Bangalore East Mar Thoma Church (BEMTC)
Bangalore East Mar Thoma Church (BEMTC) was declared a full-fledged parish on 28 March 1980 with 26 members of the Bangalore East Prayer Group of the Bangalore Mar Thoma Church, Primrose Road.
The Bangalore East prayer group being the largest at that time began to conduct worship as early as July 1976. The first worship service was held at the Clarence School auditorium and later at the Nirmala Girls’ High School premises on Hennur Road. It found a more permanent place in the spacious Fellowship House on Wheeler Road, where the then Missionary Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom, was staying.
Due to the untiring efforts of several stalwarts, the Bangalore East congregation was able to acquire a plot of land measuring 8200 sq. ft. on Banaswadi Road (where worship services are held at present), from the Bangalore Development Authority. The foundation stone for the church building was laid by Bishop Chrysostom in January 1979 and the Church consecrated by him on 26 January 1980. The status of a parish was conferred two months later and Rev. Jacob Cherian, Assistant Vicar of the Bangalore Mar Thoma Parish, was appointed the first vicar.
BEMTC is a growing fellowship with over 420 members on its rolls. At any given time, more than 50 others attend the worship on a ‘floating’ status. All the organisations of the parish are active, especially the Choir, which has been hailed as one of the best in Bangalore.
BEMTC is part of the Bangalore Centre, which falls within the jusrisdiction of the Bangalore-Chennai Diocese, headed by Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa. Members of the parish actively participate in the various projects of the Diocese and Centre. Karnataka Navajeevana Samithy, Devanahally Mission, Beersandra mission field, Hoskote Medical Mission are some of the projects and programmes that are close to the hearts of our members.
For a brief write-up on the origins and growth of the Mar Thoma diaspora in Bangalore, click here.