8 March, 1698: British missionary Thomas Bray and four laymen founded the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (S.P.C.K.) “to advance the honour of God and the good of mankind by promoting Christian knowledge both at home and in the other parts of the world by the best methods that should offer”. S.P.C.K. started its work in India in 1711 and is now one of the leading Christian publishing Houses in India. It is known in India as Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (ISPCK).
“Over the years, SPCK has distributed over 30 million books and has provided the means for translating the Book of Common Prayer into more than 200 languages. SPCK sent the first printing presses to India, opened the first British schools for poor children, gave equal education to girls, sent the first printed books to Australia, established libraries for clergy and missionaries in many countries, and published the first Braille books.” ~ www.spck.org.uk
Formation of Mar Thoma Sunday School Samajam – In a meeting held on Saturday 25 February, 1905 at the Maramon Convention Pandal under the leadership of Rev.C. P. Philipose.
The following decisions were made:
1. All the Sundays Schools (52 Schools) which are run by various parishes of the church are to be included in this Samajam.
2. The name of this association will be “Malankara Mar Thoma Suriyani Christiyani Sunday School Samajam.”
3. Headquarters of the Samajam will be in Tiruvalla .
4. Mr. V. P. Mammen will be first secretary
5. A committee is to be formed for the running of the Samajam.