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NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2016

Maranatha Newsletter - click here readNEW WINE – NEW WINESKINS

A NEW thing is happening.
“New” means that we can’t see it yet, but we can anticipate it.
God declares that He is the one who is “making all things new”.
(Rev 21:5, Isa 48:6)

Are we ready to respond to this new thing?
Jesus taught us that no one puts new wine into old wineskins, as they are unable to hold it. So in our response we must be willing to change, to be renewed, to behold the new thing.

Same clay, different form
As we submit ourselves to this process of change, our response remains the same as has always been our Community’s discipline. Our response is to listen, watch, pray, and then act.

The January edition of the Maranatha Community Newsletter which is available for you to read on-screen (or print for your convenience) expands this theme and gives news of community initiatives and activity.

Click here to view / download the latest Maranatha Newsletter
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Maranatha Lecture 2015

On Tuesday 1st December we were blessed and privileged to hear a wonderful, deeply thought-provoking, moving and heartfelt lecture given by His Grace Bishop Angaelos OBE, Head of The Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, at the newly refurbished Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

His Grace touches on many of the defining issues of our times – politics and democracy, the Middle East, the refugee crisis, Islam and Daesh terrorism.

A full video recording is being produced, meanwhile you can listen to His Grace’s lecture here:

https://soundcloud.com/maranatha-audio/maranatha-lecture-2015-faith-in-politics

Dennis Wrigley

The Lord’s servant, our beloved Leader of the Maranatha Community, Dennis Wrigley, completed his final journey, received the call “Well done, good and faithful servant” and went to be with Our Lord this morning (9th November 2015). In recent weeks he had undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy to try to shrink the secondary cancer in his lungs, and up till his final hours he was praising God and ministering to hospital visitors, patients and staff.

Dennis co-founded the Maranatha Community with Fr Michael Buckley in 1981, and over the past 34 years he dedicated his life to leading our community with love, vision and a servant heart. He has been a guiding light to many people and in recent years recorded a series of videos so that the inspiration God has given him will be received by many in years to come. These videos can been seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/dwrigleyministries

We are reminded of 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

His funeral was held on Monday 23rd November at The Avenue Methodist Church, Wincham Road, Sale, M33 4PL, followed by a reception at The Life Centre, Washway Road, Sale, M33 4BP.

You can read a full (2 page) tribute to Dennis here, which includes information about his early life and career and the founding of Maranatha.

On Sunday 15th November Linda Stalley was interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester about Dennis. Click below to hear this interview.

Magna Carta – A Voice for Justice

On the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, Maranatha Members Kate and Roger joined Christians from different denominations of the church outside Parliament for a rally about the current state of freedom & democracy in our nation organised by Voice for Justice UK. This is their video report.

Speakers included:
Dr. Linda Stalley – co-leader of the Maranatha Community at 2′ 30″
Alan Craig – former a local councillor & leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance at 4′ 15″
Paul Tully – General Secretary of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) at 6′ 20″
Robert Harris – Voice for Justice UK at 8′ 00″
Rev. Wale Babatunde – Senior Minister, World Harvest Christian Centre at 9′ 40″
Rev.Dr. Clifford Hill – Prophecy Today UK & Issachar Ministries at 11′ 40″
Baroness Cox – Parliamentarian & CEO of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust at 13′ 35″
Rev.Lynda Rose – Voice for Justice UK at 15’00”

Spotlight Issue 39 – news from around the community

Spotlight - News and Views for Local Groups, by Local Groups
Spotlight Issue 39 - click hereThe latest issue of Spotlight – News and Views for Local Groups, by Local Groups can be downloaded here.

In this issue there is a report on a weekend version of “Out of the Courtroom…” run by the Nottingham Group and news from South India and Uganda.

Spotlight is the current vehicle for news from individual Maranatha Members and Local Groups (as distinct from the Maranatha Newsletter which brings news of inititatives from the office in Flixton).

If you have been to any Maranatha Teaching Weekends or Retreats, we would like to hear your experiences. We would also welcome news from your local Maranatha Groups.

Please share your thoughts with us all via the comments facility here.

NEWSLETTER JUNE 2015

Maranatha Newsletter

Maranatha Newsletter - click here readWATCH, LOOK, SEE.

Across the world dramatic, unexpected and humanly unpredictable events are taking place. As God’s people, we know that what is visible is actually a sign of an invisible reality which is only recognisable to those who have the revelation of the Holy Spirit. God is shaking the nations. A shift is taking place in the heavenly realms. Our Sovereign God is doing a new thing which, by definition, is not something we can predict or imagine.

So what is our response? The June edition of the Maranatha Community Newsletter which is available for you to read on-screen (or print for your convenience) gives us valuable teaching together with news of community initiatives and activity.

We would also like to draw your attention to the following: (click on each)

Please share your thoughts and comments here.

Annual Report for 2014

The Maranatha Community is a registered charity (no: 327627) and as such we produce an Annual Report to Members with a set of independently examined accounts, and these are submitted to the Charity Commission.

We have now submitted our Annual Report and Accounts for 2014 and these can be viewed here, and you can see our entry on the Charity Commission website here.

The Annual Report is only a brief summary of some of the activities of the community during the year. Our website shows additional aspects of the Maranatha Community, and much of the life of the community takes place at local level throughout the UK and further afield, and does not get reported.