In December 2012, we (Matt and Jacinda Lilly) invited a bunch of friends to our home to hear about a church that God had planted in our hearts. We invited them to join us and our family in starting a community of people that would seek Jesus and follow him together on the Coast.
In February of 2013 we were sent out from Shore Vineyards (our church home) to plant Coast Vineyard Church. We started meeting on Sunday afternoons with 3 other families in our lounge, with the kids playing in our backyard. We quickly gathered others with a similar heart. We were all excited about the vision of what God wanted to build, and that we got to participate in His Kingdom activity here on the Coast.
It wasn't long until we outgrew our home, and then two other lounges - so within 6 months we started weekly Sunday services at Stanmore Bay School, where we still meet. We have continued to grow rapidly, with over 500 people who now call Coast Vineyard home. We're seeing God weave together a community made up of people who are new to the area, people who are finding faith for the first time, people who are returning to church after lengthy periods away from it, people who have a heart for our community, people looking for a down-to-earth approach to living out their faith in a real way, people in transition, and people who love God and others.
We are so excited about serving our community and each other and seeing people coming to faith.
If you would like to find out more, or want to become a part of our unfolding story, then we’d love to invite you to one of our Welcome Lunches where we share more of our story.