The Mar Thoma Suvisesha Sevika Sangam is the women’s organisation of the Marthoma Church which was inaugurated during the Maramon Convention in 1919, under the leadership of Abraham Mar Thoma Suffragan Metropolitan.
Every woman of the Mar Thoma Church above the age of 18 is a member of the Sevika Sangam. The Sevika Sangam has branches in all parishes of the Mar Thoma Church both within and outside India. Each branch elects from among its members, a committee including office bearers. The Vicar of the parish is the President of the Sevika Sangam, who provides guidance and support to the organisation. The Sevika Sangam follows the pattern of the Mar Thoma Church in organizational matters. The organization owes much to the self-sacrificing and indefatigable work of Mrs. Kandamma Varghese as organising Secretary for over 20 years traveling far and wide, organising branches in parishes, and doing evangelistic work among Christians and non-Christians.
The Marthoma Suvisesha Sevika Sangam of the Mar Thoma Church Canberra was established in the year 2010. The Mar Thoma Church Canberra is blessed with a very active and dedicated group of women who work for empowering and educating women in the Canberra community.
To strengthen the spiritual life of the women in the community, bi-monthly meetings are conducted on the fourth Saturday of every month at various homes, which includes Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. Sevika Sangam day is celebrated on the second Sunday of September every year. Women assist and actively participate in the worship service on that day. The Sevika Sangam also actively participates in other parish activities such as the Harvest festival, Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter service to name a few. In addition to the various voluntary activities in the community, much time is spent visiting and supporting the sick and needy. The organization also provides financial assistance for the educational and medical needs of individuals or families that are approved by the committee. Every year the Sangam partners with the ‘Samaritan’s Purse’ organization to sponsor around 50 shoeboxes as part of their ‘Operation Christmas Child’ program. Due to the lockdown in Canberra because of the COVID 19 pandemic, online meetings were conducted via Zoom to encourage and serve the community.