- Youth Nite 2012
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Youth Nite 2012 was held on 24-Jun-2011 at St. Thomas Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, Singapore. some photos from the event. click on the thumbnail image to see bigger version.
- World Environment Day 2010
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"World Environment Day" was observed globally on 5th June 2010. The very term ‘Environment’ and the idea of ‘Protection of Environment’ have become very familiar to every members of our cathedral. As part of World Environment Day, MGOCSM and OCYM of our Cathedral carried out various activities including flower planting, vegetable plantation, board walk at MacRitchie Reservoir and BBQ.. Rev Fr Jiju Varghese, Vicar inaugurated the event by planting flowers on 5th June 2010.
- Blood Donation Drive 2010
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OCYM of St. Thomas Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, Singapore arranged the blood donation drive on 7th February 2010 for the first time in association with Red Cross Society, Singapore. Also this is first time Red Cross Society, Singapore is associated with an Indian Church in Singapore. Mr. KHAW Boon Wan, Minister of Health, Republic of Singapore and Er Lee Bee Wah, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon constituency, visited the blood camp. Both of the visiting dignitaries praised the Church for the effort taken and thanked all the blood donors.
- Youth Camp 2009
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38th Annual Orthodox Youth Camp for the youth members of St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur and St. Thomas Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, Singapore was held at Singapore from 5th December to 9th December 2009. The theme for this year's youth camp was "Youth and Self Realisation". Rev Fr Dr. Reji Mathew, Principal of St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur was the guest speaker for the youth camp. Other speakers for the camp were Very Rev Philip Thomas, Cor Episcopa, Rev Fr. Jiju Varghese and Rev Fr. Thomas Oommen.
- Cookery Class 2009
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The first ever cookery class organized by MGOCSM and OCYM was inaugurated by Rev Fr Jiju Varghese and Mrs. Ponnamma Annie Benjamin. The inaugural cookery class was conducted by Mrs. Ponnamma, a well known multi cuisine chef in Singapore.
- Youth Camp 2008
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The theme for this year’s Youth Camp was “Come Follow Me”, and the verse was taken from Colossians 2:6-7, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving”.
7th Dec 2008We travelled by coach to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We had a pleasant trip even though it was 5 hours!! The moment we reached Malaysia, the organizers and some members of our Sister Church “St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Cathedral” picked us up by car and headed towards campsite. Upon reaching camp, we registered and started icebreaker games to get to know our fellow campers well.8th Dec 2008We started the morning prayers bright and early at 7.30a.m., followed by breakfast and our first session by Rev. Father Philip Thomas Achen. He pilot us into the theme “Come Follow Me” and taught us that the in life we have to take 100% responsibility and that 99% of failures comes from giving excuses and complaints. He also taught us that we are made in the “image and likeness of God” and our conditions in life.The second session was conducted by Rev. Father Thomas Oomen. He made clear that our motto in life is to reject satan and accept Jesus Christ as he is the light of the world, whoever follows in him will never walk in the darkness, but will have light of life’’. Another point he added was that in psalm 119 verses 164 it states that ‘’we should pray at least 7times a day’’.The third session was lead by aunty Sajini who taught us how media has influenced us in our way of thinking and how media has a great impact on our lives.During mid afternoon, at around 3pm, we went over to Lakeview gardens. Unfortunately for us, it was raining cats and dogs and we had no choice but to head back to camp for games at the sheltered car park area at camp site. We played games such as dressing up our models with the theme we were given and also competition games against other groups. All in all, games were pretty fun and exciting.In the evening, we had a session with the older campers in camp called ‘’forum’’ where they taught us the tactics in scoring for our school exams and preparing us for out education pathway.9th Dec 2008This was our third day in camp and we had two sessions in the morning conducted by Rev. Father Philip Thomas Achen and another session lead by an invited speaker who told us that he found Christ through the various churches he has visited being an evangelist. He also told us that he converted himself from a Buddhist to a Christian through baptism at a tender age of 18. He now teaches a religious class at a school in Malaysia and also is an inspiration to all of us through his keen interest in wanting to know Christ.Later on, after tea break, Philip Thomas Achen taught us the importance of confession. And that it helps us to break free for all our sins and that Achen acts as a mediator between us and Jesus Christ and on behalf of us, he helps us to ask Jesus for forgiveness. After preparations, confession was held in the night and it lasted up to the wee hours in the morning.10th Dec 2008Our fourth day in camp and we started of camp with Holy Qurbana service let by our very own Achen Rev. Father Jiju Varghese and almost all campers took Holy Communion. Later on, after Qurbana, we had a hypnotherapist session which left a deep impression on us. All of us above the age of 13 were hypnotize by Miss Ria Thomas and were amazed at the capability of our minds. We had to do and exercise which we were suppose to lift up a person with just two fingers. All of us managed to do that and were all in a state of shock after the session.In the afternoon, we had a session by our very own Achen, Rev Father Jiju Varchese. He talked about discipleship and that a Christian is a person professing the believe in Jesus Christ. He also taught us the difference between Apostles and Disciple is the call to have a relationship with Jesus Christ; a call to the relationship of a higher priority (St Luke 9:57-62); a servant to serve others (St John 13:3-5) and a relationship with the people of God (Gen 2:28 & John 15:13-15). And that a Christian disciple is one who accepts and spreads the good news of Jesus ChristCamper’s night was the highlight of the evening, as parents and friends came to witness and celebrate the joyous occasion with us. During camper’s night, each individual group was given 8 minutes to talk about what they have learnt in camp and also we had individual presentation by fellow campers showing of their talents. Talents ranged from poetry all the way to bhangra dance by the boys in our church. Camper’s night ended roughly at around 10pm, and everyone pleased that it went well by god’s grace as we only had two hours to prepare for speech and two songs.11 Dec 2008This was the last day of our camp. We had the pleasure of his grace Dr. Yacob Mar Irenaeus Thirumeni to give us a concluding session on our theme “come follow me’’.With not much time to spare, we packed our bags and bid farewell to our fellow campers and with heavy hearts and left the campsite after taking a group photo with Thirumeni.Overall, camp was educational, fun and memorable. We managed to learn many things about God and his teenage disciples being Paul aged 21 the oldest. And I’m proud that I’m following Jesus in his footsteps and leading a true way of Christian life. As Jesus said “ I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have light of life’’. Amen!Joanna Eapen (Group: B)
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- Youth Nite 2008
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After a year’s break, the annual Youth Night or also known as Yuva Night came back to life with many performers collaborating to put up a splendid performance of their own. It was a great show put up by our very own young starlets and even those invited to dance for us. As for me, I was involved in the Final Bhangra dance together with another 6 of my friends. With less than 10 hours of practice and three practice sessions, we managed to pull off one of the best Bhangra dances since 2003! It was choreographed by a Bhangra-crazy friend and within just one session, we managed to pick up the basic steps required. Despite a relatively smaller crowd than the previous years, it was a delight to hear the audience roar and cheer for all the participants on stage even if it was a dance or a skit. It was a great experience for me as I had managed to contribute to the church in my own small way.Alexander Philip(Please click on the thumbnail images to view a bigger version)
- Old Age Home Visit 2009
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OCYM organised a visit to Sree Narayana Mission Home for the Aged Sick in April 2009. Sree Narayana Mission Home for the Aged Sick Established in 1979 for the residential and institutional care for the elderly destitutes. Oficially declared open by Dr Tony Tan,Deputy Prime Minister and minister for Defense (then Minister for Education) on 26 november 1994. Funded by the Ministry of Health,National Council of Social Services and Community Chest. (Visit Website)
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