Vocation Bible Study 2019.

Theme of the year 2019 for this VBS ” HOPE” is taken from the prophetical book of Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV) “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

Vocational Bible Study 2019 is being held in SHILOH auditorium, Jaffna. Children ministry team of the CSI Tuticorn- Nazareth Diocese is coordinating the VBS

Vacation Bible School – 2018

The Board for Christian Education (BCE) of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India (JDCSI) under the leadership of its Director Mr. A.C. Francis facilitated the Annual Vacation Bible School-2018 in Vaddukoddai and Kilinochchi respectively on 23-25 and 26-28 August 2018.

This was the fourth consecutive year the CSI Thoothukudi-Nazareth Diocese Children Mission (Baliar Nanban) has conducted the VBS program in Jaffna Diocese.  The Rev. N.S. Joseph Israel, Director along with Mr. Solomon and Mr. Jesudian of Children’s Ministry workers of CSI Thuthukudi- Nazareth Diocese, India, trained children along with local Sunday school teacher and volunteers.

The theme of the year was “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” based on Hebrews 13:8.

Nearly 250 children participated and benefitted in this year’s Vacation Bible School at Vaddukoddai and Kilinochchi.  The Rev. V. Pathmathayalan coordinated the program in both places.  The Project Officer S. John Ragunathan was in-charge of all practical arrangements.  The clergy of the area were in full participation during these days.

The CSI Jaffna Diocese is grateful to the Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr S.E.C. Devasagayam for the encouragement and support he gives to the team as well as to Jaffna Diocese in ministering to the children through VBS.

Green Memorial Hospital Celebrates 170th Anniversary of Founding

It is with great pleasure and gratitude to God we record our sincere appreciation to Dr Samuel Fyske Green who founded Green Memorial Hospital in the year 1848. The hospital is now run by the Jaffna Diocese of Church of South India. Dr Samuel Fiske Green was a young medical graduate from New York, United States, born on October 10, 1822 in America to Mr and Mrs William E Green. On completion of his school education he worked as a clerical assistant and due to his inborn talent, he resigned from his job in 1841 and concentrated on medical studies. He gained a vast knowledge in medicine and surgery by way of associating with eminent doctors in America. Thereafter, he joined a prestigious medical college in America and passed out as a doctor in 1845. Within a short time period, he got a job as a surgeon in New York. But, his main aim was engage in missionary work, which led him to Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Green translated several Western books in to Tamil and also taught Western medicine in Tamil. In 1856, he wrote a Tamil book on gynecology which is a notable work of him. Dr Green was instrumental in starting the first ever medical school in Ceylon. Green Memorial Hospital which is known to many as GMH continues to fulfill the vision of Dr Green by providing free medical clinics through the Centre for Holistic Healing (CHH). Doctors, nurses and other staff join this great services of CHH in the Vanni area where medical facilities are scarce. The “Friends of Manipay” which is based in the UK and led by Dr Jeyantha Arnold support the continued and enhanced services at GMH. We are also grateful to Dr. Ambikaipahan who initiated a biography of Dr. Green and to Dr. Arumugam who published this excellent book. The diocese is now in the process of further developments of medical services including training of medical personnel in consultation with a team of doctors from abroad.

Prize Giving at Uduvil Girls’ College

Keeping alive the traditions of excellence and awarding the high academic achievers, Uduvil Girls’ College held its Annual Prize Giving on Thursday, 5th July, 2018 at the aesthetically decorated Jubilee Hall. The programme commenced with the procession, led by the college band. The event was presided over by of the Bishop the Rt. Rev. Dr Daniel S. Thiagarajah.  The secretary of the Board of Directors the Rev. T.H. Vasanthakumar offered the opening prayer.  The Consul General of India, Jaffna esteemed Shri Shankar Balachandran graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.The Chief Guest, the Bishop cum Chairperson, the Manager Dr Thayalini Thiagarajah and the Principal Mrs. Patricia Suneetha Jebaratnam were garlanded in a traditional way following a welcome dance by the Junior School children.

The Bishop in his welcome address while congratulating all the students for what they have contributed to the education program at the College stated that he was happy that Uduvil Girls College gave them a supportive environment for learning and personal development.  He also rejoiced that the children had a dedicated team of teachers and administrators ably led by the Principal and her executive group.“On behalf of the Board and all of our students, let me extend heartfelt thanks for the creative, compassionate and dedicated teachers who have given so much of themselves to the College this past year,” he added further.

In welcoming the chief guest, the bishop said that Hon. Shankar Balachandran is a brilliant scholar, an eminent educationist and a renowned administrator.  As such it was the privilege for UGC, an institution that marches into 195th year of existence, to receive him as chief guest.

Mrs. Patricia Suneetha Jebaratnam, Principal of Uduvil Girl’s College reading the Principal’s Report.

The Bishop welcomed the principal to present her report stated that this was the first prize giving report the principal was going to present.  The principal, in her report, sketched the academic as well as extra-curricular achievements of the college during the past year and concluded it by emphasizing the importance of education that helps students in their character building.

The Chief Guest who was happy to have been a part of the historical educational institution UGC emphasized the importance of education for the character building of students.  He also mentioned

about various scholarships and exposure programmes available to students and staff.  He also distributed special awards and memorial prizes to the students.

Mrs. Athisayam Hunt and Mrs. Evangeline Yogamani Alagaratnam, two loyal old students of UGC who have come from Canada and USA respectively helped in the distribution of prizes to the rest.

Children’s singing “Heal the World” (Michel Jackson’s song), Oratory Prepared by Miss. Santhuja Kirubaharan and the action song by Miss. Saheena Chujatharan added flavor to the function.

The grand spectacle came to a close with the Vote of Thanks by the Head Prefect  Miss. Saruka Thirulingam, followed by the pronouncement of benediction by the bishop and the singing of the College Song.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school” – Albert Einstein

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE JAFFNA DIOCESE OF THE CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA

We, the members of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India, affirm that this Church is a part of the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We believe that the Church of South India is a gift of God to the people of India and Sri Lanka, formed out of the union of four different Church traditions – Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational – towards the fulfillment of the Lord’s prayer, “That they all may be one.” As a united Church, the Church of South India is committed to the union of all who acknowledge the name of Christ.

The Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India is an autonomous Church, free from any control, legal or otherwise, of any Church or Society external to itself. It is our conviction that the destiny and character of our Church, the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India, are to be shaped by our obedience to the call of Jesus Christ as well as our determination to root the Church in the cultural and social realities of the Sri Lankan context. We are proud of the rich cultural and religious heritage of Sri Lanka and commit ourselves to sharing with our fellow citizens, through our life and work, God’s transforming act in Christ in a spirit of humility and openness.

The Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India is an autonomous Church, free from any control, legal or otherwise, of any Church or Society external to itself. It is our conviction that the destiny and character of our Church, the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India, are to be shaped by our obedience to the call of Jesus Christ as well as our determination to root the Church in the cultural and social realities of the Sri Lankan context. We are proud of the rich cultural and religious heritage of Sri Lanka and commit ourselves to sharing with our fellow citizens, through our life and work, God’s transforming act in Christ in a spirit of humility and openness.

The Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India recognizes the participation of the people at all levels of Church government, but, as members of the Body of Christ and servants of the Servant Lord, we remind ourselves that power and authority should be considered a means of service.

We prayerfully commit our lives to Christ, the giver of New Life and acknowledge the need to be continually renewed by the Holy Spirit so that we as a Church will be the sign and instrument of peace and reconciliation in the many conflicts around us. We stand before God in prayer, asking God’s Spirit to empower us and lead us in Christ’s way. We pledge to follow and uphold the Governing Principles of the Church of South India and the provisions of the Constitution for the glory of God, the good of the Church and the welfare of all people.