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/ ,
part of the Network churches based at Valentine,
Amanda Francis, our Pastor
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 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 care for his people, to love people with the grace of Christ and
allow the Holy Spirit to lead us.
During my time at New Vine Lakes I began to having a growing sense of God calling me to church plant. An insistent voice that continued until I followed his direction and left Newcastle, moving to the City of Cessnock to plan/grow a church .
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.