The Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam was organized with a view that all the young people in the Church should accept Jesus Christ as their saviour and Lord, and bear witness to His saving power. It was organized in 1933 by a resolution of the Sabha Prathinidhi Mandalam. The first president of the Sakhyam was Rev.V P Mammen and the Vice- Presidents were Rev. K E Oommen and Rev. C M John (later Juhanon Mar Thoma Metropolitan) and the first Secretary was Mr. V E Thomas (later Rev. V E Thomas, Singapore). Branches of the Sakhyam were set up in the Parishes with a four-fold programme of worship, study, witness and service. Mr. M M Thomas (later Dr. M M Thomas) was appointed as Organising Secretary in 1945 and he was the full time worker of the Sakhyam. Under his dynamic leadership, the Sakhyam struck deep roots and spread its branches far and wide.
Most of the Parishes both inside and outside Kerala have branches of the Sakhyam. A group of such branches form a center. There are a number of such Centres under each Diocese. The Constitution of the Sakhaym prescribes that the President should be a Bishop of the Church. Rt Rev Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa is the President and Rev Charley Jones is the General Secretary.
The Sakhyam publishes a monthly magazine called Yuvadeepam with articles of interest to the youth and with focus on the needs of the Church and Society. It also contains Bible reading notes for daily devotional study. The Sakhyam also publishes an annual calendar. The establishment of the Youth Center in Adoor and in Bangalore has been an important achievement of the Sakhyam. It provides facilities for the youth to hold study conferences, retreats and other meetings. The center has accommodation for about 200 young people to camp there.
The Sakhyam has its own printing press, which also provides training and employment for the youth. The Sakhyam provides incentive for the development of the varied talents of young people by organizing studies on topics of current interest, and competition in sports, games, and cultural activities.
Gospel tours are arranged to mission centers so that the young people get a first hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of the mission fields. Gospel distribution squads are trained to distribute the scriptures in different places. Youth conventions are held on Diocesan and regional basis to promote study, and dedication of life. Campaigns are held against alcoholism and other social evils. In pursuance of such projects a vigilance corps is operating. Vocational guidance is being provided in a few branches. There are also self-employment projects under the auspices of the branches and centers. The Yuvajana Sakhyam works for meeting the varied needs of the growing generation.
The Golden Jubilee of the Sakhyam was celebrated in 1985. An Administrative block of the Sakhyam was completed near the Sabha Office near Tiruvalla as Jubilee Memorial Project. It was inaugurated in 1986.
Office & Youth Centre
Mar Thoma Youth Centre
54, Maplegreen Lay out
Bangalore - 562149
Ph: +91 80-32528423 (R), +91 80-22715072 (O),09448928361 (M)
For more details: www.marthomayuvajanasakhyam.com
Managing Committee Members
|Rt.Rev.Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa||President|
|Mr.Thomas Koshy||Vice President|
|Rev. Shaiju P John||
|Mr. Robin Varughese||Treasurer|
|Assistant Secretary (Outside Kerala)
||Rev. Abraham Kuruvilla|
|Assistant Secretary||Rev Abin S. Abraham|
|Pradesika Group Secretaries||82|
|Full Time Workers||10|