CNI Wesleyan Church, Kolkata, India, a Christmas update


Christmas news from Kolkata, India.

At Christmas we had a service of Nine Lessons and Carols as well as a Christmas party for the underprivileged children. 

On Sunday 13th January we celebrated Harvest festival and on the following weekend we had our church picnic to the beach. During the Harvest festival members bring in their thanksgiving in the form of fruits, vegetables and clothes to distribute among the poor. Some members also send monetary contributions. During the church picnic we start out with a prayer and breakfast, and then we play outdoor sports like cricket and badminton. There's also a bible quiz conducted with prizes at the end. 

We are planning outreach work to either an old folks home or an orphanage in March. We are looking ahead to the Lenten season where we have weekly Lent services on Friday evenings. Each member participates with a message about the passion of Christ. 

(The carols look very familiar, no modern ones here! You may remember that we sent some of our old ‘The Methodist Hymn Book’ books to Kolkata as they are still in use there.)

CNI Wesleyan Church, Kolkata, India



Darley Dale Methodist Church is in the process of forming a partnership with the CNI Wesleyan Church in Kolkata.

The Wesleyan Church in Kolkata was originally the Wesleyan Methodist Church and was opened in 1866 as a place of worship both for civilians and for the members of the military garrison.  In 1970 the Wesleyan Methodist Church joined the Church of North India (CNI).  At present, the Church has a service of worship at 9.30am every Sunday morning, with Holy Communion services being on the first and third Sundays of each month.  The Women’s fellowship meets every first Sunday of the month and there are also visits to care homes for both children and elderly people to distribute food items and clothes.

The ministers of Darley Dale Methodist Church and CNI Wesleyan Church in Kolkata have been working on forming a partnership that might involve keeping in regular touch through emails, newsletters or social media to share and exchange news, views, prayer requests, sermon / Bible study topics / points and so on. People have been found in both of our congregations to help to develop the partnership.

On Sunday, the 19th October, 2014 the Rev. Abir Adhikari, Presbyter-in-Charge, led the Congregation in singing the opening hymn, "How Great Thou Art" on the occasion of 148th Anniversary of the church.  Join in the joyful singing at the church by turning on your computer's speakers and by clicking on this link.

The church also has a website which can be viewed by clicking on this link.

The map set out below shows the location of the church in Kolkata and also, by placing your cursor on the map and by using the scrolling wheel, Kolkata's location in West Bengal, India.