Our vision

“We believe that God has called us to nurture a passionate, worshipping family of believers, reaching out to a generation in need.”

Nurture Caring for, training, discipling, equipping and sending out.
Passionate Above all, loving the person of Jesus and His words and works.
Worshipping Expressing an intimate love for Jesus through obedient, holy, sacrificial lifestyles.
Family One in purpose, seeking to love and bless each other, putting others’ needs before our own.
Reaching out Constantly seeking to see the kingdom of God grow. Expressing the compassion and mercy of God to all in need through the love and the power of God and the witness of His people.
Generation Whilst we embrace all who come to us, we seek to reach an unchurched generation through a church life that authentically reflects who we are.
  1. John 21:15-17; 2 Timothy 3:16- 4:5; 1 Corinthians 11:1.
  2. Philippians 3:7-11; Matthew 22:37,38.
  3. Psalm 33:1-3; John 4:23,24; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 4:17-5:20.
  4. 1 John 3:16-18; Acts 4:32-35; Ephesians 5:21
  5. Luke 4:18, 19; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 10:2, 19; Matt 10:7,8.

How did you get here?

The Church began in October 1992 with five people meeting together to worship and minister to one another.  From the outset the Vineyard had been a major influence with the values and priorities of the movement being very important to us.  In May 1993 the group was adopted by St.Albans Vineyard and on April 23rd 1995 we were released as “CENTRAL SOUTHAMPTON VINEYARD” – a church in our own right.

Who’s in charge of this thing?

Matt is the senior pastor of the church, and Sam & Helen are Associate Pastors.  Matt works full time for the church, Helen works part time.  The kids work is run by Judi. Andy & Abby, along with Matt and Sam & Helen, oversee the housegroup leaders.  The housegroups are fairly autonomous and the leaders of these more or less act as pastors of small churches within the overall structure.  They vary greatly in their style, ministry bias and visions, as a result.

The leadership team meets fairly regularly but overall authority and decision-making rests with Matt.  They are accountable to an overseer, Andrew Wallis (from Bristol Vineyard) in the form of regular meetings and telephone conversations. Andrew is, in turn, overseen by one of the Vineyard (UK) Council members.

Hopefully, however, God is in charge!

How do I get involved?

We do not have a “membership”, as such, but see membership to the church as a prayerful commitment from individuals of time, skills, finances and resources.  If you are wanting to get involved then you need to go along to a housegroup and to get involved there. These groups are the main area of the church’s life and as such we see involvement there as crucial.

Can we just visit?

Please do!  Right from the very start God told us that we would be a “watering hole” and so please come and enjoy what we have to offer.  Please take a blessing back to your church from Southampton Vineyard.