TEAMS – “We would love everyone to pick up a piece of the jigsaw.”
On Sunday 8th August we were excited to share our plans to return to regular Sunday morning gatherings as of 12th September at Vue cinemas Inverness. We are thrilled at this open door. You can watch Thomas & Mhairi’s video as part of the service here and scroll down to the bottom of this page for some helpful answers to some of the questions you might have.
We can’t do this without you! We believe that everybody has a part to play in the mission of Inverness Vineyard church and we would love everybody to find a place to serve, pick up their piece as we put together the picture of the church God wants us to become as we step of out of this last 14 months. The step we are taking will require more folk to sign up as time goes on, so if you are in a place to give in this way, please fill out below and be blessed as you serve the vision of our wee church.
What is the regularity of the services in the month? – we are having 3 gatherings a month with the last Sunday of the month no service taking place. 1 gathering a month will be an all together service.
Why the cinema? – Back in April/May time we felt the Lord share with us that we were to “follow the favour”. It has proved very difficult to find a space on Sunday mornings with appropriate space and availability. Vineyard churches UK on a leaders call shared about other Vineyards using the Vue space and we took it from there!
Will we stay at the cinema longer term? – Who knows?! We have the let initially until the end of the year and we wholeheartedly feel this is where we are to be for that time. We will still be open to God in that time about what and where is next for 2022. Millburn Academy is still closed to outside lets (as is all other highland council community facilities) and we will reassess and pray as and when news comes.
What Covid measures will be in place at the Cinema? Assuming nothing changes between now and our launch, masks will still be needed as part of the gathering with a 1m social distancing and limited capacity. Hand sanitising would still remain and we would require folk to sign up to book a seat. We will share more details (as they could change) closer to launch. But to reassure we will be committed to ensuring everyones safety at our services whilst also creating a space that feels like Inverness Vineyard.
I can’t make it to the in-person gatherings – will you still have online church? The plan at the moment as we take this faith step is to record our welcome and notices and talk each Sunday and upload this to Youtube weekly. We want to still have online content available but also want to acknowledge the step into in-person and make sure we take that step healthily whilst maintaining some sort of online presence.
I’m part of the church but don’t feel able to serve just now- is that OK? Absolutely! We are well aware that for some of us the return to church itself is a big enough step without having to worry about serving too. Like we would previous to the pandemic, if you can’t serve just now – thats ok! Just come as you are. You are just as loved and important to us and God should you serve or not.
I joined the church during lockdown so have never been to an in person gathering, can I join a team?! Absolutely, serving on a team (along with joining a life group) are 2 of the best ways to get connected and feel part of things. We would suggest teams like welcome, logistics, tech as being a great starting point as we get to know you.