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About the Pastorate

The church at Anaigudi was constructed by the Bishop Rt. Rev. Caldwell before 1861. The pastorate plans to begin new moon preaching from February 2001. Also on plans are to construct the parsonage at an estimate of Rs. 4,40,000/- a church at an estimate of Rs. 2,40,000/- and Uvari school at an estimate of 3,00,000/-

  • St. John’s Church, Anaigudi
  • St. Mathew’s Church, Ayankulam
  • St. Messiah’s Church, Kailasapuram
  • Christ Church, Puthiyiruppuvillai
  • St. Barnabas Church, Thangamalpuram
  • Christ Church, Muthumothanmozhi
  • Christ Church, Evanspuram
  • Holy Trinity Church, Uvari


Important Festivals in the Pastorate
Congregation Dedication Day Asanam
Anaigudi 15 May 15 May
Ayankulam 22 December 22 December
Kailasapuram Monday in the Holy Week
Puthiyirruppuvillai Thursday in the Holy Week
Thangamalpuram 11 June 11 June
Evanspuram Wednesday in the Holy week

 About the Pastorate

In olden days Araikulam was in Idaiyankulam and Seval circles. In 1970 Araikulam was recognized as a separate Pastorate. It has 2 Middle Schools, 2 Primary Schools, a Nursery School, and a Sewing School.  C.S.I. Rhenius Hospital in Omanallur is functioning very well. There is a plan to build a  Parish Hall at Araikulam.

The congregations under this Pastorate are:

  • St. John’s Church, Araikulam – 1942
  • Omanallur – 1927
  • Thamilakurichi – 1947
  • Adaimithipankulam – 1968
  • Kandithankulam – 1914
  • Tharuvai – 1981
  • Puthukiramam – being set up

Church Dedication Festivals in the Pastorate

Congregation Church Dedication Day
Araikulam 17 December
Thamilakurichi 22 December
Adaimithipankulam 18 December
Kandithankulam 18 October
Tharuvai  23 August

Other Important Festivals in the Pastorate

Congregation Asanam Harvest Festival
Araikulam 17 December 3rd week of July
Omanallur 18 May  17, 18, 19 August
Thamilakurichi 25 May 7, 8, 9  September
Adaimithipankulam 17 May 15, 16 May
Kandithankulam August August
Tharuvai  Last Sunday in  August
Puthukiramam 25 December




Name:Rev.T.John Kingsly Barnabas Thanasingh
Date of Birth:25th May 1977
Ordination :Deacon :- 8th June 2008 at Maharajanagar
Presbyter : 14th December 2008 at Suviseshapuram
Family Details :Wife : Mrs.J.Jenitta Rebekkal
Native Place:Manarkadu
Seminary:Bishop’s College, Kolkatta (2003-2007)
United Theological College, Bangalore (2019 -2021)
Places Where served:2007-2008 - Subbulapuram - Candidate for Ordination
2008 - 2011 Deacon & Presbyter in Kodankulam
2011 - 2015 - Bishop's Chaplain
2015 - 2019 Presbyter in Sharjah, UAE
2019 - 2021 Study Leave (MTh at UTC)

About the Pastorate

Ambasamudram is one of the ancient pastorates in West Tirunelveli. It is located at the foot of the western ghats and nearer to Papanasam, a Hindu Pilgrim center. Though it is very near to the famous Hindu pilgrim center it has many Christians leading spiritual life. The early church members of Ambasamudram were floating professional employees. Since 1878 ordained ministers served in Ambasamudram. Rev Arulpragasam was the first among them. History narrates that Rev. William, a missionary who rendered service in Nallur, bought 10 cents of land in Ambasamudram for church construction in 1865.Right from the beginning education was given importance in this area. This is proved by the construction of the T.D.T.A. Primary school in 1864 and the S.T.C. Middle School in 1875. Miss. Persion, a foreign lady missionary, served in S.T.C for a short period. Ambasamudram was a Circle for a long period.
The pastorate committee has plans to re-build the church at an estimate of Rupees ten lakh. At present there are ten congregations in Ambasamudram pastorate:
St. Peter’s Church, Ambasamudram (1870)
Christ Church, Kallidaikuruchi (1910)
Christ Church, Bramadesam
Good Shepherd Church, Teacher’s Colony (1985)
St. John’s Church, South Pappankulam
St. John’s Church, North Papankulam
Christ Church, Manimuthar (1987)
St. Stephen’s Church, Sadaiyandiyur (1940)
Immanuel Church, A.P. Nadanoor (1996)
St. Paul’s Church, Adaichani (1998)
Important Festivals in the Pastorate
Congregation Dedication Day and Asanam
Ambasamudram 29 June
Kallidaikuruchi After Easter
Bramadesam 2 May
Teacher’s Colony 8 December
South Pappankulam 27 December
North Papankulam 27 December
Manimuthar 28 February
Sadaiyandiyur 26 December
A.P. Nadanoor 14 November
Adaichani 30 December
Harvest Festival on 1st Sunday in August
IMS Sale on Second Sunday in OctoberAmbasamudram
N.V.T.G.S on 2nd Sunday in February
Men’s Get together on 1st Sunday in November

Family Fellowship on 26th January
Children’s Camp on 14th November

Mother’s Festival on 1st Sunday in May

Youth Camp on 15th August

The week beginning 3rd Sunday in September is observed as the Week of Witness in the Pastorate

About the Pastorate

The congregation at Alwaneri was established by Rev. CTE Rhenius in 1829 with 8 families accepting Christ. The first church was built in 1846. The present St. Paul’s Church at Alwaneri celebrated its centenary in 2000. A new church was built at Yeduppoor (Christ Church) which was dedicated by Rt. Rev. S Jeyapaul David, Bishop in Tirunelveli on 25 November 2000.

The congregations under this pastorate are:
St. Paul’s Church, Alwaneri
St. Stephen Church, Kovaikulam(1852)
Aramboondarkulam (14.5.1980)
Puthu Padiapuram (1957)
Manalvilai (1922)
Mahizhchipuram (1873)
Panaiyarkulam (1928)
Mela Siriyandur (1933)
Sivanthipatti (1830)
Christ Church, Yedappoor
Konganthanparai (New)
Selwyn Nagar

About the Pastorate

In 1829 the Christian community was established here by Rev. Rhenius. There are three churches in this Town. From 1994 Alangulam is a separate pastorate. There is a plan to establish a new church at Parambu. There are 7 village congregations under this pastorate:

  • St. Peter’s Church, Alangulam
  • Christ Church, Ratchaniapuram
  • Good Shepherd Church, Annanagar
  • St. Thomas Church, Karumbanur
  • Christ Church, Kalloothu
  • Holy Trinity Church, Thuthikulam
  • Christ Church, Kalathimadam
Important Festivals in the Pastorate
Congregation Dedication Day
Alangulam 18 July
Ratchaniapuram 13 October
Karumbanur 18 May
Annanagar 25 March
Thuthikulam 18 April
 Pastorate level Harvest Festival is celebrated in July every year.
In about 1880 the people of this village were compelled by Rani Mangammal to lay roads. They complained to Rev. Khar and Rev. Moore and became Christians. The Elementary School which was functioning since long became a Middle School in the year 1934. The foundation for the church was laid by Rt. Rev. Waller on 30.9.1921. Canon Paul Manikam started the construction work in the year 1927. In 1954 the roof was completed. It was dedicated on 2.4.55 by Rt. Rev. A.G.Jebaraj.
The congregations under this Pastorate are:
St. Michael’s Church, Achampatti
St. John’s Church, Thadiapuram (8.2.29)
Prasanna Aalayam, Pulliampatti (1932)
St. Barnabas Church, Sayamalai (1938)
Mela Sivakamipuram
South Achampatti
Melaneelitha Nallur
Melaneelitha Nallur Colony
Kelaneelitha Nallur
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