February at Vineyard
There's a feeling of spring in the air at Carlisle Vineyard...in more senses than one. We feel the Father is stirring and raising us up as a community - there are fresh opportunities on the horizon and we are expectant! We recognise too that where fresh opportunity is, that the enemy will try all he can to intimidate and hold us back. So for this month we'll focus in on the story of Nehemiah as we become a community who are even stronger and with even more courage!
Here at Carlisle Vineyard - we truly believe that community life brings us strength - are you connected with a small group of folks yet that you can serve and lean on? We'd encourage you to find one if not. Give Andy or Rho a shout if you'd like us to point you in the direction of a small group.
Check out the all new calendar below with info for this month ahead and with details underneath! We also have a job vacancy which Andy & Rho are particularly excited to see filled!
Have a great February!
DETAILS FOR new venue parking on sunday's...
There are a limited number of parking places in the car park to the side of our building on Lorne Street - however, priority is given for those with limited mobility or those with young babies. There is on street parking in the streets surrounding the new venue, especially highlighting Lorne Crescent where there are less homes. We have a bus stop right round the corner from our front door entrance on Lorne Street. Also, we are perfectly positioned for a good few of us folks to have a good old healthy walk to Lorne Street!
We are so excited for all the Father has planned for us this year and beyond. With new small groups emerging and creative dreams being birthed in a variety of ways, we're excited to see what the Father does as we continue to be a community hungry to see those who don't yet know Jesus, come to know Jesus. We're thankful for the variety of ways we each contribute to being community - whether its cleaning the loos at the Lorne Street site, pursuing all the Father has for us in a variety of workplaces across the city, serving our neighbours a cuppa or dreaming dreams for this city and beyond...we're excited to all play a part in re-writing the story of this city.
As we grow as a community at Carlisle Vineyard, we have growing responsibilities to facilitate as a charitable company and it's our joy (Andy & Rho's specific hope, joy and huge relief) to advertise this post as a Voluntary Administrator. We are hugely thankful that the Father has created us all with different skills and gifts and we feel that this appointment is key to enable us to move forward effectively as a family.
EXISTING STAFF TEAM
We just want to highlight our current staff team at Carlisle Vineyard... these are the folks that ensure that Carlisle Vineyard is a space and place for us all to flourish and grow. We are so thankful for their time, energy and for the way they serve in many ways and often well and beyond the hours they're employed for.
Currently our staff team comprises of Abi Askew (Assistant Pastor: Kids & Finance Assistant, paid 6 hours per week), Rhoda Fearon (Senior Pastor, paid 28 hours per week), Andy Fearon (Senior Pastor, paid 12 hours per week), Steph Wightman (Assistant Pastor: Worship, paid 4 hours per week) and Miriam Lowe (Assistant Pastor: The City & Operations, paid 7 hours per week).
We also are thankful to our ministry leaders like Claire Salmon who oversees Newcomers, Phil & Laura Askew with oversight for Recreate, Tab & Steve Wilson for Youth, Paul Reynolds & Bill Hancock for all things tech, those mighty Wilson's who ensure we're fed every gathering...and the list could just go on and on! Mighty small group and course leaders too.
As well as this, we've recently had changes to our Directors team - these are volunteers that keep us out of court, the newspapers for the wrong reasons and in the black financially!! Hop on over to the website to see the lovely faces of those who dedicate specific time each week to keep the Vineyard engine running!
PRAYER & BAGELS
Prayer is such a huge part of seeing shift in the Kingdom! And we love that every Wednesday morning from 7.30 til 9am we have a huddle of folks keen to pray for our city and beyond! Come join at any point for our Prayer & Bagels huddle. We also would love to host a 24 hour time of prayer - potentially over Easter. Have a chat with Lucy Belton if this is something you'd like to be involved with!
Just love that Youth happens every week now! If you're year 7 plus, Steve & Tab Wilson host a youth small group on a Sunday night in their home (currently doing Alpha) and then once a month they host a Youth Huddle at our Lorne Street Site - both are perfect places for you to invite your friends along.
Steve & Tab - we honour you and thank you for providing a place and space for our youth to flourish and grow! Everyone! Ask these guys about their dream for an indoor skate park in the city!
NEW KIDS SMALL GROUP...
Calling all Year 3-6s!
We are starting a kids midweek small group from after February half term on Thursday evenings from 4-5.15pm at our Lorne Street Site. We are excited to start this small group which will be full of fun as well as a brilliant place to bring school friends to hear about Jesus!
If you'd like more information - simply click on the link below!
THE renovations: building update
We are still awaiting a response from the potential funding sources but we are now ready to start Phase 2 of our project...The Great Upstairs clear, clean and sort out!
Want to help? Got an hour to spare? We'll make a start the week beginning 19th February. Give Andy a shout to let him know and help us get upstairs as soon as possible!
We're so thankful for your financial generosity so far towards this project - as we create a space of grace in our city. If you'd like to contribute towards this project, or to set up regular giving for the general funds for Carlisle Vineyard - the best way to do so is online. Check out our giving web page for more details or have a chat with Abi Askew. Don't forget that if you're a tax payer we can add 25% on top of your donation through Gift Aid.
serving the city
An exciting opportunity has arisen to serve our city when the "Weeping Window" arrives into Carlisle on its tour- have a check out of the flyer attached to get involved!
Many of you will have seen this installation of thousands of poppies at the Tower of London - incredibly moving. Well, it's coming to Carlisle but our city needs help to host this! Such an amazing opportunity for you to Give A Day to the City between 23 May and 8 July!
The Encouragement Shed Van is available for those aged 25 and over to book to bless your neighbours and the city. If you would like to know more about booking the van - have a chat with Andy and we can let you know the process there!