New Vine started in October 1995, the result of a church planting partnership by Victory Baptist Church and Hunter Christian Community Church. Paul Whiting (Victory) and Andrew Cole (Hunter) wanted to plant a church in the western suburbs of Newcastle. The brand new New Vine Church of 30- 15 adults and 15 kids- started meeting in the Regal Cinema at Birmingham Gardens.
New Vine affiliates as a Baptist Church in NSW and soon after begins looking for a more permanent home in the new suburban area emerging around Maryland.
With a growing congregation of 120 adults and kids, and a vision to establish a permanent presence in Maryland, New Vine moves from the Regal Cinema, begins meeting at the Maryland Community Centre, and Stage 1 of building work started at the current Maryland site.
GLOCAL is launched as our response to the Great Commission, encouraging New Viners to Go, Give and Pray. And in the next couple of years our first daughter church – H2O- was planted. We sent out a dozen people who started meeting in Thornton.
Stage 2 of the building project kicked off at the current Maryland site, with new rooms and facilities for kids and admin. We sent our first team of volunteers over to Vanuatu, to partner with Christian Community Schools Vanuatu, to help build school buildings.
New Vine Lakes church was planted, with Steve and Liz Troyer and 40 people pioneering a new church around Lake Macquarie, meeting in Eleebana Public School.
Amanda Francis stepped out and planted New Vine Vineyards church. A small group of Cessnock locals start meeting in The Potters Brewery in Nulkaba, (and now weekly on Sundays in the Nulkaba Public School).
Stage 3 of the Maryland building project got under way with us seeking to develop better children’s ministry spaces, and also work towards a commercial kitchen and café space.
In October, New Vine Church celebrated their 20th birthday!
After 20 years our vision statement had served us well, but it was time to launch a refreshed expression of it. The vision that we now continue towards-
“With Jesus. In community. On mission.”
New Vine Beaches, as a weekly Sunday afternoon service, is launched at Dudley Public School.
And with the ongoing efforts of a great team of volunteers, at Maryland, we commission three new kids’ spaces for use each week.
In January we launched Vintage New Vine, a fortnightly midweek congregation and worship. And during the year saw many things completed in our building project. The foyer area now functioning well and rejigging of our children’s ministry rooms with purpose built rooms for the various ages and the new “heroes room”, a place for children with various special needs to be able to “reset” when needed.
As we set off into 2020 we look forward to the challenges and opportunities. With some changes on staff, a new focus for the year “going after the one” and plans to complete both the commercial kitchen and the children’s playground. It promises to be a great year of trusting God for His empowering and provision!
Service times at Maryland
Sunday’s- weekly at 9.30am and 6pm.
Upper Room- first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm
Vintage New Vine- 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 9.30am