There are many different ways for you to serve, to find help, to grow, and be involved at The Vineyard.
If you are new, still trying to figure out how to navigate life, or have questions, attend Start Here: Newcomer’s Orientation. It’s a fun, fast-paced 1/2 hour exploration of church life in the Vineyard. It kicks off with a free lunch, is punctuated with give-aways of good stuff, and allows plenty of time for small group discussion and questions. Supervised child care is provided as well.
We’ve found that getting involved in Community Groups is one of the best ways to cultivate friendships and grow personally and spiritually. These groups of 5–15 people meet regularly in someone’s home or apartment at a number of locations in the tri- county area. Because people are in a wide variety of places and stations in life, we offer a number of different kinds of group experiences.
Life Groups focus on developing friendships and simply doing life together. We may eat together, play games, watch movies, or do other social and fun things. Growth Groups focus on personal and spiritual growth by studying a particular book, DVD series, devotional, or other prepared material. These groups meet for a specific number of weeks. Small Groups—our most common community group—focus on connecting with and praying for one another by applying the Bible to everyday life, worshipping God, supporting and encouraging one another through ministry prayer, meeting spiritual and practical needs, and hanging out and doing life together.
Browse our groups on-line or pick up a flyer at the Info Center on Sunday. If you try a group and it’s not a fit, give another one a shot. One thing is for sure, once you find a group, it’ll change your life.
As followers of Jesus, we feel that our lives should be defined by serving others in meaningful ways. This isn’t just a “program,” but rather a lifestyle. Whether in small groups, on the hospitality team, in joint efforts with others in the city, or in our home or on the job, we hope to be the kind of people who display the love of God through acts of service.
Many people have found that helping out around the church—particularly in the weekend service—is one of the easiest ways to begin. We have opportunities that range from very low to very high commitment.
We really love Peoria (and the surrounding towns) and want to be as helpful as we can to our neighbors. Our hope is that if we disappeared, we’d actually be missed. We have found that one of the best ways to impact our community and work to make it whole is to simply serve people in really practical ways with no strings attached. So every month we share God’s love in a variety of ways—hand out free bottles of cold water in a parking lot or ice pops at a park, distribute light bulbs and toilet paper in a neighborhood, organize free garage sales, rake leaves, pick up trash, join with other organizations in their efforts, and a host of other creative, helpful ways. Watch our homepage for news of these events.
One of the really exciting parts of our community is how generous people are in supporting all the ways our church serves the community. Much of this generosity happens on Sunday morning when we receive an offering. However, if it’s easier for you to give online, you can do so on The City. All gifts are tax deductible.