills, come by yourself and meet some new friends or just relax in the back row. We don't expect everyone to be a Christian, in fact we love the fact that many are coming to check out Jesus for the first time. In the service there is a time of prayer, singing and a talk from the Bible. We usually have time for questions and if you don't want to sing or prayer that's okay.

Good Friday Service: Where Love Descends (Mark 14-15)
Friday 6 April, 9.30am

Easter Sunday Service: Where Hope Rises (John 20)
Sunday 8 April, 4pm

'Sweet Nothings'

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Steph Lentz talks to Toby

Posted: 28 February 2012

Steph Lentz recently caught up with Toby and asked him a few questions about being on mission in Surry Hills and the inner city.

"'Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger.' (quoting C.S. Lewis) The biggest challenge we see is how to get the hipsters, bohos, young professionals etc. – who find their lives so good that they don’t need to turn to God! – to take an interest in Jesus." – Toby

Read the full interview here.

Categories: News

Weekend Away 2012

Posted: 24 February 2012

Great times singing at last years Weekend Away.

Whether you have been with us every week or have just joined us, we would love for you to come on the weekend away. We are going to have a great time together on the Central Coast relaxing with good food, drink and conversations.

16–18 March, 2012

To register please fill out this form (takes 20 second) click here.

You can also let everyone know you are coming on Facebook.

Where (Main house)
Grab dinner on the way and arrive any time from 7pm
60 Tourmaline Ave, Pearl Beach
(Just over an hours drive from Sydney)

$80 – bank transfer to Vine Church
(Includes, food, accommodation and activities)

Bank: Glebe Income Account

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Why the City is a Great Place to Raise Kids

Posted: 17 February 2012 / Jeremiah 29:4-14

Here are five reasons Liz and I think the city is a great place to raise kids:

  1. The great diversity of people will teach them how to relate to people who are different from them.
  2. The smallness of their kids church will teach them that they are missionaries to the city.
  3. The art and culture will teach them to appreciate common grace and the gifts God has given unbelievers.
  4. The size and complexity will teach them to be wise, resourceful and to grow up taking responsibility.
  5. The sinners, the sinned against, and those who are marginalised will teach them that our city needs the love of Jesus very much.

Tim Keller has taught me more about cities from the Bible...

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Gospel in Life

Posted: 12 February 2012

How is the gospel lived out in all of life?
Starting 12th of February we are having a series of 8 talks on 'Gospel in Life'. The first week we will open with the theme of the city: our home now, the world that is. The last week closes with the theme of the eternal city: our heavenly home, the world that is to come. In between we will look at how the gospel changes our hearts, changes our community, and changes how we live in the world.

Talk Titles

  1. City: The World That Is (12th February) - Listen Online
  2. Heart: Three Ways to Live (19th February) - Listen Online
  3. Idolatry: The Sin Beneath The Sin (26th February)
  4. Community: The Context for Change (4th March)-...
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You Can Change

Posted: 06 February 2012 / Mark 5:1-20

Last night I spoke about the life changing power of Jesus in the life of the demonised man in Mark 5:1-20. The point of the sermon, and this is the mission of our church, is that when people meet Jesus, their lives get compleatly changed. That is what our church is about: meeting Jesus and having your life changed.

A good book on this subject is You Can Change by Tim Chester. Here is chapter five to download and read for free: You Can Change – Chapter Five: What Truths Do You Need To Turn To?. Pay attention especially to the '4 G's'.

You can buy You Can Change from The Book Depository here.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Reflection
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