Missions at West Suffolk Vineyard

 

At the Vineyard, we believe our primary calling is to share the gospel, to plant new churches and to grow the kingdom of God. With these things in our minds, we believe that we can change the world through Christ and his power on Earth. Therefore we make it essential for all our missional activity to be absolutely grounded in support for and encouragement of the local church in our community, aiming for everything we do to benefit others.

We have also developed an international link with Santa Anita Vineyard in Lima, Peru as part of our missions work. This relationship gives us a chance to both share our knowledge with them, and also learn from their unique perspective and experiences.

Below you can see some of the things we have been involved with recently. If you would like to find out more about missions ministry, please contact us.

Latest Mission Events

Santa Anita Vineyard Leaders Visit

A team of leaders from Santa Anita Vineyard, our partner Church in Lima, Peru, visited us for a few weeks from January to February 2017. We love to host our Peruvians visitors, and listen to their wisdom and experiences gained from a different way of living over in South America. On Peru Sunday, Ismael de la Cruz, one of the Senior Pastors at Santa Anita Vineyard, gave our Sunday morning talk from the Bible, with Rod de la Cruz acting as translator. Afterwards, the entire team stayed to talk more about their Church in Peru and the things they've learned over the years as we shared lunch together.

Christmas Hamper Giveaway

At the Vineyard, we believe Jesus' love is at the centre of Christmas, and every year we aim to extend this message of love to the community. One thing we love to do is our Christmas Hamper Giveaways. In December 2016, with a number of hampers made up and wrapped, a small group of people separated and drove around Bury, asking God to show them where to deliver the hamper. It's such a simple but generous way of expressing Jesus' love over this period, and there were some inspiring stories afterwards.

Leadership Conference in Lima, Peru

In November 2015 a team from West Suffolk Vineyard went to speak at a leadership conference in Lima, Peru.

Global Conference

In July 2015 we met up with the guys from Peru at the Vineyard Global Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Santa Anita Mural

We were delighted to receive photos from Peru of the outside of their church with its new mural which they wanted to share with us in Bury St Edmunds. We think it looks fantastic.

Mission Morning

On Saturday 21st February at The Vineyard Centre, 15a Out Westgate, Bury St Edmunds (IP33 3NZ) from 10:30am to 1pm we're holding a Mission morning. Come and hear more about mission opportunities in Peru and catch up with what's going on at Santa Anita Vineyard - with Mark and Louise Williams, our Senior Pastors.

This morning is for anyone who has any interest in Peru - to visit, to sponsor and to support.

Click here to register your interest >

Andean Regional Conference

In October, our Senior Pastor Louise Williams, our Founding Pastors Chris and Maggie Parsons, along with Kate Cooke of the Vineyard Churches national worship task force, went to speak at a conferene in Lima, Peru for all the leaders in Vineyard churches across the Andean Region. This region is composed of 5 countries within Latin America: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

Nicaragua Missions Trip

In August a group from West Suffolk Vineyard church will be in Nicaragua on a mission training trip with i-61. They are staying in what's called the 'Isaiah House'. For more details of what's going on, head over to:

The Facebook Group >

Isaiah House website >

Click the video below to find out more about i-61:


 

Santa Anita Vineyard Boot Camp

In August 2014 Hannah Stewart went to Santa Anita Vineyard's boot camp in Lima, Peru.

Here are some of Hannah's thoughts on how the trip went:

The Best Things

Seeing new things of God - hearing him speak, having people speak very specific and direct prophetic words over my life, seeing him heal people on the streets, seeing him respond as children desperately sought his face, seeing him work through me in Spanish, which although I am fairly competent, is a massive handicap for me in terms of being able to express things.  So in this weakness I had to rely on God!  And now it weirdly seems that I have preached more and prophesied over people more in Spanish than I have in English! 

Being part of the church - being loved by so many different people, and accepted into the church family.  It's really quite overwhelming.  For example on the kids camp I was praying about the culture, and how I would fit in longer term - whether I could cope with always being different and being treated differently, whether I would ever really be part of the church and connect deeply with people. Then when we got back to the church on the bus, the parents threw a huge party (I mean, ridiculous!) with balloons, presents, banners, you name it!  And one of the parents had bought some chocolates for me with a card and said to me that she just felt really strongly like I was part of the family and that when she watched me interact with the Peruvian young people, she couldn't see any difference between us!  Answer to prayer or what?  I was bowled over!

Time alone with God -  I had so much time just to be, to pray, to think, to enjoy God's creation and process stuff.  For example, I went up the mountain one day on my own to pray and have a look at Santa Anita from a different perspective.

The Future

I will be returning at Christmas, which I am super excited about. I felt God say to, and it feels right. I would like to be there in a different season, when people don't have as much work to do.  Ismael and Hilda have even changed the dates of the leaders retreat over that period so that I will be able to go on it.

Please do continue to pray for the Vineyard in Santa Anita. If you have any words of encouragement, then please pass them onto Hannah, who can translate them into Spanish and take them with her when she returns in December. Hannah says: "I wanted to give you an opportunity to bless them directly, and it will help build bridges - I never want it to be just Hannah and Peru - this is all of us together. I just happen to be the messenger!"

Santa Anita Vineyard Pastors Visit

In January 2014 we were delighted to have the pastors from Santa Anita Vineyard here with us in Bury St Edmunds and to accompany them to the National Leaders' Conference at Trent Vineyard, Nottingham.

  

To see more photos from the visit, click here.

Naturally Supernatural

 

In July 2013, Hannah Stewart visited Peru to help out with their youth boot camp 'Naturally Supernatural'. Check out her video to see what they got up to!

Before

After

Alan Wootton's Sponsored Cycling

Alan undertook a 335 mile cycle ride around all the East Anglia Vineyard Churches in aid of the Vineyard churches in Peru. Click here to sponsor Alan.

His schedule is:

Monday - Woolpit, Ipswich, Norwich

Alan has got to Norwich on Monday, cycling 73.8 miles, which took him 5 hours and 50 minutes. That's an average speed of 12.7mph!

Tuesday - Norwich, Peterborough

Alan upped his distance today, cycling from Norwich to Peterborough - a journey of 91 miles! It took him 7 hours and 18 minutes, with an average speed of 12.5mph. You can see the route he took (before his phone ran out of battery) by clicking here.

Wedsnesday - Peterborough, Cambridge, Potton, Stevenage

Here's Alan's Day 3 Report:

Very different to yesterday and the flat bleakness of the Fens. Today was very scenic and hilly, which the legs weren't to pleased about.

I had an excellent Tuesday night with Geoff and Maggie in Peterborough. Today, I had a lovely lunch with Pete and Alison in Cambridge! Pity it was a little rushed as I had plenty more miles to ride. Met a man (I think he was called Keith) who worked in close offices to Potton Vineyard. He seemed to know about the venture so was happy to pass info on - nice cuppa and chat.

I'm now in Stevenage and a very filling meal thanks to Chris should put me in good stead for the homeward leg. Chris will be cycling with me for an hour or two tomorrow.

Today Alan cycled 86.7 miles, at an average speed of 12.1mph. You can also check out his route for the first leg and for the second leg.

Thursday - Stevenage, Stour Valley (Sudbury), Bury St Edmunds, Woolpit

Alan finished his epic ride today, with his most hilly day of all coming at the end. Today Alan cycled 83.2 miles, which took him 6 hours and 31 minutes. That's an average speed of 12.8mph. You can also check out his route for the first leg and for the second leg.

Overall, Alan cycled 335 miles! An amazing journey!

Santa Anita Vineyard

Anniversary Message

 

On Sunday 30th June 2013, Santa Anita Vineyard celebrated their 14th Anniversary. So at West Suffolk, we decided to film a message on the Sunday morning to send to them.