LONDON: The annual family conference of the Diocese of UK-Europe and Africa will be held on the weekend 24 to 26 of August 2012 at Whitemoor Lakes, Staffordshire, under the patronage of the Diocesan Metropolitan, Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios.
The theme of the conference will be ‘AT THE CROSS ROADS? The conference will look at the theme in different angles and a Christian Response’ in today’s fast changing contexts in relation to social, economic, political and religious impacts.
Fr. M. K. Kuriakose, vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker for the conference.
The other eight vibrant Key speakers are Fr. Mat Alexander. Miss. Mariam Ceena Varghese, Fr. Vijay Abraham, Mrs. Elizabeth Joy, Fr. Abraham Thomas. Very Rev.M.S.Skariah Ramban and Dr.Manoj Kurian(WCC).
The venue, Staffordshire and Whitmoor Lakes , is a full-fledged, brand new lakeside residential holiday and conference centre with unique southwest facing views across a 40 acre lake ,home to various migratory and indigenous birds- a truly inspirational location.
“This conference will be a wonderful opportunity for all the Indian Orthodox families within UK and around, to come together for a time of fellowship and celebration to nurture spiritual, cultural, and social development” .said Dr.Thomas Jacob [Remmy] to IOH today
More than 350 resident delegates are expected to attend the conference this year
Highlights of the conference will be:
• Prayer routine and Holy Qurbana • Parallel streams and programs catering to different age groups, • Group discussion & interactive forums • Parallel session for children under 12 & toddler group • Congregational singing with high quality audio and musical accompaniment. • Archana- A Christian Cultural experience- A different expression of praise and worship incorporating the entire Congregation. This will include traditional and contemporary Christian performing arts propagating Christian themes and prayers to the accompaniment of traditional and modern music style and arrangements. The program will conclude with a Grand Catholicate Centenary Extravaganza which promises to be rich in quality and diversity! • At the Cross-Retreat!! An emotional journey to the Cross through liturgical song, music & prayer. • Camp fire for youth- Combination of traditional British sketches, riddles, stories and typical Mallu Anthaksharies.
• Team games, adventure activities & social networking opportunities. • Pre conference discussion on face book guided by the speakers. • Clergy meeting and fellowship • Sunday school teachers meet and update • Strong youth presence.
For registration and information
Dr.Thomas Jacob [Remmy]