St. Stephen’s C S I Sunday School


“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word” Psalms : 199 : 9

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Sunday schools were first set up in the 1780s to provide education to working children on their one day off from the factory. It was proposed by Robert Raikes editor of the Gloucester Journal in an article in his Journal and supported by many clergymen. It aimed to teach the youngsters reading, writing and cyphering and knowledge of the Bible. It was 90 years, in 1870, before children could attend schools during the week.

The efforts of Robert Rakes of England to teach the children Bible stories in a systematic way resulted in the formation of an organization called the “Sunday School” in 1780. Within a few years it had spread to many countries and by 1790 about 3 lakh students had become Sunday school students. The world Sunday school union was formed in 1808 and India Sunday schools union started functioning at Allahabad in 1876.

The early CMS missionaries who came to Kerala began teaching The Bible to children also, and therefore Sunday schools were already functioning in many of the Churches established by these missionaries. Systematic Sunday school work is understood to have been started, in 1880, at Holy Immanuel C.S.I. Church, Mallappally, by Arch Deacon Oommen Mammen who got in touch with the India Sunday schools union roughly around that time. Hence 1880 is considered to be the year of starting formal Sunday schools in our Diocese and in Kerala.

Our Sunday School follows the syllabus prepared by the Christian Education Department of CSI MKD. On all Sundays , the Sunday school begins at 7.30 am with singing session followed by worship. Then the children disperses to their respective classes vice Sisuvakup (Kiddies), Balavakup (Primary), Kumaravakup (Juniors) and Jeshtavakup (Seniors).There are more than 100 children in our Sunday school and more than 20 teachers, to show them the right way through the word of God. The classes close by 9.00 am. We express a special homage to Mr. M.M. Chandy, Mylackal who served as the Headmaster for pretty 60 long years. Our Sunday School continue its Mission since the formation of the Church to mould the generation to shoulder the church in futurity.