St James Mar Thoma Church, London

167 Avery Hill Road, New Eltham, London SE9 2EX
Church Bulletin
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"In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause."
Psalm 25:1-3

Dear All,

This Sunday 13th September 2020, will be celebrated as Sevika Sangham Sunday. We will be having our divine service at 10.00 am via Webex.

Sevika Sangham members will assist in the service.

Parasyaradhana Kramam will be used for the service. If you do not have a copy, you may download a copy (transliterated) by clicking here

Lectionary for this Sunday:

  • Lesson 1: Numbers 27: 1-11
  • Lesson 2: Acts 16: 11-15
  • Gospel: John 4: 27-30
Let us prayerfully attend the service.
Please use the Webex details as below:

Start Time: Sunday, Sep 13, 2020 10:00 am
Meeting Link:
Meeting Number: 163 111 9632
Password: James2020 (52637202 from phones and video systems)

Other ways to join
Join by video system Dial
You can also dial and enter your meeting number.
Join by phone +44-20-7660-8149
Toll Access code: 163 111 9632

Please kindly note the following whilst you are online.

  • Mute your microphone on your devise and only turn it ON when you are leading the prayer or asked to lead the prayer. This is to prevent echo and other possible disturbances to the audio. 
  • Try and connect through one device per household and the whole family to attend the service together and create an atmosphere of corporate worship within your home.

Area Prayer Meetings

Area prayer groups are meeting via Webex or Zoom. This is organised by the area representative jointly with Achen. Each Area rep will inform via the area whatsApp group, the date, time and how to join the meeting .

The South Area Prayer Group will meet (12th Sep 2020) at 7pm.
Edavaka mission Intercessory Prayer

From next week, we will have our intercessory prayer every Wednesday at 8:00pm. Details will be send out separately. Please refer to the Upcoming Events Schedule below.
Response to the corona virus epidemic

Achen continues to send daily devotion via WhatsApp and I believe it has been a great source of comfort to all of us. If you are not receiving it please let me or achen know.

Although we are not able to meet in person, if you have any needs please do not hesitate to contact Achen, area representative, office bearers of the church and organisation representatives.
General Updates

Sevika Sangham Day: There will be a separate offertory collection for Sevika Sangham Day. All proceeds will be given to our Zonal Sevika Sangham activities and charities.

Please make this offertory payment into the Sevika Sangham account or the Church Account with Payment Reference SSDay_Name

Sevika Sangham Account Details as follows:

Account Name: St James Marthoma Church UK Sevika Sangham
Sort Code: 20-96-89
Account No: 50655880

Please use the following reference format: SSDay_Name

Church Web Page: Our Church website is undergoing maintenance. A revised and revamped web pages will be activated in the coming weeks.

Church Souvenir: As part of the preparations for our Church consecration, we are planning to issue a Souvenir to commemorate the occasion. We now have a Souvenir committee under the leadership of our Achen as the President, Mr. Cyril John (Convenor), Mr. Aji Chacko, Mr. Sajan Varampel, Mrs. Sherine George, Mr. Ronny Eappen, plus Dr. K John (Vice President), Mr. Shiju Thomas (Trustee Finance), Mr. P. K. Edison (Trustee Accountant), Mr. Sibu Thomas (Secretary) as Ex-officio members.

We are looking for articles and advertisements for the souvenir. Please contact any of the committee members. Last date to submit articles is 25th Sep 2020. The Souvenir Committee will make the final decision on the publishing of the content of the articles.

Advertisement Rates as follows – Cover Pages - Front Inside (blank), Back Outside (£1000), Back Inside (£500); Inside Pages - Full Page (£300), Half Page (£150), Quarter Page (£75), Less than Quarter page without photo (£50).

GDPR Consent Forms: In order for us to be GDPR compliance, we request all our families to complete the consent forms for safe keeping in the Church records. The respective Area reps will be reaching out to each of you regarding this. Please support this effort, such that we can complete this exercise in a timely manner.

Harvest Festival: Given the current restrictions, it has been decided by the EC to move our Harvest Festival celebrations to early next year (February or March 2021, exact date to be confirmed later).

Ms. Tina Paul and Mr. Ashok Thomas have been nominated as our Harvest Festival Conveners. We will be having a Harvest Festival Raffle, with the draw aimed towards December. Please support and help towards this cause.
Sunday School Updates

Sunday school singing will commence from 20th September 2020 (Sunday) from 10:00-10:15am. This will mean, our Sunday service will revert to the old start time of 10:15am.

The Sunday School Zonal VBS will be held online on 29th, 30th and 31st Oct 2020. Details will be shared separately.
Youth Fellowship Updates

Youth Mentoring Scheme: Thanks to the youths aged between 16-18 who have registered to be a part of the scheme. If there are any more youths interested, please register at the earliest or Contact Ms Shannon Mathew.

SENIOR YOUTH (23+): Are looking for more volunteers to be a part of our young people's support system. For further information, please contact Ms Anugraha Varughese or Youth Secretary Ms Aneeta John.

September Youth Meeting: The senior youths will be having a split youth meeting on the 13th September from 11:30-12:30pm.
Mrs. Annie Kochamma will be the guest speaker. The topic is 'We are Ambassadors for Christ in Life' based on 2 Corinthians 5:11-20. All our senior youths are encouraged to attend.
Church Project Update

The remaining Church building works are progressing well.

We are in urgent need of funding support to progress our Landscaping, Main Gate installation and the furnishing of our Parsonage. We are also in need of small trees and plants for our Parsonage garden and Church landscaping. Any constructive input and feedback towards the same is welcome.

If you can and wish to donate or sponsor towards any of the remaining items or works, please contact our Trustees (Mr. P.K. Edison or Mr. Shiju Thomas) or myself.

Please uphold all the works to be undertaken in your prayers.

Best wishes and prayers to those celebrating their Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries and other achievements.

Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Joyan & Mrs. Litty Joyan (Kent Area Prayer Group) who were blessed with a baby girl on 7th Sep 2020.

The funeral service of Mr T.C. Mathew (wife - Leelamma and children - Reena & Renji) will be held on 15th September 2020 as per details below.

Mr T.C. Mathew was a former member of our Church and later a member of Sinai Mar Thoma Church. Due to the current covid-19 situation and as per government guidelines, the funeral service has to be restricted to family and a limited number of close friends of the family. The service at home is for family only. The family sincerely apologise for this and are grateful for your thoughts and prayers at this time of pain and grief.

Church Finance

Please continue to support the church financially, especially whilst we are unable to assemble and receive your support through regular offertory, thanks giving offertory, subscriptions and other offerings.

As you will be aware, regular monthly contribution is required for us to run the affairs of the church.

You may make the payment online using our bank details:

Account Name: St James Mar Thoma Church UK
Sort Code: 20 96 89
Account No: 20151556

Please use the following reference format: XXXXX_offertory

If you are making one single payment to cover multiple headings, please use: XXXXX_multiple

Please contact Mr. Shiju Thomas - Finance trustee and notify about your split offerings.

Please replace XXXXX with your family ID or first name. If you do not know your family ID number please contact Mr. Shiju Thomas, Finance trustee.

Thank you for your continued support and please uphold our Church in your prayers.

Upcoming Events
September 2020
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
6 Students & Teachers Dedication Day.
12 EC and all Committee Reps Retreat held online.
13 Sevika Sangham Day
20 Senior Citizens Day
27 Choir Day
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Edavaka mission Intercessory Prayer held online. Details shared separartely.
A parish of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church in the DIocese of North America and Europe
Registered Charity No: 1059210

Member of Churches Together in England
Member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Vicar: Rev. K K Kuruvila
Mobile: 07903231829

Secretary: Sibu Thomas

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