Cuttack Appeal

Diocese of Cuttack

The churches of District and the Diocese of Cuttack, Church of North India unite in the Spirit and, through prayer and preaching, remember and encourage their partnership.

The Church of North India (CNI) is a united church established in 1970 by bringing together the main Protestant churches working in northern India.  2020 saw their Golden Jubilee year but the celebrations have been postponed or cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Diocese of Cuttack is situated in Orissa, one of India’s seven poorest states.   Approximately 2% of the population of Orissa (estimated at 45m) are Christian.  It is an area which retains a heavy Baptist influence from the work of the Baptist Missionary Society.  The Rt. Revd. Surendra Kumar Nanda is the Bishop of Cuttack.

The Diocese is divided into 4 Pastorate Unions, each comprising a number of Pastorates, around 140 congregations, and an estimated 12,500 communicant members.

The Diocese works with partners to support a number of educational establishments, including 5 Stewart Schools, a Skills Centre at Mohana, and teacher training college, as well as a Christian Hospital at Berhampur.

The area includes the large urban populations of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the coastal tourist resort of Puri with its historic Hindu temple, as well as numerous fishing communities.

Inland, the area is predominantly rural, mountainous and remote.   Between 80-90% of the population in this area is made up of scheduled castes (Dalit) and scheduled tribes (Adivasi).

As partners , we have agreed that the Sunday before Lent will, each year, be an occasion when we will pray for each other and, if possible, preach about unity in Christ.

Diocese of Cuttack

The churches of District and the Diocese of Cuttack, Church of North India unite in the Spirit and, through prayer and preaching, remember and encourage their partnership.

The Church of North India (CNI) is a united church established in 1970 by bringing together the main Protestant churches working in northern India.  2020 saw their Golden Jubilee year but the celebrations have been postponed or cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Diocese of Cuttack is situated in Orissa, one of India’s seven poorest states.   Approximately 2% of the population of Orissa (estimated at 45m) are Christian.  It is an area which retains a heavy Baptist influence from the work of the Baptist Missionary Society.  The Rt. Revd. Surendra Kumar Nanda is the Bishop of Cuttack.

The Diocese is divided into 4 Pastorate Unions, each comprising a number of Pastorates, around 140 congregations, and an estimated 12,500 communicant members.

The Diocese works with partners to support a number of educational establishments, including 5 Stewart Schools, a Skills Centre at Mohana, and teacher training college, as well as a Christian Hospital at Berhampur.

The area includes the large urban populations of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the coastal tourist resort of Puri with its historic Hindu temple, as well as numerous fishing communities.

Inland, the area is predominantly rural, mountainous and remote.   Between 80-90% of the population in this area is made up of scheduled castes (Dalit) and scheduled tribes (Adivasi).

As partners , we have agreed that the Sunday before Lent will, each year, be an occasion when we will pray for each other and, if possible, preach about unity in Christ.

As partners , we have agreed that the Sunday before Lent will, each year, be an occasion when we will pray for each other and, if possible, preach about unity in Christ. 

  • Please pray the Diocesan Board of Social Service as they seek to feed the poor and minister to those in need during the pandemic.
  • Pray for the presbyters and evangelists of the Diocese and for Bishop Nanda as he leads them in mission and ministry.
  • Pray the court cases that are being brought against the Diocese as others seek to acquire their property.  May justice be done.

 

Cuttack Sunday Update

For the latest information on this years Cuttack dates, please read below

In this Circuit and District we are encouraged to remember our Partnership with the Diocese of Cuttack, in the Church of North India, on the Sunday before Lent.  This year, that would be Sunday 11th February.  However.....

You may know that there is a District visit which will take place from Monday 12th February until 23rd February, when we expect to return with updated information and the joy of new experiences with which we shall be able to renew the resources currently on the District website.

It is proposed therefore, that for this year only, the date of Cuttack Sunday is postponed until a little later in the year.  We shall notify you when this shall be when that decision has been made.

Cuttack Fund

The Plymouth & Exeter District has established a ‘Cuttack Fund’ to support the development of our Partnership.  The Fund seeks to make it possible for some from Cuttack to visit the District, also to give small grants to those from our District who could not otherwise make a visit to Cuttack.

Contributions to the Fund are welcome and should be sent to the District Treasurer in the usual way.

Latest News

  • August 2023- The construction work of Block B is progressing well. We plan to complete it by December 2023. The wall and plastering of GF are complete. Wall work in FF is going on. Plastering of some areas of the FF is also complete. Fire safety pipelines are being laid. Air-conditioning work will start next week. The work for Modular OT will also start in two weeks’ time.

 

  • February 2023- The construction work is progressing well. I am attaching today's picture. A part of the roof of GF shall be casted by the end of this month.

  • January 2023 - "Please convey our gratitude to all the women of the Plymouth and Exeter District who have collected this amount for us. This amount will be very useful to us. The construction work of Block B is progressing well. The foundation work will be completed in another 10 days time. - With warm regards, Dr Nanda.

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Latest News

August 2023

-The construction work of Block B is progressing well. We plan to complete it by December 2023. The wall and plastering of GF are complete. Wall work in FF is going on. Plastering of some areas of the FF is also complete. Fire safety pipelines are being laid. Air-conditioning work will start next week. The work for Modular OT will also start in two weeks’ time. With warm regards, Dr Nanda

To read the full letter from Dr Nanda please click here

August Progress, Front view Block A

February 2023

-Please convey our gratitude to all the women of the Plymouth and Exeter District who have collected this amount for us. The construction work is progressing well. I am attaching today's picture. A part of the roof of GF shall be casted by the end of this month. Thank you once again for continuing to pray for us. With warm regards, Dr Nanda

February Progress, roof will be casted by March

January 2023

-Please convey our gratitude to all the women of the Plymouth and Exeter District who have collected this amount for us. This amount will be very useful to us.
The construction work of Block B is progressing well. The foundation work will be completed in another 10 days time.
With warm regards,
Dr Nanda

Foundation Block B

January Update- Construction of Block B

Diocese of Cuttack

 

Church of North India

 

The Diocese of Cuttack, Church of North India, is the oldest of the three Dioceses of the CNI, in Odisha.  The membership comprises of 80% of Dalits, Tribals and Backward caste people.  In the rural churches, there are marginal farmers and landless labourers, who are an exploited lot due to their ignorance and poverty.  The Diocese was worst hit by a Cyclone of October 1999 and again in May 2019.  The Diocese runs Educational Institutions such as Schools, Hostels and one College in the urban centres of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, and Homes in the rural areas.  Most of these were started by the Oldest Baptist Missionary Society of England and continue to provide vital educational services.  However, they are limited mostly to the urban elite.

The story of the rural Churches is, however, very different.  Village Christians have remained poor for generations since conversion.  They have suffered neglect, discrimination and deprivation, both by the Government and Church.

Statistical Information

  • of Pastorates : 38
  • of Congregations : 135
  • of Communicant members : 12,214
  • Graduate Level Science College : 1
  • English Medium High Schools (ICSE) : 5
  • Teacher’s Training Institute (Govt. Aided) : 1 (centenary Celebrated in 2002)
  • Oriya Medium Girl’s High School (Govt. Aided) : 1
  • Oriya Medium Primary School (Govt. Aided) : 1
  • Hospital & Nursing School : 1 (centenary Celebrated in 2000)
  • Girls’ Hostel : 1

The Diocese has under its wings, 4 Pastorate Unions and a number of institutions.

Capital Bhubaneswar
Government Indian State
Currency Indian rupee (INR)
Area 155,820 km2
Population 41,947,358(2011 est.)
Language Official: Oriya, English
Regionally Spoken: Sambalpuri
Religion Hinduism 94.35%, Christianity 2.44%, Islam 2.07%, Other 1.44%
Electricity 230V/50Hz, Indian (Old British)/European plugs
Time Zone UTC +5:30

See: www.dioceseofcuttackcni.in.

Map of India

Cuttack Service 2022

Click the video on the right to watch the 2022 Cuttack Service

Cuttack Service 2021

Click the video on the right to watch the 2021 Cuttack Service

Diocese of Cuttack is situated in Orissa, one of India’s seven poorest states.   Approximately 2% of the population of Orissa (estimated at 45m) are Christian.  It is an area which retains a heavy Baptist influence from the work of the Baptist Missionary Society.  The Rt. Revd. Surendra Kumar Nanda is the Bishop of Cuttack.

The Diocese is divided into 4 Pastorate Unions, each comprising a number of Pastorates, around 140 congregations, and an estimated 12,500 communicant members.

The Diocese works with partners to support a number of educational establishments, including 5 Stewart Schools, a Skills Centre at Mohana, and teacher training college, as well as a Christian Hospital at Berhampur.

The area includes the large urban populations of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the coastal tourist resort of Puri with its historic Hindu temple, as well as numerous fishing communities.

Inland, the area is predominantly rural, mountainous and remote.   Between 80-90% of the population in this area is made up of scheduled castes (Dalit) and scheduled tribes (Adivasi).  

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