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Welcome to Sinai Mar Thoma Church

Members of the Mar Thoma community living in north London democratically decided to form a new parish with the guidance of the Diocesan Episcopa, Rt. Revd Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius. When they fulfilled the necessary requirement according to the constitution of the Mar Thoma Church, Metropolitan, The Most Revd Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma, and the Episcopal Synod granted permission for the ‘Sinai Mar Thoma Church, North London.’ The name given to this parish by our Metropolitan is a constant reminder to us that we are a diaspora community, a journeying people, and a people on pilgrimage. The parish became a reality on 15th April 2010 and the Most Revd Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma conducted a thanksgiving and dedication service on 18th April 2010. Very Rev. V T John has been appointed as the vicar of this parish in Harrow from 1st May 2016.

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Dearly beloved in Christ, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Parish is the local manifestation of Universal Church. The word parish came from ‘paroikia’ which means ‘called out’. Yes, we are a called out community with a definite purpose. Emil Brunner said, ‘The Church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning. Where there is no mission, there is no Church’. Mission describes the great sending movement of God, in Christ, through His church, to the world He loves. Bishop John Taylor said, ‘Mission is discerning what God is doing in this world and trying to do it with him’. Mission of the Church is to help others to live in fellowship with God and each other. Garden Dalby writes that God’s greatest enemy is the inactive believers. It is not ability that God wants, but usability. Many people have ability, but lack stability.

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