Celebration and Thanksgiving of the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the Church of South India on Sunday 24th September: An Ecumenical Service at the Stratford Methodist Church at 6.30pm.
The CSI was the first organic unity of the Christian Church constituted by Anglicans, Methodists and the 'of the United Reform Church'. Moved by the 'Catholic Spirit' of John Wesley, the Methodist Mission Partners played a significant role.
It was not without reason that J.S.M. Hooper was called to preach at the inaugural service in Madras (Chennai) on 27 Sept 1947. On his return from about 40 years of service in South India, Hooper retired in Stratford. He preached, tutored Local Preachers and wrote a history of Methodism in this area. While his name was on the preaching plan he died in 1974 aged 93.
He will be remembered in this service at which the preacher will be Rev. Dr. Eric Lott who was ordained in the CSI and who worked for more than 30 years.
Arrangement has been made for a eight-line inscription on Hooper in the Book of Remembrance of the Oakley Wood Crematorium. The particular page will be opened on 27th Sept and Prayer will be offered at 4.30 pm.
Apart from the ministers, all are welcome to join the group before the chapel of the Book of Remembrance. There will be a retiring collection at the above service on 24th and it will go towards the cost of inscription.