Community is an essential part of life. Every living thing on this planet lives in a community. You and I are no different. We constantly influence the community around us.
For us in Coventry Vineyard we are seeking to bring something of heaven to earth. We choose to influence the community in which we live with the grace and compassion, and the love and generosity that Jesus showed when he encountered people. We choose to love our neighbours, to welcome strangers and to accept outcasts.
For us serving our neighbours is a non-negotiable. Our Life Groups serve their local community in practical ways. We love to surprise people with God's extravagant generosity. We demonstrate the gospel. We roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty.
You and I are invited to become more like Jesus and this involves serving. Serving is the way and life of the Kingdom. So this is why you will find us out on the streets, cleaning up litter; in shops, cleaning toilets; in neighbours gardens, digging borders, weeding or laying turf; in the park, giving out cold drinks on hot days.
Why do we serve?
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."-Mark 10:45
We serve because that is what Jesus did and does. In the bible we read that Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. Think of it. The one who said if we have seen him we have seen the Father, serving. Serving is at the very heart of who God is. To be a servant is to be like God, to serve others is to reflect God’s heart and love for others. When we serve others, what people see, is God.
We want to express God’s compassion and love to a broken world. We serve because Jesus serves.