Victoria and I are really thrilled to announce that Manly Life will be launching on Sunday the 2nd of September. It has been an amazing journey so far with a great group of new and old friends – and now we are excited to launch a public presence in the Manly area of Sydney. Put simply we can’t wait to join God in bringing Life to Manly (conveniently also our vision line).
Just as Jesus reached out to broken and lost people like Victoria and I, giving us abundant and eternal life, we want to share that life with people in our community. Life for most people is difficult, juggling the pressures of finances, relationships, illness and stress. Jesus makes a tangible difference. Like the dry bones in Ezekiel 37 that come alive with the breath of God, we want to see people come alive as they encounter the love, power and forgiveness of God.
So what is Manly Life? It is a community that values the gospel as good news, that believes God’s presence is still active and powerful today, that values building community that honours people, is generous and hospitable, that does life together, that is socially engaged to do good, is full of ordinary people following a spectacular God. We want to be a church community that you would feel great about being a part of.
There is lots to do between now and when we launch (with our current Sunday gatherings continuing). Pray for us as we work towards a great launch which will hopefully get in our communities imagination. Our ministry teams are forming, our communications are coming together, our local outreaches are taking shape and our sense of community is growing.
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” Ez 37:5-7