IPC Sunday Schools Association ( Maharashtra State) is the subsidiary organization, the student's wing, of THE INDIAN PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GOD, MAHARASHTRA, which is a part of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God.
The motto of this organization is to train up a child in the way he should go and the very basic purpose is to teach the biblical doctrines, spiritual and ethical values to the new generation. We aim at a God fearing society, with a high morale and ethics.
The IPC Sunday School Association, Maharashtra was formed in 1993. The Board consist of 11 members, with Director, Secretary, Treasurer and Controller of Examination as the executive members, for a tenure of three years.
The following programs are being conducted every year.
- Annual Centralized Board Examination.
- Bible Quiz Contests.
- Training Programs for Teachers.
- Seminars for students and parents.
- Celebration on Sunday School Sunday at every local school.
Every unit ( Local Church) shall have a Head Master and Teachers to teach the word of God. A teacher shall be a born again Christian with a commitment to the word of God and a burden for the generations. He/She shall be a practicing believer who maintain a good spiritual level and moral values.
Presently, we have classes from standard I to X, and have plans to extend the same upto Standard XII. The Writing Board Examinations are conducted from standard III and Oral examinations are being conducted for Standard I and II.
The classes are divided on the basis of age, as follows.
- KG - 3-5 years
- Class I - 5-7 years
- Class II - 7-9 years
- Class III - 9-11 years
- Class IV - 11-12 years
- Class V - 12-13 years
- Class VI - 13-14 years
- Class VII - 14-15 years
- Class VIII - 15-16 years
- Class IX - 16-17 years
- Class X - 17-18 years
- Class XI - 18-20 years
- Class XII - 20 and above.
History Of Sunday School Movement.
A Sunday school is an institution designed to teach people, usually children, about Christianity, named such because most Christian churches meet on Sunday.
Robert Raikes initiated the Sunday school movement. Sunday schools were first set up in the 1780s in England to provide education to working children on their one day off from the factory.
Raikes was an English philanthropist and Anglican layman, born at Ladybellegate House, Gloucester in 1736, the eldest child of Mary Drew and Robert Raikes, a newspaper publisher. He was baptised on 24 September 1736 at St Mary de Crypt Church in Gloucester. On 23 December 1767 he married Anne Trigge, with whom he had three sons and seven daughters. Their oldest son Rev. Robert Napier Raikes had a son General Robert Napier Raikes of the Indian Army during the British rule.
The movement started with a school for boys in the slums. The best available time was Sunday as the boys were often working in the factories the other six days. The best available teachers were lay people. The textbook was the Bible, and the originally intended curriculum started with learning to read and then progressed to the catechism.
The movement began in July 1780 in the home of a Mrs. Meredith. Within two years, several schools opened in and around Gloucester. He published an account on 3 November 1783 of Sunday schools in his paper, and later the work spread through the Gentleman's Magazine, and in 1784, a letter to the Arminian Magazine.
The original schedule for the schools, as written by Raikes was "The children were to come after ten in the morning, and stay till twelve; they were then to go home and return at one; and after reading a lesson, they were to be conducted to Church. After Church, they were to be employed in repeating the catechism till after five, and then dismissed, with an injunction to go home without making a noise."
In 1785 it was reported that 250,000 children were attending Sunday School- there were 5000 in Manchester alone. By 1831, Sunday schools in Great Britain were teaching weekly 1,250,000 children, approximately 25 percent of the population. As these schools preceded the first state funding of schools for the general public, they are seen as the forerunners of the current English school system.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLUB "LITTLE LAMBS CLUB"
Little Lambs is a fellowship of Sunday School Children. The Sunday School Board will conduct get-togethers at various places. This will be a time of enjoyment in a spiritual ambience. Drawing, Coloring, songs, activities and tasty snacks will be the attraction of these clubs. Parents also will be invited to such gatherings.
Separate meetings will be conducted in different places for the convenience of the children. Only Club members will be invited for the meeting.
The Current Sunday School Board (2012-15)
Director : Br. Mathews Paul, 203, National Galaxy, Plot No. 443, Takka, Panvel-410206, NAVI MUMBAI.
Mob : 9821428958.
Email : email@example.com
Secretary : Br. John Varghese, 105/06, MES Colony, Kalina, Vidyanagari Post, Santacruz(E), Mumbai-400 096.
Tel : 022-2619 1569. Off: 2887 8361. Mob : 9869722279.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer : 4. Br. Saji Mathew, 201, Mansi Height, Plot No.2&3, Sector 8, New Panvel(E), Navi Mumbai, Raigad (Dist.), Maharashtra -410206.
Tel : 022-27490241 Mob.: 9820560569.
Email : email@example.com
Controller of Examination : Br. Varghese Abraham, B-206, Sathya Sai plaza, Plot No. 5, Sector-11, Next to Cineraj Cinema, New Panvel-410 206.
Mob : 9819263098, 022-22153984.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Babuji Samuel, D/ Sharon, IC Colony, Borivali (West), Mumbai 400 103.
Tel : 02228939412. Mob: 8975166350.
Pastor K.J Shaji, Room-5, Plot No. 10-12, Road No. 12, Sector - 1, New Panvel - 410206.
Tel : 022-27483003. Cell : 9869501810
Pastor Santosh V Mathew, 201/G-10, Sree Ganesh CHS Sector 9, Ghansoli, Navi Mumbai.
Mob : 9819343381.
Pastor. Benjamin Pappachen, Room No 6 A Wing, Lok Kalyan Co-op Hsg Socity, Lok Seva Nagar, Chakkinakka, Kalyan (East).
Mob : 09850372783/09004732428
Pastor K.M.Varghese, Ebenezer Prayer Hall, Near “F” Cabin, Sairaj Colony, Katemanivly P.O, Kalyan (E)- 421306.
Tel : 0251-2027668 Mob: 9822112368.
Br. Abby Joseph, Flat No. 501, Sharon CHS Ltd., 27 A.S. Road, Near Ahilyadevi Baug, Tembi Naka, Thane(W).
Mob : 9930693760
Br. Samuel Mathai, E-16, Sriram Nagar, S. No. 138, Aundh, PUNE-411007.
Tel : 020-25886197. Mob.: 9822447940, 9890440989.
Br. Sonu Varghese, A-16, Shiva Shambu CHS., Sai Nagar, Katemanivly P.O, Kalyan (E)- 421306.
Mob : 9890740346.
Br. Shaji George, A/5-403, Soma Heights, Triveni CHS Ltd., Near Evershine City, Gokhivare, VASAI(W), Dt. Thane.
Mob : 09823967211.