the start of the story
Sheffield Vineyard was started by Alex and Karen Griffin and their two boys in 2012. The first year involved meeting as many people as possible; we had neighbourhood parties, BBQ’s, parties in the park, and we cooked meals for over 1600 people. We soon started our first Lifegroup and when that grew so big that we couldn’t fit into our lounge we started an additional group, and then another. In 2013 we met at a music room at Birkdale School on Sundays, but we quickly outgrew the room and moved to Heeley Hall, which is our current Sunday venue.
Planting a church is always going to be, in part, an act of faith; there is always some degree of ‘I hope this is God and not me!’ It was a great comfort therefore for us Griffins when soon after we arrived at Sheffield we noticed four stone pillars near Primark, right in the middle of the commercial district of Sheffield. On top of each pillar was a stone Griffin. When we saw those pillars for the first time we felt God say, ‘I’ve brought you here, all four of you, to start a church, and my decision is set in stone’.
We firmly believe that Sheffield Vineyard is not our idea, it’s been called by God into being. It’s His idea and it’s Him who is working through everyone at Sheffield Vineyard to build His Kingdom in our City.
The story 100 years form now
God has a vision for this church and for our city that is bigger than anyone one generation can hold.
Image what a multi-generational vision looks like. What would a vision look like which is bigger than just our lives; one that affects our children’s generation and their children’s generation?
Given that God has been on the move before we ever-existing and will continue to be on the move for all eternity, what would be the outcome if we were to align our hopes and aspirations with God’s universal restoration plan?
What would we need to do to in our lifetime to bring about a God ordained and lasting impact, not just for now, but for generations to come?
We want to invite you to engage into a 100 vision, to see what God has in store for us, in this place, in our generation, and for the generations to come.