To love and to worship God passionately
To influence people to know and love God
To build each other up to achieve our life's purpose
Maranatha is a dynamic, contemporary church with a passion for people and for the fulfilment of God’s plans in their lives. Many people from diverse walks of life have made Maranatha their spiritual home.
Our desire is for you to connect with God during our services. They begin with contemporary praise nd worship, followed by a practical and inspiring message.
The three Sunday services are the same (same songs and message), so you can choose the time slot that best suits you. 08:00, 10:00 or 17:30.
Our services are one hour long.
After every service, our team of Pastors are available to pray for any needs you may have.
At Maranatha we believe in the biblical principle of tithing, but do not take up an offering
during our services. We do however have giving boxes at the exits, where you can place
our tithes and offerings.
For safety and convenience, we encourage rather making use of online banking –
see our banking details below.
May the Lord bless you as you support the His work at Maranatha.
Our dress code is casual or smart…come as you are comfortable!
The story began in 1907 when Mr. Walker, a local potter decided to start an Interdenominational Sunday School for all English-speaking children in Kempton Park. There were no church buildings in Kempton Park at the time; even the Dutch Reformed Church was holding services in the school hall.
In 1971 Rev. Deryck Stone was called as the resident pastor. Having our own pastor, the church grew steadily and eventually resulted in accommodation problems in the old building. So the search began for a new property.
The Sunday School started with eight children present on the first Sunday. Soon the majority of the English speaking children in Kempton Park began attending this Sunday School. As it grew, Mr. Walker and a group of teachers decided to build a little wood and iron hall. This was Kempton Park’s very first church and became lovingly known as the ‘Little Tin Tab’ (Tabernacle) which opened on Saturday, 9 October 1915.
Building began in February 1982 and twenty months later, on 10 October 1983, the new building was officially opened.
With the building completed, it was decided to arrange Sunday services for the parents. Each Sunday a different minister would be asked to speak. Thus, the Tin Tab became a truly interdenominational community church for most of the English-speaking residents of Kempton Park. As new churches were established, some of the people naturally joined up with their own denominations. However, many remained with the church and formed an interdenominational fellowship in 1933. A committee was elected to run the church whilst ministers from various denominations were invited to preach.
It wasn’t long and this building became too small so construction began again. In 1999, a new 3 000-seater Auditorium, Maranatha’s current home, was opened. It includes a chapel, and the popular coffee shop, Cafe M.
The old church buildings were put to good use and now house a Youth and Young Adult facility (including the Next Gen Coffee Shop, games area and climbing wall) as well as classrooms and offices for Maranatha Christian School.
In 1953, the Tin Tab was replaced by a brick building called the WALKER MEMORIAL HALL, in memory of Mr Walker.
The church became known as the WALKER MEMORIAL CHURCH.
Maranatha Community Church has grown from strength to strength! As God has added to our numbers, our facilities have also grown in size and function, along with the addition of a Counselling Centre to serve the needs of our members.