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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