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Anglican church gets tallest cross

The cross is designed with specialized acrylic material, steel and LEDs.

File photo: Christ Church, Surat.

The historic Anglican church in Surat has been adorned with the tallest 10-feet high illuminating cross.

Thanks to the Friends of Churches (FOC), a small group of Christian youths promoting welfare and development activities of the churches across the state, this is first of its kind cross structure to be ever erected on the church in the entire state.

"Erecting 10-feet tall cross weighing more than 90 kilograms on the historic church was quite a challenge for us. But, we accepted the challenge and succeeded in erecting the tallest cross ever in Gujarat. Even after 200 years of its existence, the church structure is well maintained," said Samir Frank, FOC president.

The cross is designed with specialized acrylic material, steel and LEDs. It is so designed and erected that the illuminating cross could be seen from a distance of more than five kilometers.

Rohan Bundela, FOC treasurer, said, "we want to appeal all our Christian brethren across the state, in the country and abroad to join hands for the development of our churches. We have taken up a mission to restore the old churches and we appeal them to give us their contributions."

The church, known as Christ Church, was constructed in 1824 as per the western design popular in 19th century. The construction of this church building was started in 1820 under the blessings of Mount Stuart Elphiston.

The cost of the construction was estimated at Rs. 58,000 at that time. The then District Magistrate of Surat, John Morrison supervised the construction, but he died on 19th July 1821 at the young age of 39 years.

The then Bishop of Anglican Church Rev. Hillar visited India in the year 1823 and he also visited Surat on 13th April 1823 and at that time this Christ Church was consecrated as Anglican Church.

Sandip D'Sousa, FOC secretary, said, "We have started our developmental activities from Christ Church. We have taken up certain projects for the development of the church. Later, we have plans to take up the welfare of the churches across Gujarat."

Source: Times of India

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