About Us

The Blog Team
We are 3 members who contribute to the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church's Chanitz Blog.

"Initially, in March 2006, Raffi had the vision to create a means of communication for the youth. This vision sprang from a common need, to know more about the events, the prayers, the bible studies, the worship gatherings. The vision gave birth to a mission and it grew year by year to become a team and reach to many in the whole world, widening our mission. We thank God for the sponsors and the supporters, with whom we are able to continue this journey today."

The team is composed of:
Raffi Chilingirian as Administrator
Jano Baghboudarian as co-Administrator
Kohar Parseghian as Contributor and Representative

(from left): Hagop Gojigian, Kohar Parseghian, Raffi Chilingirian, Jano Baghboudarian

We also have participants and assistants, who help us in need. They are Manoug Chilingirian, Hagop Gojigian, Manoug Ibitian, Rev. Hovhannes Svajian. We would love to get more help and assistance from anyone who is ready to aid us in any suggestion, comment, criticism...

We have received many encouraging comments and emails from all over the world.
Mr. Vartan Tonbazian (Armenian Evangelical College Alumni in Canada): "I admit your site is really active therefore it takes dedicated people and some sort of compensation" ...
Almost weekly i check your website; it's great! Keep up the good work."

Also, "Amazing site; something new every 2nd or 3rd day --- that takes lots of effort and dedication. As for the newsletters; it's a great reminder with all the headlines. It's never boring!"

Mr. Zaven Khanjian (USA): greeting the chanitzagans: "I salute you from the banks of the Pacific ocean. As vast and colossus the ocean is your hearts seem to me to be more spacious in that it can embrace the world in love just as the resurrected Lord Jesus asked us to go to the end of the world and preach the gospel. That heart which embraces the world has a special place for our people and the memory of those who remained steadfast with the faith, stuck to the historical fatherland and perished because of it. Please keep that flame ablaze as we will never forget what the Lord had blessed us with, a heaven on earth, and continue the struggle for justice."

Brother Norek Minas (Iraq): greeted us and presented his request. He also told us that many follow and read this website.

Mr. Khoren Pilibossian (Canada): "I would like to thank you for keeping us updated of what is going on in Chanitz Lebanon." He also passed the Rev Manuel Jinbachian's greetings and asked a few questions about our website(blog).

Mr. Garabet Orunoz (Turkey): sent us many valuable images. Also: "Ապրիլ 27'ին պիտի երդանք Պատանեկան Տուն չեմ գիտեր թէ քանի հոգի կուգայ բայց կը սպասէմ մօտավորապէս 100 հոգի: Բարեւներս նաեւ բոլոր Աւետարականիչներուն երիտասարդութեան:"

Rev. Dr. Varkes Kassouni (USA): "Thank you for printing the article about my 50th Ordination Anniversary Celebration I am deeply grateful to you for this favor." also, "I am very impressed with your organization's depth of vision, faith and and outreach. I wish you the best."

Rev. Vicken Cholakian (Greece): "Thank you for your great work on the internet. It is encouraging to see you keep the good work in your chanitz."

Ms. Searan Salibian (USA): "Great job with sending out updates and keeping us informed with relevant news and info. May God bless you in this ministry and as He uses you to bring together many around the world."

Mrs. Sevan Balabanian (USA): "I check the blog about 2-3 times per week. I feel part of your ministry. God bless you, you are brave Chanitzagans. God bless you."

Dr. Gevork Kherlopian (USA): "Dear Editors: I read you paper with great satisfaction.It carries me back to my childhood and youth. It also nourishes me with religious and intellectual values. I pay special attention to articles dealing with the issues our churches are facing today. I think we need to be more cautious and with more understanding of the contemporary problems all Churches and Christianity is forced to face all over the world."

Anahid Artinian Jamgotchian (Saudi Arabia): "Thank you for the Blog. Thank you for including the April 24. Միացեալ Պաշտամունք՝ Հայոց Ցեղասպանութեան 93-Ամեակին. The message was very profound. It was almost like being there in person.
Keep up the good work."

Houry Dora Apartian-Friedli (Switzerland): "I have missed alot being around you, and i am glad you always keep me updated ... thank you and God Bless You All."... "I am glad you found this way of keeping us all in the family from near and far."

Mr. Mihran Jizmejian (Canada): "Dear Friends: I was greatly impressed that quite a few of Armenian Evangelical Youth leaders had taken part in the leadership program provided. May I suggest that those leaders are provided with a copy of my recently published book, from the office of the M.E. Union, titled Արթնցուր Ներսիդիդ Գտնուող Առաջնորդը "Artenxour nersitit kednevogh arachnorte" Awaken the leader within."

Krikor DerGarabedian (USA, originally from Ashrafieh Church): "thank you for sending the updates of your website."
You can read all of them here...

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The Chanitz Team

The Chanitz youth group meets at Church on Wednesdays from 8:00 pm till 10:00 pm. We start with worship time, led by one of the faithful members, after which we have our Bible Study session, or a lecture by a pastor or leader.
We also meet on Fridays at Church playground from 8:00pm till 10:00pm. Mainly, Fridays are for socializing and sports and sometimes outing afterwards. The guys play soccer usually, also basketball and ping-pong, as well as board games.

During the Sundays, the youth participate in the Church worship servive, which takes place from 10:00 am till 11:00 am.

Other than predefined gatherings, we participate in the annual camps organized by the Kordzatir Marmin (Executive Committee of the Armenian Evangelical Church Chanitzes / youth groups / Endeavor groups), also with our sister Chanitzes in Marash Church, Ashrafieh Church, Anjar Church and First Church. We also organize our own retreats, activities, discipleships and leaderships.
We are affiliated with the World Christian Endeavor Union through the CE Union of Lebanon and Syria.

Most of the members come from around the Amanos, Dora, Bourj Hammoud, Zalka regions. Most of them are students at university and secondary schools or graduates. We also have members who work. The proper age to become a member in Chanitz group is 17 and above.

You are welcome :) Come and bring your friend with you...

The Chanitz Committee (2008)
(from left): Shake Geocherian, Hagop Gojigian, Kohar Parseghian, Hagop Kalebjian, Nara Kouzoukian, Hovig Assilian, Rev. Hovannes Svajian
For more info about the committee members, click here

The Chanitz Committee (2007)

(from left): Serop Ohanian, Hagop Kalebjian, Samuel Demirjian, Manoug Ibitian, Kohar Parseghian, Shake Geocherian

Our Pastor and Family
Rev. Hovannes Svajian and his wife Vera, with their 2 daughters Areni and Nazani.
Rev. Hovannes is the pastor of Emmanuel Church, also a member of the Armenian Evangelical Judiciary Committee, and his wife was the principal of the Armenian Evangelical School of Trad.

Armenian Evangelical Ashrafieh Church's Chanitz Team

Armenian Evangelical Marash Church's Chanitz Team

Armenian Evangelical First Church's Chanitz Team

Armenian Evangelical Anjar Church's Chanitz Team