St. Gregorios Indian orthodox Church
We are a constituent parish of the Diocese of UK-Europe-Africa of the Malankara Indian Orthodox Church
Please join us in exploring our faith and our community. We are a place of worship, meditation & hospitality with a strong sense of community.
No parking available on the premises. Free parking on the streets around the church location for Saturdays & Sundays. Please follow the council road markings for parking.
We are a congregation gathered in the Indian Orthodox Malankara faith. SGIOC is part of Diocese of UK, Europe and Africa, based in and around Southend-on-Sea, east of London. We have parish members joining us from Romford, Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree, Southend-on-Sea & parts of London. We are a strong community who enjoy living our life in Christ!
The parish began as a congregation in January 2009. The first Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Abraham Thomas and assisted by Dn. Gheevarghese Kochuparambil at St. Helens Church, Westcliff-On-Sea. Later services were conducted at the Chalkwell Park Methodist Church before being permanently shifted to All Saint Church in Southend-On-Sea.
The Congregation was raised as a Parish on the 9th of May 2009 by Diocesan Metropolitan HG Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios with Rev. Fr. Mathew Abraham as the first Vicar.
Our Faith - Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is an autocephalous church tracing its origins to St Thomas, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, who is believed to have landed in India in A.D 52.
Our church is part of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, and we are in ecumenical union with the Coptic, Armenian, Eritrean, Syrian and Ethiopian Orthodox churches.
The Church now consists of about 2.5 million members, who are spread all over the world, though the majority reside in the state of Kerala in South-West India. The Supreme Head of the Church and the present Catholicos is:
H.H. Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews 3rd.
Malankara Indian Orthodox Church has a lot of spiritual organisations which help in cultivating and deepening the faith in people involved.
Akhila Malankara Orthodox Shusrushuka Sangham (AMOSS) aims to create awareness in the faith, tradition and practices in our Holy Qurbana, other sacraments and important days of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church amongst our Acolytes.
An acolyte is one who is ordained to serve the clergy in the Holy Altar.
OSSAE - Sunday School
Orthodox Syrian Sunday School Association of the East(OSSAE) is a spiritual organisation functioning in all the parishes of the Indian Orthodox Church that takes care of the spiritual nurturing of the children, by bringing them up in the knowledge and fellowship of Jesus Christ and His Church.
Our mission is to enhance the spiritual growth of the new generation by teaching the Holy Bible and other religious lessons to the children of the parish.
Orthodox Christian Youth Movement(OCYM) is a youth wing where students and young members of the church come together to deepen the Christian faith in the new generation.
The youth wing arranges for different activities throughout the year.
Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam (MMVS) is the womens’ wing of Malankara Indian Orthodox Christian Church.
It is one of the major spiritual organisations of the church combining all the female members. It is spread throughout the world and functions in all the dioceses and parishes of the church.
The organisation was founded mainly aimed at the spiritual progress of women.
The church choir group is an important part of the Holy Eucharist celebration. They provide the spiritual environment required for the mass.
The choir group also participates in conventions and other church activities through out the year.