The Methodist Church in Sri Lanka begun by missionaries who arrived in 1814 celebrates its bicentennial today (July 4).
The Galle Fort Methodist Church built in 1820, which was completely restored by the Sri Lanka Navy will be rededicated in memory of Rev. Dr. Thomas Coke who led the mission from England and passed away at sea before the mission arrived in Sri Lanka.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will grace this occasion as the Chief Guest today.
The Methodist Church has performed a major role in the field of education in Sri Lanka, establishing many leading schools island wide. Among those are Richmond College and Southland College in Galle, Wesley College and Methodist College in Colombo, Kings wood and Girls’ High School in Kandy, Jaffna Central College and many other schools.
These schools produced many distinguished Sri Lankans in diverse fields of activity. Among the outstanding old boys of Richmond College in Galle are President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his father late D. A. Rajapaksa who was deputy speaker and late D. M. Rajapaksa, Member of State Council who was known as the Lion of Ruhuna, and late Dr. C. W. W. Kannangara, father of free education.