Loaded Questions

Posted: 22 May 2020

Drugs, politics, pornography, domestic abuse, and euthanasia are just some of the complex issues Christians face today. They raise questions that become heavy with our own life experiences and today's cultural expectations.

Join us as we bring these loaded questions to the Bible and seek to engage where people are at with insight, passion, and faith

Drugs & Alcohol: Is there anything wrong with getting drunk and high?
Sunday, 7 June 2020  
Dave Jensen, Former Captain in the Australian Infantry and Pastor at EV Church

Public Faith: Should Christians impose their morality on society?
Sunday, 14 June 2020 
Michael Kellahan, Director of Freedom for Faith

Pornography: Is...

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New series – trusting God in troubled times

Posted: 26 April 2020

We are living in a moment of unprecedented uncertainty, and we’ve been confronted with the fact that our jobs, our investments, our health, our families, our nation, even our way of life is insecure and fragile.

Our world is reeling from events beyond our control and we find ourselves vulnerable to the spread of disease, the decline in financial markets, instability in employment, and the decisions of our leaders and our neighbours. We are experiencing massive impact on our lives, our health, our work and our leisure.

Where is God in all this and what is he saying to a world during troubled times?

The prophet Habakkuk in the Bible speaks to his nation in the midst of their...

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Covid Care Fund

Posted: 17 April 2020

This season of uncertainty is likely to continue as the economic impact of Covid–19 grows. We know of many people already that have been stood down, made redundant or had their hours cut significantly. Many families with kids are cut off from family support and childcare, and many of our 4.30pm congregation are significantly impacted by the cuts experienced in part time and casual jobs. Through all of this, God is still sovereign and loves us immensely. 

Giving to the Covid Care Fund

This week we have been able to open the 'Covid Care Fund' through the Vine Church foundation. This is tax deductible to give towards, and will be administered by Kate Stace (our Director of...

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Join us this Easter!

Posted: 02 April 2020

Jesus shocked the world when he died and came back to life three days later. 

He was God himself who traded his life for our freedom from death and sin. Today, we can break free from fear and guilt because Jesus went from death to life. 

Whether you come to church or haven't been in years, we'd love to invite you to celebrate Easter online with us! In uncertain times, Jesus offers rock solid hope because of what happened that first Easter. In uncertain and anxious times, we'd love to welcome you into our community and share with you how Jesus offers hope beyond the grave. If you have never stepped through our doors, joining us on online is a great way to experience church for...

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Gather Together – Update on Covid19

Posted: 17 March 2020

We live in unprecedented times! As health updates and information has changed, the staff team have met to discuss options for us as a church. We are committed to caring for the vulnerable, and this has led us to make difficult decisions. 

Watch a video from our Lead Pastor, Toby Neal here

What's the plan? 

As we face this unpredecented health crisis, we know that God is still sovereign and He loves us. We are committed to gathering together – although that will look different for the time being. We want to love and care for one another, keep growing in our love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus and continue to adapt as necessary as time goes on.

Sunday Gatherings will be...

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Vine Church’s Response to COVID-19

Posted: 13 March 2020

The health and safety of every person who walks into Vine Church continues to be a top priority for us. We are carefully monitoring the evolving COVID–19 (Coronvavirus) situation through NSW Health, local health authorities and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. We continue to take a proactive approach to keep our community healthy, but at the moment there is no need to avoid gatherings if you are well. While we are not currently making any changes to events or schedules, we are taking the following extra precautions to mitigate risk:

1. In our facilities we are encouraging a greater level of hand washing and cleaning, especially with kitchen supplies and utensils. There will be...

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Vine Church Weekend Away 2020

Posted: 12 March 2020

Whether you've been with us every week or are new to Vine Church, we would love you to join us on our weekend away. We're going to have a great time together at the beautiful Stanwell Tops, relaxing with friends and hearing Bible talks. 

Friday 19 – Sunday 21 June (The Tops Conference Centre) 

Speaker: Derek Hanna

Derek lives in Brisbane with his wife Jacqueline and their three boys where they attend Ithica Presbyterian Church. Derek works for Geneva Push, one of our global partners where he helps new churches start all around Australia. Derek loves cricket, reading, and spends his time buying things faster than his boys can destroy them. 

Topic: The Last Days – Waiting...

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2020 Annual General Meeting

Posted: 13 February 2020

Vine Church Annual General Meeting

Monday, 23 March – 6.30pm 

Join us at 6.30pm for sushi and drinks before the AGM starts at 7pm in the church building 

The AGM is important for us as a church because it is the way we take responsibility for the governance, administration and representation of our church.

At the meeting will elect members to four roles: Parish Council, Wardens, Nominators and Synod Representatives. We're thankful to those that have served our church throughout 2019.

Parish Council

This is the broader governing body of our church – the elected representatives are joined by the wardens and lead pastor. 

To read more about the role and...

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Posted: 24 January 2020

At Vine Church, we want to help you find a church home with us. We want you to have a sense of belonging and community, and to know what we're on about! 

Onboard is a great place to find out about our church, what we believe, meet some of the team and other new people. We’re excited about where we are heading as a church, and we want to share with you the key purposes behind our church and the Christian life as we aim to reach Surry Hills with the life, love and freedom that Jesus offer. 

Onboard runs monthly in a relaxed and informal setting on a Sunday. After Onboard there will be an opportunity to join a community group and start serving. We'd love you to come along! 


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The Road Trip That Changed The World

Posted: 08 January 2020

The Road Trip That Changed The World 

The social commentator, Mark Sayers, describes contemporary life as a road trip ‘offering the tantalizing possibility of freedom.’

The horizon invites us forward, its hidden promise urging us to accelerate into the future. Behind us our pasts and our pains mingle with the exhaust fumes and evaporate into the cooling night air… Yet the thrill of speed and the romance of the open road before us cannot mask the truth that we are lost. We have no map... and we are not sure where we are going.

But our dream is a destination-less dream. We drive into the unknown know not where we are going. We are promised freedom, but experience anxiety and...

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