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Ministries

Sunday School

The Marthoma Sunday School Samajam was founded in 1905. The Sunday School Samajam grew as one of the leading Christian Education Organizations in India. The credit goes to the extraordinary organizing ability of Rev. V P Mammen and his untiring efforts for 47 years. The primary objective of the Sunday School is to lead children to dedicate their lives to God so that they become better role models in society tommorow and live a better christian life as adults.

Bethel Marthoma holds classes from nursery to grade 12, every week from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM. All children assemble together after the class, at 10 AM for Praise and Worship in the sanctuary.

SUNDAY SCHOOL LEADERS
Superintendent Ms. Janice James
Vice President Mrs. Susan Abraham
Secretary Ms. Christina George
Joint Secretary Ms. Tina Joseph
Treasurer Ms. Rajany Mathew
Auditor Mr. Libu Mathew
Regional Representative Mrs. Tina Mathew

Choir

Bethel Marthoma Church choir elevates church services and assists the congregation in worshiping the LORD in spirit and in truth, through its singing. We have both english and malayalam choirs. In addition to aiding the congregation in worship services, the choir also plays an important part in passion week services, parish conventions, wedding services, funeral services and the christmas carol services. The choirs rehearse on a weekly basis for the worship services and other services.

CHOIR LEADERS
Vice President Mr. Thomas Chacko
Malayalam Choir Director Mr. Varughese Abraham
Malayalam Secretary Mrs. Alice Abraham
English Choir Director Mr. George Jacob
English Secretary Mr. Amal Mathew

Youth fellowship

A wonderful oppurtunity for youth in North America to get themselves closer to God. Youth Fellowship includes youths from age 13 and up. Youth Fellowship meeting are hosted every Friday. Various activities includes Whole night prayer, spring & fall Conference, high school and college seminars, mentoring, counseling, games and sports etc.

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP LEADERS
Vice President Mr. Jebby Varughese
Secretary Ms. Celena George
Treasurer Ms. Janice James

YUVAJANA SAKHYAM

Marthoma Yuvajana Sakhyam was organized with a view that all young people in the church should accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord, and bear witness to His saving power. It was organized in 1933 by a resolution of the Sabha Prathinidhi Mandalam. The first president of the sakhyam was Rev. V.P. Mammen.

The Sakhyam publishes a monthly Malayalam magazine called Yuvadeepam and an English magazine called Ripples with the article of interest to the youth and with focus on the needs of the church and society.

Bethel Marthoma Church Yuvajana Sakhyam meetings are held every month either at the church or at the residence of one of its members. Meetings are joyful occasions for all sakhyam members to have Bible Study, share experiences and to have true fellowship.

YUVAJANA SAKHYAM LEADERS
Vice President Mr. Mathew K. George
Secretary Mr. Suraj Thomas
Treasurer Mrs. Reni Thomas

Sevika Sangham

The women in the Marthoma church also shared the spiritual power generated by the Reformation. The Marthoma Suvisesha Sevika Sangham, the women’s wing, was inaugurated during the Maramon Convention in the year 1919, under the leadership of Abraham Mar Thoma Suffragan Metropolitan., who gave the Sangham continued support and inspiration.

The motto of the Marthoma Sevika Sangham is 'Service and Evangelism in the life and mission of the Marthoma Church'. Every women of the Mar Thoma Church above the age of 18 years is a member of the Sevika Sangham. The Sevika Sangham has branches in all parishes of the Marthoma Church both in India and abroad.

Bethel Marthoma Church is blessed with a very active and dedicated Sevika Sangham. Bethel Sevika Sangham has regular prayer meetings every Friday at the church or at the home of one its members. All prayer meetings are held under the leadership of Rev. Saju Chacko.

SEVIKA SANGHAM LEADERS
Vice President Mrs. Amminiamma Varughese
Secretary Mrs. Sheela Rajan
Treasurer Mrs. Jainamma Cheriyan

Edavaka Mission

The spiritual renewal in the Church, which was the offspring of reformation has created a yearning in believers to present the Gospel to others. It was realized that this could not be fully achieved by the services of a few full time evangelists. On the other hand every member of the Church should be a missionary filled with such joy and assurance of salvation as to be Christ’s witness to those who come into contact with him, irrespective of one’s profession in secular life.

Believers interested in evangelistic and intercessory activities used to assemble periodically for prayer and fellowship. It was in the annual meeting of such a gathering in 1924, the present Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists’ Association got formed. Bishop Abraham Mar Thoma was the ardent supporter of this movement.

The object of this association is that every member of the Church should be a witness to Jesus Christ, whatever his occupation may be. Those who volunteer to be members of the Association meet together in each parish at least once a week for fellowship, intercessory prayer, Bible study and sharing experiences.

The branch of the Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists Association in the Parish is called "Edavaka Mission".

EDAVAKA MISSION LEADERS
Vice President Mr. M.K. Samuel
Secretary Mr. Thomas Mathai
Treasurer Mr. P.J.Varughese

Senior Citizens Fellowship

Senior Citizens Fellowship is for members in the age group of 65 and above. The Senior Citizens Fellowship was formed for the retired members of our church to have fellowship, share their life experiences, stay active and above all to praise and worship God. The senior Citizens Fellowship members are involved in many activities of the church. They assist during service on Senior Citizens day and other times as well.

Service Times

Services in English/Malayalam

Sunday Morning: 10 am

Fasting Prayer

Friday Morning: 9:30 am

Contact

BETHEL MARTHOMA CHURCH
532 LEVICK STREET
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19111
P: (215) 725-9774
F: (215) 725-6426
E-mail: revsajuchacko@gmail.com contact@bethelmtc.com