Good Gifts for Gratis

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Each year Central Vineyard takes the opportunity of Christmas time to look outward in serving and blessing our community in a meaningful way. For the last two years we have begun an initiative called Good Gifts - together, we contributed to, assembled, and gave beautiful gift hampers to those nearest to us.

This year we are excited to be giving our Good Gifts to our Gratis community!


Our Gratis community comes from the Gratis Free Store, which we have been running out of our Community Hall for the last year and a half. We collect surplus food from local cafes and give it out freely every Monday evening, creating conversation and community with all who come. Many people in our community don't have a lot, and Christmas can be a challenging time to make ends meet. We want to do what we can to make their Christmas season a little more special.

What are our 2018 Good Gifts?

This year our Good Gifts are going to be a mix of practical and treat; socks, tea, soap and chocolate, all bundled up with care and love.

Donate, Assemble, PASS-ON.

Each Good Gift for Gratis costs $20, so please consider donating for one – or as many as you would like – below.

On Sunday 16 December 3pm-5pm we will be assembling our Good Gifts at Community Hall, please consider volunteering to come and help us, sign up below.

The Good Gifts will be passed-on to Gratis customers on the final Gratis evening of 2018 (17 December) by our wonderful Gratis team and the volunteers that evening.


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Donations are given to Central Vineyard Charitable Trust and are tax deductible.

Online giving information will follow form submission. Any questions please email


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Advent Journey 2018: The God Interruption

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In amongst the absence of God speaking to his people,
the oppression of another Empire ruling over them,
the apprehension of what was to become of them,
and the narcissism of self-preservation, came the God interruption.

From the absence, came hope.
From the oppression, came joy.
From the apprehension, came peace.
From the narcissism, came love.

Emmanuel – God with us – interrupted human history and started to write a new story.

For December we are making space for this same interruption to grab us as we head towards Christmas by walking an advent journey through each of these themes together.

Hope, joy, peace, love… Christ.



Our future: a co-led whānau

Central Vineyard was planted with a ministry philosophy of celebrating united-diversity. Simply, we see in the letters of the New Testament that communities were encouraged to be united together around their cause of Christ, but each person is to play their unique part with their unique gifting. Like a good sport team, or a body, or a menu at a restaurant - diversity is good, and when it’s unified, it’s even better. Maybe a helpful image is this: a flotilla. When a dozen of us first met to pray about the new church God was calling us to plant, one of our team had a picture of a flotilla heading down a river – a diverse bunch of unique boats all heading in the same direction together. This picture has been an important vision for us,


In starting this church, Dan and Gabrielle have been the planting-leaders. They gathered a team and through these leaders, released all kinds of ministry in all kinds of direction. The result has been that Central Vineyard has become a diverse place to belong and minster, but as leaders they can only hold so much, and Central Vineyard has out-grown their ability to hold all of it by themselves.

During this year we have felt that we were no longer a “church-plant” but to become a “church-in-formation”, realising that we are now to grow up together into a healthy and flourishing community. To do this we want to honour diversity. No one leader can lead Central Vineyard fully into its future, it has taken a team so far, and will take a team to go on.

As the planting-leaders, Dan and Gabrielle have been the ones responsible for stewarding our journey together, and while they have always done this with a team of leaders around them, we feel a more intentional move needed to be made. It was time to make room for more and share the responsibility. To bring further safety and structure, we have restructured Central Vineyard leadership to itself reflect unified-diversity and will now be co-led by two couples - the Sheeds and the Wisemans - each couple gifted with their own unique gifts but united in responsibility to care for the journey of our whole whānau.

As we walk into the future, we do it together, and we think that’s a pretty beautiful way to do this.

Dan, Gabrielle, Rob and Alisha



Monuments: Central Vineyard's Third Birthday


On November 4th Central Vineyard turns three years old! We want to lean into this monumental-moment by celebrating our journey this year with creativity and by practicing gratitude and having a big party. We don’t want anyone to miss this special moment of our year, so get it in your calendar as a gathering not to miss – and don’t make any lunch plans because we’ve got that covered! 

Sunday November 4th, Epsom Girls Grammar, 10am



Halftime: June at Central Vineyard

Halftime is our agenda for June at Central Vineyard. Together, we are pausing to look at the founding core values that we have embodied in our story so far, and also what we hope the future will look like as we embody the new things God is doing with us together.

We're going to be sharing five key talks at our Sunday gatherings, as well as spending the month praying together, fasting together and owning together what the future holds.

Also as we go through this month we want to hear your voice on what God is saying and what you are noticing. Head to this page to send those in.

Together, we're looking back at the old and hoping for a vibrant future of Central Vineyard being all that it is called to be.

Begins Sunday, June 3rd



Isaiah 55 Prayer Station Prints

Isaiah 55 Prayer Station A3 prints / Pre-orders available

Designed by Leah Surynt

Due to popular request, we're doing a print run of Leah's work from the Prayer Week Isaiah 55 station, with proceeds covering the cost of print and donation to our Gratis Free Store.

Pre-orders close Wednesday March 14, so that prints will be available for collection from Sunday March 18.

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Please secure your pre-order by paying your order to:

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

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Community Hall

17 Mercury Lane, rendered

17 Mercury Lane, rendered

We’ve had a vision for a place in Auckland City that blessed our city and helped us live out life together. We wanted that place to be a space of prayer, connection and hospitality.

Good news: we have it.


We have just signed a lease for 17 Mercury Lane, right in the heart of Auckland City. God has been all over this process and we are so excited by all that He has done making the path straight and answering our prayers - especially #prayforElliot.

The place is perfect for our vision and ticks so many boxes from your feedback to our survey. We’re going to leave a lot of it as a large fluid space for you to do what you see in it.

Remember, this is not our office nor a place for our Sunday gatherings, it’s our Community Hall – a space for us to do mission and life in together: Gratis is going to grow further here; worship nights will fill the room with beauty and creativity; movies, docos and things you make will be shown; your parties, seminars, art installations and any other gatherings can be held here; prayer, creativity and care will take place in our dedicated rooms but the rest will be a blank canvas for you to do what you see...

...all for the cause of blessing the city as people of prayer, connection and hospitality.
So we’re going to spend the summer break painting it, building a simple fitout and beginning to create our prayer room. If you want to make a special contribution to the Community Hall project, or give us a hand, let us know.
What a wild way to finish 2017 and start 2018!


P.S. Anyone got an old piano they wouldn’t mind donating? One that you wouldn’t mind being painted...



Message Series: The Heart of Matters


One of the key truths running through the Scriptures is this: what's on the inside determines what happens on the outside.

As a church community there are a heap of things we do: There are practices we do together, liturgies we repeat and ways-of-doing-things the way we do.

For all of these things we do there is a why, there is a value, there is an inner-reason.

There is a heart to the matter.

In this new series at Central Vineyard we are exploring eight important kingdom values and how we embody them together. We have some new speakers from in our family contributing, bringing us the value they are most passionate about by exploring the Scriptures and celebrating our stories.



Message series: "In Jesus, amen."

Prayer. A word that conjures up all kinds of responses, ideas and feelings.

For some, it's everything. A well-worn path. For others, it's complicated. A frustrating practice.

There is a moment in the the gospel of Luke where Jesus has been praying, yet again. The disciples have observed his vibrant prayer life for many months now and seen him do all kinds of spectacular things as a result. Frustrated with their own, they come to him with a request:

"Lord, teach us to pray."

This question is the heart of our new series. We want to look at the prayer life of Jesus and let Him mess with our own ideas and practices of prayer. Seeing as the normal Christian life is with our new identity "in Christ", we want to experience what it is to pray as He showed us is possible.

As Jesus did, let's do.

"In Jesus, amen."




8 week booklet + prayer exercises  Available at our Sunday gatherings

8 week booklet + prayer exercises
Available at our Sunday gatherings



Instrumental music for free prayer  Click cover to listen/download

Instrumental music for free prayer
Click cover to listen/download

Guided reading of Luke 11 (Part 1/3)  Click cover to listen/download

Guided reading of Luke 11 (Part 1/3)
Click cover to listen/download

Guided prayer of examen  Click cover to listen/download

Guided prayer of examen
Click cover to listen/download


Phone Wallpaper  Click image to download

Phone Wallpaper
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Widescreen Wallpaper  Click image to download

Widescreen Wallpaper
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A big thanks to the people who made all of this happen:

Design by
Leah Surynt

Series companion by
Written and compiled by Dan Sheed and Emma Breetvelt

Audio companions by
Produced and written by Strahan Coleman
Voice by Shana Lang
Music by Rhys Machell
Recorded and mixed by Vivek Gabriel.
Prayer of Examen sourced from



We've got guests coming!

For the last two Sundays of July we have guest speakers coming to share at our Central Vineyard gatherings.

On July 23 we have Scottie Reeve. Scottie leads Blueprint Church in Wellington and recently wrote 21 Elephants: Leaving Religion for the reckless Way of Jesus.

On July 30 we have Sam Harvey coming up from his new-home in Napier, where he has just relocated his family to plant a new Vineyard church. Sam used to be at Grace Vineyard in Christchurch.

We're looking forward to having them, don't be missin' out!