The Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam was organized with a view that all the young people in the Church should accept Jesus Christ as their savior and Lord, and bear witness to His saving power. It was organized in 1933 by a resolution of the Sabha Prathinidhi Mandalam. The first president of the Sakhyam was Rev.V P Mammen and the Vice- Presidents were Rev. K E Oommen and Rev. C M John (later Juhanon Mar Thoma Metropolitan) and the first Secretary was Mr. V E Thomas (later Rev. V E Thomas, Singapore). Branches of the Sakhyam were set up in the Parishes with a four-fold program of Worship, Study, Witness and Service.
The current president of the Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam is Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa and Rev.Baby John serves as the General Secretary,
The Sakhyam publishes a monthly magazine called Yuvadeepam with articles of interest to the youth and with a focus on the needs of the Church and Society. It also contains Bible reading notes for daily devotional study. The establishment of the Youth Center in Adoor has been an important achievement of the Sakhyam. It provides facilities for the youth to hold study conferences, retreats, and other meetings. The center has accommodation for about 200 young people to camp there.
St Mathew’s Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam & Young Family Fellowship
The Yuvajana Sakhyam & Young Families Fellowship (YS & YFF) at St. Mathew’s MTC is a relatively young organization. After its inception in 2005 by our then Diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Euyakim Mar Coorilos, the organization has come a long way. Its main purpose is to give immigrant youth and young families of the church a forum for Christian fellowship and growth.
St. Mathew’s YS & YFF members meet once a month at the church or at a member's residence immediately after the Church service on Sunday. The meetings start with a devotion followed by a general presentation, discussions and a lunch. All eligible youth and families are encouraged to be part of the fellowship. We would like to encourage all those who would like to contribute to the fellowship through devotion or presentations to contact one of the office bearers.
We have grown by over 100 members, and the momentum seems to be increasing.
The Yuvajana Sakhyam has been actively participating in the diocesan mission activities and various other programs led by the diocese. In 2016, we were able to start Malayalam classes which has been well received by the parish members. The Malayalam classes for adults and kids run every Sunday after the Holy Communion service.
Upcoming Events of 2017
- Annual Sports Day: May 13, 2017
- Annual Bus Trip: July 08, 2017
- Onasadya & Onam Celebrations: September 16, 2017
- Yuvajana Sakhyam Sunday: October 22, 2017
Yuvajana Sakhyam & Young Family fellowship Committee members for 2017:
President: Rev. Moncy Varghese
Vice President: Mr. Sanu John
Secretary: Mr. Jinesh Ninan
Co-Secretary: Mrs. Pushpa Abraham
Treasurer: Mr. Libu Alex
Auditor: Mr. George Anthony
Committee Members: Mr. Oommachan Mathew, Mr. Jimmy Thomas, Mr. Rengith George, Mr. Linu Kurikesu, Mr. Sunil Philip, Mr. Mathew Varghese, Mrs. Aleyamma Joseph, Mrs. Shibi Riju, Mr. Benjamin George, Mrs. Anu Thomas & Mrs. Dona Mathew.
For further information please contact the YS & YFF secretary Mr. Jinesh Ninan @ 416- 414-1602 or firstname.lastname@example.org