CHRISTOS MAR THOMA CHURCH

  

Philadelphia

Youth Chaplain's Message


REV. THOMAS K. MATHEW


FROM THE DESK OF THE YOUTH CHAPLAIN


JUNE, 2019


Dearly Beloved in Christ,


We praise and thank God for this wonderful opportunity that the Lord has bestowed upon us to join you in your faith journey here in Philadelphia and serve you depending on His grace. We are grateful for the warm welcome we received from the Christos Mar Thoma Church from the time we have arrived here, and we hope that we will be able to build our friendship in the coming years during our ministry here. We were also very happy by the visit of the office bearers of the Youth Fellowship of Christos who gave us a briefing about their activities. The Memorial Day – Barbeque Party was also a blessed event with about 80 participants of the Youth Fellowship and the Young Family fellowship. This gave us a great opportunity to get introduced to many of the participants and we do hope to build up from this in the coming months. I am also happy to note that the Youth fellowship is organizing Basketball tournaments in the coming months which I am sure will be a boost to build relationships and grow stronger in our fellowship. 


The South East regional Sunday School is organizing the Junior Senior Conference for our Sunday school children from the 27th to the 30th of June at Ramapo College, New Jersey. I hope and pray that we will have a good participation for this event from our parish and the parents will encourage the children to be there and use this opportunity to “Thrive in the Lord”. 


The 40th Diocesan Youth Fellowship Conference is being hosted by the Dallas Farmers Branch MTC from the 25th to the 28th of July 2019 with the theme “Bloom where you are planted”. Some of our youths have already registered to be there and I hope more will join and we will be able to make the best use of this opportunity to learn from the word of God and also to create new bonds of fellowship with youths across the Diocese. As the word of God reminds us “the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession” (Deuteronomy 14:2). Let us remind ourselves that the life we have is precious and our Lord desires to lay claim of possession over us. The opportunities set before us is to realize this and trying better to live by this truth. I hope and pray that every child and youth in this parish grows up in this realization and will become precious witness for the Lord wherever they are placed. 


As we begin our ministry here we request your prayer and support which will be the strength for us. I request the youths to get in touch with us and also request the parents to help us getting introduced to your children so that we will be able to relate to them and minister to them. 


Please feel free to connect with us at: Cell: 516-661-7844, and thomasachen@gmail.com 


God bless 

Thomas Achen, Neenu, Ananya, Ansh and Ahana