Tholasherry Weaving School Centenary

Centenary Celebrations of Tholasherry Weaving School

The centenary celebrations of Tiruvalla Tholasherry weaving school was celebrated with the thanksgiving service at St Thomas CSI church Tholasherry by the Most Rev Thomas K Oommen, Moderator of the Church of South India and Bishop in the diocese of Madhya Kerala on September 10, 2017 Sunday at 8:00 am. Also the centenary celebrations were inaugurated by the Honorable Moderator. On 18 September 1918 Rev W S Hunt, a CMS missionary who started with a weaving loom in the portico of his house and then it grown to the present status. Various committees under the leadership of vicar Rev Thomas Paikkad leading the centenary celebrations.

Kottayam Baker Chapel Anniversary

Celebrated 70th Anniversary of the Kottayam Baker Chapel

70th anniversary of Kottayam Baker Chapel was celebrated with a thanksgiving service on Sept 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. A musical evening was conducted along with the thanksgiving service. Masters Men Kottayam, Masters Voice Pallom and Baker Chapel choirs did beautiful performance during the service. Most Rev Thomas K Oommen, Moderator of Church Of South India and Bishop in the Diocese of Madhya Kerala led the thanksgiving service and delivered the God’s word. Rev Dr Sabu K Cherian, Rev Thomas K Prasad, Rev Varghese Philip, Rev Mathews P Oommen, Rev Jiji Joseph, Rev Anoop George Joseph, Rev Dn Jibin Thampy, Rev Dn Sabi Mathew and the believers attended the celebration.

Protest by Diocesan Youth Movement

CSI Madhya Kerala Diocesan Youth Movement Protest Against Petrol Price Hike

CSI Madhya Kerala Diocesan Youth Movement protested against hike in petrol prices in Changanasherry town on 21 Sept 2017. Diocesan youth members marched from Changanasherry youth center to Bus stand and gathered in the bus stand. Most Rev Thomas K Oommen, Moderator of CSI and Bishop in the Diocese of Madhya Kerala inaugurated the protest. Hundreds of youth members participated in the protest.

Deacon Ordination

Deacon Ordination

The Most Revd Thomas K. Oommen, Moderator of the Church of South India and Bishop in the Diocese of Madhya Kerala, admitted Dn Jess Mathew, Dn Subin G Thomas, Dn Tibin Joseph Mathew, Dn Aneesh M Philip, Dn Sooraj Poulose Thomas, Dn Bijo K Nainan, Dn Gibin Thampy, Dn Sabin Jo Benson, Dn Deepu Abey John and Dn Sabi Mathew into the Holy Order of Diaconate (Deacon). The Ordination Service was held on August 18, 2017 at the CSI Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kottayam at 09.30 AM. It was one of a historical moment for the church on this Bicentenary year that a big number of deacons were ordained. Nearly 4000 people (believers, pastors, church workers, etc) attended the ordination service.

The Revd Sam Samuel was the preacher, who basing on St. Paul’s First Epistle to Timothy, Chapter 3, Verses 1 – 13, reminded that a deacon should have ‘Teaching Ability’, ‘Management Ability’, ‘Attitude of Humility & Simplicity’ and ‘Perfect Integrity’. He emphasized that the role of Church Leaders is not to ‘rule’ but to represent the compassionate Christ and ‘tend’ the flock. He also said what we do (mission) should correspond with what we are (witness).

Young Clergy Fellowship

Young Clergy Fellowship of CSI Madhya Kerala Diocese

Consecration of New Bishop

Rt Rev Dr Oommen George Consecrated as the First Bishop of the CSI Kollam-Kottarakkara Diocese

Rt Rev Dr Oommen George has been consecrated as the first bishop of the newly born Kollam- Kottarakkara Diocese of the Church of South India. The consecration service was led by Most Rev Thomas K Oommen, the Moderator of the Church of South India, on the 10th of September 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral in Kollam, Kerala. Rt Rev Dr Vadapalli Prasada Rao, the Deputy Moderator, Rt Rev Baker Ninan Fenn (Bishop, CSI Cochin Diocese), and Rt Rev Royce Manoj Victor (Bishop, Malabar Diocese) assisted the Moderator in the Communion service. Bishop Royce Manoj Victor gave the consecration sermon based on the theme ‘Rise and shine’. Bishop reminded that “We are called or selected by God; not for ourselves but for others also. When we go among people we have to remove the darkness of others through the light of our life.”

Adv Robert Bruce, the Hon Treasurer of the Church of South India and the Diocesan leaders also gave leadership to the consecration service. People from various walks of life, the missionaries, heads of institutions, representatives from theological colleges, members of the neighbouring dioceses, and leaders and members of other denominations witnessed the consecration service. Rt Rev K J Samuel the former Moderator of the CSI, and Rt Rev Thomas Samuel, the former Bishop in Madhya Kerala, also attended the consecration service.

The Consecration Service started with the opening prayer by Rev David Habel, the Pastoral Board Secretary of the Kollam Kottarakkara Diocese. During the installation, Mr Varkey Jacob, the Secretary of the Diocese, read the instrument of election and selection. The congregation gave its assent. The Moderator then led the consecration and installation of the Bishop-elect. There was a solemn examination of the Bishop-elect, followed by the congregational hymn inviting the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Moderator and the officiating Bishops laid their hands on the head of the Bishop-elect and prayed that God ordains and consecrates him Bishop in God’s Church. The Moderator then presented the newly consecrated Bishop with the Bible and the Pastoral Staff, the symbol of the good shepherd, and the new Bishop was adorned with the Saffron Stole. The Deputy Moderator placed the episcopal Ring on his finger, a token of pledge and fidelity. The Bishops then welcomed the new Bishop to the council of the Bishops by giving the right hand of fellowship. The Moderator then declared Rt Rev Dr Oommen George as the Bishop in the Church of God, in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The congregation responded with a loud ‘Amen’ and sang the doxology.

Then the newly consecrated Bishop was led to his Episcopal chair. The lay officers of the Diocese, representatives of the laity and representatives of the Deacons and Presbyters and women workers promised all due obedience to the new Bishop.

In the first speech after the consecration, Rt. Rev. Dr. Oommen George told that he looks forward to following the ‘Banana- plant type leadership’ which allows others to grow in groups near and around. If one dies, others will grow. This type of leadership gives freedom and space for others and help them to grow and flourish.

A public reception followed the consecration service in honour of the newly consecrated bishop. Eminent persons, from various churches and political sphere, attended this meeting.

Rt Rev Dr Oommen has been serving the Madhya Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India and he was the Clergy Secretary of the Diocese when he was selected as the Bishop of the Kollam- Kottarakkara Diocese. He is the Secretary of the Kerala Regional Synod too. He had done his secular education at CMS College Kottayam Kerala, and his theological studies at HIET Chennai and Kerala United Theological Seminary in Kannammoola. He earned his Doctorate in Theology from Chicago. He has served many parishes in Kerala and abroad. He was a member of Synod Executive Committee Madhya Kerala Diocesan Executive Committee, President of CSI North American Council, Secretary of the Diocesan Mission Board and Pastoral Board, and Vice- President of the Diocesan Laity Fellowship. He is married to Ms Aleyamma Oommen and blessed with three daughters: Diana, Liza and Leena

May God bless him to lead this great diocese of the Church of South India with zeal and enthusiasm.

News courtesy: CSI Synod website

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World Day of Prayer for Creation

Observed ‘World Day of Prayer for Creation’

CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns celebrated ‘World Day of Prayer for Creations’ at 5.30pm on 1st September 2017 at CSI Eden Eco Spirituality Centre, Othera. September 1 was first proclaimed as a World Day of Prayer for Creation by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox community in 1989, and embraced by other European churches in 2001. Pope Francis declared it a day of Prayer for Creation for the Catholic Church in 2015. Since 2016, the World Council of Churches, Global Catholic Climate Movement, Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, Anglican Communion Environmental Network, Act Alliance, and several other Christian agencies have collaborated in an ecumenical celebration of Season of Creation.

CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns, a member of the Anglican Communion of environmental Network has organised the ecumenical worship on 1st September 2017 at CSI Eden Ecospirituality Centre Othara (Pazhayakavu near YMCA building). Rev Viji Varghese Eapen delivered the sermon in the guise of a farmer. Most Rev Thomas K Oommen, Moderator of CSI offered greetings from CSI Synod. H E Joshua Mar Ignathiose, (Catholic Church), His Grace Yuhanon Christomos Metropolitan (Orthodox Church) and Rev Dr Chilkuri Vasanth Rao (Principal designate of UTC, Bengaluru) shared their commitment and concerns during the worship services.

163rd Kaipatta Habel day Celebrations

163rd Kaipatta Habel day Celebrations

163rd Kaipatta Habel day was celebrated with a thanksgiving service at 9:30 a.m. and followed by a public meeting. Most Rev Thomas K Oommen , Moderator of CSI & Bishop in the Diocese of Madhya Kerala led the thanksgiving service and chaired the public meeting . On Sept. 1st a big proclamation rally was conducted from the premises of Mallappally Holy Immanuel CSI church to Kaipatta All Saints CSI Church. Mallappally clergy district, Vicar Rev Manu Joseph and the church committee led the arrangements for the celebration.

Temperance Movement

CSI MKD Temperance Movement

CSI MKD Temperance Movement declared solidarity with the Sathyagraha which led by Kerala Madhya Vurudha Janakeeya Samiti infront of the Government Secretariat, Trivandrum.

Choral Music Tridium

Choral Music Tridium

CSI MKD Kumplampoika District Choir organized a three day programme for the choir members “CHORAL MUSIC TRIDIUM”. More than 200 choir members, robed in red and white, join with the heavenly host, for a ‘choral worship’. CHORAL MUSIC TRIDIUM (Started on September 01, 2017 at Pullickal and ended on September 03, 2017 at Kumplampoika), including Liturgical, Vocal & Musical Training, Dedication, Chain Prayer, Fellowship & Choral Worship. The Choral Worship was structured in line with the structure of the CSI Liturgy, and included Hymns, Lyrics, Chants and Bible Readings.