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Development progressing well for Maranatha Community Church

Founded in 1907, with the first building complete in 1915, Maranatha Community Church has been a cornerstone of the Kempton Park community for over a century. Now poised for an exciting new chapter, the church has begun construction of a large church campus within Riverfields. The build began earlier in 2023 and Riverfields is excited to share more information on this sprawling development.

Maranatha Community Church has grown exponentially over its 100-year legacy and its home within Riverfields marks the third premises since it was founded. The church campus will service a congregation of approximately 6 000 people and host 3 services daily. Currently the church continues its 3 daily services, in addition to Youth on a Friday night for Grade 8 to 12. There are multiple opportunities for the congregation to volunteer in any of the ongoing projects and community events that take place.

The large premises being built will be a dynamic campus featuring a school, children’s ministries and a multi-purpose hall serving both the youth and the greater community. No doubt, the hall will be the place of many future weddings, birthday celebrations and community events. This multi-purpose approach allows the church to meet the needs and preferences of its diverse membership while maintaining a strong sense of engagement with the greater Riverfields and Kempton Park community.

Under Construction

Construction will take place in a multi-phase process. The first phase is slated for completion in 2025. Led by Pastor Leonard Stone, the church is a community space that is open to all. It provides courses on a number of social concerns such as parenting, finances, grief and marriage (to name a few). The committees and groups available provide immense support, personal growth and belonging for all who join.

“We’re not just building a church, we’re creating a space where people can grow spiritually and find a sense of belonging. As we grow bigger, we are also able to assist more people,” says Pastor Leonard Stone, Senior Pastor at Maranatha Community Church.

As each phase is built, it holds the promise of becoming a shining beacon for spiritual growth and community connection. The church has been a steadfast presence in the community, actively engaged in various outreach projects, including support to schools, feeding schemes and programmes aimed at assisting the homeless.

Preschool facilities

The new campus will feature a preschool facility catering to children aged 18 months and older. This facility will assist parents who are in need of reliable day care for their infants. It will foster a safe and nurturing environment for infants to interact with other toddlers and develop crucial social and motor skills.

Schooling

Maranatha Christian School, an integral part of the church’s mission, will also relocate to the new premises. The school, accredited by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), offers a robust educational experience rooted in Christian values, catering to a range of ages from preschool to matriculants.

Close-knit community

Maranatha Community Church is committed to bringing people together, inspiring the congregation to play a fundamental role in each other’s lives. The church is a lively meeting place filled with events, celebrations, inspiring talks and musical evenings. Through Pastor Leonard Stone, Maranatha has grown to be an inspiring beacon of hope.

“The move to the Riverfields precinct represents a strategic decision, aligning with the church’s vision for growth and community impact. The precinct offers enhanced security measures and meticulously maintained amenities, ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all members and visitors,” says Pastor Leonard.

Riverfields is thrilled to witness the growth of Maranatha Community Church and look forward to continuing a close partnership between them and the precinct. The church’s expansion aligns seamlessly with the greater Riverfields vision in creating a thriving, inclusive precinct that caters to the diverse needs of its residents and visitors.

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