VEC is involved with many activities both around Sevenoaks and the wider area. All these activities are part of the Mission and Outreach area of church life.
We are sure you will find some of these of interest to you.
Groups within VEC
- Mothers and Others
- Small World Café
- Alpha At VEC
(See below for full details)
Groups supported by VEC in the Sevenoaks area
We support a variety of groups and organisations around West Kent and work closely with local churches being involved with many joint projects.
- WKDA: West Kent Debt Advice
- Sevenoaks Child Contact Centre
- Sevenoaks Counselling
- SAYT: Sevenoaks Area Youth Trust
(See below for full details)
UK and Worldwide
Many people who have attended VEC are now working for various organisations both in the UK and worldwide. We call these people Commended Workers.
- Simeon and Jonina Garrett
The church supports a wide variety of UK and international charities. Many of those who attend VEC sponsor children in other countries through the organisation Compassion. See the links page for further information.
All Groups – in detail
Mothers and Others
M&O is a fun and exciting toddler group which meets each Tuesday morning at Vine Evangelical Church on the corner of Hitchen Hatch Lane and Dartford Rd in Sevenoaks. It’s a great place for parents and carers to meet up and make friends whilst their children play! You are guaranteed a warm welcome!
- 10:00 – Doors open
- 10:30 – Juice and biscuits for the children. Coffee or tea and biscuits for the adults
- 11:25 – Tidy-up time
- 11:30 – The singing kettle
- 11:45 – Close
We celebrate birthdays, share upcoming events and sing songs chosen by the children themselves.Children are welcome to place a toy in the red kettle if they would like to choose a song for Singing Kettle circle time. The little ones love the Singing Kettle time. They get really excited to see what’s in the kettle and sing the songs they know and love. So come along and join in the fun!
The group is always open and if you need more information please contact the church office on 01732 469833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small World Café
Small World Café is a friendly group for international families in the Sevenoaks area. Pop along for a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some nice biscuits or cakes while the children play with toys and games. Every session we will explore a different country of the world. Small World Cafe takes place every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at Vine Evangelical Church (Hitchen Hatch Lane) 15:30-17:30
Alpha at VEC
West Kent Debt Advice Centre
Getting into debt or experiencing financial difficulties can be a frightening and sometimes bewildering experience. West Kent Debt Advice operates throughout West Kent from its centres in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, and has over 100 volunteer advisers who are trained to help people through the process of sorting out their money issues and helping them back on the road to financial stability by providing counselling, advice, and practical help. VIne Evangelical church is one of the centres used.
Sevenoaks Child Contact Centre
A child contact centre is a safe, friendly and neutral place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents, and sometimes other family members. It is a child – centred environment that puts the needs of the children first. The Contact Centre meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 14:00 – 16:00. For more information call 07951862313.
Befrienders is a scheme which aims to match volunteers who are able to give time and friendship to others in the community. A Befriender is a volunteer who will draw alongside an individual or family in the local community, offering support, encouragement and a listening ear. After 8 weeks there will be a review. (www.ctsd.org.uk/befrienders)
Since we are all unique individuals, counselling means different things to different people. It can be about learning to face and deal with traumatic experiences, changing or adjusting to difficult situations or experiencing personal growth and greater freedom and effectiveness. It is a purposeful relationship in which one person helps another to help himself or herself. It is an activity of listening and responding which encourages the person to explore her or his thoughts, feelings and behaviour to reach clearer self-understanding. These processes can enable people to find and use their strengths so that they can more effectively manage their lives. (www.sevenoakscounselling.org.uk)
Sevenoaks Area Youth Trust
SAYT is a Christian Trust founded in 2001 to employ, manage, train & support Christian Youth Workers in the Sevenoaks area and:
- Undertake Detached Youth Work [i.e. not in a centre or youth club] in the streets and parks in local towns and villages – wherever Young People are…
- Provide a limited but regular presence in local Schools
- Encourage and support other youth workers in local churches who run youth clubs
The Trust is sponsored by a wide cross-section of churches (Anglican, Baptist, Free, Methodist and United Reformed so far), within Sevenoaks and District, and by individuals and some grant funding. It is managed by a Board of Trustees with some advisors and is a registered charity. Click here to visit the Sevenoaks Area Youth Trust website.