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Urban Vineyard church

a central auckland community of faith hope & love

Next Gatherings: Sunday 20 August 2017
10am at St Paul's College, Ponsonby
5pm at 3-5 Ruru St, Eden Terrace

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News & Updates

Sunday Gatherings

Urban Vineyard has moved! We are now meeting in two new central Auckland locations. We would love you to join us at either our 10am or 5pm gatherings. 

  • 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.
  • Sundays at 5pm we meet at 3-5 Ruru St, Eden Terrace. Parking is available on the street and also onsite. 

quiz night

Friday 18 August, 7.30pm at Ruru St
The Urban Quiz Night is back! This is always such a fun night so invite your friends and get your team together! Teams are up to 8 people max. We will provide some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks - BYO wine/beer. Spaces are limited so book your team now - contact Howie Dawson / Emma Crawley.

urban@5 lounge bar

Friday 25 August, 5pm at Ruru St

Come along to our monthly Urban Lounge Bar at 3-5 Ruru St. Swing by after work, from 5-7pm. BYO drinks and we’ll provide snacks. Bring your mates too!

the vineyard conference 2017

12-14 October at Grace Vineyard, Christchurch
Come and join us for the Vineyard Conference 2017! This is a time to equip, inspire and encourage your in your faith. With key speaker Alan Scott, a pioneering leader and gifted communicator, from Causeway Coast Vineyard Church in Northern Ireland. There’ll be kids and youth programmes too so there’s something for everyone. Early bird registrations are open so register now.

connect groups

We’re better together! 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.  Now’s the perfect time to join a group. Just contact one of our leaders today - see their details below.

Brew Bros.

Over the weeks we’ll brew and bottle our own beer, hang out and sample a few craft beers along the way.  This will be a great way to get to know some of the other Urban guys better.
Tuesdays at 7.30pm, at 16 McIlroy Ave, Hillsborough
Contact: Andrew Baker - 021 756 636 or Howie Dawson - 021 254 1251


Explore how to grow in our faith journey in a space where we can also get to know each other better. We will be going through five key evaluators of our own discipleship, how we can grow in each area, and how to pass on what we have to others.
Wednesdays at 7.45pm, at 11B Serwayne Place, Sunnyvale
Contact: Cameron and Rebecca Webster - 021 076 9529

Eat Pray Knit

A fortnightly group for women/girls/ladies. If you are female and single, married, young, old, with kids, no kids – come and hang out, chat, drink hot chocolate and eat chocolate. If you are crafty, you can even bring what you’re working on (sometimes conversation flows better when our hands are busy). We will even pray for you if you like.
Wednesdays (fortnightly) at 7.30pm - 9.30pm, location varies - often at 26 Howard Road, Northcote but contact Yvette to check.
Contact: Yvette Harris - 027 480 9347

Thursdays at Ruru

Each week we’ll get together for discussion and prayer. It’ll be a great chance to get to know each other better.
Thursdays at 7.30pm, in the Urban Cafe at Ruru St
Contact: Emma Crawley - 021 0248 2508


Our playgroup is a fantastic opportunity for you to come and connect with other parents/caregivers while your children play in an organised and structured environment.
Tuesdays at 9.30-11.30am during term time in the Urban Vineyard Lounge - use the carparks marked 'Urban Vineyard'.
Contact: Howie & April Dawson

Family Group

Once a fortnight, we’ll be hitting up a bunch of great kid-friendly spots like Whoa Studios, bike parks and playgrounds, so there’ll be heaps for the kids to do while we get to connect with each other. Get in touch so we can let you know the dates and locations.
Saturdays at 3pm at different locations each fortnight
Contact: Charlie & Andrew Baker - 021 0577 600 or Philippa & Steve Wright - 027 805 5292

new wine festival 2018


New Wine Warkworth festival is moving to Auckland Anniversary weekend! With outstanding worship, speakers and ministry, plus there are programmes for children, pre-schoolers and high-schoolers, so there is something for everyone. Urban will be there, so join us for a weekend to remember. Find out more at

kids and youth


Urban's children ministry "Treasure Seekers" and youth group "Elevate" run weekly during our 10am gathering at the St Pauls College Gym. Sign in your kids during the break after our family worship time.  Find out more

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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. 

email Lloyd / email Victoria

Family & Children's Pastors

April & Howie Dawson

Howie and April came to this role at Urban from the world of school teaching. There are a lot of similarities, but the curriculum has endless possibilities. They are often seen drinking coffee and playing with toys.

email April / email Howie

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.

email Cameron / email Rebecca

Connections Pastor

Charlie Baker

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.

email Charlie

Assistant Pastor (5pm Service)

Emma Crawley

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. 

email Emma

Office Administrator - Andrea Davy

email Andrea


Robert Bycroft (Chairman), Bruce McNaughton,  Lloyd Rankin, & Amy Plom (Secretary/Treasurer)

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



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
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Ways to connect

Sunday Gatherings

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 in our Cafe before the start of both Sunday gatherings.

After the Cafe closes, both Sunday gatherings start with a contemporary worship song (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 children 11-14, runs during the morning gathering, in their own areas within the building. There are no programmes for children at the 5.00pm Sunday meetings, though children are welcome of course.

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 the senior leaders, Lloyd and Victoria Rankin. This provides a chance to hear the vision and story of Urban Vineyard, and meet some other 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.

Connect Groups

Connect 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. In breaks we do training events and gathering events at Urban. We think Connect 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 Connect Group information under News for more details about these groups.

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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!

 Check the newsletter for the next event dates. 



Urban Events

Another way of connecting is to head along to one of our regular events - see News for more details about what's coming up.





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For families and children


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. There are programmes in place for children of all ages ranging from pre-school to primary school kids targeting their specific age groups running at our 10am service.

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.

6-10 years

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.

For more information about families and children at Urban, please contact April & Howie Dawson: email April or email Howie.

Urban Playgroup

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. Tuesdays 9.30am – 11.30am at 3-7 Ruru St, Eden Terrace from Tuesday 21 February 2017. Parking is available onsite in the spaces marked 'Urban Vineyard'. For more information contact Howie or April.

For our city

wednesday community

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.


Nourish - a blessing to be a blessing - is Urban Vineyard's foodbank. Our food parcels are available for anyone in our church community who has need, and also for our friends and family whom we would like to bless. Please see a Nourish team member after the services. Food donations can be placed in the hamper between the cafe and auditorium.

The People of Auckland Community TrusT

We work in partnership with The People of Auckland Community Trust (TPOACT) on our community engagement endeavours. Check out their Facebook page by clicking here

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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 + Offices + Midweek Gatherings
3-7 Ruru St, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Parking is available onsite

Maps for Ruru St (top) and St Pauls College (bottom)


St Pauls College Map (below)