I went to a well attended Sunday morning service today at St Stephen's English church at Pallavaram on the outskirts of Chennai. It's a church with quite a history - and with a lively style of worship which attracted a congregation of a hundred or so, many of them young.
It's part of the Church of South India, so within the Anglican communion.
AN AUDIO EXCERPT FROM THE SERVICE BELOW
The church was established more than eighty years ago to serve primarily the Anglo-Indian community - a distinct social group, now dwindling in numbers, which has some (often now very distant) European lineage. Many 'Anglos' have moved to Britain, Canada and Australia - and the treasurer of the church said that of those that remained, few came to church regularly.
He says that about 40% of the church's membership is Anglo-Indian, but on average only about 10% of those attending services at St Stephen's are from the 'Anglo' community.
I don't know whether it happens every Sunday, but today there was an excellent breakfast for all attending St Stephen's, a South Indian assortment of idli, sambar, vada, uppama and coconut chutney. Brilliant!
The church and adjoining school are on military land. Initially services were held inside the barracks, but in the 1920s four Anglo-Indian women - all reputed to be war widows - started raising money to build a church, and in the mid-1930s the current building was consecrated.
This part of Pallavaram is called Veteran Lines - it was where land was made available, probably between the wars, for army veterans to construct houses. In the 1950s, the area was almost entirely Anglo-Indian. Some of the sites have been redeveloped, but others - a few dilapidated but several still lived in and cared for - are more-or-less unchanged.
I talked to Craig, a young man who was proud to describe himself as an Anglo-Indian. He was walking his two dogs, one a pug. His father was in England, he told me, and he was hoping to be able to join him. Craig's ambition to emigrate is one that has been widely shared within the community's ranks.
The Veteran Lines area is in the top right-hand corner of this map.
DAVID ROBIN W
Thanks for the great write-up about our little Church.Was happy to have you with us last Sunday.Do visit us again when time permits..
Very Lovely Anglican Church - St.Stephen English Church in Veteran Lines , in Pallavaram Cantonment area , Pallavaram . Many years have gone since I attended Church Service in this Church ,( in 1979-80)and still remembering those lovely days attending Sunday Services along with my Uncle Mr.George Joseph and his family members . Also meeting a very nice and smily looking friend in this church at that period - one Mr. Archibald Daniel , a good preacher , and an Employment Dept.Staff who hails from Purasawakkam . The above videos brings me the old memories of this church and the surrounding areas and the majestic English Electrical Co. ( now no more )
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Thank you for this. My Dad and his 8 siblings lived in Star Brenna. It was once so well looked after. In need of some TLC but so lovely to see. Thank you
Andrea Delamotte (nee Bird)
We also lived in Star Brenna, Dad planted a lot of the trees
Sweet Remberance of attending worship services along with my beloved uncle Late Mr.George Joseph and his family members in this Beautiful Church during 1979-85 periods is still in my memories. Very Blessed Times 🙌 🙏
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