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The History of Our Parish

Saints Basilios-Gregorios Orthodox Church of Central New Jersey, Inc., SBGOC started out with three families worshipping as a congregation at St. Sofia’s Theological Seminary in  South Bound Brook, New Jersey.  The congregation was led by Fr. Mathew C. Chacko.  It started with with blessings and Order of His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas, Metropolitan of the American Diocese of the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church (MOSC).
In May 2001, we began worshipping in the Seminary Chapel of the Reformed Church of America, [New Brunswick Theological Seminary off George Street, within the Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick.  In July 2003, our congregation was recognized as a parish under the American Diocese of the Indian Orthodox Church.  By then we had grown in  membership to around 20 families.
We conduct Holy and Divine Liturgy [Holy Kurbana] every Sunday at New Brunswick Theological Seminary followed by Sunday School  and meals or light refreshments. The meals/light refreshments are sponsored by the members of the Parish. This is time used by members to reconnect themselves with other parishioners.
Our congregation is made up of families of young professionals and college students, and couples seeking to worship according  to the Orthodox tradition and to have fellowship with other Indian Orthodox Christians. We are an active, enthusiastic group of people involved in various church activities. We have more than one hundred children in the community now and raising them in the Orthodox Christian faith and life is our greatest challenge. While we treasure our language and tradition from Kerala, India, we recognize the need to gradually adapt to the environment here, without forgoing our values.  Currently we celebrate Holy Qurbana in English one Sunday every month.
Sunday School is the gem of our parish. Currently we have over seventy children, ages three to seventeen.  Most of them attend Sunday School on a regular basis. There are classes from Pre-KG to High School students.Our children are eager to learn and participate in the worship and all other church activities. Every summer our  children participate in Orthodox Vacation Bible School (OVBS). Throughout the year they share their talents with the congregation in various programs.
For the older children, we have an active Youth group that meets periodically.  Several young men in the  group volunteer as acolytes and serve at the Altar for Worship Services. 
A Unit of Women’s Fellowship meets once a month to discuss topics of concern and interest to the women in our community, studies on the Bible and several aspects of the Christian Faith.
We hold Prayer Meetings usually once a month at the residences of members. Participants read and discuss passages from the Bible and listen to   speakers including the Vicar.
Through the prayers of the Most Holy Mary, the Mother of God, our Patron Saints: Basilios of Kothamangalam and Gregorios of Parumala, the Holy Apostles, and all other saints, we trust that this Church and community will flourish and spiritually enrich the Orthodox Christians in Central Jersey and everywhere else.

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