'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit'
St Matthew 28: 19
Charity No. 282910
The Parish Council (PC) of St. Mary of Tserha Sion, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (EOTC) is the governing administrative and executive committee of this branch. According to the PC constitution (Kalawadi) of the EOTC the main objective is to care for the Holy Church, to expand and enrich her services in order to encourage her followers to hold firm to the faith and morals of the Christian life as well as to make the church self-reliant.
The Parish Council is responsible to maintain the proper administration of the finance and property of the church, to register the clergy and laity, ensure that the income and expenditure are in accordance with the budget, as well as to prepare financial and activity reports at the Annual General Meeting. The PC is accountable to the Archbishop of the Diocese and to the National Parish General Assembly of the EOTC in the Patriarchate, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Evangelism Committee is established by the Parish Administrative Council (PC) to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God and spread its teaching through the established tradition, Canon law and practices of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (EOTC). In order to ensure that these objectives are facilitated, certain aids will be produced such as literature, books, CDs/DVDs etc…
This committee will also be responsible to organise educational seminars and discussion forums for the clergy and members within the church, as well as non-members who are interested in the biblical interpretation of the EOTC as well as her faith, worship and order. An annual calendar will also be produced presenting the main monthly and annual fasts, feasts and holy days of the EOTC. Newsletters and periodicals will provide news and events of St Mary of Tserha Sion in particular, and the EOTC in general throughout the world and Ethiopia.
The Sunday School Committee is established under the Parish Administrative Council (PC) to provide a good foundation in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church Faith, worship and morals. The Sunday School youth will be encouraged through the teaching of the Holy Bible, the lives of the Saints and spiritual songs to nurture, cultivate and express their faith and love of God and Our Lady St Mary the Holy Virgin.
The youth will be organised in Sunday School programmes and Associations of the Saints (Mehabres).
They will be made aware of the social evils in society and how to avoid them, as well as be motivated to achieve in the school education system, right through to college and university.
The future of the church is our youth and therefore the success of the church of tomorrow will be judged by the preparation and work that we invest in our children and youth today.
The Fundraising Committee is formulated by the Parish Administrative Council (PC) to raise funds necessary to make the church self-sufficient both materially and financially. They will organise fundraising programmes throughout the year with the objectives of securing a premises to facilitate the church administration, worship, sacraments, Sunday School programmes, social and welfare services and pastoral care.
The church is not funded by any outside bodies but is reliant on the contributions and support of her membership together with the fundraising events of this committee. As part of the fundraising drive, special merchandise from Ethiopia in the form of literature and artefacts, will be used as an income generator. Such programmes will hopefully provide the means to realise our objectives to be self-sufficient.
The Multimedia Committee is established by the Parish Administrative Council (PC) to facilitate and make available all information through Media and IT related tools. This is all achieved through liaising with all committees under the Parish Council and external clients. In addition, our remit is to improve communication channels both internally and externally. The Multimedia Committee keeps abreast with and uses new technology to move the Church forward, whilst preserving its Orthodox structure.