2012 Philadelphia OVBS held on August 2nd to 4th, 2012

The Philadelphia Area Sunday Schools representing the six Indian Orthodox Churches of the Greater Philadelphia Area jointly held their Annual OVBS from August 2nd to 4th. This year, the Philadelphia OVBS had 258 registered students being supported by 70 volunteers for 3 days of learning, fellowship, and fun at host parish, St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church of Philadelphia. Perhaps the largest OVBS of its kind in the Diocese, the theme of “We Are One in Christ” was most fitting for the Philadelphia Area where all 6 area parishes joined together to put on a first class VBS.

Participating parishes included St. Mary's Malankara Orthodox Church 1424 Orthodox Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church 1009 Unruh Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, St. Gregorios Orthodox Church 4136 Hulmeville Road Bensalem, Pennsylvania, St. John's Orthodox Church 4400 State Road Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, St. Thomas Orthodox Church 5422 Mascher Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and St. Mary's Orthodox Church 514 Devereaux Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Each day began with all classes assembled for morning prayer and a devotional address. Immediately following, Philadelphia’s immensely talented MGOCSM music team led the children in action songs and a specially presented puppet show. The students were separated into 15 classes across 5 different grade levels led by at least 2 volunteer teachers per class. Enthusiastic volunteers also led the students in games as well as arts and crafts and a fully staffed kitchen provided Lenten foods for all participants. .

The final day’s festivities included a moon bounce for the smaller children, fresh cotton candy, and the final talent show and cultural program. At the final cultural program, $3,000 raised over the course of the 3 days was given to St. Paul’s Orphanage in Calicut. It was truly a blessed and enriching experience for all students in attendance, and the next year’s OVBS has already been scheduled for August 15th through 17th, 2013. Please pray for the continued success of this ministry..

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