We have a rich diversity of cultures at St.Stephen’s. The members hail from different parts of the country representing several states of India. The words of King David “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” [Psalm 133:1] aptly describe this beauty of diversity that we see at St.Stephen’s.
The logo of the Church of North India [CNI], of which St.Stephen’s is a part of, has three key words in it: Unity, Witness and Service. CNI is a united and uniting church. Six different denominations came together to become a united church for the purpose of witness and service. Unity is essential for the church in order that her witness to Christ and service to humanity is more effective.
One of the most profound statements made regarding the early church came from a man named Aristides. Aristides was sent by Emperor Hadrian to spy on the strange group of people called “Christians”. After closely watching the Christians for a while, Aristides returned to the Emperor and said, “Behold! How they love one another!”
A spirit of unity and sincere love for others must be the mark of the Christian. Sadly, the church today hardly demonstrates unity and love. Due to our self-seeking nature and petty disagreements, the body of Christ is divided. Therefore, the church must heed to the commandment of Christ: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” [John 13:34-35]
Rev. Thomas Jacob
Presbyter in charge
St. Stephen's celebrated its centenary on 26th December 1953 with much fanfare. Until then there had been no electric lights or fans. They were installed during this time.