Mar Thoma Sunday School Samajam

Contact Details:
Rev. Ninu Chandy
Tiruvalla - 689 101
Ph: +91 469 2600655(O), +91 469 2735375(R)
Mob: +91 9995563097
E-mail: samajam@sify.com

The reformers realized the importance of Bible Study, as essential for spiritual renewal and growth. The opening of the Sunday Schools thus became a natural development in the way of Christian nurture. The formalinauguration of the Sunday School Samajam comprising all the Sunday Schools, which had already been started in the parishes, took place at Maramon Convention in 1905. Mr. V P Mammen, (later Vicar General V P Mammen Kasseesa) was elected as the General Secretary. The growth and development of the Sunday School Samajam as one of the leading Christian Education organizations in India was the result of the extraordinary organizing ability of Rev. V P Mammen and his untiring efforts for 47 years. In those days of very limited travel facilities he visited churches in different places traveling in bullock carts and riding bicycles. He organized syllabuses for the different grades and published the lessons to be taught in various classes. A publication entitled “Sandarsini” began to be published in 1911 containing articles helpful to the pupils, teachers and parents and lesson notes for Sunday school teachers. Since 1952 textbooks are published for the various classes. From 1977 the Sunday School Samajam follows the curriculum of the Christian Education Council of India.

Rev. Dr. K K George joined the work of the Sunday School Samajam in 1952 and was General Secretary of the Samajam after the demise of very Rev. V P Mammen, from 1952 up to June in 1982. Both of them laboured in this great cause dedicating their extraordinary powers of head and heart to the cause of Christian Education children. Classes are arranged for a period of 15 years from the age of 5, so that by the time the Sunday school course is completed, the pupils will have sound knowledge of the scriptures and the doctrines of the church.

Sunday Schools are arranged in every Parish and in large Parishes there will be two or more Sunday Schools according to the need. Inspectors are allotted to supervise the work of Sunday Schools in given area, and organizers are appointed in each diocese. The Central Office arranges examination every year and competitions are also held at the Diocesan and Central level.

The Sunday School Samajam celebrated the Platinum Jubilee in 1980. The Christian Education Centre was established at Charal Mount, Kuriannoor in 1972 providing one of the attractive camp sights for children and for training of teachers. The High School at Edakulam and the boarding house attached to it are run by the Sunday School Samajam.

Visit The Samajam Site for more details

Camp Centre Charalkunnu, Kuriannoor +91 469 2672249
Ashraya Charitable Society for the Rehabilitation of Street Children, Kollam +91 474 2767920
Sugandhagiri Education & Development Project,Wyanadu +91 4936 255884

Office Bearers:

Name Designation Contact
Rt. Rev. Gregorious Mar Stephanos Episcopa President
Mr. K.O. Yohannan Vice President +91 9387910111 (M)
Rev. Ninu Chandy General Secretary +91 9995563097 (M)
Mr. Saji Mukkaranathu Treasurer +91 9447057893 (M)
Rev. Prince Varghese Madathilethu Asst Gen. Secretary +91 9947119390 (M)

MANAGING COMMITTEE MEMBERS (CLICK HERE)

Regd. Sunday School 1113
Vacation Bible School 472 Centres
Students 1,46,623
Teachers 16,700
V.B.S Students 1,00,000
Trained Leaders 490

Sunday School Teacher's Covenant

Having received Jesus Christ as personnel Savior, and now living in fellowship with Him I am convinced that ministering Christ and His word to others is a high calling. In view of commission as a Sunday School teacher, and relying on the grace and guidance of the Holy Spirit, I promise to fulfill my responsibilities and agree to the following covenant:

  1. I will daily set aside time for conversation with my Lord in prayer and Bible study.
  2. I will teach from God's Word, will promote the study of the Bible in my pupils, and will encourage their active participation in class.
  3. I subscribe to the doctrinal statement of my church, as documented in the liturgy for worship and sacraments, and will teach nothing in conflict with its position.
  4. I will earnestly pray for leading my students to a personal commitment to follow Jesus and their spiritual growth.
  5. I will faithfully spend time preparing each lesson, and will prepare myself spiritually by living the Bible truths I teach.
  6. I will earnestly seek out the spiritual needs of my students and will attend to it as necessary.
  7. I will work to improve the attendance in the class by trying to solve reasons for absence.
  8. I will faithfully participate in worship & Holy Communion at my church and will support the activities of church with my prayers and resources.
  9. I will attend teachers’ conferences and other Sunday School sponsored activities unless hindered by some reason I can conscientiously give to God.
  10. If for some reason I cannot fulfill my responsibilities, I will consult with my superintendent and withdraw from my teaching duties when advisable.

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(Annual Covenant: Make Two Copies; One for Sunday School Records and the second for teacher's individual reference)

Revision 2, November 2008