The St. Peter’s Mar Thoma Church Youth Fellowship is a large and vibrant organization within the South East Region of the Mar Thoma Diocese of North America & Europe. The mission of our youth fellowship is to see every youth member establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and our vision is to foster the growth of these individuals in their walk with the Lord by focusing on witness, worship, study, and service. By pursuing this, we form a strong community of believers dedicated to spreading the love of God. Below are a list of ministries we take part in:
Youth Meetings and Bible Studies
Fellowship is the key to our corporate worship and growth, and our Youth Fellowship meets together each week in different members’s houses for either a Youth Meeting or Bible Study. Youth Meetings are centered around a speaker, either from within our church or a guest speaker, who speaks on various topics from the Word of God, and in a Biblical context through life experiences and personal testimony. Bible Studies are focused on studying a particular passage in the Bible together by delving into the Word of God, as well as group discussion.
For more information, please contact our Youth Fellowship Secretary.
Praise & Worship
We have a dedicated and talented Praise & Worship Team that plays an important role in the corporate worship of our Youth Fellowship. Through their love of God and thought-inspired music, they lead the Youth Fellowship and Church in various capacities, such as during all meetings, English Services, Sunday School, and special functions such as the annual Junior Senior Conference, New Jersey Tri-Youth Services, and the South East Regional English Services.
For more information, please contact our English Choir Leader.
Missions & Community Service
Staying true to the Mar Thoma Church’s dedication to missions, our Youth Fellowship plays an active role in missions activities throughout the world. Members of our Youth Fellowship have participated throughout the years in trips to Mexico where a dedicated Mar Thoma mission site has been established. Members have also participated in other ministries such as the Prison Ministry, Native American Reservation Missions, and places throughout India.
We keep a close relationship with our Indian ties by participating in CARD (The Christian Agency for Rural Development), a ministry of the Mar Thoma Church, which conducts programs for the less fortunate throughout India. In the past, we have supported the education of school children by providing them with education kits for school.
In addition, we have taken up the recent calling for Neighborhood Missions, in order to give back to our local community. We play an active role in visiting nursing homes and hospitals throughout the year, participating in soup kitchens, hosting the Bergen County Dropoff Site for the FoodBank of NJ’s Annual Turkey Drive, and holding a Community Blood Drive & BBQ with the American Red Cross. We have also partnered with sister churches in participating in Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse created by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, that provides third world children with presents and basic necessities inside a simple shoebox.
We will continue to give back to our local community by participating in town efforts for creating a better atmosphere and environment through park cleanups, elderly visits, and other areas of service as needed.
For more information or suggestions in regards to missions, please contact our Missions Coordinator.
South East Regional Youth Fellowship
Our youth fellowship plays an active role in the South East Regional Youth Fellowship, which brings together 13 different churches from around New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Staten Island, and Maryland. We actively participate in Regional Services, Conferences, Retreats, Sports Tournaments (also in conjunction with the North East Regional Youth Fellowship), and many other activities.
Diocesan Youth Fellowship
The Diocesan Youth Fellowship is an organization that brings together the Youth Fellowships of the Diocese of North America and Europe. Our Youth Fellowship consistently sends delegates to the various events and conferences that they host, such as the National Youth Conference, and the National Leadership Conference.
We are currently blessed with the leadership of Rev. Joe Joseph Kuruvilla joined our region in May 2010, and plays an active role in our regional activities, as well as leadership within our youth fellowship by leading our English Services once every two months as well as participating in our meetings.
If there are any questions or comments regarding our Youth Fellowship, please do not hestitate in contacting our Youth Fellowship Secretary Suji John- email@example.com