Service Time and Location
Sundays 10.00 a.m.
Kalakad, Tirunelveli 627501
- Our Vision Statement
IELC believes that God has called us to shine as beacons of His hope and love amidst a despairing generation. Our vision is to enlarge the Kingdom of God by ultimately following Christ's command: "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 28:18-19
- Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to put in effect the words of God as descibed by Apostle Paul: We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. Colossians 1:28
- Our History
Nagankulam being a tiny hamlet, comes under the jurisdiction of Kalakad Panchayat Board of Tirunelveli District in South India, having the Pin Code Number 627 501. It was a tribal rather so called Hindu dominated village.
In 1938, the marriage between Mr.A. Muthiah, son of Mr.Aravalai of the village, and Ms. Varampettral, daughter of Mr. Isaac of Ammachikoil, Vallioor brought Christianity into the village, which was hither to dominated with rituals of so called Hindus in every function if it is marriage, puberty function of girls, temple festival, death ceremonies etc. During the temple festival also called as ‘Kodai’, the people of the village were so anxious rather thrilled to watch the mid night sacrifice of Goats and sheeps and also return of the man believed to be with the spirit of the God or Goddess from the nearby graveyard, holding a trisul in his hand and the decayed bone of the dead body in his mouth in high spirit as if he won the battle against the demons in the graveyard.
Such was the situation when Varampettral stepped into the village with Holy Bible, holding the hands of Muthiah in marriage which was held in Ammachikoil, Vallioor. She, being a silent spectator witnessing the centaury old rituals in the village started praying to Jesus to give her strength to bring a church for the living God Jesus initially alone, subsequently with her five children and to give wisdom to her children. In fact, there was even no proper place to assemble and pray God and number of members also was very thin. The place of prayer also shifted from house to house for want of space and for other reasons.
Jesus heard her prayer and impelled her second son Anandaraj to allot a small piece of land for construction of a church.
With the continuous prayer of limited members, who had faith in Jesus and the undaunted and sincere efforts of Paster Rev.Kanagasundaram and Mr. Anandaraj ,Mrs. Sermakani Anandaraj, Mr.PaulRaj, Mrs.Perinpam Aaazarappan,Mrs.Sakundhala Devaraj, Mrs.Nallathai Manogaran,Mr.K.Selvaraj,Mr.Dhass Vasantha kumar,Mr.Thangaraj,Dr.Abraham and Mr.Mosas and with the donation received from the members and well wishers a prayer house was constructed for Lord Jesus, ‘just as the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many’ (Mat. 20:28), with the nomenclature of St. Paul Luthren Church inaugurated by under the presidentship of Shri.A. Muthiah, father of Mr. Anandaraj on 23rd OCT 1995.
With the blessing of Lord Jesus and sincere faiths of the congregation, the church grew with leaps and pounds and reminded in Acts 16.5. “So the Churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily” . Now, the people not only from Nagankulam but also from the neighbouring villages are attending the service having felt the importance of the prayer and breaking of bread as seen in Acts 2.42 “and they continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctorine and fellowship in the breaking of bread and prayers”. Eucharist or Holy Communion is indeed a social challenge to share bread with others.
No doubt, it is remarkable that a sky scrapping tower infront of the church, perhaps, the highest tower in the State measuring about 85 feet hight has been constructed by the commitment and hard work of Mr. Anandaraj and family and other members of the congregation visitors of the church. The members of the Congregation are naturally in high spirit on the day of the dedication of the gigantic tower which shall be the lighthouse for Kalakad town and its surrounding villages.