Vine News Sep ’22

Dave & Helen Lyth’s Farewell

Today we celebrated a wonderful couple who have been in the Vine for 25 years. 

Dave & Helen Lyth, our great friends are moving from Dunfermline to Edinburgh.

They have made a huge impact on all our lives, being wonderful Life group leaders serving and supporting families. Being childrens leaders firstly in their home as a youth group, then in the community with NRJ and then with the current childrens gangs  with creativity and energy bringing the life and love of christ to many many children .

Jimmy read out the following poem he wrote which encapsulates so much of how we love the Lyths and also praying great blessings on this new part of their journey which they framed as having an “eternal perspective!”

Go with joy great friends!!

Foodbank Collection

Many bags of donations were handed in over the last couple of weeks to the Vine Church Office, which Maxine collected & handed in to the Foodbank. In total 32.4kg of shopping was donated.

Update on Warm and Well Project

Dear All,

As you know we have been looking at ways we can help over the coming months in response to the steep rise in the cost of living, in particular the rise in energy prices. As a result we have started developing a community project we are calling the ‘Warm and Well project’.  Here is an overview of the ‘Warm and Well’ project plans so far:


To provide a warm and welcoming safe place for people to come and enjoy a hot meal once a week. This is in response to the rise in the cost of living in particular the steep rise in energy prices which will leave many struggling to heat their homes and cook food.

What we plan to do

Embracing Life, The Vine Church  and The Vine Conference Centre will work in partnership to open the café in the evening once a week from 5pm – 9pm during the colder months of the year and provide a free hot meal and refreshments to those in the community who could do with a helping hand. We plan to begin this project on Wednesday 26th October 2022 and will run it until the beginning of the Easter holidays 2023.

How we plan to do it

This project will be managed by Tim & Mel Thomson and will be run with the help of volunteers from both the community and members of the Vine Church. We have enough room in the café to seat 70 people comfortably for a hot meal and have adequate cooking equipment, serving equipment etc to facilitate this. We are currently working on a way for people to easily book in and reserve a seat/seats.

Volunteering slots will be available each week and include:

3pm-5pm – Prepping and Cooking meals ( min 4 people required)

5pm – 6:30pm  Welcoming & Serving (min 4 people required)

7:30pm – 9pm  Clear up & Cleaning (min 4 people required)

Once we have an idea of how many volunteers we have and availability we will provide a rota and of course will provide appropriate training and guidance.

This is a great opportunity to help your community during these difficult times and we appreciate any time you have to spare to help.  To sign up to be a volunteer please follow the link Warm & Well Project – Embracing Life

In terms of letting people know about the facility, we will produce flyers to distribute in the local area, display in local shops, health centres, local billboards. We will also promote the project via Facebook and local press. We are also working closely with MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville and Fife Council to make sure we reach those that really need this kind of service.

We have applied for external funding for this service and Fife Council have also advised that they may be able to provide a grant to help facilitate this.

This is just a brief overview of the plans so far and we plan to hold a meeting on Tuesday 4th October 730pm-830pm at the Vine to go over things in more detail.

In the meantime if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes

Mel Thomson

Founding director

Embracing Life CIC


Men’s Night – Thursday 29th September – 7pm

Food for body and soul!
We are looking forward to getting all the guys together with a curry!

As well as curry and a catch up we will be following the series 7 Challenges Men Encounter

Looking forward to seeing you there!

(We are suggesting a discretionary donation of £5ph to help cover costs but no obligation)

Spotlight – Role of an AV Team Member

The AV Team assist the flow of the Sunday service using our audio-visual equipment for worship lyrics, announcements, videos and atmospherics..  Find out more and how to join a team here.

Revive Wellbeing Hub & Cafe

As well as scheduled sessions, the café is open to the public from 9:30am -230pm serving a range of teas, coffees, homemade cakes, & delicious lunches. We also have a range of activities available to pick up & enjoy from magazines to arts & crafts and not forgetting our soft play area to keep little ones entertained while you relax.

All welcome 🥰

Click here for more Information on all the upcoming events from Sep – Nov 22

Sunday Service Cafe Livestream

For those with babies & toddlers who sit in the cafe & use the soft play during the service, we now have a livestream of the service available in the cafe each week. This requires parental supervision and parents are required to watch their own children.

Free Teas & Coffees after Sunday Service

There will be ongoing free teas & coffees in the cafe each week after each service, thanks to a very generous anonymous donation.

Inspirational Messages – One Another Series

Click here to access Gill’s full message

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Click here to access Jimi’s full message


Did you know you can watch our services and inspiring Sunday messages on YouTube or on our podcast by clicking on the following links – Soundcloud, iTunes & Spotify? Please subscribe to the one you use so as not to miss out. Links for all 3 now on our home page at

Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer

Eternal wall of Answered Prayer with 1 million answered prayers on 1 million bricks in UK 😮 costing £13million – they would like if you can email in an answered prayer and get on a brick for FREE – they want to testify of answered prayer –


We have received an astounding 4 million pounds donation in match funding! That means, from this point on, every donation, given to Eternal Wall, will be doubled. And with your help, the physical reality of Eternal Wall and the digital reality of the largest database of answered prayers, in the world, are within our sights.


Youversion Bible App

Why Follow our church in YouVersion Bible App?

With YouVerson, you can:

  • Access your favorite Bible version
  • Read or listen to Scripture
  • Enjoy over 25,000 daily devotional Plans
  • Build a prayer habit with Guided Prayer
  • Create a Prayer List
  • Watch videos or listen to podcasts that help unpack Scripture in new, engaging ways

Click here and Tap “set as my church”

HaHA Health and Happiness Adventures

Welcome to the Spreadsheet and AccompanyingTraining Video that is a tried and tested financial planning system that can transform your finances. For 10 years I have used a money management system that was taught to me at a CAP money management course. From that course I created my own Excel Spreadsheet (also available in Google Sheets Spreadsheet) that has transformed my finance and taken a tonne of financial stress off my shoulders.

I want to give you my Spreadsheet already filled in with all the formulae to work out your totals. All you have to do is put in your own numbers and watch the magic happen. In the accompanying training video I will teach you how to use the spreadsheet, how to change it with your own income, expenditure and financial goals.

Here is a message from Yvonne Beaumont:

“Following on from Aaron speaking about the course he did with Christians against Poverty and his offer to email out material to help with budgeting, I just want to let you know that I trained with CAP as a money coach after their course helped us to get out of a difficult financial situation and would be more than happy to speak to anyone who is finding it difficult to manage their finances and help them to come up with a workable budget. Any conversations would be entirely confidential. Don’t feel you have to struggle on alone. Please feel free to message me or see me after church on a Sunday.” Please do get in touch if you need any help or support.

Aaron Dowds
Lead Pastor 

Pastoral Leadership Team Update 21 Aug 2022

An Invitation to Daughters Conference

Dear Friends, 

Three years ago women from across Scotland gathered for our Women’s Conference: Daughters | Go Again. It was such a powerful and significant time together, so we are increasingly expectant about all that could take place as we get ready to gather again for this year’s Daughters Conference: SOAR on 27th-29th October 2022. Click the link above to take you to their website.

We would love to host the women of your Church at Daughters 2022: SOAR! 

God Bless, Pastor Heather, C7 Daughters Team 

Tony Evans Training Centre

Bible Study at Your Speed – Building Kingdom Disciples

Have you ever wanted to take a deeper dive into the Bible, but found that time and finances made it impossible to take a formal course of study?

The Tony Evans Training Center has the answer for you—an easily affordable choice of courses that allows you to study the Bible in-depth and at your own pace. Click to learn more.

Fife Young Carers – Job Opportunity

Volunteer Befriender: Fife Young Carers’ Project with Lead Scotland.

Make a difference to the life of a young carer (12-18 years). Lead Scotland’s befriending service offers young carers living in Fife some “me” time away from their caring role, enabling them to have access to more opportunities within their communities. A befriender can have a positive impact on someone’s life. Activities can include going for a short walk together, meeting for a coffee, finding a hobby, accompanying them to college or assisting them to make connections with their local community. Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties.

Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and will be required to be PVG checked.

An amazing volunteer will have a warm and friendly personality, kindness, patience, good communication skills, good listening skills, reliability, empathy, and the ability to maintain confidence.

Does this sound like you? If you are interested in this rewarding opportunity, please email:

50 years on – a refugee story to inspire the local church

I believe this powerful testimony from a 1972 Ugandan Asian refugee can inspire local churches today. Read more by clicking here.

Hope for Justice

Hope for Justice and the Young Living Foundation launch free e-learning course to help keep kids safe online

With children spending more and more time online, the risks of online enticement and online sexual exploitation are becoming ever greater. The U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, for example, reported a 130% increase in online enticement reports in 2021 compared to 2019. Read more here and enrol for the course.

Update from Haiti

When southwest Haiti was struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, 14 August 2021, you were there to pray for us as we sought to support our brothers and sisters in Haiti impacted by the disaster. Click here to read an update on how things are now.

Sponsor a child and save a life.

Click image below to find out about sponsoring a child with Compassion UK:

Open Doors UK & Ireland

Vian from Iraq is caring for others as you have cared for her

The occupation of large parts of Iraq by so-called Islamic State (IS) has had a traumatising impact on many people, including Christians. In some places, this has been exacerbated by the stigma surrounding mental health. But thanks to initiatives run by Open Doors local partners, people are beginning to find healing – including Vian, who is now looking to help others. Read on here.

Raising Teens

For any parent worried about their teenage child, or for those wanting to prepare themselves for the tough times ahead, we’ve created a programme called Raising Teens – Off Script. In this three-part series hosts Paula Pridham and Mark Chester, along with a variety of guest speakers, get down to the true grittiness of parenting. Click here to learn more & book online.

Deep Rooted

Deep Rooted is a chance to step back from the busyness and step into the strength God has already planted within you. Come and worship, reflect and hear inspiring stories from down-to-earth women. They will help you build faith-filled resilience and grow long-lasting, life-giving roots, so you can stand firm and be fruitful no matter what life throws at you. Read more & book now here.

The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding & Overcoming the Body’s Fear Response

In this podcast (episode #389) and blog, I talk to holistic psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher Dr. Ellen Vora about the importance of taking a functional medicine approach to mental health, addressing imbalances at the root, taking a whole person approach to wellbeing, exploring what anxiety tells us, why women are often accused of being more anxious than men, anxiety and hormonal changes, and so much more!  Read more here.

Practical Solutions to Help Children Manage Depression & Trauma + Signs Your Child May Be Struggling with Depression & How Mental Ill-Health Affects DNA

In this podcast (episode #294) and blog, Dr. Leaf talks about childhood depression, who is most affected by it, the signs to look out for, and how to educate our children about mental health.  Click here to read more.

RightNow Media – How to Face Life’s Challenges

Did you know RightNow Media is free to all who attend the church?  RightNow Media is like the Netflix of Christian Bible study with all types of series including children series & series on all types of life events.

Stephen Foster presents this six-part series on how Jesus’ teachings unlock some of life’s major challenges. Each session will equip you with Biblical, practical, and relatable application relating to different challenges like worry, failure, anger, loving enemies, judging others, and facing temptation. 

Click here to access the How to Face Life’s Challenges library

RightNow Media

Free access for Vine members to RightNow Media which is like the Netflix of Christian Bible Study. Please email Colleen your email address if you would like free access.

Free to Vine members if you have accessed RightNow Media from your email invitation. Please email Colleen if you have any issues accessing your gift.

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