Everyone plays a part: joy in action

Posted: 09 November 2018

This Sunday is our annual Ministry Fair. Each year we take one Sunday to celebrate all the amazing ways people are stepping up to serve God in Surry Hills and beyond. I will be speaking on the topic of joy in action — how those who enjoy the new life in Christ can't help but serve others. After both services we've got a fair in the backyard in which you can hear about all the various ministries taking place at church.

The foodies team are cooking an amazing BBQ, so please plan to stay around afterwards.

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Events, News, Sermon Series

Drinking deep to go long: joy in the word

Posted: 26 October 2018

Last week we kicked off a new series, Rediscovering Joy, looking at the way we glorify God by enjoying him. This week Andy Bryan will be speaking about the joy that comes from the word of God. Psalm 19 says,

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes. (Psa 19:7–8)

Can't wait to see you Sunday as we keep rediscovering joy.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

This Sunday: Rediscovering Joy

Posted: 20 October 2018

This Sunday we're starting our Vision Series. This year we are looking at the theme of joy in the Christian life, and the life of our church.

When I was growing up I always thought there was a tradeoff between doing what is right and doing what brings happiness. I wonder if you ever feel that.

I thought that God's highest goal for my life was to live a "good life" not to live a "happy life". But then I discovered the Bible's teaching on joy.

I am really looking forward to taking us on a journey over the next seven weeks as we rediscover the joy at the heart of knowing God.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Who Pastors the Pastor?

Posted: 12 October 2018

This Sunday we are super excited to be welcoming guest speaker Dave McDonald to church as he speaks on how to pastor your pastor. Dave is a humble and down-to-earth speaker and writer. He has written Hope Beyond a Cure, which contains his reflections on his battle with cancer. Dave lives in Bonny Hills, is national director of FIEC and blogs here.

Next week we're starting our Vision Series which we've titled: Rediscovering Joy. I can't wait to share with you what God might do through us for our joy in him.

Yours in Christ

Toby Neal

P.s. Guys don't forget the Men's Breakfast coming up next week on Saturday, 20 October.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Rediscovering Joy

Posted: 09 October 2018

Joy. We all want it. We’re driven by a desire to experience happiness, pleasure, satisfaction and relief. We’ll do anything for it. But the surprising reality is that the desire for joy is from God and the source of joy is God himself. The problem is, we forget. Join us as we rediscover the joy at the heart of knowing God.

Loyal as anything: joy in God
Sunday, 21 October

Drinking deep to go long: joy in the word
Sunday, 28 October

No one gets left behind: joy for others
Sunday, 4 November

Everyone plays a part: joy in action (+ Ministry Fair)
Sunday, 11 November

Storing up for eternity: joy in stewardship
Sunday, 18 November

He’s searching for you: joy in heaven...

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Author: Meg Chatterton / Categories: News, Sermon Series

Following Jesus in the workplace

Posted: 05 October 2018

I am really excited to be coming and speaking this Sunday on the topic "Following Jesus in the workplace". How does following Jesus impact our work in a deeper way than simply not lying to our boss, not gossiping and not getting drunk at work drinks on Friday nights? What positively are we to do?

Plus this Sunday we are celebrating the Lord's Supper together.

Can't wait to see you there.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

The Secret of Joy

Posted: 28 September 2018

This Sunday we're excited to have Frank Tully coming and speaking on the secret of joy. Frank is one of our long-time members at Vine Church, and serves with the Australian Navigators helping young Christians grow as disciples of Jesus.

Also this Sunday we've got an update from our global partners Josh and Suz Apieczonek.

Can't wait to see you Sunday.

P.S. After night church we're heading down to the Carrington for dinner and to watch the grand final. Then, later, a bunch of us are going to the Soda Factory for a 90s dance party. Feel free to come along but let Shella know here or on Sunday.

Categories: News, Sermon Series

Join Our Team — Operations Manager

Posted: 28 September 2018

Job Title:  Operations Manager
Reports to:  Lead Pastor 
Location:  Surry Hills 
Remuneration guide:  $75,000 – $90,000 pa
Special Conditions:  Full time (part time may be considered)

Vine Church exists to connect people to the life, love and freedom found in Jesus Christ. Over the past seven years, we’ve grown from a church plant meeting in a house to an exciting and vibrant community with over 200 people gathering each week. We love Jesus and are passionate about seeing him change lives.

1. Position Purpose

Vine Church is seeking to employ an experienced operations manager to manage and build systems, processes, policies and teams to facilitate the effective operation...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Jobs

A heart that is faithful to a friend

Posted: 21 September 2018

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Hey Meg,

It's been said that there are three things needed to make close friendships: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other.

This Sunday we are wrapping up our series in 1 Samuel as Al Stewart speaks on the friendship between David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 18. There will also be an opportunity for sharing what God has been teaching you over the past series — so please come ready to share.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series

A heart that fights for you

Posted: 31 August 2018

I can't wait to see you this Sunday for a special Father's Day service. I'm preaching on the famous David and Goliath story from 1 Samuel 17, plus in the morning we have a BBQ and special kids spot. It's going to be a great day, so why not invite your dad along.

See you Sunday.


P.S. Don't forget we've started including prayer points at the bottom of our weekly email. If you haven't signed up to receive these emails, you can do so here.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Sermon Series
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