Malankara Orthodox are the first section of Syrian Christians to get a parish church
The Malankara Orthodox section of Kerala Christians became the first section to have their own Parish church and the governing body in Europe, in Swindon in Central England. Devotees thronged the church which was solemnized by Dr Mathews Mar Thimothews, Diocesan Metropolitean of the congregation.
Even when this section is small in numbers, they often lead their way in getting places of worships for themselves. It was again the Malankara Orthodox section who was first to secure themselves a place of worship solely devoted to themselves in the UK.
The congregation has five churches in addition to the one in London. The congregation got itself a palatial building with a large landscaped garden, which is named as Malankara House. The building which houses the office and a large conference hall is believed to aid in the future activities of the congregation.
Fr George Joy, Fr Varghese T Mathew, Fr Atheesh, Fr Anoop Abraham, and Fr Mathew Abraham attended the solemnising ceremony. The congregation has gone from one church in London to churches in Bristol, London North, Manchester, Cambridge and North Wales in the 2000s. The diocese is comprised of 25 congregations in UK, 35 in Europe, and 2 in Africa. The Malankara Orthodox Church, as part of the Oriental Orthodox family of Churches, is in communion with the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and the Eritrean Orthodox Church. The Malankara Orthodox section has almost 20 priests and 2000 members in the congregation in UK.
It is commendable to note that the Malankara Orthodox congregation has been able to get a diocese for themselves even when the Zero Malabar Catholics who are larger in number have not been able to do so.