Living Compassionately

We want to be a community that demonstrates the heart and extravagant generosity of Jesus, both in our individual lives and as a church. God has placed us each in unique environments and everyday there are opportunities to show Jesus’ love to those around us. As God has grown us as a church family, He has highlighted needs that we have been able to respond to as one-off projects, long term enterprises and in partnerships with other churches and organisations.

We aim to give ourselves away to others, showing scandalous grace and radical generosity.

A Community Heart

The Nest Project

This project began in 2015 when a group of pioneering women in our church caught God’s heart for families in need. The team went on to establish The Nest Project. We want to support children and families in BANES by giving away clothes and equipment for 0-5 year olds completely free of charge to anyone who needs it, regardless of income, faith or background.

The Nest Project has grown into a friendly hub for families who enjoy a slice of homemade cake, a good chat with our volunteers and the opportunity to pick up clothing, buggies, bedding, toys and more for their little ones.

Visit The Nest Project website to find out more, including how we’re working during the pandemic, or if you would like to get involved please drop us an email.

Dairy House - Rough Sleeper Hostel

In 2015, Rob and Suz Addicott helped open the Dairy House on their farm as a home for vulnerable adults who are coming out of homelessness. The project is run by Elim Connect Centre and is the main referral point for those leaving rough sleeping in Mendip. This has been spearheaded by Suzanne Addicott who worked in a pioneering community house project in Hong Kong with St Stephens Society, started by Jackie Pullenger. With a heart for helping the rural homeless to transition from this lifestyle, we have established a thriving community where residents live together and engage in a wide variety of activities. We love welcoming the residents into our church family and many join us on Sundays and are part of Core Communities.

Over the last 6 years we have seen over 100 people leave homelessness and find a home.

If you would like to get involved with the Dairy House and spend time with the residents then please contact Suzanne.

This project is run in partnership with the Elim Connect Centre.

Root Connections CIC

In early 2018 Root Connections was launched as a Community Interest Company which is a non-for-profit company where all profits go toward ending homelessness. It is set on Manor Farm, next to the Dairy House and hosted by Suzanne and Rob Addicott and managed by Sue Cross Bourton. Right at the start Vineyard Bath got involved with putting up polytunnels and this year we have adopted Roots to help us practically bless our community. Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing for all around meaningful activity, with special focus on those who have experienced homeless, cultivating relationships and to produce local, organically grown veg and flowers.

In the two years we have been running we have seen over 40 volunteers give over 7,000 hrs to the project, we have been part of helping 68 people out of homelessness and we have donated over 100 veg boxes to those most in need.

If you would like to get involved, you can become a friend or volunteer. To find out more, check out our website or please email Sue.

This is a positively growing Community – help us spread our roots and be connected to something life changing.

Loving Others

Re-engage

We recognise that many people in Bath feel isolated and lonely and we understand the value of relationships and the joy that friendships bring. When Meg Sadler discovered the charity Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly), she struck up a partnership and now a group of volunteers from Vineyard host monthly tea parties where those who live alone or who might struggle to otherwise get out and about, can enjoy an afternoon of conversation and laughter with a good cup of tea.

If you would like to get involved please email Megan.

Additional Projects and Groups

Home for Good
We partner with Home For Good to support and promote carers and adopters in the life of our church family. We are working towards becoming a Home for Good church which is recognised nationally as a place where fostering and adopting families can come and know they will find a welcome and a safe place. We partner with the Nest to offer carer only Nest sessions.

Restore
A group empowering one another through prayer and action around the climate crisis, exploring how Jesus calls us into caring for his creation and seeking justice for our global neighbours.

The Well
We are aware that many of us in our church family and beyond struggle with our mental health. We want to create a welcoming space where we can grow in relationships with each other. We encourage deeper, authentic conversations, particularly for those with mental health struggles. Everybody is encouraged to join this monthly peer support group to invest in their well-being.

Mini Springs
We partner with The Life Project to run a monthly church space for families across the city with children 0-11 years old with additional needs. We usually meet at The Hub, Weston, behind the RUH, 3.30-4.30pm on the first Sunday of every month, outside of the current pandemic. This is a beautiful, all inclusive, relaxed cafe type service and all are welcome.

We all long to live missional and compassionate lives and we always want to hear from others who are passionate about finding ways to meet people’s needs. We are only at the beginning of this journey to live compassionately and there is much more to be done so please do get in touch.

Our Partnerships

We are passionate about our city and enjoy praying with and working alongside other churches and charities. If you’d like to find out more about some of the amazing groups working in Bath and beyond please email hello@vineyardbath.co.uk.