advent of Orthodox Christians from Malankara (Kerala)
to the Gulf began with the development of the Gulf countries.
Bahrain at that time was the most developed country in
the Gulf and it was the first country to commercially
produce Oil in the 1950s. The first Orthodox Church established
in the Gulf was St. Marys Orthodox Church, Bahrain.
the finding of oil in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai,
people from many countries of the sub-continent started
coming to these places in search of job opportunities.
Among them were many Orthodox Christians from Kerala,
who were employed in Government and Private organizations.
They formed prayer groups for their spiritual needs and
were frequently visited by the Vicars from St.Marys
Orthodox Church, Bahrain. St. George Orthodox Church,
Abu Dhabi and St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Dubai, were
the early congregations to be established in the UAE under
the patronage of St.Marys Orthodox Church, Bahrain.
1970, at the time of elevation of St. Thomas Orthodox
Church in Dubai as a Parish, a large number of its members
lived in Sharjah. Their travel to Dubai for attending
the Holy Mass at Womens Society Hall in Dubai
was a great ordeal. So, in the year 1973, a group of
the Orthodox Church members from Sharjah formed a Prayer
Group, under the patronage of St.Thomas Orthodox Church,
Dubai. Prayer meetings were held once in a month, at
the residence of those members, under the leadership
of the Vicar from Dubai Church. This prayer group was
the forerunner for the formation of the present St.
Gregorios Orthodox Church in Sharjah.
The Managing Committee
administration of the Parish is being conducted by a
Managing Committee, elected by the General Body, from
among the members, as per the Constitution of the Malanakara
Orthodox Church. The tenure of the office is for a period
of one year. The Vicar of the Parish is the President
of the Managing Committee.The day-to-day admisnistration
is carried out by the Hon. Secretary and the Hon.Trustee
assisted by the Managing committee members representing
various areas of Sharjah.
Life Insurance Scheme members of the parish
1999, our parish launched a unique scheme, in assocoiation
with the New India Insurance Company, for the welfare
of the members. It is the first in the history of the
Malanakara Orthodox Church for members of a parish,
where accident & natural death coverage Dhs.50,
000.00 and Dhs.25, 000.00 respectively is being given.
Celebration of the Holy Demise of St. Gregorios of Parumala
(1902 to 2002)
Parish celebrated the Centenary of the Holy Demise of
our Patron Saint, Parumala Thirumeni from November 1,
2001 to October 31, 2002. As part of the yearlong celebrations
various seminars and conventions were conducted in association
with the spiritual organizations of the parish. To commemmorate
the event, Gold coins depicting the portrait of Parumala
Thirumeni was brought-out for the devotees
Gregorios Orthodox Church, Sharjah Celebrates Silver
Jubilee (1978 - 2003)
by supporting various humanitarian projects in India
Gregorios Orthodox Church Sharjah, in commemoration
of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 2003, is carrying
out a number of humanitarian and developmental projects.
is a Project of the Delhi Diocese, of the Malankara
Orthodox Church in India, for community renewal and
revival of the multi-religious society of Mandavar village
in Haryana, India. The objectives of the project are
to establish basic education, community health and economic
security for the low-income people of the surrounding
villages. St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Sharjah is
supporting the project by financing the constructin
of the Administratve Block at Shanthigram.
Scheme in various parts of Kerala for 25 poor and unpriveileged
families are fast nearing completion. His Holiness.Moran
Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews II will hand over the
key to the beneficiaries on August 15, 2003 at Parumala
Blessings: Women from 25 poor and underprivileged families
will be married-off and the couples will be blessed
by His Holiness.Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews
II on August 15, 2003 at Parumala Church.
Scheme: Distributing 100 sewing machines for widows
and handicapped women, in Commemoration of the Centenary
of the Holy Demise of St. Gregorios, our patron Saint.
Machines will be distributed on August 15, 2003 at Parumala
One man gives freely,
yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes
to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes
others will himself be refreshed.
Proverb 11: 24-25
Gregorios Orthodox Church, Sharjah, eversince its
establishment in 1978, has been giving importance to
helping the poor and the needy. To quote from the managing
committees Annual report for the year 1978, The
Parish opened a generous hand towards the fund declared
by the Malankara Orthodox Church for the cyclone-hit,
poverty-sticken state of Andhra Pradesh in India, during
1978. Collections were were made from members of the
Parish and an amount of Indian Rupees 7500.00 was sent
to H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, the Metropolitan
in Charge of the relief activities. A notable
event during 1979 was the establishment of a Charity
Committee - MGOC Charity Committee, to look after the
charity activities of the Parish, a unique among Malankara
Orthodox Parishes all over the world. Even today, St.
Gregorios Orthodox Church, Sharjah stands-out as a great
provider for the needy.
when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand
know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving
may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is
done in secret, will reward you.
The Charity activity of the Parish at present amounts
to 1.5 Million Indian Rupees, distributed among the
poor and the needy. The fund is raised from among the
generous members of the Church and through fund raising
programs as below.
Birthday and Wedding anniversary donations - Members
contribution during the Birthday and Wedding anniversary
* Self-denial fund - Members contibute by fasting
during the 50 day lent and contibute an amount towards
* Blood donation camps - Conducting blood donation
camps among members of the community.
* Tin collection - Each household is given a
coin-tin for contribution towards charity on a daily
basis and collected once in a year.
* Education Sponsorship - One can sponsor a deserving
student by paying Dhs.100.00 towards the educationl
expense for one year.
* General donations - General donations received
from among the members of the community towards charity.
If anyone has material
possessions and sees his brother in need but has no
pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear
children, let us not love with words or tongue but with
actions and in truth.
I John 3:17-18
SGOC Charity committee, consisting of 15 members presided
by the Vicar, scrutinizes each application and decides
the quantum of aid to be given to each applicant.
* Medical assistance : About 33 % of the total
charity budget is earmarked for assitance to applicants
seeking aid for medical treatment.
* Educational assistance : Given for outstanding
students from School level to Higher education and to
various job-oriented courses.
* Marriage assistance : Poor and deserving parents
are given aid to meet part of the marriage expense of
* Housing assistance : Assistance is given for
consruction of houses.
* General assistance : General assistance given
as local aid to people in distress.
More quotes from the Holy Bible
But when you give a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay
you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of
hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words
the Lord Jesus himself said: "It is more blessed
to give than to receive."
For riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not
secure for all generations.
man should give what he has decided in his heart to
give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves
a cheerful giver
II Corinthians 9:7
the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,
drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth
is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some
people have entertained angels without knowing it.
Church renevated and consecrated on 5th November 2010