The story behind “A new name for an old church”

Posted: 20 September 2017

As you may be aware, Vine Church + St Michael’s came together under the leadership of Toby Neal two years ago in a unique partnership. Vine Church is a new church which has grown to be a vibrant community filled with young inner-city people exploring the life, love and freedom which Jesus offers.

St Michael’s, on the other hand, is a much older church, with over 163 years of history. Its vintage is symbolised by the 1853 Edmund Blacket church building which stands as a witness to the many generations of Christians who have followed Jesus in Surry Hills.

The merger of these two churches brought together the young and old. It’s a combination we think communicates the message of Jesus. A message which is 2,000 years old, but which is still stirring the hearts and souls of young people all over the world. At a time when most people think Christianity is dead or dying, our church stands as a witness to the ongoing power of Jesus in our city.

This year, after much discussion, we as a church decided to be known simply as Vine Church. We are in no way leaving behind our 163 years of history. We’re proud of that! But we do believe this name conveys the life, love and freedom that is to be found in Jesus and which we want our city to enjoy.

In this regard, we'd love to invite you to celebrate our new name with us in October at a special church service followed by a party with free food, drinks and activities for kids. It’ll be a chance for you to experience the unique teaching, worship and community that make this church a great place to explore the life, love and freedom that Jesus offers. Please see the event page here.

If you’re not able to join us, we’d still love for you to stop by at one of our regular services on Sundays at 10am and 4.30pm on the corner of Flinders and Albion Street, Surry Hills.

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