Establishment

Establishment

The inception of the Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC) in Doha, Qatar, dates back to 2002, initiated by an official decree from His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, who was then the Amir of The State of Qatar. The IDCC stands as a unifying force for twenty-eight distinct Indian expatriate Christian communities residing in Qatar. This collective of churches, representing various denominations, came together under the umbrella of IDCC with the common goal of establishing a shared place of worship.

Over time, these individual member churches integrated and coalesced, resulting in the formation of eleven consolidated congregations that convene regularly. Nestled on a substantial 12,861 square meter plot of land, the IDCC complex encompasses a 4,800 square meter building divided into seven distinct blocks. These blocks provide autonomous worship spaces for each of the member churches.

The construction of the impressive IDCC complex was a collaborative effort orchestrated by the member churches, made possible through the generous contributions and dedication of their respective community members.

Milestones

  • September 25, 2002 – The Government of Qatar sends a letter informing about the Amir’s Decree, granting permission for Christian communities to establish their own Churches and freely practice their religious customs.
  • July 21, 2003 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar, establishes the Council of Coordinators, chosen based on the strength of various communities as per the list submitted by Indian Christian Communities through the Embassy of India.
  • July 27, 2003 – A revised letter is issued, renaming the Indian Christian Church as the Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC).
  • May 10, 2005 – A Lease Agreement is signed for land in Mesaimeer.
  • July 11, 2005 – The Ambassador of India to Qatar, H.E. Dr. Ranjan Mathai, unveils a Commemorative Stone.
  • April 24, 2007 – The IDCC By-law is adopted and the Building Project is declared.
  • March 28, 2009 – The IDCC Complex is inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Abdullah Al Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Qatar.
  • April 5, 2013 – The first Ecumenical gathering is held to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of IDCC’s formation.
  • January 4, 2014 – The IDCC Ecumenical New Year Celebration commences.