The Junior Church department of Diocese of Raiwind, Church of Pakistan (commonly known as Sunday school) organized a momentous event as a Christmas celebration in Pakistan by the Children. Over 1000 children from the ages of 5 to 12 marched from Central Cathedral of Praying Hands, Warris road to Mazang and back. The children were singing and sharing the message of peace with the people and passer-by. They were distributing sweets, chocolates and gifts to the people. It is interesting to note that this peace rally having the Christmas touch also comprised of Christian and Muslim children. Bishop Samuel Azariah, the Diocesan Bishop and President Bishop of the Church of Pakistan, while addressing the rally, said that the message of Christmas is peace, forgiveness, acceptance and tolerance. He said that the Christians of Pakistan, which includes children young and old, men and women will make all kinds of contributions and sacrifices for peace and justice. We pray for the prosperity of Pakistan. Rev. Yousaf Samuel, the Coordinator In charge of Junior Church department did a commendable job in organizing such a successful peace rally. He, along with his enthusiastic team worked for months to make this march possible. Sunday School teachers played a vital role in training young Santas.
The teachers and students of Dar-ul-Mussarat once again performed a wonderful play, at St. Peter’s School, Warris Road, on Thursday 12, December 2016 . Celebrating its 26th Birthday, Dar-ul-Mussarat organized an evening in which they performed their annual play. The principal Mrs Resha Qadir Bakhsh, school staff and students, happy to be the hosts welcomed Rt. Rev. Samuel Azariah as the Chief Guest of the evening and honored them with flowers. The play titled ‘Apne to Apne Hotay Hain‘ was based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his 12 brothers, which was performed in a very outstanding way. Bishop Samuel Azariah in the end shared his thoughts and said that Dar ul Mussarat is like his Child which he will never forget and always support in every way possible. Parents and audience was happy to see the special children do wonderful acts and appreciated the handwork and effort of the Teachers. The evening was concluded by cake cutting and gift distribution.
Riffaqat-e-Khawateen of Diocese of Raiwind organized their Annual Christmas Lunch at Lucie Harrison School Warris Road. Women from congregations of Lahore, Kahna Nau and Raiwind gathered to share their love and experiences by Celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Prayers, Christmas Carols and a Christmas Play was performed. It was a pleasure to have the Moderator Bishop Samuel Azariah as the Chief Guest. Special thanks to Rev. Fiaz Munawar, Mrs. Persica Kamaran, Mrs. Resha Qadir Bakhsh and executive committee of the Diocese for being part of the event.
We are sad to hear the tragic news of attack on innocent worshipers of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Cairo. Pope Tawadros and the Bishops of Coptic Church and our Anglican Archbishop Mouneer and aggrieved Christian families, we are prayerfully standing with you asking God to comfort you. We condemn the dark forces of evil supporting and purporting such crimes against innocent people of God and request the Government of Egypt to provide necessary security and protection to the Christians of Egypt particularly during Advent season.
On December 10, 2016 The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan HE Muhammad Mamnoon Hussain awarded Bishop Dr Azad Marshall, Coadjutor Bishop of Raiwind, the Presidential Award for Human rights.
In a stately ceremony at the President’s House forty citizens of Pakistan were distinguished for their contribution in promoting Human Rights in Pakistan.
Bishop Dr Azad Marshall, who is also the President of National Council of Churches in Pakistan, is one of those distinguished recipients.
He has no doubt a long and continuous record of contributing to educational development and human rights in Pakistan. We congratulate him and pray for his continuous ministry in Pakistan and beyond.
We thank the Federal Ministers of the Ministry of Human Rights and Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, Government of Pakistan for recognizing and nominating distinguished citizens committed to upholding the poor and the marginalized for upholding their Human Rights.
The Peacebuilding Department of Diocese of Raiwind, Church of Pakistan organized a one day training workshop on Social Media Activism.
The main objective of the workshop was to highlight the positive and negative use of social media and as a social media activist, how we can make use of social media to address certain issues and raise awareness.
39 young participants from colleges and universities participated in the workshop. Mostly, university students were a part of this activity. 4 people from the transgender community were also present.
Dor has stepped another milestone by opening Church doors for the poor and marginalized communities. DOR organized an Iftar in the Holy Month of Ramdan and invited beggars, drug addicts and homeless as a sign of love and affection.
On Friday, July 1, 2016 Dor opened the doors of the Central Cathedral of Praying Hands and invited members of the transgender community of Lahore to break their fast and enjoy an Iftar Dinner. This was an unprecedented step on the part of the Church.