Bethany Marathi/Hindi Congregation
Our services are held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 1.30pm and it is good to be able to meet fortnightly on Sunday afternoons and worship in our own language. Attendance at Christ Church is around 40 at regular services but nearer 100 for special occasions such as Christmas. Christ Church Barnet has given us a very warm welcome and made us one of their members as a Marathi Congregation. We share the summer anniversary service and enjoy taking part and we are looking forward to working more closely and integrating ourselves as part of the Christ Church Community in the coming year.
A special event for us was the evangelistic service with the visit of Pastor Nooruddin Mulla where he inspired us with his amazing story and faith. We were glad he was able to preach at the Christ Church main service last year and at Underhill Baptist Church.
Initially we started as a small family prayer group gathering every Saturday which continued for 3 years. We all thought that we could start a Marathi congregation in our own language and we started to look forward to forming a Marathi church. We now have about 10 to 12 families in the Barnet area.
Most of us who now work over here are Staff Registered Nurses working in the NHS or in care homes as Nurses in all departments with some of our members working in the IT sector.
Many of those attending at Christ Church travel long distances to attend from Wolverhampton and Kent, whilst others come from Luton, Watford and Northolt .Pastor Amanna is very dedicated and travels with his family all the way from Leicester for our services.
The beginnings of our ‘congregation’ are from a Canadian missionary. In 1894 Dr William Wanless started a missionary hospital in Miraj, Maharashtra State in India.This is connected with the Church of North India, which is in Communion with the Anglican Church. The church continues to have close connections with the hospital and many of the current congregation undertook their training as Nurses and Radiographers there. In India the church has grown to nearly 5000 members.