Origin and Purpose : Jesus our Saviour has commissioned every
one of His followers to proclaim his Gospel of salvation to the whole
world. Deriving strength from His Holy Spirit and in obedience to His
commission, the women members of the Mar Thoma Church have taken on
the journey of spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom to the places they
are placed. It is with this vision the Suvishesha Sevika Sangham was
formed in the early 20th century. Soon the Sangham spread
its branches to every Marthoma Church located all over the world.
Focus : Jerusalem Marthoma Sevika Sangham began its
activities soon after the parish was formed in early 1983. The
women members of our church get together to pray, to study the
Word of God, to discuss various relevant issues to help the church
in its mission. True to its call to be lighted to lighten,
the Mar Thoma Sevika Sangham members focus their study and
activities on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Sangham is
involved in the various activities of the Church. The Sevika
Sangham’s first baby “the Shalom Niwas Hostel” which is now
adopted by the Parish is providing safe and secure accommodation
to low paid working women..
Bible Study :
Regular Bible Study gives the members a passion to serve
the Lord. Knowing His will in the daily chores of every woman’s life
motivates her to shine for Jesus in the World.
Fasting prayer meetings
: The members take upon themselves the call to humble ourselves
before the Lord in fasting and praying on behalf of the families,
the church and the nation and the needs of the universal church.
COTTAGE Prayer : It is a source of getting acquainted with the women of a
particular area, not only belonging to the Mar Thoma church but of
others as well. It is also a time for ecumenical participation. Our
Vicars and the Kochammas give tremendous support to this endeavor.
Visiting the old and the sick members of the Church : “When
you have done this to the least of my brothers, you have done it for
Me” says the Lord. The old and suffering members of the parish are
always dear to the Sangham and we consider it our privilege to visit
them occasionally and be with them praying, singing and sharing the
meals with them.
Educational and medical aid : The Sangham extends its support
in educating those children who are able to study well but are in no
way able to meet the finances. It has been also the sanghaam’s special
privilege to be able to support the medical needs of some who are
sick. Those members who are in the medical field are always ready to
help any member who needs their support in the respective hospitals
Decoration In Altar : Area-wise members fully co-operated in decorating the Altar with fresh
flowers in every Sunday.
Income generation to fund the activities : The main source of
income are the Bring and Buy sale, voluntary contributions, church
grant and other donations. The mite box collection goes to the
Center Sevika Sangham.
Participation in Church Activities : The Sevika Sangham’s
activities do not limit itself to the Sangham but it covers almost
every organization of the parish. The members participate actively in
the Church Convention, Carol Singing, celebration of National
festivals, the Parish Day celebrations, the Annual Fete and Fair etc.
New Avenues: The Sevika Sangham wants now to
focus its attention on the women and children of the city found on
the streets of Delhi. The members are praying about God’s guidance
in this area. It also wants to start regular cooking classes,
other hobby classes, library and reading sessions etc.