“Long life is a gift of God. With long life, I will satisfy Him” (Psalm 91:16).
Mar Thoma Church in North America and Europe has a growing population of senior citizens and St. John’s Mar Thoma Church is no exception. All church members above the age of sixty years are considered to be `Senior Citizens’. Most of the senior citizens are healthy enough to be engaged in various activities and some of them are confined to their homes due to ill health. It would be ideal if parishes were prepared to support these first generation Marthomites with different physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs. The church could make good use of their experience, expertise and wisdom for the betterment of all their members. It would be ethically immoral if we do not fully support these pioneers who came to an unknown land, did hard labor to support their families here and in India, helped their relatives and the needy in the US and in India, established churches all over North America & Europe and contributed immensely to the growth of global Mar Thoma Church. The generation that cares for its aged, is blessed! Joshua in his old age exhorted his people to go forward without deviating from God’s commandments, and remembering the ways God had guided and protected them.
Senior Citizens Fellowship was started in 2004 at St. John’s Mar Thoma Church. Seniors meet once a month for cottage prayer at the residences of individual members. During these meetings our members actively participate in intercessory prayer, devotional messages and discuss social issues such as memory loss, health management, living will, estate management, etc.
Health and Recreation Program
Senior Citizens meet every Wednesday at 4:30 PM in the church basement for recreational activities under the leadership of Vicar Rev. Joji K Mathew. They play caroms, chess etc. Ladies cook healthy meals for all who attend the program. Members engage in physical fitness program guided by Mr. Beji T. Joseph, a New York State certified Physical Therapist and the session ends with community dinner. “St. John’s Model of Senior Citizens Program” is being implemented by other parishes in the Diocese. We are in the process of starting a library in the church basement that will be useful for all our church members.
- PresidentRev Mathew Varghese
- Vice President
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