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History of the Church

The C.S.I. Christ Church Alandur, came in to existence in the year 1865 due to the outreach ministry of the CSI Zion Church Chintadaripet. Initially built as a school, the same was used as a place of worship where the Worship form of the church missionary society (CMS) was practiced initially that went up to 1950.

In 1883, Alandur, congregation became a pastorate and Rev. J. Sathiyanathan was the first presbyter who ministered in the church for 11yrs (1885-1896). When the church of South India (CSI) was formed in 1947, the pastorate automatically became a part of the Diocese of Madras.

It was in the year 1952, the church adapted the SPG (Anglican) order of service and continues to be one of the few churches in the Diocese, where Anglican worship form is practiced.

Since then the church is continually on the path of progress, the number of the families increasing from 50 in 1950 to 450 families now in 2015.
The members of the church are spread out vastly, most of whom reside at various places of the south Madras. This congregation consists of members who are from different walks of life. There are a number of professors, Teachers, Lawyers, bureaucrats, I.T. professionals, who render their support to the church using their influence in their respective areas of vocation.

The church is more accommodative in spirit, in the sense that even the members who came from non-Anglican backgrounds are made to feel at home worshiping here, as there is always much room for flexibility and adaptability in fulfilling the genuine aspirations of our members.

The Church Building

The Structure
The church is built on a plinth area of 3500sq.ft. It is a triangle shaped structure, without any pillars in between converging to wards the rear side where the Altar is built. This facilitates the worshippers to have a full view of the Altar, without any obstruction. A person sitting any where in the church will have a total and obstructive view of the Altar.

Architecture: The frontage of the church building gives a semi circular view, and the wall is provided with exposed brick work of rectangular size, to present an elegant look.

Doors: The main door is provided in the middle and there are four side doors two for gents and two for women.

Ventilators: The church is provided with a row of ventilators running although from one end of the church building to the other providing sufficient ventilation.

The Vestry: Is provided behind the Altar and the choir room is located on top of it.

Balcony: Balcony is provided at a height of 8’ above the floor level, which has two stairs facilitating easy movements of worshippers. The balcony provides additional space, where around 100 people can be accommodated.

The belfry: Deviating from the gothic style, a novel, modern architecture style is adapted having the bell fixed atop (78ft) and neon cross fixed above all, which could be seen people from a long-distance.

The Governance of the church: The church is administered by a committee called the pastorate committee whose members are elected biennially and function under the presbyter who is also the chairman of the committee.

Members of the present Pastorate Committee (2014 - 2016)

1. Mrs. Premlatha Percy (Secretary)
2. Mr. J. Ebenezer Jasker (Treasurer)
3. Mr. Augustus Ambrose
4. Mrs. Aruna Milton
5. Mr. M. Devasagayam
6. Mrs. I. Francy Salmona
7. Mrs. Mrs. Ilawarasi Mekala

1. (Lay reader)

Mr. Edward Mohan

2. Lay Preachers.

a) Prof. Lawrence

3. Lay Preachers – (Probationers)

a) Mr. Jaysingh David
b) Mrs. Premlatha Percy
c) Mrs.Celina Fredrick

4. Choir Leader

Mr. Winston Isaac

8. Mr. J. Jeyakumar David
9. Mr. S. Kanagaraj
10. Mr. A. Kirubakaran Paul Joseph
11. Mr. D. Packiaraj
12. Mr. T. Prasad
13. Mr. M. Seemon Arputham Johnson
14. Mr. Simon Kirubakaran Stanley

5.Organist

Mr. Immanuel

6. Clerk

Mrs. Vanitha

7. Sexton

Mr. Antony Bernordshaw

8. Parish hall watchman

Mr. Manoharan

Our Presbyters

S.# Name Years served
42 Rev. Rajan Devakumar 2016 – till date
41 Rev. Dr. T. Sampath Bagavan Doss 2012 – 2016
40 Rev. R. Gunasekaran Koil Pillai 2007 – 2012
39 Rev. V. Paul Birla 2004 – 2007
38 Rev. M. Prabhakar Raja Sekaran 1999 – 2004
37 Rev. N. Manova Santhosham 1993 – 1999
36 Rev. Francis Raja Doss 1988 – 1993
35 Rev. P.J. Paul Raj 1985 – 1988
34 Rev. Bakthan Theophilus 1983 – 1985
33 Rev. P.J Premiah 1982 – 1983
32 Rev. P. Raja Ratnam 1977 – 1982
31 Rev. S. Moses Adam 1972 – 1977
30 Rev. I.S. Mills 1971 – 1972
29 Rev. I.S Mills 1971 – 1972
28 Rev. A.S. Chelliah 1970 – 1971
27 Rev. P.J Paul Raj 1965 – 1967
26 Rev. A. Samvel 1964 – 1969
25 Rev. A.T Pandian 1964 – 1965
24 Rev. David Thirugnana Prakasam 1961 – 1964
23 Rev. D.D Rajamanai 1959 – 1964
22 Rev. M.Durai Swami 1959 – 1961
21 Rev. T. Vedanayagam 1956 – 1959
20 Rev. John Roshiah 1954 – 1959
19 Rev. Barnabas Christian 1952 – 1954
18 Rev. P.E. Devadasan 1946 – 1953
17 Rev. David Arulnathan 1944 – Apr-Dec
16 Rev. Samvel Sathyanathan Clarke 1944 – 1952
15 Rev. R. Solomon 1935 – 1938
14 Rev. W.D. Gnana Prakasam 1934 – 1944
13 Rev. C. Jesudasan 1933 – 1934
12 Rev. S. Vedanayagam 1920 – 1933
11 Rev. Samuel S. Krishnan 1918 – Mar-Oct
10 Rev. W.D. Gnana Prakasam 1918 – 1920
9 Rev. G. Manikam 1917 – 1918
8 Rev. Samvel S. Krishnan 1914 – 1917
7 Rev W.D. Clarke 1913 – 1914
6 Rev. W.D Clarke 1908 – 1909
5 Rev. A. Savari Muthu 1908 – 1909
4 Rev. John Bonyan 1906 – 1908
3 Rev. W.D Clarke 1902 – 1906
2 Rev. D.A. Peter 1896 – 1902
1 Rev. J. Sathiyanathan 1885 – 1896

Gospel work a recap

The Church has a Gospel team which consists of consists of around 30 members of our church who have a great burden for reaching the un-reached. This team regularly meets in the church for prayer, and preparation of the Gospel work. Villages from the rural pockets of our Diocese are identified and Gospel work is done in such villages regularly on the 4th Sundays of the month. The Gospel team visits the village from 3p.m. to 6p.m. on such days and share the word of God through street preaching, distribution of tracts and conducting Sunday school for the children. The Gospel work is always continued in a selected village till new converts are won and Baptism given to them.
Our church does not completes its Gospel work in a village until a land is purchased and a church is built for the newly founded congregation there.

Past Achievements
It is heartening to register here that due to the fruitful evangelistic work carried out by our church new congregations were planted and churches constructed in the following villages such as,

a) Kilottivakkam near Kancheepuram at Rs.5lakhs
b) Kuzhippan Thandalam ( Thirukkalikunram Pastorate) at Rs.5 lakhs
c) Nellikuppam (Melrosapuram Pastorate) at Rs.7 lakhs in the year 2005
d) Mettukuppam (Gudivanchery Pastorate) at Rs.6 lakhs in the year 2009
e) Keelpodavoor (Sunguvar Chatram Pastorate) at Rs.8 lakhs in the year 2013
f) At Cheyyoor on the ECR Road at Rs.35 lakhs in the year 2014
g) A new mission field has been identified at Kavanoor village of CSI Padappai Pastorate in the year 2014 where Gospel work is carried our regularly on the 4th Sunday of every month.

Evangelism at Dr. Ambedkar Nagar
Our pastorate has ventured evangelistic work at Dr. Ambedkar nagar (slum area) where regular Sunday school for the children and worship services for the adults are conducted by Mr. Ebenezer Durairaj the Diocesan Missionary working within the boundaries of our pastorate. Our aim is to reach about 500 families of this area who are mostly from economically weaker section through the Gospel in future.

Future Plans
• To adopt a village every year, and after successful Gospel work build a church for the new converts
• To build a new Church every year in un-reached villages.
• To expand the ministries already initiated at. Dr. Ambedkar nagar
• To raise sufficient funds through Church members and others for construction of Churches in rural areas.

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