The parish has 138 subscribing members and around 400 people attend the Holy Qurbana regularly. Holy Eucharist is celebrated on all Sundays and other Feast days at the church and on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month at the St. Thomas Chapel, Indirapuram. Sunday school has strength of around 110 students and various other spiritual organizations such as MGOCSM (40), Youth Movement (35), Marth Mariam Samajam (25) and Diaspora (12) are functioning effectively. There are 6 prayer groups, and they meet in different areas across different weeks in a month. First Sunday of every month all the members come in white dress and bring minimum 5-10 food kits which after the service is distributed in various slum areas by the leadership of OCYM. The parish runs three schools, St. Thomas School Sahibabad with a strength of 1400 students, St. Thomas School Indirapuram (3000 students), and St. Thomas School Loni Road (1500 students) has a combined strength of 5900 students. St. Thomas Clinic provides the support of a General Physician and Paediatrics Department to the poor and needy of the society by offering treatment at a nominal registration fees and free medicines.
Hope School, which is an endeavor to provide free education to the underprivileged and the marginalized children, has gained reputation and provides uniform, study materials, and refreshment free of cost. The church has taken up different charity activities such as ‘Annadanam’ for rickshaw pullers and migrant labourers, houses for 5 needy Orthodox Church members every year under ‘Mar Philoxenos Housing Project’ and so far, completed 43 houses successfully, and adoption of Kaushalya village.
Food ATMs are placed outside our Sahibabad and Indirapuram Schools for the needy. Dry rations kits were provided during the year. Morta project is being developed as a farm with a wide variety of plants, crops, animals, and birds. This venture will help to get fresh and organic fruits and vegetables. The church provides various financial aids to different parishes, Shantigram mission project and Aanchal School, Rohini. Some highlights of the year included the newly inaugurated central office at F-Block, Sahibabad, B.Ed. College (planning), B.Ed./Integrated Course, purchased 2 new plots in Loni for the expansion of school and its playground. Started the construction of a four storied flat at F-Block near the Church for the assistance of old age people under the project “Assisted Living Concept”. The Church has a Central Office where all the documents related to Church, Society, Schools, and Philanthropic Initiatives are digitalized and kept for better Co-ordination.
Rev. Fr. Cherian Joseph
F-27, F Block, Sector – 4, Sahibabad,
Ghaziabad, U. P. – 201005
CHURCH & SOCIETY:
Mr. K. G. Joseph
Mr. Benny Thomas
Mr. Shajimon M.