News & Updates
Urban Vineyard meets in two central Auckland locations on Sundays. We would love you to join us at either our 10am or 5pm gatherings.
On Sundays at 5pm we meet at 3-5 Ruru St, Eden Terrace.
Basement level on the corner of New North Road and Ruru St. Parking is available on the street and also onsite. All named carparks can be used on a Sunday except for Jetts Fitness parks. Follow the flags and signs.
We have a new 'community pantry'. Bring along cans of food and place them in the basket for redistribution, or come and take from it if you have need.
SCREEN NIGHT - Saturday 25 August, 7.00pm at Ruru St
Save the date! We will be showing the rugby and the movie "Hidden Figures" - you choose which you want to join!
Our groups are a vital part of who we are what what we do as a church. Some are for those already part of Urban and some are for those not yet in church. There are a number of groups and opportunities to connect during the week with our Urban groups, most held here at Ruru Street.
Mondays, 6.00-7.00pm: Prayer for Urban and our City. Every Monday from 6-7 in the auditorium. Prayer and worship focused on our city.
Tuesdays, 6.00-7:00pm: Te Reo Maori Class with Harlem Potangaroa Each week we learn and practice a bit more of this beautiful language with our very gifted teacher.
Wednesdays, 11.00am-1.00pm: Community Lunch, with Will Durbin. This is such a great community event for anyone to be part of. You are welcome to meet and eat together.
Wednesdays, 7.30-9.00pm: "The Reason For God", with Emma Crawley. Six session DVD series by Tim Keller, exploring common objections to Christianity. Supper, video and discussion.
Thursdays, 7.00-9.00pm: Urban Youth, with Barry Burton. For Year 9-13s. An awesome evening for your teens.
Fridays, 10.00-11.30am: "Emotionally Healthy Woman", with Leanne Bycroft. A DVD, discussion and Bible study looking at the things we need to quit to change our lives. For women (and infants under 1 year are welcome).
G3s: G3s are groups of 3-4 people who meet for an hour a week to work through some questions focused on spiritual growth, or focus on a topical study/book. There are a number of G3s happening already, so another option is to find 2-3 people and start a new one. If you can't make it to an Urban@5 group a G3 is a brilliant option.
For further details on joining a group, contact Emma Crawley on 021 024 82508 or email@example.com
On Sundays at 10am we meet at the St Paul's College Hall in Ponsonby - entrance via Moira St, Ponsonby. Parking is available onsite - drive into St Pauls College via the entrance at the end of Moira St, follow the driveway around the hall and park down on the courts.
We’d love for you to partner with us as we restart our monthly food parcel drop to a halfway house in our community, for those living rough or struggling to make ends meet. This is a great opportunity for us to build relationships in the wider community and to grow as a church. We will need lots of food so please donate canned goods, dry foods and anything else that can be cooked/eaten easily. There is a basket by the welcome desk on Sundays for you to drop these off. If you would like to be involved in physically dropping the food off then speak to Sam or Cam. Let us all pray that God will guide and use us to bless His community!
We’ve been created by God for community, and our Urban groups are an easy way to connect with each other and build deeper relationships. See the details of the groups below and contact Charlie Baker to join one today.
Brew Bros. - Tuesdays at 7.30pm: We brew our own beer, hang out, and sample a few craft beers. A great way to get to know some of the other Urban guys better.
Alpha - Wednesdays at 7.00pm: Explore the big questions of life, faith and meaning.
Girls Group - Thursdays at 7.30pm: This is a great chance to get to know other women from Urban better, with plenty of space to chat and pray.
Family Group - Saturdays (fortnightly) at 2.30pm: Once a fortnight, we meet at kid-friendly spots like bike parks and playgrounds. There’s heaps for kids to do while we get to connect with each other. Get in touch so we can let you know the dates and locations.
We are so glad you have found us here, and we would love to meet you in person. Have a good look around our website, and if you can't find what you're looking for, click the contact page, email us and we will do our best to help. We hope this site explains who are are, what we love to do, and where we are heading together. You are most welcome in our church community.
Like a lot of our Vineyard churches, Urban Vineyard started with a group of friends meeting in a lounge over a meal and sharing their dreams. From that simple start, the group grew too large for a house and moved to a building in Wellesley St, Auckland CBD.
We launched as a church in April 2001. We continued to grow and moved to an empty warehouse in Newton Rd (our present location) at the end of 2002. We began with a meeting at 5pm, and in 2007 added a morning gathering - Urban @10:15am - with a great kids programme.
Our Sunday gatherings are focused around worshipping God passionately, teaching Scriptural, practical truths and practices, and prayer. We believe the presence of God changes everything for the better, so we pursue and enjoy His presence whenever we meet.
We also really love people from all walks of life, and all ages and stages. We love good coffee and baking, which you can enjoy for free at both our Sunday gatherings.
Our desire is to continue to reach people with the great news of Jesus, to build new congregations as well as growing our existing ones.
It has been a great adventure so far, and we can't wait to see what Jesus will do with us next!
Developing Followers of Jesus through Authentic Kingdom living
At Urban Vineyard we are committed to the mission that Christ left us: 'to make disciples (or followers of Jesus)'. We want to do this by simply living authentically as Kingdom of God people and equipping people to live as Christ would have us live.
We value simplicity and reality, so we try our best to cut through religiosity and pretence, making it as easy as possible for people to fully experience Jesus without cultural barriers.
Committed Christians, curious seekers, the worn-out and burnt-out are warmly welcomed and embraced at Urban.
The Urban TEAM
Everyone who makes Urban their home are part of the Urban Team. We also have a staff team to lead, serve and strengthen the mission of Urban, and a trust board to oversee the governance and compliance of our operations.
the staff team
Pastors (5pm Service)
Lloyd & Victoria Rankin
Lloyd and Victoria are experienced church planters and pastors. They have been planting & leading churches for 36 years (they must have started when they were children...). They also serve as the national directors of Vineyard Churches Aotearoa New Zealand (VCANZ). Lloyd has a blog called GrowingThinking: helping people grow and leaders lead which you may enjoy.
Pastors (10am Service and Community Engagement)
Cameron & Rebecca Webster
Cameron was a Physical Education teacher before taking on this role. He keeps our church fit, gives us challenges, keeps us focused and involved in lovingly engaging & serving our city, and world. Fortunately Rebecca was a nurse and is able to repair us after our challenges.
Charlie has been working with churches for many years, especially with youth and young adults. She keeps us connected through small groups and communication. She also works as a designer so she helps make sure things look good around here.
Assistant Pastor (5pm Service)
Emma has experience working with people from varied backgrounds through her work in counselling and HR, which she brings to her role providing pastoral care and leadership. She keeps herself balanced (and us entertained) with inappropriate humour, YouTubing and costumes.
Barry is passionate about seeing people encounter the love of Jesus. He loves a good chick flick, long walks on the beach, is into healthy eating (KFC, McDonalds etc). A great dancer, he usually ends the day by shaking it off with Tay Tay. Madly in love with Jesus.
Office Administrator - Andrea Davy
Robert Bycroft (Chairman), Bruce McNaughton, Sarah Obata (Treasurer), Lloyd Rankin & Cameron Webster.
Urban Vineyard is a registered charity (CC21974), with full reporting to the Charities Services. To find our reports and records search for "Urban Vineyard" on charities.govt.nz
The Vineyard Movement originated in the United States in 1974, with the first Vineyard Church growing rapidly and attracting a wide range of mostly young people with a desire to know, experience and share their faith in God. Before long several other Vineyard Churches were planted in California, with priorities of fostering worship, evangelism, relationships, healing, training and church planting.
In 1982 John Wimber and several other pastors led their existing churches into the Vineyard Movement as their visions were complimentary and before long John became leader of the movement. Initially Vineyard restricted its church-planting to North America, limiting its operation in other countries to renewal conferences and training. However Vineyard has now recognised a clear call to plant churches throughout the world including New Zealand.
Aotearoa New Zealand history
Vineyard’s first impact in New Zealand came when John Wimber held the ‘Signs, Wonders and Church Growth Conference’ in 1986, which had a significant effect on many denominations in this country. It provided an alternative theology and practice for healing and other Holy Spirit empowered works through emphasis on Kingdom theology and ‘only doing what you see the Father doing’.
Vineyard Churches New Zealand was launched in March 1995 when the 10 New Zealand Harvest Christian Centres became Vineyard Christian Fellowships. Harvest had been styled on the purposes, values and priorities of Vineyard Churches since its inception in 1989, but had not been given permission to use the Vineyard name, nor formally be part of the movement until March 1995.
The first Harvest Christian Centre was planted in Mahurangi in October 1989 by Lloyd and Victoria Rankin. It quickly grew and was instrumental in the planting of the next nine Harvest churches. The growth has continued with more churches being planted, and more people finding a living faith in Jesus Christ. We are committed to taking our place in the body of Christ in NZ and the world. To fulfil the calling that God has given us as a ‘tribe’ within the family of God – to bring our flavour, and in so doing enriching the body of Christ and being enriched by the body of Christ. Vineyard Churches typically emphasise:
- Biblical teaching
- Contemporary music
- The centrality of Jesus Christ
- Mercy, compassion and grace
- Care for the poor
- Prayer for the sick
- Respect for the whole body of Christ
- Connect groups
Ways to connect
If you are new to Urban, welcome! You should firstly check out one of our two weekend services if you haven't already. We meet at 10am at the St Pauls College Gym and 5pm at Ruru St (Click here for directions).
Enjoy a complimentary espresso or a tea along with a selection of home baking, served before the start of both Sunday gatherings.
Both Sunday gatherings start with contemporary worship (prior to children and youth attending their respective groups in the morning). It is followed by relevant teaching from the Bible, worship and closure with opportunity for prayer, ministry, and/or Communion. We hope you will find the meetings at Urban Vineyard relaxed, the teaching and communication relevant and the culture warm.
Treasure Seekers, a programme for children aged 1-10, and Elevate for youth aged 11-14, runs during the 10am gathering at St Paul's College, in their own areas within the building. There are no programmes for children at the 5pm Sunday meetings, though children are welcome of course. A parents & babies room is available during the Sunday meetings with audio link - and refreshments available. A toddlers space is available in the cafe.
In order to help new guests connect and participate further, a Welcome to Urban event takes place every second month after both morning and evening Sunday gatherings. These events are hosted by our pastors, and provide a chance to hear the vision and story of Urban Vineyard, and meet some members of our team. The atmosphere is relaxed, the meeting is short, questions can be asked, and food is served!
We would be honoured to have you visit and look forward to extending a welcome, should you decide to participate in community and serve in God's Kingdom purpose with us at Urban.
Urban Groups meet during the week at locations around Auckland, often in homes. We run on four, eight week terms a year, with two to four weeks' break between the terms. We think Urban Groups are essential for our sense of connection with each other and with God in a large city. They are so helpful for continuing to grow and develop in our relationship with God and people.
Check the Urban Groups information under News for more details about these groups.
Welcome to Urban
Welcome To Urban is a regular get-together for new people to Urban. They happen every second month, after morning and evening gatherings. They are hosted by our pastors, who share the vision and story of Urban Vineyard. Come and meet the members of our team; the atmosphere is relaxed, the meeting is short, questions can be asked, and food is served!
See our News for the next Welcome event dates.
Another way of connecting is to head along to one of our regular events - see News for more details about what's coming up.
For families and children
"TREASURE SEEKERS" at urban@10
Our mission: Working together with parents to equip and enthuse Urban Vineyard’s kids to become authentic followers of Jesus.
Our aim: At Treasure Seekers we aim to inspire our kids to be on fire for Jesus. We act deliberately in teaching about Jesus, the bible, and how to live a life following Jesus. Mixing loads of fun with biblical teachings is one of our goals at Treasure Seekers and we want our kids to be chatting with their friends enthusiastically about church.
Programme: We have designed a dynamic programme that is engaging and incorporates a relevant context to meet the needs of our kiwi kids at Treasure Seekers. At our Sunday 10am gatherings, there are programmes in place for children of all ages ranging from pre-school to primary school kids targeting their specific age groups.
Registration: For safety, we require all children to be signed in to Treasure Seekers during the break (after the family worship time at the beginning of the service). At the conclusion of the service your child/children will be brought back into the auditorium to be with you.
0-3 year olds
The Hive (Creche 0-3 year olds) is a nurturing space with a relaxed setting, located directly off the auditorium. It is set up with two play areas, with baby toys for our little ones and another with activities for our 2-3 year olds. The Hive is equipped with loads of fun toys accompanied by child minders each Sunday.
4-5 year olds
Hook's Hideaway is a vibrant room for our 4-5 year olds, with great toys and hands on activities focused on making learning about God fun.
Blackbeard's Cabin (6-10 year olds) have loads of fun mixed with engaging programmes that inspire kids to live a life following Jesus.
Elevate is a dedicated programme held during term time for 11-14 year olds. Each session is packed with fun, food and games as well as interactive activities that engage and inspire our young people to follow Jesus.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to come and connect with other mums/caregivers over a coffee while your children play in an organised and structured environment! There are awesome art and craft activities, along with various play areas, and a structured mat time that includes storybooks, songs, and rhymes each week. Cost $1 per child, under 6 months free. For more information contact Howie or April.
For our city
Every Wednesday, we host a gathering in the Urban cafe to bless our neighbours and local residents. We'd love you to join us, so why not come down? We meet at 11am to pray together and help prepare the food, or just come along from 12pm onwards for good food and great conversation. Please contact us before you turn up. Contact Cameron Webster 0210769529.
The People of Auckland Community TrusT
We have relevant Biblical teaching every week at Urban, and you are welcome to download the podcasts (by clicking here).
Baptism is such an important and impacting experience. Take a look at this information as you consider taking the next step of being baptised as a believer.
Statement of Faith
Our Vineyard Churches of Aoteoroa New Zealand Statement of Faith. See also our Core Values and Beliefs.
Urban Vineyard meets at two locations in central Auckland
urban at st pauls
Sundays at 10am
St Pauls College Gym, Richmond Rd, Ponsonby
Parking is available onsite - enter via Moira St
urban at RuRu St
Sundays at 5pm & Church Office
3-5 Ruru St, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Parking is available onsite - all marked carparks except Jetts Fitness are available Sundays and after hours.
Maps for Ruru St (top) and St Pauls College (below)
St Pauls College Map (below)