Grace Vineyard Church was planted in April 1999 by David and Lissie MacGregor who had the vision to build a church that could effectively reach people who had not come from a church culture. Now it has spread out across a number of campus locations in Christchurch.
We are part of Vineyard Churches Aotearoa New Zealand (VCANZ). VCANZ is an association of the New Zealand Vineyard churches in which we share our common sense of calling and mission to the overall betterment of the kingdom of God. Each Vineyard church has its own trust and leadership structure is autonomous and free to make its own decisions and minister in the way the Holy Spirit leads.
Dave and Lis started Grace Vineyard Church with a group of friends, in their twenties, at Thorrington School. With a passion for families, children, youth, and marginalised people, Grace grew very quickly! After a short stint at Cashmere High School, we began to lease premises at 150 Ferry Road in Phillipstown.
Here we continued to grow fast, and ministries spread quickly into the community and overseas. Often having to turn people away for lack of room, we began multiple services, and in 2008 adopted a church in New Brighton, Seaview Christian Centre, which is now known as our Beach Campus.
Beach Campus was well established in time to help the community when Christchurch was hit by the September 2010 earthquake. It also helped us to be even better prepared to help the community for the more devastating earthquake of 22 February 2011. We had great teams and leaders ready to jump in and be an active and positive presence in New Brighton. Beach Campus set up a Welfare Centre which was quickly overwhelmed by the needs of the community. A large group from Grace was mobilised, and together with other church teams, local volunteers and volunteers from across the nation and the world, we were able to quickly start providing vital supplies for the local community.
The February earthquake also made our Ferry Rd building unusable because of severe liquefaction. In the years following the earthquake, while we waited for repairs on our Ferry Rd building, our City Campus shared a building with South West Baptist Church. We had only an afternoon service and established a young adults evening service at CPIT (now Ara). We were incredibly grateful for the hospitality of these two organisations and developed wonderful relationships with the SWBC community while we shared their building. That said, we were very excited to get back into our own building on Ferry Road in early 2014.
Despite setbacks, our church has continued to flourish. Beach Campus put on extra services, and Plains Vineyard in Rangiora became part of our church family in September 2013. We planted Pegasus Campus in August 2015, West Campus in March 2019, and Ashburton Campus in March 2021.
We are so thankful to God for His hand in our story and are excited to see how He will continue to use us!
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