Chennai: The Church of South India, the first and biggest united and uniting Indian church, celebrated the 7 decades of the formation of the Church on the 27th of September 2017 with a Thanksgiving worship service and a public meeting in which thousands of the members of the Church and ecumenical leaders attended. As part of the celebrations, a Public Meeting was arranged at the Royapettah YMCA Grounds in Chennai in which thousands of people attended.
There were different cultural programmes representing the five different southern states of India, which added colour to the celebration. Cultural programmes such as ‘Sinkari melam’, ‘Benjara Dance’, ‘Parai attam’, ‘Karakaattam’, ‘Veeragaatha’, ‘Kaliyal’, traditional drums, folk dances, and skits by the artists representing five different states were well- appreciated. Programmes by the physically challenged and the mentally challenged school children added meaning to the public meeting since the Church has a conviction to work for the disabled. It is notable that the Synod programme ‘DISHA’, which means direction, is exclusively designed for the disabled. Most of the dioceses also work for the disabled children by running schools and other forms of support.