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Sevika Sangham

Motto – “Service and Evangelism, is the life and mission of the Mar Thoma Church”

The Mar Thoma Church continues to be supportive of women empowerment and their partnership in the activities of the Church. In line with the vision and mission to encourage the spiritual growth and fellowship of women, the Mar Thoma Suvishesha Sevika Sanghom was founded in 1919. From the commitment of Kandamma Varghese to the vision and dedication of Gwen Kellaway, the Sevikas continue to make significant contributions to the Church and community. Striving towards the aspirations of the ministry of our predecessors, the Melbourne Mar Thoma Suvishesha Sevika Sanghom was established in 1997 by the women of the parish.

All women in our parish above the age of 18 years are members of the Sevika Sanghom. The Vicar of the parish serves as President and the members of the Committee including a Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, area representatives and Auditor are elected from among the members. The Committee organizes and executes various activities with the full cooperation of the members on the pattern of the general organization of the Church. In line with the vision and mission of the Mar Thoma Suvishesha Sevika Sanghom, the Melbourne Mar Thoma Sevika Sanghom has been focusing our activities on the four pillars.

  • Prayer
  • Learning the Word of God
  • Fellowship
  • Outreach

To strengthen the spiritual life of the women in the community, monthly Bible Study, weekly prayers and fellowships are conducted. Every month Fourth Sunday first service, the Sevikas take the initiative to assist in leading. Every Year, Sevika Sanghom day is celebrated on the Third Sunday of September. On the day, women assist and actively participate in the worship service. In order of appreciation and dedication to all Sevikas, fellowship breakfast is organised for the parish. The Sanghom also actively participates in other parish activities such as the Harvest festival and Christmas to name a few. In addition to the various voluntary activities in the community, much time is spent supporting the sick and needy. The organization also provides financial assistance for the educational and medical needs of individuals or families that are approved by the committee. Annually, during Sevika Sanghom Day, the Sanghom partners with the ‘Foodbank’ organization to sponsor nutritious food by contributing non-perishable goods as part of their ‘Food drive’ program to help Australians doing it tough. As the work of transformation that the Holy Spirit does in us changes the way we think and act. The Melbourne Mar Thoma Sevikas continue to be one in Christ - of the same mind and sharing of the same love.