River City Vineyard Christian Fellowship is a Church that was started in November 1988 by George Esser and a team of 12 other people. They wanted to have a church that reached out to their generation, that was relevant to our culture and be a place that you would feel loved and accepted. The church is a fairly young church with many people on social assistance of some kind.
In addition to being a church, they are a community centre. Their activities include a boxing club, a gun club, AA, NA, gambling and other anonymous meetings. They also have a homeless shelter, a food bank, clothing bank and a soup kitchen.
They purchased an old YMCA building in 1997 and have kept a lot of the community aspects of the old YMCA including renting rooms out to service organizations, fitness activities, and charities. They still carry part of the YMCA’s mandate, “Body, soul and spirit.”