In the spring of 2015 God stirred the imaginations of Micah and Heather Brickner to start a new Brethren in Christ church in Lancaster City. After a year of discerning and preparing, Micah and Heather moved to the city in August 2016 to put down roots and begin forming Branch & Vine. Branch & Vine exists to embrace and share Jesus’ love with our community. The vision of Branch & Vine comes is rooted in John 15:4 & 12:
"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.... My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."
Branch & Vine believes that Jesus loves everyone and church should be simple. Branch & Vine started its first Brunch Church on April 8, 2018 in the Brickner’s house. The simplicity of Brunch Church – pancakes, fruit, and coffee every week, along with music, a short message, and dialogue, helped the gathering grow. On May 20, 2018, Brunch Church moved to the Lemon House at 205 East Lemon Street, providing more space for neighbors to gather and two rooms that are used for a kids ministry.
The mission of Branch & Vine is to multiply gatherings of 20-50 people throughout the city and beyond. We hope you can join us and be a part of our unfolding story.
Branch & Vine is part of the Brethren in Christ, U.S. family. To learn more about this denomination’s values, visit here.
At Branch & Vine we desire to share Jesus’ love with our neighbors. Since we live and work in the city of Lancaster, we want to help our neighborhoods thrive.
Branch & Vine is a community of people who imagine ways to make our neighborhoods even better than they already are — by listening and learning from our neighbors and partnering together to share Jesus’ love.
Branch & Vine partners with Wickersham Elementary School and Lincoln Middle School to support the students, families, and staff. Branch & Vine is doing in this through treat baskets for staff, assisting with the vegetable gardens at each school, and helping students have clean uniforms for school.