Orthodox Christian Youth Movement (OCYM)

Youth Wing of St. Thomas IOC Germany

History of OCYM

In the late 19th century, our visionary church leaders sowed the seeds for the Youth Movement, laying a foundation for spiritual growth. Groups like Yuvajana Sangam, Sunday school, and suvishesha sangam emerged as pillars during a period of church renewal. In 1933, Joseph Mar Severios Valakuzhyil Episcopa and Rev Fr T S Abraham pioneered the Parish-Centred Syrian Yuvajana Sangam. By 1936, under the leadership of Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Philexinos and Clergy P E Daniel, Yuvajana Sangam was recognized as the official youth wing of the Church. In 1958, it was renamed the Orthodox Christian Youth Movement during a conference in Puthupally, launching the monthly publication Orthodox Youth (now known as Orthodox Yuvajanam). Today, the movement thrives with robust Christian youth leadership and an expanded vision for the future.

About OCYM Germany

The Orthodox Church Youth Movement (OCYM) in Germany is a dynamic community comprising students and working professionals aged 18 to 35. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment where young members of the Orthodox faith can come together to grow spiritually, engage in meaningful discussions, and actively contribute to our society. Officially inaugurated on July 22, 2023, by our esteemed Bava Thirumeni H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews III, OCYM Germany has since been committed to serving both our local community and beyond.

Our Mission

At OCYM Germany, our mission is to empower young adults to deepen their faith, cultivate leadership skills, and become agents of positive change in our society. Through a combination of spiritual activities, educational events, and community service initiatives, we strive to foster a sense of belonging and purpose among our members.

Monthly Meetings

We understand the unique challenges and opportunities faced by young adults in today's world. That's why we host regular monthly meetings tailored to the interests and needs of students and working professionals. These gatherings provide a space for open dialogue, personal growth, and mutual support, allowing us to navigate life's complexities together.

Herzwerk Charity Programme

Central to our mission is the Herzwerk (Heart-work) charity programme, which was also officially inaugurated on the same day as our OCYM Unit. As young adults guided by our Orthodox faith, we recognize the importance of giving back to those in need. Through Herzwerk, we pool our resources and support various charitable initiatives that address pressing social issues and alleviate human suffering. From humanitarian aid projects to community development initiatives, Herzwerk enables us to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

Get Involved

We invite all young adults aged 18 to 35 in the Orthodox community to join us in our journey of faith, service, and fellowship. Whether you're a student juggling academic responsibilities or a working professional navigating the demands of a career, there's a place for you at OCYM Germany. Come be a part of our vibrant community and discover how together, we can make a positive impact on the world around us.

Office Bearers

  • President (Vicar) : Rev. Fr. Jibin Thomas Abraham
  • Vice President : Mr. Kurian Chacko
  • Secretary : Mrs. Sheena John
  • Joint Secretary: Mr. Abhishek Mathew
  • Treasurer : Mr. Vipin Yohannan

Get in Touch : ocym@iocgermany.church