The great lent or Valiya Noyambu is specifically set apart as a time of fast, prayer and meditation wherein we remember the person and work of Jesus Christ and ultimately connect ourselves to His passion and death on the cross. Christ redeemed the whole humanity from sin and death. Lent is in fact a spiritual retreat of the Church, through which the members of the church meditate upon the cross of Christ and submit to it in a sense of complete repentance. These fifty days should help every member of the church to have an experience of abiding in Christ in a realistic way (Jn15).
The St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Bristol has a vibrant Sunday School served by a committed group of teachers.
Sunday school sessions are held every Sunday morning soon after the service. The session begins with prayer followed by singing, bible reading and offertory before separate class sessions are held. The curriculum followed is from the Mar Thoma diocese of North America and Europe. After about forty five minutes of class, the children gather together again for thanksgiving songs and closing prayers. During school vacation times, common sessions are held for all children with a variety of programs like quizes, treasure hunts and storytelling.
The offertory collected is dedicated to the Snehatheeram project, a charity institution looking after the needs of severely underprivileged children.