It was about 40 years ago; that a few dedicated KERALITE CSI Christians joined together and started a prayer group in Dubai, which by Grace of God, slowly grew in strength and progressed to form CSI Parish Dubai in 1978. Many of the CSI KERALITES living in Sharjah at that time joined the Dubai Parish. However, as time passed by, the number of CSI Members residing in Sharjah started increasing and many could not attend the Parish activities in Dubai constrained by distance and lack of affordable transport facilities. As such, they started sending their children to Sunday Schools run by other Christian denominations in Sharjah and themselves started attending these worship services.
In 1994, as a part of Dubai Parish, an area prayer started at Sharjah which gradually grew in strength and led to a monthly Church Worship service in Sharjah. The first CSI Malayalam Communion Service took place at St Martins’ Church, Sharjah in July 1995 and the attendance to this service has been increased gradually, as a result, the frequency of the service was also increased to being twice a month. In stages, The Church Choir also commenced its full-fledged activity. The need for Sunday school for the children was of paramount importance and as such, scripture classes began in September 1995 with as few as 28 children.
The necessity of having an independent parish in Sharjah to serve the maximum numbers of CSI Keralites living in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates to church activities was felt expedient. Accordingly, the Madhya Kerala Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Dr Sam Mathew was approached, who gave all necessary guidance and help to proceed in this matter. A Constitution Committee was formed, which drafted a constitution and after detailed discussions, it was passed by the congregation. This was sent to Madhya Kerala Diocesan Bishop for approval. The Bishop approved the constitution and gave his consent to start the CSI Parish, Sharjah with effect from 1st April 1996. On 10th May 1996, Bishop officially inaugurated the Parish. Until such time a vicar for Sharjah Parish was posted, Late Very Rev M E John, who was then the vicar of Dubai Parish was given the additional charge of Sharjah Parish as a pro-term vicar.
20th May 1996, Rev Alexander Cherian took over the charge of CSI Parish Sharjah as the new vicar. Being a young and dedicated presbyter, Achen worked hard tirelessly and the parish developed steadily. An outstation service was started at Ras Al Khaimah in 1996 itself with regular fortnightly worship services. The formation of Youth Movement and Women’s’ Fellowship happened and established well during Achen’s tenure. Rev. Alexander Cherian have completed his three-year term with an ever-memorable dedication and have transferred back to Kerala in April 1999.
Very Rev P V Varghese was posted and took over as vicar of this parish in May 1999. Though Achen lived and served the parish without his family, the period of his service was the time of growth for the parish. He completed his tenure in April 2002 and was transferred back to Kerala.
In May 2002, Rev K Mathews Elenjikkal has taken over charge of the our parish. Under his able vicar ship and farsighted leadership, we were able to participate in the church building construction as a constituent member of the Sharjah Worship Centre(SWC). His ability in fund raising in this respect was commendable and the construction progressed very fast. However, Achen having completed his tenure got transferred back to Kerala in May 2005. His term in Sharjah witnessed phenomenal growth of the parish and shall be remembered for all the good work he has done for the parish.