With a legacy spanning over a century, Maranatha Community Church stands as an enduring cornerstone of the Kempton Park community. Now, poised for an exciting new chapter, the church has embarked on a ground-breaking venture, having initiated earlier in the year the construction of a church campus within the thriving Riverfields Lifestyle Precinct
Having commenced earlier this year, the multi-phase construction process, with the first phase slated for completion in 2025, holds the promise of becoming a shining beacon for spiritual growth and community connection. The campus will feature a main auditorium accommodating over 5,500 worshipers, a separate building dedicated to children’s ministries, and a multipurpose hall serving both the youth and the greater community.
“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. “The larger facilities will make it more accessible for everyone to come and be a part of our vibrant community.”
In addition to the expanded worship spaces, the new campus will feature a preschool facility catering to children aged 18 months and older and a coffee shop and restaurant. Maranatha Community Church is committed to providing resources and courses that enhance the lives of congregants and the broader community, including programmes on marriage, parenting, and financial stewardship to name a few.
Pastor Leonard adds, “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 our members and visitors.”
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, offers a robust educational experience rooted in Christian values, catering to a range of ages from preschool to matriculants.
“We are thrilled to witness the growth of Maranatha Community Church and look forward to continuing our close partnership with them,” says Gideon van der Vyver, Head of the Riverfields Precinct. “The church’s expansion aligns seamlessly with our vision for a thriving, inclusive precinct that caters to the diverse needs of our community.”
Pastor Leonard expressed his excitement about the upcoming transition, emphasising that the focus has always been on the spiritual growth of individuals. “As we expand, we look forward to serving our community on an even larger scale, providing spaces for worship, learning, and fellowship,” he concluded.