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. On June 16, 2019, Brunch Church moved to The Mix at Arbor Place and continues to grow in relationships.
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.
Church Should Be Simple
We keep church simple by focusing on gathering each week around tables, enjoying food together, and finding the intersection of our story and the story of Jesus. We think it is important to be present in our neighbors throughout the week, sharing the love of Jesus in ordinary moments.
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 listen and learn from our neighbors, and find ways to share Jesus’ love in words, thoughts, and actions. We not only partner with neighbors, but also non-profits in the city that are doing kingdom work.
Branch & Vine meets at The Mix. We seek to be a good neighbor as we share space with The Mix. We give financially, and look for ways to volunteer.
We partner financially with Anchor Lancaster, and several people from church volunteer their time to serve breakfast to neighbors in the city who are experiencing poverty.
We partner with CWS Lancaster and form teams to help welcome refugee neighbors who are moving and adjusting to life in Lancaster city.