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The Manna House is a Christian mission in Northampton, England which operates both a Christian gift and bookshop and a professional Christian counselling service.

Facing the Final Curtain

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Facing the Final Curtain

John Nightingale

 
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The End

written by Matthew Maunder, retail assistant at the Manna House

As of Thursday 31st January 2019, The Manna House will be closing its doors for the last time.

It’s not a decision that has been taken lightly, but sadly, so many of you are now taking your custom to online giants. Our town of Northampton also suffers from dwindling custom due in part to the new shopping experience of Rushden Lakes, and in part due to closures of some of the most significant big shops like BHS and M&S, not to mention other barriers to town shopping in the form of traffic calming and policing measures implemented over the years. The fact is, not enough of you bring us your custom for this to be a financially viable enterprise any more.

And so we also lose a Christian presence on the high street; a key part of the Christian bookshop mission. There are some great outreach projects undertaken by churches from acts of random kindness, through “treasure hunting”, to healing on the streets; even just straight forward evangelism in the form of preaching on the streets. All these are great and if you want to get out there and demonstrate God’s love and deliver His good news, and I would encourage you to get involved or start something at your church. Help fill this gap that we leave behind us.

And for those wondering where you can now find your Scriptural greetings cards, “proper” advent calendars, Bibles, Christian Books etc, I cannot stress to you enough the importance of finding another Christian Bookshop and giving them your custom. If your closest is too far away, call them; find out if you can have them post to you what you are looking for. It is so important to support these missions where you find them. Not only do they supply your needs, in your own walk in faith, they are often an approachable Christian presence for those ill-at-ease with the idea of going to a church. They can signpost to other missional work and to churches and might be the place where the unchurched can easily be offered prayer.

And wherever possible, shop locally. It’s not only Christian retailers who are finding this changing commercial environment difficult to traverse, small independent retailers need your support too. I know how easy it is to add-to-cart and be done with it, but for a little extra effort and occasionally a little higher cost, you can make all the difference for small businesses and those whose jobs rely upon them.

However, as this 35 year old oak tree loses it’s last leaf, an acorn has also sprouted. Look out for news of Heyford Books - a new bookshop in Nether Heyford at the Jesus Fellowships New Creation Farm, run by our own Martin Brown and Tony Solomon of manna4theworld. We’ll bring you more news as we receive it.

See below the official letter from the Manna House’s directors:

Dear Friends
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you that at our recent Board of
Management meeting, we made the decision to close the Manna House Christian
Bookshop with effect from 31st January 2019. After 35 years and £8.1 million worth of
turnover there was much sadness, clearly the high street is so different now from
when we opened in October 1983. We would truly like to thank all of our customers
for their support over the years.
Despite the gallant efforts and commitment of a number of Churches and Individuals,
regrettably, we have been unable to secure the finances required to allow the
Christian Bookshop to continue. Any other decision could have had dire financial
consequences for our Counselling Service that continues to be one of the largest
Counselling Services in the County of Northamptonshire.
If you or your Church have made a donation towards keeping the Bookshop open,
then we would be pleased to return it to you or alternatively, you might like to allow it
to be transferred to support the Manna House Counselling Service.
Concern has been expressed that with the closure of the Manna House Bookshop,
there will be no Christian Bookshop in Northampton and County and the suggestion
has been made that an Independent Management Group could be set up. Would you
and/or your Church be interested in this ? If so, please contact John Nightingale on
0771 439 5786 immediately.
The good news is that “Manna4theWorld”, our on-line service will continue and will
be managed and run by Martin Brown and Tony Solomon.
Your continued positive interest and support for the work of the Manna House is truly
appreciated by our Clients, Staff and Members of the Board of Management.
— Vic Winchcombe, Chair of the Manna House Trust