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PRE-GATHERING COMMUNITY PRAYER

The seal of the Moravian church: a community that prayed non-stop for 100 years and one of the most impacting missional movements of church history.

The seal of the Moravian church: a community that prayed non-stop for 100 years and one of the most impacting missional movements of church history.

SUNDAY'S 9.00am

We're praying before our Sunday gathering every week for people to meet God both within our family and outside of it. God is already doing amazing things in our midst but He also asks us to keep knocking on the door, to keep expecting more.

So, let's get together to pray for the anxious to be free, the sick to be healed, the lost to be found and for God to keep carrying us forward into the great unknown.

God can and will change the world through our prayers.

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Message series: "Intention (What do you want?)"

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We're kicking off 2017 with a summer series that investigates our intention and looks at an important question we all need to ask: "What do you want?"

This confronting question from Jesus reveals the power of our intentions and what they lead us to do. It will be a great journey for both you as an individual, but also for us as a family, as we look at what the intentions are for our year ahead.

Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.
— John 1:38

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Message series: "And I will give you rest."

...and I will give you rest.
— Jesus

You've worked hard this year and to work hard is good. You've created new things and contributed to what is going on in the world and the Kingdom of God. You've poured your time, energy and resource into the things you love most.

Now, as we head towards Christmas and a summer break, what does it mean to take a break and rest?

Join us in our new series "And I will give you rest" as we explore what the rest God offers looks like, and why it's important.

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We've got guests coming!

For the next two Sunday gatherings at Central Vineyard we have guests coming to speak and share. Don't miss out on hearing from these two Vineyard NZ leaders and great friends of Central Vineyard.

Lloyd Rankin, national director of  Vineyard Churches Aotearoa NZ , is coming to speak on Sunday, November 13. Lloyd and his wife Victoria pioneered the Vineyard movement here in NZ and have planted several churches over the last two decades.

Lloyd Rankin, national director of Vineyard Churches Aotearoa NZ, is coming to speak on Sunday, November 13. Lloyd and his wife Victoria pioneered the Vineyard movement here in NZ and have planted several churches over the last two decades.

Jacinda Lilly, who pastors  Coast Vineyard  with her husband Matt, is coming to speak on Sunday, November 20. The Lilly's were sent from  Shore Vineyards  (just like us!) and planted Coast Vineyard three years ago, and continue to see it grow and bless the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Jacinda Lilly, who pastors Coast Vineyard with her husband Matt, is coming to speak on Sunday, November 20. The Lilly's were sent from Shore Vineyards (just like us!) and planted Coast Vineyard three years ago, and continue to see it grow and bless the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

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Half Time: 6 months into our first year as a church

It's been 6 months since we became a church, and to celebrate we took this Sunday to reflect on where we've been and where we're heading. You can listen to the talk here, but I wanted to jot down a bit of a list too for those who like to read and consider. #introvertsunite

In Matthew 7, to land the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said to "build your house on the rock." As a church that is unashamedly pursuing Jesus, this is exactly what we have been trying to do. We don't want Central Vineyard to be a flash-in-the-pan – we want it to have longevity and health, and so we have spent the first part of this year digging particular foundations that this "Rock" would have us build on:

  • We wanted to get back to the roots of what church is: a gathering of witnesses (rather than a service to attend).
  • We wanted to be a church where everyone knows their own story is important and powerful. We continue to hear great stories every week as we have learned to keep asking people the question, "What's your story?"
  • We wanted to be a church that would bless our city, so we have created our missional expressions together in collaboration. We have launched our first mission expression, Forward.

How is it all going? Well, pretty good actually. Our church has grown substantially over these first 6 months while still holding tightly to these foundational values we have wanted to live out. It's grown so much that we have moments of feeling like the structure we have in place around it all is a bit strained, so we have some exciting developments:

  • We have been able to give Amber Osborn (operations administrator) and Emma Breetvelt (children and family ministry co-ordinator) small part-time salaries for their work in our church team.
  • We have decided that having to finish our Sunday gatherings so promptly at 11:30am (due to having to pack up and hand over to the next hall booking) is now robbing us of moments with God and with each other, so we are prayerfully looking for a new building premises.
  • We are seeing the fulfilment of several prophetic words that have been given to us over the last two years.

Where to next? Well we want another foundation at Central Vineyard to be that everyone knows they are gifted by the Holy Spirit to contribute, bless and play their part in what God is doing. So we have a new journey ahead which is called "Gifted", a series that will explore what it is to be natural, ordinary people of a supernatural, extraordinary God.

Just a note on this; on Sunday we opened up some space for people to listen to God at the end of our gathering and several words were given and emailed in afterwards – it seems our series has already begun!

Watching the church that was in our hearts for the last couple of years form into the Central Vineyard we have today is one of the most exciting things I have ever had the privilege of seeing in my life. Gab and I love where this is all going and we will continue to prayerfully go wherever God's presence is leading us as a family, and keep our hand to digging good foundations for the future. 

Aroha nui,

Dan

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Message series: "A radical manifesto"

Today we find ourselves in a culture that screams various messages at us all day, everyday. 

"Be this _____!"
"Ah, it's sweet - do that ______!" 
"You're not this _______!"
"________ is the most important thing you can seek."
"Who do you think you are to believe that ________?"

What would it look like to let the radical core-teachings of Jesus, told as a sermon on the side of a mountain, inform the way we would look at this world? What kind of people would we be in the midst of this world as a result?

Welcome to our message series for July; a journey of looking at the sermon that redefined everything – and continues to do so today.

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Beyond Lights and Lampstands

We've been saying this a fair bit lately, but because we are a church plant we can't say it enough: nearly everything we're doing is being created as we go.

It's with a huge sense of pride that I get to write this blog today to fill you all in on some of the latest things we have created together, as a result of our journey through Lights and Lampstands.

Firstly, together we have found what we are compassionate about
As a collective we got together, prayed and asked the question: "What are we compassionate about in our city?" As a result of the conversation and brainstorming that evening, we ended up with three areas:

  1. Local Poverty - this includes the homeless, the hungry, the rough sleepers and the isolated individuals of all ages in our city.
  2. Mental Health - the rising health issue in our culture and generation.
  3. Political Disengagement - this isn't about supporting a particular party, but the fact that people are apathetic in engaging with their local government, politicians and voting.

Secondly, we found some missional expressions
"Faith without deeds is dead" taunts James in his New Testament letter, and so it is with being a lampstand in this city. Just being compassionate is not enough, it must move us to action. And so here are the things we are going to start doing as a result of those three areas of compassion:

  1. A collective "pass it on" rhythm - we want to support the various agencies and groups that are already doing a great job working with local poverty in our city, so at Central Vineyard we are going to start a monthly collection where we collect the suitable items for a certain group and then "pass it on" to them.
  2. A conversation at ANI - we want to discuss with the school about how they are seeing to the mental wellbeing of the students and ask what we could do to serve them to improve mental health in the school.
  3. Begin meeting local government - we want to start to introduce ourselves and meet with the local government around us and ask how we can serve the areas of brokenness they see in the city that they are trying to address.

There are more ideas than that too, but this is where we are starting for now...

Thirdly, now it needs you
Being a part of Central Vineyard means you play your part in serving our city.  These expressions will just be invisible ideas unless people embody them and get them activated. So here's what we would love you to do:

  1. Pray and read through that list again.
  2. Ask Jesus to show you which you have compassion towards.
  3. Get amongst it as these expressions start to get started.

We're so excited to be able to articulate the expressions we are starting to live towards, and we want to express a big "thank you" to those who came to the Light and Lampstands evenings to help us discover all of this – we could't have done it without you!

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Message series: "Worth-ship"

We are starting a new series this month called "Worth-ship", exploring what worship is and how we do it together.

There's a lot of excitement amongst our church for this one and we're looking forward to where this journey will take us. So don't miss out on participating in this with us, come along on Sundays to our gathering and come ready!

Oh! Also, to help us get more comfortable with the songs we sing together at church we've made a Spotify playlist for you to use during your week to encounter God. 

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Important news: New giving details for Central Vineyard as of March 31st

If you're part of our family, here's some important family news.

Since we began our journey of planting this church we have been looked after with all the big legal things by our movement, the Vineyard Churches of Aotearoa NZ. We were given a bank account to use, people have helped us set up all the administrative things we have needed and we have had support with anything big that came along. 

At the end of this month we will be transferring from this umbrella support and begin using our own administrative and financial systems that we have now got ready for ourselves. 

This means as of March 31st we will be changing bank accounts from the Vineyard NZ bank account to our own one that we have had setup. So, if you have been giving with an automatic payment to Central Vineyard, here are the new account details for you to change in your internet banking as of April 1st:

Name: Central Vineyard Church Charitable Trust
Bank Account: 03-1322-0203315-000

If you don't give financially to Central Vineyard yet and would like to, please head to this page on our website to see the details on giving and if you're curious you could listen to this talk by Dan earlier this year on what we believe about our resources and generosity.

If you have any administrative questions, you can ask Amber Osborn by emailing her amber@centralvineyard.org

Thank you for your support of this church, the money you generously give enables Central Vineyard to thrive and play our part in all that God is doing in our community and the world, today.

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