2011 Philadelphia OVBS held on July 28, 2011 to July 30, 2011
The Philadelphia area Sunday Schools held the annual OVBS on July 28-30, 2011 at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church 1009 Unruh Avenue Philadelphia. It was attended by about 250 students from all 6 area parishes, as well
as other Christian denominations. Shaji Abraham and Jimmy Varughese coordinated the event, under
the guidance of the area Sunday School inspector Mr. Mathew Samuel, with about 100 volunteers who
ensured the smooth flow of all activities. There were classes, songs, crafts, games and other activities
held to strengthen the faith of the students, all while emphasizing the theme “Children, obey your
parents in the Lord, for this is right." (Ephesians 6:1). All the clergy of the area supported the event, and
the following clergy participated personally by delivering devotional addresses, taking special classes
and leading prayers: Rev. Fr. M. K. Kuriakose, Rev. Fr. V. M. Shibu, Rev. Fr. K. K. John, Rev. Fr. Shinoj
Thomas, and Rev. Dn. Daniel Yohannan. The event culminated with a colorful show that highlighted the
talents of our Sunday School students.
The following parishes were involved in the OVBS. All the parishes collaborated in providing volunteers
and financial support for the event.
The charity collection during the OVBS resulted in approximately $1500 raised for St.Gregorios Daya
Bhavan in Karnataka, India. All in all, by God’s grace, the Philadelphia area conducted another successful
OVBS for our Sunday School students.
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