Central Vineyard is a growing church community of around 200 adults and children meeting in the Northampton area, which began with a small team of people in 2006.
Over the last 10 years we've gathered to worship Jesus in a number of different locations. It all started in February 2006 in the Cineworld Cafe Bar in Sixfields, we then moved to a community centre in West Hunsbury before landing at Learn Today Language School - in a former shoe factory on Loarn Road. After meeting there and seeing it fill up week a er week, we moved to the University of Northampton’s Park Campus, starting in Sunley Management Centre, then moving to HLT3 and then the larger HLT1 lecture theatre. During this time we felt the need to make more space to develop and grow our kids ministry and as a result we moved next door to All Saints Primary School. There we continued to experience an amazing season of growth with lots of new adults and children being added to the church, which resulted in our final move to Northampton High School in January 2015. It’s been an eventful, if somewhat nomadic 10 years and in all honesty Tammy and I had no inclination we would be making another move so soon and even more surprisingly that it would be to a property we would actually call our own.
Alongside the growth and development of our church in our gathered environments, our compassion ministry under the banner of Re:store Northampton has continued to grow and develop too. In 2009 we launched the Northampton Food Bank - the idea was simple, collect nonperishable food and give it to those in need. Originally running from a spare bedroom, we then moved to a garage and then finally to The Hub, an empty industrial unit in the Nene Enterprise Centre on Freehold Street. As our work continued and the staff team has increased, so too has The Hub and over the last 3 years we have expanded into two units. One functioning as our admin base and the other housing the Food Bank and all our compassion based ministry.