- CSI St. Paul’s Malayalam Congregation, Ahmadi
CSI St. Paul’s Malayalam Congregation, Ahmadi
- The St Paul’s CSI Congregation was formed on the 6th of October 1995. For more than 50 years of the past, most of the Indian Christians in and around Ahmadi were attending services under the banner of Malayalee Christian Congregation (MCC) and worship services were conducted by the CSI and Mar Thoma leaders. At a later stage, during alternate months, the congregation had Communion services conducted by the Vicar of the CSI Kuwait City Church. In 1983, the Mar Thoma members separated from MCC and started their own independent Parish. Since that time, Communion services were conducted regularly on the first Friday of every month by the aforementioned priest. During this period regular services were going on in the Kuwait city CSI Congregation but the members residing in and around Ahmadi, Fahaheel, Abu Halifa area found it really difficult to participate in these services due to the long distance and lack of proper transportation.
- So the members’ participation in the Holy Communion Services was limited to once a month only. The members also faced a lot of difficulties in getting the services of the padre from the Kuwait city CSI Church. In April 1995, Rev. T. I. George took charge of the CSI Congregation in Kuwait. When he realized the difficulties experienced by the CSI Community in South Kuwait, he expressed a desire to form a separate Congregation at Ahmadi under the banner of the CSI rather than that of MCC. Initially, the members in the area were confused as to whether to go ahead or not, but God opened a way. On 23rd Sept. 1995, a request letter was dispatched to the Bishop of the Central Kerala Diocese, intimating our earnest desire to form a separate CSI Congregation at St. Paul’s Church, Ahmadi with an attaché of signatures of members in the area. Our request was granted, and The Rt. Rev. Sam Mathew, Bishop in Central Kerala Diocese inaugurated the St Paul’s CSI Congregation on the 6th Oct. 1995.
- Thus by the Grace and Blessing of the Lord Almighty, another Christian fellowship in Kuwait officially came into existence under the banner of the CSI and was affiliated to the CSI Central Kerala Diocese. In the foremost General Assembly held on 3rd Nov 1995, it was decided to chart a Constitution for the congregation. After a few months of discussion, the Constitution Committee drafted and finalized the Constitution which was officially approved on 2nd July 1996 by the Diocese. Now, Holy Communion Services are regularly conducted on every Friday. The Congregation grows strong in spirit and strength.
CSI St. Paul’s Malayalam Congregation, Ahmadi.
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