The Church of The Vine as it was known in the beginning was started by John and Sally Berriman who were prompted by God to start a Spirit filled charismatic church to serve the people of St Ives. The Fellowship first started meeting in the Autumn of 1998 at Carne Farm, Nancledra.The church has met in several places over the years including Treloyhan Manor, The Stennack Surgery, and an Industrial Unit on Penbeagle Industrial Estate.
John and Sally Berriman left the fellowship on the 15th March 2009 to enter a new phase in their life and ministry. The Vine is currently being led by the Rev Alan Higgins, and Elders Martin Butcher and David Smith with their wives.
We have a vision to see the people of St Ives and surrounding area become aware of God's presence in their lives, and eventually to know Jesus. The leaders are working together to help people reach their full potential and use their talents and to see the Kingdom of God increased.
The Vine Church is made up of a body of believers who believe that God is relevant today and wants to move in our daily lives and situations in a powerful and very real way. We are all on a journey, and have come to put our trust in God, as our Father, through His Son Jesus and believe that He has a destiny and purpose for us all.
Alan & Lucy Higgins
Pastors of The Vine Church
Alan & Lucy originate from opposite ends of the country; Alan from Scotland and Lucy from Cornwall, and have been married since 1999, having met at Regents Theological College in Nantwich.
They have ten children and have a heart not only for the family at home, but for the family of God – the Church. They believe that families are the building blocks of society.
Alan worked in various capacities, including youth work, photography, community improvement and retail before becoming a qualified Secondary School Teacher in 2006.
Alan and Lucy are passionate about the local Church and believe that openness to the Holy Spirit, discipleship, prayer, worship and unconditional preaching of the Bible are key elements to it’s growth.
Elder David Smith and Cindy Smith
(Cell Group, Marriage Course & Alpha Leaders)
Elder Martin and Marguerite Butcher
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be without error, the fully inspired and infallible Word of God and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and that these three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.
We believe in the true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and His second advent to receive His Church.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this enduement, the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.
We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the Fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
We believe in the necessity for salvation of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by which the sinner is pardoned and accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life.
We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ.
We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and in the present operation of the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.
We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.
We believe that the Gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world and to fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.
The Coming King
We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.
The Future State
We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgement of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.