The Vine Church partners with a number of charities in the UK and overseas. We believe partnership involves giving of time, talent and treasure (finance) and so we not only give financially to support these charities but also give of ourselves to be the change we want to see in our world.
“We exist to bring an end to modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society.”
“Human trafficking is one of the most serious and barbaric crimes, profiting from human misery. Our response is a strategic one: focus on excellence, professionalism and outcomes to help victims find healing, hope and justice. Now is the time for all of us to act and end suffering.”
International Programme Director
Watch the 4.5 minute film “We Are Hope for Justice”
Visit Hope for Justice page
“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”
“We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.”
Visit the Dunfermline Foodbank webpage
“Fife Women’s Aid is a charitable organisation and a company limited by guarantee. It started life as Dunfermline Women’s Aid in 1974 which mainly served the West of Fife. In 1975 Kirkcaldy Women’s Aid was born and served central Fife and Cupar Women’s Aid started in 1992 and served the East of Fife.
In October 2010 the three organisations merged and became Fife Women’s Aid. With shared resources, knowledge, expertise and experience, Fife Women’s Aid became the “go to” organisation in Fife for women experiencing domestic abuse and professionals needing advice or information.
Our Vision is of an equitable society in which women, children and young people are valued participants, able to determine their own future and are free from all forms of abuse.”
Visit Fife Women’s Aid page
“We exist because nobody should be held hostage by debt and poverty. But the truth is that they are rife in the UK. In a society where people live behind closed doors, thousands are desperately poor. Unable to feed their children, incapable of paying to heat their homes in winter, the grip of poverty is relentless. It breaks families apart and drives many to think that suicide is the only solution.
We are passionate about releasing people in our nation from a life sentence of debt, poverty and their causes. Through our services, which are all run through local churches, we are tackling poverty head on. Our vision is to bring freedom and good news to people in every community through 1,000 CAP projects by 2021.”
Free Local Services include
Debt help. Job clubs. Release Groups. Life Skills. CAP Money Course.
Visit CAP UK site
“Compassion is a leading children’s charity. At our heart is a relentless passion to act on our compassion and empower every child left vulnerable by poverty. For 65 years, we’ve been giving children the opportunity to escape the suffering and fear poverty brings. Our mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.
Child sponsorship: our approach is a personal one
Working in partnership with local churches in developing countries, we link a child in critical need with a caring sponsor, like you. Each sponsor enables us to provide exceptional care for their sponsored child through every stage of their childhood.”
Visit Compassion UK
“We here at Sports Chaplaincy UK have a dream to see an expression of God’s love and compassion practically demonstrated in every community called Sport. Sports Chaplaincy UK have a big heart and a big vision to embrace the World of Sport knowing we are making a positive contribution and impact across each of our Home Nations.
Sports Chaplaincy UK is on an incredible journey and as we thank God and celebrate this our 25th year we are more excited than ever about the future. The Community of Sport consists of over 151,000 clubs totalling 25 million men, women and children – what a mission field! And we, the Church cannot ignore a community of this size and significance.”
Pastor Jimmy Dowds has now passed on the Chaplaincy of Dunfermline Athletic FC after 17 years of voluntary service. He will continue to support a number of the players to succeed in their careers that have requested his expertise .
“We are part of a national team first pioneered in 2003, and Street Pastors continues to grow throughout the UK and across the world.
Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches and we care about our community.
We are usually on patrol from 10 p.m. to 3.30 a.m. on Saturday nights to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.
We have a large mobile safety van ‘Abraham’ that is parked most Saturday nights on the High Street where we can chat, offer basic first aid, a listening ear and a hot cuppa.
We are led by our local coordinator and we also have support from local churches and community groups in partnership with the police, local council and other statutory agencies.”
Dave and Helen Lyth, doctor and teacher supported by the Vine church, and by the Dunfermline Rotary club worked in a church mission in Western Uganda in 2009-12. God enabled them in dramatic circumstances during those years, and since then with annual visits and keeping in regular touch.
Medical – On arrival, Dave found himself in a 5 –year typhoid epidemic in the district (population 700,000) affecting tens of thousands of people. 1,500 people had surgery for gut perforation, and 300 died. The Vine contributed to the support that saw the end of that epidemic.
Youth – The Vine has helped:
• Train and support local Ugandans in youth work, including Jethro, the diocesan youth worker.
• Publish Sunday school materials in the local language (Thank you Gangs).
• Produce a DVD of the ‘Miracles and Parables of Jesus’ in the local language.
• Missions: 4 teams from the Vine came out over the years to take part in missions to schools, churches, and towns in the district.
The mission that the Vine supported last year was a spectacular, weeklong event that attracted audiences of thousands, including the local king, mayor, police and military and church leaders.
John Murabyo our closest friend is responsible for the churches’ witness to the minority Muslim community. The Vine has helped provide sewing machines and training to make a living for families who have been driven out of their homes because they followed Christ.
Mme Soliette is the inspirational leader behind the orphanage on La Gonave, Haiti. She is not a “professional” social worker. She simply saw a huge need that no one was willing to fill and did her best to respond personally. Eventually her response became the overwhelming focus of her life.
Having grown up on the island of La Gonave, Mme Soliette was well aware of the desperate needs of the orphan children. For years she appealed to the government to provide some kind of care, but nothing ever came of it. Seeing the malnourished and sickly orphans in the streets continued to break her heart. Later, as a young woman working on the mainland, she decided she must do something about it herself. She saved some money, moved back to La Gonave and rented a house. In 2007 Mme Soliette took in her first eight orphaned children and began caring for them. Although she originally named the orphanage the Splendid house, in 2009 she renamed it the Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave, and was caring for nearly 70 children in an overcrowded inadequate house with no electricity or running water. She has become a devoted advocate for these children and carries an unimaginable daily burden to provide food, shelter, healthcare and clothing for the little ones no one else would care for.
In April of 2013, the children moved into the new 4 acre Children’s Village, a long-time dream of Mme. Soliette’s that she was able to see become a reality through generous donors and people just like you. A documentary called “Journey of a Yes” tells this incredible story of Mme Soliette and the children’s village. View the 90 second trailer here
and view the full documentary here
Although there are 80 children at present, there are many more in need. In addition to the basics of food, water, clothing and shelter… Mme Soliette dreams of providing a solid education, proper medical care and vocational training with a vision to see these children raised up as future leaders and productive citizens of Haiti.
Okipe School Project
Mme Soliette educates over 200 children on top of her 85 orphans as these children are too poor to attend other schools. To facilitate this Mme Soliette is now building a school building. View the 3 minute video of the school here
and learn more about the school project here.
LemonAid was born out of a desire to see targetted support, investment and relief delivered to the desperately poor people of Lagonave, Haiti as the result of a visit to the island in January 2007.
During the trip, some words of a great friend came to mind;
“I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was homeless and you gave me a room. I was shivering and you gave me clothes. I was sick and you stopped to visit. I was in prison and you came to me.”
…and so in 2008, LemonAid was born.
Moving into 2015 we are trying to raise funds for 12 days of operations in the new hospital and a tri-wheeled bike to move rubbish from hospital to the rubbish tip.
Visit Lemon Aid page
“Open Doors works in over 50 countries, supplying Bibles, training church leaders, providing practical support and emergency relief, and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith. In the UK and Ireland Open Doors works to raise awareness of global persecution, mobilising prayer, support and action among Christians.”
“Around the world, millions of Christians are actively persecuted because of their faith. But where are the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian? This video lists the top 5 countries in the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List – the list of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.”
Visit Open Doors UK
“Watoto is a family of people from all over the world who are working together to ensure that the forgotten have a place to belong.
In a time of civil war, we planted Watoto Church in Kampala, Uganda to speak hope and life to the nation.
Since then, Watoto has placed thousands of orphans in families, empowered vulnerable women to reach their communities, rescued babies and former child soldiers, and sent children’s choirs across six continents.
As we work alongside the most vulnerable in our society, our aim is to rescue individuals and raise each one as a leader in their sphere of life so that, in turn, they will rebuild the nation.
In over 30 years, the challenges facing the nation have changed, but the vision remains the same.
In all of this, Watoto remains a local church, committed to celebrating Christ and caring for community.”
Visit Watoto site