A Church where lives are being changed.
Hi, we are Lynne & Garry Archer. We met while studying for A – Levels in Armagh City in 1996 and fell in love. We went off to University in Belfast and married in 1999.
In 2000 we came upon our first experience of Vineyard at Causeway Coast Vineyard where we learned that Belfast also had a church. We joined there, early in 2001 whilst still studying and there we experienced God in a very new and real way. We felt like we had found a home. We were loved and taught and sent out to ‘do the stuff’. We fell in love with serving evangelism.
Later that year we took a gap year and travelled to Australia, and for 6 months called Berwick Vineyard home. It amazed us that a church half way across the world could still feel so much like home.
After our travels we settled back in County Armagh. We continued to attend Belfast and early in 2004 we heard about a church plant starting in Dungannon. For the next 12 years we served, loved and grew to a family of 5, with our beautiful kids Evie, Anna & Noah. We, however lived on the outskirts of Armagh City and our heart began beating for our city. In 2015 after much praying Dungannon Vineyard started monthly meetings in Armagh City and through the next year God called us to lead and in February 2016 saw the Church Plant officially released and Armagh City Vineyard began.
This is Vineyard
Armagh City Vineyard is one of over 100 Vineyard Churches in the UK & Ireland, there are now hundreds of Vineyard Churches worldwide in both western & emerging nations.
The Vineyard story is about ordinary people who worship and serve an extraordinary God. The Vineyard is simply one thread in the rich tapestry of the historic and global Church of Jesus Christ. But it is a thread of God’s weaving.
From the beginning, Vineyard pastors and leaders have sought to hold in tension the biblical doctrines of the Christian faith with an ardent pursuit of the present day work of the Spirit of God. Maintaining that balance is never easy in the midst of rapid growth and renewal.
John Wimber was a founding leader of the Vineyard. His influence profoundly shaped the theology and practice of Vineyard churches from their earliest days until his death in November 1997. When John was conscripted by God he was, in the words of Christianity Today, a ‘beer-guzzling, drug-abusing pop musician, who was converted at the age of 29 while chain-smoking his way through a Quaker-led Bible study’ (Christianity Today, editorial, Feb. 9 1998).
In John’s first decade as a Christian he led hundreds of people to Christ. By 1970 he was leading 11 Bible studies that involved more than 500 people. Under God’s grace, John became so fruitful as an evangelical pastor he was asked to lead the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth. He also later became an adjunct instructor at Fuller Theological Seminary where his classes set attendance records. In 1977, John reentered pastoral ministry to plant Calvary Chapel of Yorba Linda.
Throughout this time, John’s conservative evangelical paradigm for understanding the ministry of the church began to grow. George Eldon Ladd’s theological writings on the kingdom of God convinced John intellectually that the all the biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit should be active in the church. Encounters with Fuller missiologists Donald McGavaran and C. Peter Wagner and seasoned missionaries and international students gave him credible evidence for combining evangelism with healing and prophecy. As he became more convinced of God’s desire to be active in the world through all the biblical gifts of the Spirit, John began to teach and train his church to imitate Jesus full-orbed kingdom ministry. He began to do the stuff of the Bible that he had formerly only read about.
The Beginnings of the Vineyard
As John and his congregation sought God in intimate worship they experienced empowerment by the Holy Spirit, significant renewal in the gifts and conversion growth. It became clear that the church’s emphasis on the experience of the Holy Spirit was not shared by some leaders in the Calvary Chapel movement. In 1982, John’s church left Calvary Chapel and joined a small group of Vineyard churches. Vineyard was a name chosen by Kenn Gulliksen, a prolific church planter affiliated with Calvary Chapel, for a church he planted in Los Angeles in 1974. Pastors and leaders from the handful of Vineyard churches began looking to John for direction. And the Vineyard movement was born.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 1,500 Vineyard churches worldwide, 550+ in the US, over 100 in the UK & Ireland, as well as Vineyard Music helping thousands of churches experience intimacy with God. Many churches have been equipped to continue Jesus’ ministry of proclaiming the kingdom, demonstrating the kingdom and training disciples.
The Vineyard’s journey has not been a straight path, it winds through many trials and triumphs. If you are interested in more, you can visit Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland.
- We are a bible based community where everyone gets to play a part.
- We are a family that is open to everyone. You can come just as you are.
- Its a place where we can heal, grow and find out who we are in Jesus.
- A family of kingdom carriers wherever we are – work, rest and play.
- We want this family to touch as many people as we can, one life at a time, in the beautiful City of Armagh and the surrounding towns and villages.
- We want to plant other churches.