About Our Church
The Church has given a lot of prayerful consideration to what God would have us do in the future. As the first church bought and consecrated for the Malankara Syrian Orthodox church of India in the Western hemisphere, our existing building has served the church and the American Diocese well for the past 34 years and more than repaid the original costs. Those who sought to glorify God and serve him through these premises in the past have seen their mission fulfilled and extended. Our worship on Sundays and many of our other activities stretch the building beyond its intended capacity. It is time to build on the good work of the past and extend the work again with a new church building.
Our long Cherished Goal of a new Church is now complete. Diffendale and Kubec Architects developed the plans and specifications for our New Place of Worship. The plans were approved by the New York City Building Department and permits issued for Construction. Church Constructors. Inc, Stroudsburg, PA has completed the constructions of the New Church at our Sunset Avenue Property.
The New Church is located on our property between Sunset Avenue and Oakville Street and is approximately 15,000 sqf in area. The Main Level consists of the Narthex, office space, Nave, Place inside Rails, Main Altar in the middle and two side Altars, Sacristy, Vestry, Cry Baby Room and Audio Visual Room with a state of the art Audio/Video systems and the Lower Level consists of a Lobby, Men’s and Women’s restrooms, Fellowship Hall, Stage, Storage, Kitchen, Conference room with facilities for video and web conferencing.
- Ground Breaking – January, 2012
- Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony – April, 2012
- Construction Complete – November, 2015
- Consecration – December 12, 2015
Benefits to Our Community
- Our community has a large and beautiful place to worship
- Our Children have the space to receive instruction about our faith and the space necessary to hold various religious and cultural programs
- Our community has the space available to hold Socials, Birthday and Baptism Receptions, Meetings and Conferences
The different fundraising activities that are in progress include pledges from members and household members, raffle tickets, piggy banks, entertainment programs, proceeds from various activities by the spiritual organizations that include the Martha Mariam Samajam, MGOCSM/Youth, and Sunday School. There are also opportunities for members to memorialize their loved ones or commemorate specific items and areas within the Church by way of sponsorship.
Through our small sacrifices – the giving of our time, talent and treasure – our Church will continue its impressive growth for generations to come. We urge each and every member, young and old, to take an active part in the Church Construction Project – This is our Church.