Posted: 13 May 2019
Last week we kicked off our series on Ecclesiastes which contains ancient wisdom on the meaning of life. This Sunday Al Stewart is continue by looking at the question:
What's the point when good things never seem to last?
I don’t know whether you feel the pursuit of pleasure is an unending quest that never satisfies. Join us this Sunday as we explore where to find real contentment in life.
This Sunday morning we’ve got a special service to celebrate Mothers Day. Our amazing Foodies team are putting on a high tea style spread with cakes and petit fours from Christopher's Cake Shop, so why not invite your mum along?
Posted: 08 May 2019
Starting 5 May
Doesn't it seem like everyone is busy, all the time?
We pack our days with our long lists of to do's, whether it's going from one social event to another, eating at our desk at 1pm to get through a few more emails, or staying up until midnight to finish the latest binge-worthy Netflix show.
For some, life is an exhilarating chase of everything our city and this world has to offer. For others, life can be a monotonous daily cycle, as unending (and depressing) as our Instagram feed. Either way, the FOMO can be very real, and anxiety-inducing.
With life’s dramas of late work nights and late bill payments, business plans and diet plans, Facebook likes and...Continue Reading
Posted: 03 April 2019
Vine Church Women's dinner
We’d love to invite all the women of our church to a special dinner on Saturday 4 May! We've got cheese platters to kick off the night, then Chargrill Charlies will be providing a delicious catered sit down dinner with pulled beef ribs, baked Tasmanian salmon, incredible salads and sides.
It’s going to be a relaxed evening catching up and spending time with each other and we’d love to have you there.
Date: Saturday, 4 May — 7pm
Location: Liz Neal’s house (Surry Hills)
BYO alcohol (optional)
Register for tickets here today!
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.
Have you...Continue Reading
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.