Continuing to be church, whilst changing the way we do church

Our response to the Coronavirus

Headlines

  • We are suspending all physical gatherings.

  • We are preparing to live-stream our Services, every Sunday at 10.00 am.

  • We are preparing resources to give to our Lifegroups to enable them to thrive.

  • We are embarking on new ways to serve those around us, especially the isolated, the lonely, the poor and the lost; we want to ensure that we are spreading only kindness.

Further information

We want to inform you about changes that are happening at Sheffield Vineyard and how we are adapting to a new way of life.  We want to emerge from this time as a stronger family and respond well to the challenges that face us as a church family.  We want to continue to connect and serve those around us, especially the isolated, the lonely, the poor and the lost, without spreading the Coronavirus.

Advice from the Government has led us (Alex, Karen, the General Leadership Team, and the Trustees of the church) to make the very difficult decision to not physically gather as a church until such a time as it is safe and wise to do so. Specifically, we want to inform you of the following changes:

Sunday Services

We’re not meeting at Birkdale School for Sunday Services; instead, we will be live-streaming our services at 10.00 on Sundays.

This is new territory for us and we’re learning at a rapid rate.  We have purchased some fancy equipment with lots of knobs and buttons on to provide what we hope will be a wonderful digital church service at a professional level.  Once we’ve set up the kit, we’ll let you know how to tune in and be part of the Vineyard family from the comfort of your lounge/bedroom/garden/balcony/treehouse using your desktop computer/laptop/tablet/phone.

Keep an eye on the homepage and the SV Facebook page for all the latest updates concerning Sunday Service live-streaming.

Lifegroups

We’re not gathering at houses. We are currently preparing resources to enable Lifegroups to stay connected and will contact Lifegroup leaders to offer guidance and training. Whilst we are preparing this material, we would encourage you to telephone, email, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and send postcards to each other.

Foodbank

We want to continue to provide a foodbank service.  We will need to introduce systems to source, handle and deliver food in a safe way, but as long as we can do this, we will. Again, we will provide more information on this soon.

Encounter

We’re not running Encounter; instead, we’re going to focus on serving our communities in other practical ways unless it becomes unsafe, unwise or we are not permitted to do so. We are currently considering new ways to serve those around us, especially the isolated, the lonely, the poor and the lost. We’ll set up a blog with ideas for you to serve others and also hear the stories as our city becomes full of people who of full of fearless life.

Prayer meeting

We’re not gathering at Birkdale School on Saturdays to pray. We are looking at alternative ways to connect as we pray for each other and for our city.

Easter Service and Easter give-away events

We are considering how best to remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus this Eastertime.

Last year, we gave away daffodils to people at Weston Park. One person to receive some flowers was a guy called Sam, who was sitting on a bench in the park. Those flowers led to conversations about Jesus and those conversations led to Sam committing his life to follow Jesus.  Last week Sam was baptised. We believe that this virus is unable to restrict God; our expectation is that he will continue to bring people into full life.

God is calling us to be a family who is not guided by fear and instead lives in hope.  Hope is a joyful knowledge that God is good, he remains always in control, and followers of him have a good future ahead.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? … “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:22-27 & 32-34 NIV)

A talk by John Wright (National Director Vineyard UK&I)

In response to our current situation, John Wright delivered a talk to Trent Vineyard. You can see that talk by clicking the image/button below. With the rapidly unfolding situation, some of the information is already out of date; nevertheless, John shares numerous opportunities that present themselves to us at this time.