Rev. Hemen Halder was elected as the Bishop of Kustia Diocese on November 10, 2018 and after almost 3 months meditation and prayer was consecrated as the new Bishop of Kustia Diocese on January 27, 2019. The holy consecration ceremony took place at Bolonpur Girls High School, Rajshahi which was attended by around 2,000 congregations, priests, leaders & lay leaders, civil society members from different dioceses, deaneries and parishes. The occasion was blessed by the presence and laying hands on Rt. Rev. Hemen Halder by the Moderator, Deputy Moderator and sitting and retired Bishops of Church of Bangladesh, Bishop of Barrackpur Diocese, West Bengal, India and the Most Rev. Foley Beach of the North American Anglican Church.
Bishop Halder was born on March 9, 1973 in the village called Jhaubunia, Upazilla: Mongla, Dist: Bagerhat, completed Bachelor of Divinity from Kolkata Bishop’s college in 1997. He was ordained as priests in 1999 and since then he served the church in various capacities and parishes faithfully. Bishop Halder is married to Jessica Suporna Halder and has three lovely children; Jenith Modhurima Halder will appear in the HSC examination in 2019, Jinia Modhumonjuri Halder studying in grade -6 and Joshua Jose Halder will enroll for schooling this year for the first time. We ask God’s blessing on Him as He takes up this important spiritual leadership role as the Shepherd of Kustia Diocese of Church of Bangladesh.
Church of Bangladesh, with great joy and happiness announce that Revd Hemen Halder has been elected as the new Bishop for Kustia Diocese in last 30 November 2018. After his consecration as Bishop at the end of January, he is expected to take his new assignment sometime end of February 2019.
Revd Halder was born on 9 March 1973 in one of the southern towns in Bangladesh, along sea coast line, with huge salinity. Educated in Church run schools and earned his Bachelor degree. Later attended Bishops’ College in Kolkata and completed his Bachelor of Divinity (B.D). During 2008-‘09, he was at Malaysia and did his MTh in Missiology. Ordained as a Deacon in 1997 and later a priest in 1999. Served as priest in different parishes of Church of Bangladesh and lectured at St Andrew’s’ Theological College where he also served as Dean of Studies.
Blessed with a wife and two daughters – Jenith and Jenea and a son Joshua. Wrote a number of books on Christianity.
By the grace of almighty God, with the retirement of Rt. Rev. Paul S. Sarker as Moderator Rt. Rev. Samuel Sunil Mankhin- Deputy Moderator and Bishop of Kustia Diocese has taken over the role of Moderator with effect from November 19, 2018. Constitutionally, the moderator of Church of Bangladesh retires from the position of Moderator three months prior to the retirement date. Thus Bishop Sarker will continue to function as the Bishop of Dhaka until he retires on February 18, 2019. And that Rt. Rev. Shourov Pholia, Bishop of Barisal Diocese has now become the Deputy Moderator of Church of Bangladesh and will continue to shoulder present responsibility as the Bishop of Barisal Diocese.
All the members of Church of Bangladesh had been praying for a smooth leadership transition and God finally has granted our prayers and helped us to do so. All are invited to join the entire congregation of CoB and clergies in congratulating them in their new roles. Both of them need the prayer support as they continue to work prayerfully with the guidance of the Holy Spirit settling many issues and handling a few other transitions until they become fully functional in their respective roles. This is a time of thanksgiving, a time of prayer and a call for a United Mission.
CoB thanks all for the support and fellowship extended to the departing Moderator, Rt. Rev. Paul S. Sarker during his tenure of service and requests for continued prayer support as he and his family prepares for the retirement. Also, prayer support is requested for CoB new Moderator and Deputy Moderator and their families. Church of Bangladesh is pledged bound to continue the relationship with all in the years to come to carry God’s Mission to the whole world.
একটি বিশেষ বিজ্ঞপ্তি
এতদ্বারা চার্চ অব বাংলাদেশ সহ অন্যান্য সকল খ্রীষ্টভক্তদের জানানো যাচ্ছে যে, একটি স্বার্থান্বেষী মহল মন্ডলী থেকে তাদের হীন স্বার্থ উদ্ধারের জন্য মন্ডলীর বিশপদেরসহ অনেক নেতাদের বিরুদ্ধে বিভিন্ন অযুহাতে অপ্রপ্রচার চালাচ্ছে এবং স্যোসাল মিডিয়ার মাধ্যমে অসত্য, অশালীন, বানোয়াট ও বিভ্রান্তিকর তথ্য ছড়িয়ে মন্ডলী ও সম্মানিত নেতাদের, তথা খ্রীষ্টয়ান সমাজের ভাবমূর্তি নষ্ট করছে।
চার্চ অব বাংলাদেশ সিনড এ ধরনের মিথ্যা অপপ্রচারের তীব্র নিন্দা ও প্রতিবাদ জানাচ্ছে এবং সকলকে প্রকৃত সত্য না জেনে অপপ্রচারে বিভ্রান্ত না হতে অনুরোধ করছে।
চার্চ অব বাংলাদেশ, সিনড।
This is to inform all the members of the Church of Bangladesh and the Christian Community as a whole that a group of people with vested interest and ill motive creating and spreading rumors against the Bishops and leaders of the Church of Bangladesh for realizing their undue privileges and benefits from the Church. They are engaged in creating serous crises in the community and damaging the reputation of the Church and its leaders by continuously spreading false, fabricated, dehumanizing, belittling, ill motivated and deregoratory comments and information through social and other media.
Church of Bangladesh Synod strongly protests and condemns such false accusations and rumors and requests every one not to entertain and by misled by such rumors by not finding the full truth.
Notified by: Church of Bangladesh Synod.
On 10th – 13th August 2017, The Church of Bangladesh Women’s Fellowship Council of Synod has been held at Savar Prayer & Conference Centre. The main theme of the conference was, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shell see God”. – Matthew 5:8. Bishop Paul S. Sarker the honorable Moderator & the Bishop of Dhaka speaks on the main theme. In this council the six denary of three dioceses and from the Chittagong City Pastorates 73 women representatives ware presents.
In special speech on main theme, Bishop Sarker said, “Purity & holiness; has coted from the Christ’s sermon on the mountain. Matthew compiled those from the several speech of Jesus on the mountain. We do understand from the word ‘Pure in heart’ is our thoughts & the source of our work is from our heart. If our heart didn’t want to do so nothing is pure. Jesus wants to say, our inner and outside should be the same. Our objectives should be decided by our heart. Blessings & happiness will come whenever our inner and outside will be the same”.
Honorable Bishop also said, “Pure in heart have three ways.
First, God can see everything. Matthew 6: 1-18. We may hide many of our activities; but remember God can see our every single activity.
Secondly, God rearranged our thoughts – therefore, everything wouldn’t happen as we wish but as God’s wish. If we want pure heart then we had to bring us to God’s attachment. Therefore God could rearrange our will.
Thirdly; to realize preference in our own life. In our life first preference should be God- the preference would be before our children’s, families, spouses, jobs, business, treasures, powers, respect etc.”
Bishop also said, “Purity is very rare in current world, but people always search pure – from the drinking water to breathings air. We have to come to God with all our hopes, needs and anxiety. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes?” – Matthew 6:25.
In the verses of Matthew 6: 25-28 Jesus told about five “F”. 1. Finance, 2. Food, 3. Fitness, 4. Fashion & 5. Future. If we have any fear or tension on any of these, then we could be understand that God is not belongs us as our first preference. To depend on God doesn’t means to be inactive but we have to go with God in our life”.
Other speakers ware, Synod secretary, Dr. James Tejosh Das, Advisors Synod Women’s Fellowship Mrs. Janet Sarker & Mrs. Monita Mankhin, Convener Mrs. Suchitra Behera and Dhaka diocese secretary Mrs. Kolika Biswas.
A cultural evening was arranged. Here ware played a small drama from every denary. The dramas ware on the base of religion thoughts.
Noted that, Bishop Paul S. Sarker, honorable Moderator and the Bishop of Dhaka Diocese has inaugurated this three days council on 10th August evening. Synod Women’s Fellowship committee & Savar local church women’s fellowship has led the opening ceremony & reception respectively.
The first day service of the council has led by the honorable Bishop of Barisal diocese, Bishop Shourabh Pholia.
On 18 June 2017 at Epiphany Church of Oxford Mission, Barisal the enthronement of Rt. Rev Shourabh Pholia took place. The program started with a very meaningful worship service led by Rt. Rev Paul S Sarkar and the word of God was shared by Rt. Rev Samuel Sunil Mankhin. After the service, there was a reception for the Bishop of Barisal Diocese where many dignitaries of civil society, church leaders and lay people were present.
The first council of Barisal diocese was held in the presence of 33 councilors under the chairmanship of Honorable Bishop Shourabh Pholia at Oxford mission Barisal on the 17th June 2017. The Honorable Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh and Bishop of Dhaka was present as the chief guest at the council. Besides the priests of Barisal diocese 25 councilors were present at the council.
First council session started with the welcome speech of the new Bishop of Barisal Diocese, Rt. Rev. Shourabh Pholia. “This beautiful journey of Barisal Diocese started on God’s blessings. This journey is Christ-centered so the victory is sure”, he said, “Each of us has an active role to play in the church. We all needs to support this diocese in its progress by abiding with Christ”.
The Moderator in his greetings shared that in 2009, the decision was made to form Barisal diocese and on 12 February 2012 the foundation stone was laid by the Bishop of Llandaff diocese and The Arch Bishop of Church of Wales Rt. Rev. Barry Morgan. The Moderator also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all those people who dreamt the need of Barisal Diocese.
Dr. James Tejosh Das, Synod Secretary of CoB, Sister Jharna, Superior, CSS and Father Francis SPB conveyed their greetings along with the Bishops.
The diocesan council was concluded with the formation of new Diocesan executive body consisting of 12 members.
The diocese council for 2016 was held in Barisal on 17 June 2017. The theme for the council was “I am the vine you are the branches”. The chairperson of Dhaka diocese Rt. Rev Paul S Sarkar shared in his elocution “We need to work together with unity, love and fellowship so that we will stay connected with the vine (Christ)”.
Dr. James Tejosh Das, Synod Secretary of COB was present in the council as a guest. He conveyed in his greetings,“In order to pass on the God given responsibility to our next generation as legacy we need to work together with one mind and spirit”.
Various departments of the diocese presented their annual reports. It is worth mentioning that this was the last council for Dhaka diocese with Jobarpar and Khulna deaneries as henceforth, these two deaneries are part of Barisal Diocese.