NEW VINE VINEYARDS STORY
Planted in 2015 as part of the New Vine Network.
We launched our first service at Potters Brewery in Feb 2015 and started meeting at St Philip's Christian College in Nov 2016. We have been slowly and steadily growing, trusting God as we journey with him in the adventure of a life time. The New Vine Network was birthed by New Vine Maryland 21 years ago when it set out to build a church and plant other churches. For more information go to newvine.org.au/
New Vine Vineyards was birthed from New Vine Lakes www.newvinelakes.com.au/ , one of the Network churches based at Valentine,
OUR PASTOR Amanda Francis
I have always loved an adventure and following God is a great adventure. Ten years ago I joined the New Vine Network and started attending the New Vine H2O at Maitland, followed by the New Vine Lakes at Valentine. During this time God began to teach me what it meant to Pastor and care for his people. I learned the importance of loving people with the grace of Jesus and the importance of discipleship. I also learned of the importance of allowing Holy Spirit to speak into our lives and lead and direct us.
It was during this time I began to having a growing sense of God calling me to church plant. An insistent voice that continued until I left my work in Newcastle and moved to the City of Cessnock. I placed an advertisement in the local paper calling on anyone who might want to join a church planting team and waited with baited breath to find out if anyone would respond. A week later Greg Pankhurst called and said that he and his wife Lisa were keen to explore what it might look like for them to be involved in planting a church. And so our church was birthed.