The Association of Vineyard Churches, also called the Vineyard Movement, is a neocharismatic evangelical Christian denomination that consists of more than 1,500 churches around the world. This article looks at the facts of the Vineyard Churches in England.
Vineyard Churches in the UK
What is Vineyard? Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland was formed with the aim of joining churches together which have the same practices and values. First and foremost, though, Vineyard Churches is a conservative evangelical movement. Governed by a Council through various task forces which also consists of a Board of Trustees, the Vineyard Churches gives oversight to the pastors and helps with the widespread of church planting. Areas Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland is sorted into ten areas which provide vision, support, oversight, and resource for the local Vineyard Churches. With regular gatherings, the areas deliver a time of worship, ministry and training, and prayer. Each area will also hold training events consisting of children's ministry, youth and worship. Potton Vineyard Church Based in Potton, UK, Potton Vineyard Church was the creation of Pete and Carol Crouch, who in 1985, moved to Potton in order to become more involved in the church they belong to. Despite difficulties in 1991 which saw the church ceasing operation in Potton, a new church called The Kings Christian Fellowship was founded. Oxford Vineyard Church Oxford Vineyard Church or OVC is a vineyard church based in Oxford that gathers a group of everyday people from different walks of life seeking to worship Jesus together in a way that is suited to their culture. Regardless of your background and with the presence of live music, OVC reaches out and brings people together.
Nottingham Trent Vineyard
In the summer of 1996, John and Debby Wright moved to Nottingham to start a Vineyard Christian fellowship. Over the past nine years, they helped to build the first Vineyard church called the South West London Vineyard.
When God called them to construct a regional, growing, biblically-based church in Nottingham, they answered by building a church that was modern and creative by delivering a holy sanctuary for worshipers to worship God and to communicate the gospel with generosity and compassion.
Their aim is to equip, train and make disciples as effective as they can be by extending God's Kingdom to create new churches, develop leaders and to contribute to the blessing of the Body of Christ.
A final word Once a year, all areas gather at the National Leaders Conference which is currently held at Nottingham Trent Vineyard where live bands play Vineyard music.