Sunday, 2 February 2014

A Sunday Visit to the Sadhu Sunder Singh Church at Sohna


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Sunday Mass being conducted at the impromptu space cleared for Sundays-At the lectern is Revd. Sunil Ghazan and seated at the far right in white is Evangelist  Anand Beck who is looking after the church in Sohna
When I went to Church this Sunday, I was asked by some of the members of the Church whether I would be accompanying them to the Sadhu Sunder Singh Church at Sohna after Mass, and I said, “Why not?” I would be visiting the Church at Sohna after a good five or six years. When I last visited the Church at Sohna, all they had was a small room barely twenty feet by ten feet. The name Sadhu Sunder Singh reminds us about the travelling evangelist who preached the Gospel in the early twentieth century.
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On the way to the Sadhu Sunder Singh Church in Sohna
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The Hall of the Sadhu Sunder Singh Church-its generous space will accommodate a large number of worshipers!
When we reached the Church at Sohna, we were surprised to see how much the place had changed. In place of the one room chapel was a massive structure coming up. We could see that the building when complete would be a beautiful one, what with the beautifully designed arched windows and a building shaped in the form of a cross. The basic shell of the building at Sohna reminded me of the old  building of the Epiphany Church in Gurgaon, and the Holy Trinity Church, Ghaziabad. Pastor Anand Beck was conducting Sunday Mass when we reached and soon Communion would be served. So, after a brief sitting at the hastily cleared part of the newly put up building, we proceeded outside to look at the building that is being built. The new building of the Sadhu Sunder Singh Church at Sohna will have two floors and it will be spacious enough to seat quite a large number of members.
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A Group photograph of the members of the congregation of the Church of The Epiphany Gurgaon along with the Presbyter in Charge of The Epiphany Church of Gurgaon and Evangelist Anand Beck who is looking after the Sadhu Sunder Singh Church in Sohna
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I was there too!
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We were there too! In the picture you can see Baba Masih, Miss Edith Newton, the treasurer of the Epiphany Church of Gurgaon, and Noel Chandekar
Lunch had been organized for us by the members of the Sadhu Sunder Singh Church at Sohna and being hungry after the drive from Gurgaon, we all fell on to what had been prepared for us. After lunch, we then decided to visit the new Graveyard located in Sector 56, in Gurgaon. Earlier, during the rainy season in the months of July and August, it had been in a bad state, what with water-logging and a wall that had been washed away by flood waters. When we saw the place, we could see that the whole ground had been levelled out with soil and debris which had been trucked from construction sites around the place.The Gardener had apparently taken pains to  plant flower bearing plants along the inner boundaries of the Graveyard.
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At the Graveyard in Sector 56, Gurgaon
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On the Grounds of the Graveyard in Sector 56, Gurgaon-Mr Sonu Masih, Mr. D.D.Lal, and Mr. Noel Chandekar
Bee Feeding on Nectar
The Bee seemed to symbolise the paradox of life!

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