“Come to Jesus….Bring every child to Jesus”
Vancouver Mar Thoma Church Sunday School operates under the guidelines of Mar Thoma Diocese of North America and Europe, and is affiliated with the Mar Thoma Sunday School Samajam.The VMTC Sunday school teachers are committed in working with parents to teach children to know, follow and share Jesus.
Sunday school starts with Fellowship every Sunday Evening at 4:30 PM and is followed by Bible-based classes for children from Nursery through 12th Grade. The children explore the Bible and study how they can apply it to their lives every day. The teachers strive to provide a creative environment for the children. The curriculum also focuses on the history of the Mar Thoma Church and the meaning behind the rituals we practice today. We are presently blessed with 40 students and 5 teachers.
It is only through the sincere effort, dedication and continued prayers of our students, teachers, parents and the rest of the VMTC community that we can continue to help every child experience Jesus in their lives.
The major purpose of the Sunday school is to help boys and girls study God’s word, the Bible, and apply its life-guiding principles.
“Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.” – Psalms 144:12
We know that as believers Jesus chose us to stand out. At a time in life when it seems the most important thing is fitting in, there is bravery in deciding to standout by setting an example of what a relationship with Jesus looks like.Our mission is to build disciples through our youth ministry. God gave us the greatest example of Love, and our hope is that His love moves through us, enabling us to live the Gospel out in our lives.
Each member of Marthoma Church should be an Evangelist. In the year 1924, the Sannadha Suvisheshaka Sangham was formed. Edavaka Mission (Church Mission Ministry) is the unit of the above organization in each Marthoma Church. All the members of the parish who are involved in any voluntary mission work are bonafide members of the Parish Mission.
The main working programs of Edavaka Mission are as follows:
The Edavaka Mission provides the necessary spiritual leadership in the Parish life. Members meet regularly every biweekly for fellowship, intercessory prayer and Bible study. They visit the sick and aged and the houses in distress.
“Praise the LORD with harp; sing unto him with the psaltery and instrument of ten strings” -Psalms 33:2
It is God’s grace that we have an extremely talented choir group, which enhances our worship during Malayalam and English service, with a wide variety of songs from traditional hymns to the present day Maramon Convention songs. We have 20 members in our choir. Apart from leading the regular worship and Holy Communion Services, the choir assists all the activities of the parish such as Parish Day, Harvest Festival, Holy Matrimony service, competitions and similar events. The choir has been playing a vital role in conducting the Christmas Carol service in our parish. The Choir meets twice a month and for special occasions many times as needed for practice. The dedication, selfless service and musical passion of our Parish Choir is exemplary.
“Rejoice evermore; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Thess 5: 16-18
The Suvisesha Sevika Sangham, the women’s wing of Mar Thoma church was inaugurated in 1919, during the Maramon Convention, under the leadership of Abraham Mar Thoma Suffragan Metropolitan. Every women of the Mar Thoma Church above the age of 18 years is a member of the Sevika sanghom The Sevika Sangham is very active in our Parish. Bible study classes are conducted once in a month at each Prayer group under the leadership of the Vicar.
VMTC Sevika Sangham is a registered organization under the diocese of North America and Europe. Our Sevika Sangham is actively involved with the programs of the national and regional activities. Each year our members attend these conferences and meetings. Our Sevika Sangham organization has been empowering women by actively involving in Bible studies, visiting sick people and supporting charities.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example
for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”- 1 Timothy 4:12
The young families at VMTC continue to meet at church third Saturday of every month. Through the dynamics of small group interaction, Christian values are reinforced and families are encouraged to reach out in action to others. These meetings are led by Vicar and individual families are encouraged to share from the word. These meetings encourage a sense of belonging and fellowship among the families, which is especially worthwhile since many of us do not have our near and dear ones here.
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