GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios, Metropolitan of UK, Europe and Africa Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, made his first pastoral visit to the recently formed St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Congregation of Glasgow, Scotland, from September 18 to 24, 2010.
Fr Varghese John Mannancherry, Priest-in-charge, along with members of the congregation welcomed the Metropolitan at Sandyhills Church, Baillieston, Glasgow on September 18.
Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios celebrated Holy Qurbana and Fr. Varghese John, Fr. Sebastian Kallathu, Priest of Syro-Malabar Church, and Rev. Graham Atkinson, Minister, Sandyhills Parish, Church of Scotland and a large number of Orthodox faithful from the locality attended.
After the Holy Qurbana Mar Thimothios addressed the gathering at a meeting presided by Fr. Varghese John. In the meeting Monittan Muthalaly, Secretary of the Congregation, submitted an official request to the Diocesan Metropolitan expressing wishes of the members to get their congregation to be elevated to a parish Church.
Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios met with various religious leaders of different Christian denominations in Scotland including Rt. Rev. Joseph Devine, Bishop of the Archdiocese of Motherwell, Roman Catholic Church and Rev. Tom Pollock, Convener, Ecumenical Relations Committee, Church of Scotland. In-depth discussions on ecumenical relations between Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and their churches in Scotland took place in the meeting.
Fr. Paul Morton and Fr. Sebastian Kallathu were the main hosts during Mar Thimothios’ stay at the parsonage of St. Bride’s Roman Catholic Church at Campuslang, Glasgow.