Learning and Growing
Adult Sunday School
Home Group Meetings
Weekly meetings that are held at people’s homes or other venues have been the mainstay of Vineyard churches from the very beginning. Now that the COVID-19 ‘NY Pause’ has eased a bit, we are starting up Zoom (and one live) homegroups called "Breakthrough" which are beginning the second week of September 2020. See EVENTS for more info.
Home Groups are smaller gatherings held during the week, where people gather to share in fellowship, bible study, worship and sometimes meals. It is a casual, informal way to get to know each other, share your lives, and get support in your walk with God and your dealings with life. We look forward to getting together again really soon, and hope that you will be able to join us.
Prayer and Healing Service
Public Prayer and Healing Services are held the third Sunday of each month, from 3 – 5pm, these services are for those in need of prayer for all sorts of healing and follow the model of meditational/’soaking’ prayer with the assistance of a prayer team.
We begin in the Fellowship Room with coffee and snacks, and chat a bit about what healing prayer is, and what to expect. Healing may be physical, emotional, spiritual – or maybe something you just cant put your finger on. You will be asked to write your prayer request on a piece of paper.
The service starts in the Sanctuary with one or two quiet worship songs. The prayer requests are placed on the seat next to you. As quiet music plays, the prayer team will move around the church, quietly look at your requests, and pray silently for your needs.
After about 45 minutes, we all return to the fellowship hall and have an opportunity to share and close in prayer. It’s that simple! Many people have come away with answers to prayers, healings, and a new view of God’s love for them. Betsy Lane will welcome you for pre-meeting discussion and post-meeting debrief.
Christian Healing Ministries
Healing Prayer Classes – Betsy Lane
This ministry seeks to establish Christian healing prayer as a way of life in our families, church and community.
As teachers and directors of this work, Betsy and Diane teach three levels of courses that train class members about healing prayer as intercessors, and also provide opportunities to train as a prayer team. The three series of twelve classes are scheduled Sunday afternoons at Yorktown Vineyard. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.
The materials used were written and produced by Christian Healing Ministries, a Christ-centered, nondenominational, and non-profit organization that is dedicated to the practice and teaching of healing prayer begun by Francis and Judith MacNutt.
Coming before God on behalf of others and petitioning our Father in Heaven for situations and events that are prevalent in our lives is a mainstay of Yorktown Vineyard. We take prayer and supplication seriously, and under the direction of our Intercession Leader, Evelyn Schmidt, confidentiality and consistency are the hallmark of our Intercession ministry. We have a small, dedicated team of intercessors who connect weekly or as needed to pray for the needs of our people, our extended families, our community, state, country and the nations. You may express a prayer need in person, by leaving a written prayer request at church (or mail), or by sending an email.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
At Yorktown Vineyard Community Church, we take worship seriously, with great reverence and joy. We worship with contemporary music (and sometimes some hymns) in a contemporary fashion according to biblical directives that tell us we can raise our hands or clap them, dance, shout for joy, laugh, weep and even be silent. You are free to stand up or sit down, and even close your eyes or open them. The most important thing is that each person connects with God through the work of the Holy Spirit – to worship Jesus Christ, our Savior and give him the Glory due his Name!
We believe that having a worship team that is ‘home grown’ is key to being of one heart as we lead our congregation in worship that is meaningful to our church family. Therefore, we are always keeping our ears out for potential worship team participants. See Beth Bodemann if you are interested and feel you have a talent to share with us.
Please visit Vineyard Worship to see the history and philosophy of worship in the greater Vineyard family of churches.
What would visiting a church be without the warm welcome of a friendly smile, a cup of coffee and refreshments - tasteful seasonal decorations, and thoughtful service to one another? Celebrating birthdays, special events, pot-luck meals, small conferences and the like take special people with special talents for serving! As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work” - and honestly, many hands also have great fun fellowshipping in putting together a wonderful atmosphere for the church body to enjoy. Come be a part of our Hospitality team - or jump in for special occasions. Any help is gladly welcomed! Suzanne DeSouza would be glad to hear from you if you would like to help out on the team!