By Dionne Hunte
Trent Vineyard is Christian church based all over the UK, Trent helps people in Nottingham, the UK and abroad.
John and Debby Wright started the church in 1996 after they moved from South West London to Nottingham. Because they felt God calling them with a vision to teach people about Jesus, to worship God and serve the City of Nottingham; John and Debby moved here with eight other people, meeting at a hotel and the church kept growing.
The vision of the Trent is: ‘God has called us to build a growing, regional biblically based church in Nottingham, in a creative and contemporary way, in the power of the Holy Spirit to worship God and communicate the gospel with compassion and generosity. We aim to make, train and equip disciples to be ineffective in extending God’s kingdom, to develop leaders, to plant new churches and to contribute to blessing the whole body of Christ.’
The way Trent Vineyard is different from most traditional churches is the building more like a warehouse. The worship style different too, because they try to use everyday language, to include people – and in the service, it involves a band made up of guitars, basses, a drum, and vocalists.
Arriving at Trent, you have a team of people helping you find a parking space, and when you get inside someone will help you find a seat. If you have questions, there is a ‘Connect area’ to help. Also, there is a café and a bar.
Trent aims to be as welcoming as possible, people from all backgrounds are made to feel welcome – the variety of people of all ages, wealth, ethnicities, people who are exploring faith and those who don’t have one yet. Trent Vineyard as booked titled ‘Changing Lives’ – it has stories from people being at Trent helped them through support.
A story from someone in Trent Vineyard – ‘A couple in the church had their son baptised. One uncle, who had previously been sceptical about faith, came to the service and was amazed that there were people from all walks of life here: different cultures, backgrounds and ages. In his experience, people with money were more highly valued and had the power, but he could see that Trent, money didn’t matter and said, “I can see that everyone is treated equally here.”
Forty people attended the first-ever Trent Vineyard meeting. Now we have around eight-hundred adults, ninety -one-hundred Youth aged eleven- eighteen years old, and two-hundred and seventy kids under age eleven, on average on a Sunday morning service, and six-hundred adults on a Sunday evening. Altogether there are roughly over two-thousand people attending.
What Trent Vineyard has to offer the community is: support and gives people a chance to meet Jesus.
In the church, Trent has ‘Small Groups’. Small Groups are members from the church, who meet on certain days to worship, talk and bond – they provide support to all their members. People can choose which group they are interested in joining and that suits them.
One lady in a small group was in the hospital, and her small group leader contacted her every single day with Bible verses or encouraging quotes.
[She] “Enveloped me with warm Godly love and she has kept me preserving even during the darkest times when I could not when I could not lift my head from my pillow. Her blessed spirituality & prayers have given me strength when I no longer had any spiritual or physical strength. This experience has had an amazing and wonderful impact on my life. I have a small group that I love and look forward to every time.”
Trent Vineyard has projects set up to help people everywhere: in Nottingham Trent does ‘Blessing the Community’ and a ‘Soup Run’. Nationally Trent has the ‘The Arches’ helps locals, refugees and migrants by providing home equipment, support and food for themselves and their families. And globally, Trent has worked in places like Romina, Mexico, Zimbabwe and India: these are four of the thirty-six countries, Trent, is working alongside.
I love attending Trent. I have been attending since 2002 at the age of one. When I was growing up, the teams arranged the services so that my age group would learn while listening to the message of God. Trent doesn’t just preach it preaches and explains the meaning behind the scriptures – they make sure they relate to people attending, to bring the community together.
Trent Vineyard website – //trentvineyard.org/
Changing Lives stories – //trentvineyard.org/changing-lives/henrys-story