stthomasorthodoxchurchlondon@hotmail.com St. Agnells Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7AY
Registered UK Charity 1118820

Sunday School

St Thomas Sunday School
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” -Proverbs 22.6
The St. Thomas’ Indian Orthodox Sunday School Hemel Hempstead London is a dynamic body of students, teachers and parents. We started to function with a humble beginning soon after the formation of a full-fledged parish at Edgware (Headteacher – Dr George Varghese) in the year 2007. The number of children were less in the early years since we had only a few families at that time. But with passing time our Sunday school flourished as more families and youths became part of our church community. Currently we have a total of 113 students with 18 main stream teachers and 4 supply teachers, with classes from Reception to Year XII. Each class has 2 teachers and some with 3, we conduct the Sunday School with a spark section which all the children attend with great enthusiasm followed by classes, regularly every Sunday except for key events. We have the spark section conducted every week by various classes and teachers. All our events ensure a wholehearted participation by all and our Sunday school has been blessed by the guidance and the leadership of our dear Achen Rev. Fr. John Varghese whose role in ensuring the smooth running of the Sunday School is beyond words. Year X&XII results: We had a 100% pass result in Year X and Year XII with one of our student securing Grade A marks, in 2016. Our Sunday School is a very lively unit with the following activities: Talent Competitions –Participating in the Talent competitions [Unit, District and Diocesan levels] has become a regular feature now. We are proud to state that our Sunday school won the first ever Diocese Talent competition held at St Albans in 2013 and since then has been showing an active participation in all events. OVBS: The event that evokes a lot of thrill and excitement both among students and the teachers is the OVBS held during the month of June-July. We organise OVBS every year with learning and music sessions and reflective workshops at the end. Our children enjoy the 2 days filled with music, bible lessons, workshops, games and food. Shoe Box Charity– Every year our Sunday school takes part in Operations Christmas child and contributes a shoe box filled with different goodies to be given away as part of charity. This noble deed has been successfully carried out for the past 4 years. Nursing Home visits – Our Sunday school enjoys carol singing during Christmas at a chosen nursing home. They sings carols, read bible passages, give chocolates and flowers to the residents. Cake sale – Sunday school is well known for the delicious cupcakes they sell to raise money for charity and they also play an active role in Manna fest by bringing various baked items. Sports day – Sunday school organised a sports day last year which was enjoyed by both young and old. Special occasions – Our children take a keen interest in making their mums and dads feel very special by celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day every year. The children sing songs, share their personal thoughts, organises games for mums and dads which are welcomed by all. Family Gala– Our children actively participate in Family gala and displays their various talents in singing, dancing, skits and so on. Christmas – Christmas is never complete without our Sunday school. Thought provoking dramas, melodious carols, nativity plays and even the Christmas messages are delivered by our talented children. We hope and pray that the good Lord will enable our Sunday School to continue to be torch-bearers for Him in the years to come and will bestow His blessings upon our children to lead a spiritual and righteous life. Please note some of the important dates of the Sunday school upcoming events in 2018
  • 10th March – Sunday School Talent Competition
  • tbc- Half yearly exam ( 10th and 12th students – please note it is compulsory to attend the half yearly exam to register yourself with OSSAE and to obtain the Hall ticket for the Final exam- Centralized Exam)
  • tbc – District Level Competition – Hemel Hempstead – Venue – TBC
  • tbc – OVBS 2018
  • tbc – FINAL Exam
  • tbc- OSSAE Exam ( for 10th and 12th)
Head Teacher: Mr Biju Kurian | bijukjacob@hotmail.com Assistant Head Teacher: Mr Sudarshan Joy | sudarshanthomas@gmail.com