Monthly Archives: October 2008

Weekends, Retreats and Conferences 2009

The new programme of weekends, retreats and conferences for 2009 is now available.

The Lord has called us to be a Community from many different places and backgrounds.  We believe that he is leading us to encounter him more frequently, more deeply, and in more ways.

Maranatha weekends, retreats and conferences are a wonderful opportunity to meet with Jesus and with other members of the Community and there are many amazing testimonies of how lives have been freed, transformed and deepened through this expression of our Community life.

Join us in 2009, a year for Community.

For more information:
The Weekends page is here.
The Retreats page is here.
The conference pages is here.

Book Launch in Manchester

SPECIAL INVITATION – Walking with God’ book will be launched at the Wesley Owen Prayer Breakfast.

Wesley Owen Bookshop, Deansgate, Manchester, Saturday 1st November 2008, 9.15 a.m.
(Croissants, Tea/coffee provided free of charge)

This book is jointly written by Dennis Wrigley, the Leader and Co-Founder of the Maranatha Community and Sister Elizabeth Tuttle PBVM, who has also played a leading role in Maranatha for many years.  It is a fusion of the inspiration given to a Catholic Nun and a Protestant layman.

“For its inspiration this remarkable book of prayers draws on two Christian traditions – and it is all the more powerful for that reason..Sister Elizabeth and Dennis Wrigley are two people who have experienced the full power of prayer and this lovely collection of their meditations and prayers reflects the intimacy of their relationship with God. Walking with God will be an immense inspiration to many.” Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool

As the title suggests, this book will take you on a journey.  The prayers, reflections and meditations will draw you more deeply into the beautiful mystery of the Trinitarian God.  By allowing the words to become your own, you will indeed walk with God and also come to realise more fully that God is present in every aspect and moment of life…” Rt. Rev. Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds


Please ring 0161 748 4858 to let us know if you are able to be there.

First Sunday Gathering

Sunday 2nd November 2008, 8pm, Christ Church, Lostock Road, Davyhulme, Manchester
Christians of all churches walking together

Over the past 18 months we have experienced a powerful sense of the movement of Gods Spirit amongst us. Countless messages have been received from many who have experienced profound healing and a radical deepening of their faith. We have been blessed by countless visitors from overseas and those engaged in special ministries in this country. Over 300 believers in all traditions have shown their commitment to First Sunday and to the vision of Maranatha. Many of them exercise leadership in the churches and therefore some cannot attend every month, but the fruit of first Sunday is rich. Countless new initiatives have been instigated.

We now believe God is calling us to spread the net wider in the area around Manchester. We have not heavily publicised these meetings but we have now reached the point where, clearly, we need to ask where is God leading us as a prophetic Community. What is He asking of us? In the face of the huge collapse of the banking system, the whole issue of trust and security has been raised. How far do we trust God? What is He saying to us in this economic crisis? As the Maranatha Community moves forward we are coming to terms with the central question of what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century. Please pray for First Sunday. Do please endeavour to pass on to others an invitation to be part of this loving and growing fellowship.

Our theme on Sunday is Our yearning for revival of faith in our land and our yearning for growing oneness in Christ.

Our society is tired and sick. It seeks but does not find. It drinks but its thirst is not quenched. Our society demands of us Christians Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Anglicans a common witness, a unified voice.
Archimandrite Ignatios Sotiriadies of the Orthodox Church of Greece addressing the Synod in Rome last week.