Choir is an integral part of our Congregation. It was inaugurated in ……….. after a dedication service. The service of our choir is inspirational and a blessing for our worship services. Choir practices are conducted on every Sunday after service. The choir actively participates in all the worship services and special services. A Choir Sunday is observed in September, every year.
|Choir Master||Organist – Renji Varkey||Secretary||Anil Luckos|
Annual Report 2015-2016
Powervision Channel recording
Choir members performed a recording for the popular devotional channel – Powervision on 14th April 2015. Choir members performed six melodious songs.
Hymns from the Cross
Choir members performed special songs during the Maundy Thursday Evening service. Melodious songs were sung which narrates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. Solos were sung by Meril Chalat, Rinchu Abraham, Christeena Rose Johnson, Rithu Rachel Philip, Nithya Varghese, Merlin Joshua, Suja Samuel and Anil Lucose.
Special song was sung by the English service choir members on Easter Sunday service.
Vienna University Choir Concert
The world famous choir of Vienna, Austria performed a big gala fusion of International and traditional music in our church on 11th April 2015. The famous Choristers Association from Trivandrum also performed along with them. Our church choir members could perform variety of beautiful songs during the concert. It was an elated moment when Vienna choir members sang two Malayalam songs along with the Trivandrum choristers led by our Choir Master Mr. Renji Varkey and Ms. Veronica Schmid, the Vienna Choir conductor. The Vienna University Choir also performed their traditional folk songs and was truly a blessed concert.
Farewell to Sinoj Achen
On 26th April the choir members bid a respectful adieu to Rev. Sinoj Manjooran and his family in midst of the choir practice session after the Malayalam service. Mr. Renji Varkey spoke on the occasion praising Achen’s unitiring pastoral care and spiritual wellness.
Choir members actively participated in Family Sunday programmes held on 26th July.
Our choir members participated in the choir fest – Chorale Ensemble – held at Salem Marthoma church, accompanied by Rev. Jacob John on Ist August. The choir presented four melodious songs in the occasion.
Memorial service of late Rt.Rev.Dr.George Isaac
Choir led the memorial service of late Bishop George Isaac held at the church on 8th August.
On 23rd August, choir members celebrated Onam with our Achens Rev. Jacob John and Rev. Joe Varghese and family members of the choir. There were variety of programs organized by the choir members.
Christmas Carol service practice
Choir started carol practice for Christmas carol service on September 6.
CSI all Kerala Regional Choir Fest
The second all Kerala regional choir fest was held at Women’s Centre, LMS compound, Trivandrum on 19th September 2015 where Honourable Chief Minister Mr. Oommen Chandy inaugurated the fest. Our choir members had a wonderful participation in the fest. An audio CD of songs sung by different choirs from the six dioceses, including Immanuel church choir was released during the inaugural function.
Diocesan Sports meet
Choir members sponsored the C I Isaac memorial overall championship rolling trophy for Cochin Diocese youth sports meet.
Junior Choir practice
Junior Choir Christmas Carol practice started on 20th September.
4th October 2015 was observed as the Choir Sunday. Choir members took various parts of the worship in both English and Malayalam services. Mr. Babu Abraham and Mr. Abraham Simon shared the word of God during the English and Malayalam services respectively. Special songs were sung during both English and Malayalam services.
Bhavya Sunil, Nittu Joseph and Sharon Solomon were dedicated as the new choir members during the Malayalam worship.Choir members took part in the burial service (7th October) of Mr. P.P John, former sexton who served the Immanuel church for 52 years.
The choir lead the Bible convention held at our church on Oct 29, 30 & 31.
Choir members actively participated in the annual thanksgiving service held at our church on Nov 1 and at Mulavukad St.John’s CSI church harvest festival on Nov 22.
It is an evident factor that God blesses those who work for Him. As a matter of fact the Immanuel choir is proud to have Mr. Abraham Simon and Mr. Jibu Jose being elected as Lay Secretary and Diocesan Executive committee member of CSI Cochin Diocese respectively. God uses people who sings and praises in the ministry of churches. Choir members felicitated all the newly elected office bearers of the Diocese.
Recording for Church Choir album
Athmeeyayatra channel and Media One channel recorded the performance of our church choir and it was telecasted during Christmas day.
Ecumenical Carol Service
On 5th December, our choir participated in the Ecumenical carols of Marthoma churches which was held at Sharon Marthoma church, Palarivattom.Our choir members sang two beautiful songs in the Ecumenical carol service organised by YMCAYWCA at Durbar hall ground on 11th December 2015.
Festival of Carols
On 20th December 2015, Immanuel church celebrated the Festival of Carols. During the carol service the English and Malayalam choir and junior choir members rendered delightful songs of Christmas. The occasion was a witness to the quality, talent and hard work by the choir members.
Rev.Dr.Mervin Shinoj Boas, faculty in UTC, Bangalore gave a thought provoking and meaningful message. Mrs. Aruna Jibu compered the Carol Service. Solos were sung by Ginu Romeo, Rithu Rachel Philip, Meril Chalat, Christeena Rose Johnson, Nittu Joseph and Robio P.I. We appreciate the sincere dedication of the senior & junior choir master Mr. Renji Varkey and Mr. Anil Lucose, choir secretary and choir master of Junior choir.As part of social activities, choir members contributed Rs.11060/- for Chennai relief fund and this amount was handed over to Rev.Jacob John during the Christmas Carol Service.
Choir members actively participated in the Christmas Koinonia held at our Church on 22nd Dec.
CSI Christ Church silver jubilee
The Immanuel choir was invited to render songs during the valedictory function of Silver Jubilee celebrations of CSI Christ Church, Elamkulam which was held on 6th January.
First Cochin Diocese Choir Fest
The first ever Cochin Diocese choir fest – Heavenly Chorals – was held at All Saints CSI Church, Thrissur on 31st January 2016 in which 19 choir teams from various churches of Cochin diocese participated. Our church choir presented two special songs in the fest.
Choir sang special song during the Malayalam service on Palm Sunday. (20th March).
On Maundy Thursday evening service, choir presented contemporary songs and hymns during the worship gathering. Solos were sung by Meril Chalat and Ginu Romeo.
On Easter Sunday 7.30 a.m. service, the English service choir members sang a beautiful Easter song.
Rithu Rachel Philip and Lijo Joseph, members of the choir bagged the Kalathilakam and Kalaprathibha trophies in the first Ernakulam area Yuvajana kalamela held on 12th March. Farewell to Joe Varghese Achen
A farewell was given to Joe Varghese Achen by the choir members at the parsonage on 20th
Mr. M.J. John (Georgkutty chayan) our senior organist was called to his Heavenly rest on 2nd February 2016. The burial was held at our cemetry on 3rd Feb. He has rendered 62 years of meritorious service to Immanuel church as the senior choir organist. He has trained about 5 generations of choir members in our church and played the key role in the worship service during the 110 years of CSI Immanuel church. He has exhibited his organ playing skills by using varied types of church organs like the wind organ, electronic organ, electric organ and the present piano type organ. His punctuality, discipline and devotion confirm the ways of his greatness and is a role model for all our church choir members. Immanuel family misses him and will always remember his contributions to the church and the choir.
English Service Choir
Every Sunday is a blessing and our morning English worship service begins with the Church Hymns sung by the dedicated group of English Service Choir members under the guidance of Church Secretary Mr. Babu Abraham. We are even privileged to have them join the special occasions like
Easter Sundays, Choir Sundays and Christmas day with their beautiful songs. This year’s Christmas Carol Service was also being added with more colours by a special song sung by the Choir under the leadership of Choir Master Mr. M.J. Varkey. It is a blessed moment for Immanuel church to have both English worship Service group and Church Choir in joining the congregation for praising God.
We are indeed honoured to have the Vicars Rev. Jacob John, Rev. Joe Varghese, Rev. Pradeep George and the Pastorate Committee members for their assistance and encouragement and would like to acknowledge our gratefulness.
Finally we thank God for all the opportunities to sing and exalt Him. Kindly remember our Choir in your daily prayers.