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South end -on-sea Congregation Recognized as New Parish

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ENGLAND: The Diocesan Metropolitan Dr. Mathews Mar Thimotheos of UK, Europe and Africa declared the Orthodox congregation at South end – on –sea, England as a new parish of his diocese on 25th July 2009. The new a parish is named after St. Gregorios of Parumala. Fr. Mathew Abraham is appointed as the vicar of the new parish.

On his visit, the Metropolitan was given fabulous reception at All Saints Church by the overwhelming children of the new parish. Metropolitan Mar Thimotheos was the chief celebrant for the Holy Qurbana and assisted by Fr. George Joy, the Diocesan secretary and vicar Fr. Mathew Abraham.

An ecumenical meeting was arranged after the Holy Qurbana. In his address to the parish, the Metropolitan affirmed the joy of experiencing the spirit and goodwill of the community in organizing the parish in a wonderful manner. Rev. Neil Paxton, Vicar, All Saints Church, Rev. Stephan Burdett, Rector, Church of England, South end on sea, Fr. George Joy, P.O Joseph, Shibu Thomas and George Mathew spoke on the occasion.

The managing committee of the parish expressed their utmost gratitude to the Metropolitan for granting their wish in declaring the congregation as a new parish. In the meantime they remarkably honored the contribution of Rev. Abraham Thomas , former vicar, Indian Orthodox Church, London for creating the background to bring the community together and forming the congregation in shape.

Large number of faithful from different parts of UK and several different Kerala Christian denominations took part in the event.