Posted: 08 March 2019
This Sunday we are exploring the topic of doubt as we look at what happens on the mountain and in the valley in Mark 9.
The climax of the story is the cry of a father who's son is being destroyed by an evil spirit. He breaks down and saying Jesus: "I believe; help my unbelief!"
It is a strange statement, but I wonder if you can relate to it. I wonder if you have had the experience of both struggling to trust God with something, and yet having no one else but him to turn to.
Come and explore this Sunday what hope Jesus has to offer those of us who wrestle with doubt.
Posted: 01 March 2019
This Sunday at Vine Church we'll be looking at Mark 8:27-38 and the choice that Jesus gives us. For eight chapters Jesus has been displaying a set of characteristics that provide a compelling body of evidence in terms of figuring out his character. This Sunday, we not only find out the answer to the question - who is this man? Jesus helps us see who we are as well.
The famous writer CS Lewis said this: “Christianity if false is of no importance and if true of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” (CS Lewis)
On Sunday our lead pastor Toby will get up and explain how we as a church are acting to keep vulnerable people safe, as we reflect on...
Posted: 22 February 2019
This Sunday at Vine Church we are looking at the two-stage healing the blind man in Mark 8 which is sandwiched between two stories where the disciples of Jesus prove themselves to be utterly and spiritually blind.
Helen Keller—the most famous blind woman ever to live—described what it is like to live with blindness:
It is to live long, long days, and life is made up of days. It is to live immured, baffled, impotent, all God's world shut out. It is to sit helpless, defrauded, while your spirit strains and tugs at its fetters, and your shoulders ache. . . (Helen Keller)
In Mark 8, Jesus uses physical blindness as a picture of what we are often like spiritually.
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Posted: 15 February 2019
It's pretty easy to look at the world and come to the conclusion that something isn't right. Our world is constantly thrown into turmoil and distress. This isn't just on an international level but on a personal level too. Just about everyone can see it's not right and agrees that it isn't as it should be. The more difficult question for us is what's gone wrong? And closely related, how do we fix it? Because if we diagnose the problem incorrectly then we won't end up fixing the problem.
Come along this Sunday to see the heart of the problem that we face in our world and the wondrous solution that Jesus offers.
Posted: 08 February 2019
This Sunday is VISION SUNDAY! It’s a chance to hear where we’ve come from and where we’re going as a church. There’ll be stories, book giveaways, embarrassing photos from the past and next steps for us all to take in following Jesus.
Also, it just so happens that this year Vision Sunday coincides with the story of the man Jesus saves in Mark 5. What a great way to talk about why we exist by looking at the way Jesus can save and transform the life of anyone, no matter how far they are from God.
The foodies team have got an amazing lunch organised after the 10am service and we'll be heading to The Taphouse after 5pm. So plan to stay around and enjoy Vision Sunday 2019!
Posted: 05 February 2019
Coming up on Monday, 25 February 2018 is the Annual General Meeting for Vine Church. This meeting is a really important night in which we review how we've used the resources God has entrusted to us, give thanks for his work among us and look forward to what he has called us to do in the future.
The meeting also provides an opportunity for all members to nominate and elect fellow members to serve as Wardens, Parish Council, Nominators and Synod Representatives. These groups play an important role in the mission of our church by ensuring our church is effectively administered, governed, and represented. You can read more about these roles here.
In 2018 year we have had the...
Posted: 01 February 2019
Liz and I just got back from holidays and are really excited to be at church with you this week. We’ve got Al Stewart speaking on Jesus calming the storm. It’s a story that explains what faith is and how we are saved. That might sound like the basics, but Al will as always remind us of things we have forgotten or failed to value.
We’ve got a massive couple of months coming up as a church, starting with Vision Sunday next week. Check out our upcoming events and lock them in your diary.
Can’t wait to see you this Sunday.
Posted: 25 January 2019
Sometimes when we hear from the Bible there doesn't seem to be much going on. It just seems like words on a page. At other times the words jump off the page at us. They hit us right to our hearts. Why is that? Are we just reading words on a page or is there something else going on when we open the Bible together?
Come along this Sunday as Al Stewart helps us to look into Jesus' parable about the sower and the soils. This might be a familiar passage to you or it might not. Either way it will be a great Sunday hearing Al tease out what our hearts need to hear from Jesus' words.
Posted: 18 January 2019
The question of what matters most in our lives is a tough one to answer. It is hard to put our finger on just what it is that we need more than anything else. After all there are lots of important things in our life. But if there is something more important, then how would I find out? And if I did find out, what would change in my life?
I'm excited to hear from Al Stewart as he looks at these questions from Mark 2:1-17. Join us this Sunday to find out what really matters most and how that truth will change our lives.
Posted: 18 January 2019
Our aim this year at Vine Church is to grow godly men. There is great confusion in our society about what it means to be a man. Many voices shout about toxic masculinity or boys clubs; masculinity is so often portrayed negatively. When that’s combined with the confused and often negative view of what it means to be Christian, often Christian men can feel ‘beat up’ or confused, or always on the back foot.
Join us at one of our breakfast or dinner events for fellowship and to hear from a great lineup of speakers.
Saturday, 23 February – 7.30am
Speaker: Jason Perini
Friday, 22 March – 6.30pm
How to live well
Speaker: Dr John Best
Friday, 3 May – 6.30pm