Cuttack Sunday

19th February 2023




The churches of District and the Diocese of Cuttack hope to 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.

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. 

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

 In addition:

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. 

Cuttack Sunday 2023 – 19th February 2023