Welcome to Falkirk Vineyard Ladies blog!
As our first entry I want to introduce myself, the team, where we have come from and our vision for this ministry.
My name is Lyndsey Henderson and I am married to Blair, we have a little girl, Grace and our second bundle is due any time now. I have been leading this ministry for 3 years and am constantly amazed at how God is blessing us and the work we do. Our ministry started from a few friends at church wanting to hang out, this turned into our first ever Craft Night. We invited our friends to a night of sharing ideas and teaching crafts, it was held in my house and we had about 16 ladies. After that we had a Clothes Swap, which was about 15-20 ladies. Fast forward 3 years to April 2017 and we held our annual clothes swap with over 60 women in attendance, the majority who were not from our church. ISN’T GOD AMAZING!
We now have an awesome team of women who work so hard to provide events which we can bring our friends to, help us to build relationships with one another and have fun! The team for 2017/18 is Mhairi Sargent, Sandra Innes, Jennifer Franklin, Joanna Orr and Joanne Kilpatrick. These ladies have such a heart for women and serve with enthusiasm and joy and I am privileged to have them serving in this ministry.
God is now challenging us to grow, expand our tents (as our Pastor Andrew McNinch says) and to step into what God has for this ministry.
But don’t worry, our events will run again this year, only bigger and better! We have another 5 events for you to enjoy with your family and friends. Our vision is to provide opportunities to build authentic and loving relationships with women inside the church, outside the church, women we know and women we don’t.
This year we will also be holding gathering events for those women in our church to get together and spend time talking about our lives, God and everything else in between. There will be three opportunities and we will have food, a lovely lady will share what God has been speaking to them about (5/10 minutes) and we will spend time encouraging one another, praying for each other and hearing from God. What better way to grow in our faith and in friendships.
There is also a small movement starting, where women are meeting up in a mentoring role. This is for women who feel they would benefit from having someone to talk to about life, problems, God, studying the bible or if you just need a listening ear. If you are reading this and thinking I would really appreciate someone just to meet up with and chat with, someone to listen to or help me through something, then please approach any member of the women’s team and we will take it from there.
Proverbs 27 v17 ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.’
And of course our fantastic blog has started. This is an opportunity for women to encourage each other and share stories of God in their lives. It will be updated at least once a month with a story, thought or reading from a different women in our church. Helping to come alongside one another, encouraging and spurring each other on.
I hope you have enjoyed reading the news of FV Ladies and are excited for the year ahead. Follow us on Instagram for updates and news and know that we are so excited for what God has in store for you women this year!
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