Thought for the day

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8

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EXODUS

3:1-22

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DIOCESES -NEWS And Events

Workshop on ‘World Day of Prayer’ 2019 Madurai Ramnad

A workshop on ‘World Day of Prayer’ was conducted in a grand manner on 02.03.19 at the chapel of OCPM Girls’ Higher Secondary School, which is our Diocesan School and also one of the reputed schools in Madurai. All the arrangements for the workshop had been properly and perfectly made by the Bishop Amma and the Officers of the Women’s Fellowship of Our Diocese. The Head Mistress, the staff and the Students of the school put forth great efforts for the success of the workshop.

About 200 women, including the Pastors’ wives, the secretaries of the various women fellowships of our Diocese, the teachers from the various schools of our Diocese and the Bible Women participated in the workshop and were immensely benefitted out of it.

The Opening prayer was made by Rev. A. David Jebaraj, the Clergy Secretary of our Diocese. This year, the Order of Service for the World Day of Prayer has been prepared by the Women of the country named Slovenia. Hence, when a piece of melodious background music was played, some students, followed by the Bishop Amma and the officers of the Women’s Fellowship of Our Diocese brought the food items of the people of Slovenia in bowls and trays in a procession. The food items like Barley, Wheat, Wheat Bread, Salad of Cucumber, Carrot and Tomato, Honey, Tea, Potato etc were displayed on a table with the scene setting of a house of Slovenia at the back.

The Head Mistress of the School Mrs. N. Mary, gave a PowerPoint Presentation, explaining in detail, the history of Slovenia, its geographical condition, its climatic condition and about their food, their education and the Churches. We were able to know about the status of women and their problems also which enabled us to pray earnestly for them. We all felt as if we had visited the country in person. Such an attractive presentation was it!

We enjoyed hearing the National Anthem of Slovenia. The students of the school presented a colourful dance performance depicting their tradition and it was a feast to our eyes. During the interval, the staple food of the Slovenians i.e., Loaves of Bread with honey and the delicious Mutton soup, were supplied to the participants.

Our Bishop gave a very brief introduction about the World Day of Prayer and the necessity of praying for the people of Slovenia as well as the people of our country.

The prayers found in the order of service were read by the Women’s work superintendents of the various councils of our Diocese and the teachers of our Diocesan school and the response was read by all the other participants. All the prayers were offered with burdened hearts.

Then, the Bishop Amma gave a message from the scripture portion of Luke 14: 15-24. She talked about the Feast, the preparation for the Feast and its blessings. She also talked about the various feasts found in the Bible. She pointed out four kinds of invitations for the feast and exhorted the participants to accept the invitation without giving lame excuses.

Then, the offering was taken. The workshop ended with the prayer and Benediction by Rev. Mrs. Mary David. Everybody left the place with the utmost satisfaction and the determination to observe the World Day of Prayer in the respective Churches and the schools in the way in which they had witnessed in the workshop.

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Er. John Mahendran, the First CSI Member to be Appointed as the Tamil Nadu State Minorities Commission Chairman Madurai Ramnad

Er. John Mahendran, who is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Madurai Ramnadu Diocese of the Church of South India, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Minorities Commission. This is the First time a member of the Church of South India is given this important portfolio. Hearty Congratulations!

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SECOND DIOCESAN CONVENTION Kollam Kottarakkara

By the immense grace of God, the Second Diocesan Convention 2019 was held on 17th to 24th February, 2019. It was a multi-lingual and multi-denominational convention which was inaugurated by the General Secretary CSI & Hon. Secretary CSITA, Rev. Dr. D. Rathnakara Sadananda and was graced by H.G. Zachariah Mar Anthonios Metropolitan - Malankara Orthodox Church, Kollam Diocese.

 

Our Guest Speakers were Rt. Rev. Dr. Euyakim Mar Coorilos Episcopa - Kottarakkara- Punalur Diocese, Marthoma Church, Rev. Nelson Chacko – C.S.I. Madhya Kerala Diocese, Dr. Jayasingh – D.S. Group, Chennai, Rt. Rev. Dr. K. Reuben Mark - Bishop, C.S.I.,  Karimnagar Diocese, Bro. George Koshy – Bangalore.

 

Different activities and Spiritual enlightenment programmes were also organized every morning during these days.

  1. Youth Mission Fest was headed by Rev. Thomas Cheriyan (Chattisgarh Mission)
  2. Pastors, Catechists, Missionaries and Women Workers Spiritual meet by Prof. Dr. M. T. Cheriyan
  3. Women’s Fellowship Anniversary meet by Mrs. Aleyamma Oommen Chandy
  4. Athmaya Fellowship by Rev. Justin Jose, C.S.I. S.K.D.
  5. Children’s Ministry by CEF Director – Mr. Reji Thomas Chacko, Rev. A.R. Susheel and Magic Achan, Rev. Dr. Saju Mathew
  6. Public Meeting by Minister – Mrs. Mercykutty Amma, M.P. – Mr. N. K. Premachandran, M.L.A – Mr. M. Noushad and Mayor – Mr. V. Rajendrababu

The Diocesan choir graced our convention with its blessed songs elevating our soul and spirit to a heavenly experience.

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VBS Training Programme Cochin

Thrissur: CSI Diocese of Cochin has conducted two days VBS training programme at Thrissur Bathel Asham on 8th and 9th March 2019. The training programme was inaugurated by the Rev. John Joseph (Clergy Secretary,. CSI DC) and the Rev. Mathew George (Sunday School General Secretary) welcomes all. In this programme 30 participants from the diocese were attended and trained. Rev. Kurian Perter has lead the classesabout qualities of a VS Leader and the theme devotion. Mr. Subin Sunderraj discussed about Teacher's Devotion. Rev. Dn. Aneesh Mathew has taken the clases aout visual aids and Mrs Ashalatha has taken class about "How to lead a child to Christ". Mr. Sebi N P (Sundayschool Worker demonstrate different games and the action songs). Mr. Shimil P John and Ms. Liya were taught the VBS Songs and its action. The programme end with the dedication service led by Rev. Mathew George. M

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