The need for an Orthodox Church at Vattiyoorkavu was put forward at the Managing Committee meeting held on March 12, 1989 at St. George Orthodox Church, Palayam by Mr. A. Abraham (Gregory Villa), George Varghese Cheriath, Thomas Varghese Koledath and other 70 signatories who were the earlier settlers in and around Vattiyoorkavu, Thirumala, PTP Nagar etc.
The General body of St. George Cathedral held on March 12, 1989 accepted the request and agreed to provide a financial assistance of Rs.2, 00, 000/- from the Church account. Subsequently as per the decision only assistance of Rs. 1, 00, 000/- that too paid in 2 installments were provided by the Cathedral Church.
On December 21, 1989, very Rev. Alexander Vaidyan Cor-Episcopa laid the foundation stone for the Church at Vattiyoorkavu and it was named after the patron Saints St. Peter and St. Paul. The temporary consecration of the church was done on March 17, 1990 and the very Rev. Alexander Vaidyan Cor-Episcopa carried out the first Holy Qurbana.
The Church acquired 45 ½ cents of land at Nettayam and built a cemetery during the tenure of Rev. Fr. K. K. Thomas.
During the tenure of Rev. Fr. B. Stephen, Sri George Varghese Cheriath built a Kurissinthotty in fond remembrance of his parents, which was later consecrated by the then Metropolitan of Trivandrum Diocese H.G. Geevarghese Mar Dioscoros in October 1994.
A chapel has been built by Sri. George Varghese Cheriath which was consecrated by Cochin Diocese Metropolitan H.G.Zacharia Mar Anthonios.
A parsenoge was built for the Church during the tenure of Rev. Fr. P. M. Eapen. The consecration of the parsonage was done on 26-08-2001 by Rev. Fr. P. M. Eapen.
The activities of the church mainly revolved around the different groups that was constituted out of the church members and till now the church has the following groups which still works efficiently to achieve its goals.
1) Prayer Group: The prayer group was constituted on June 25, 1989 and it used to meet on two Sundays of every month at any of the houses of the Church members.
2) Sunday School: The teachings of Jesus Christ and the sayings of the Bible was imparted to the young kids of the church through Sunday School classes. The classes happen on every Sunday and these are classes from 1-10 comprising of around 60 students. Some of the students of the Sunday School had secured prizes at both regional and zonal levels.
3) Marthamariyam Samajam: A cooperative group consisting of the women members of the church. The group used to meet on all Fridays and they always extend all kinds of help in the day-to-day activities of the church.
4) Youth Movement: The group consisting of the youth of the church has been a powerful group right from the time the church was formed. They had done a lot of activities for the welfare of the church and some of the major ones are the charity works, opening up of a library at the church etc.
The church at the time of inception had 37 members and due to financial constraints a low cost church could only be built. But in 1991 under the guidance of the then Vicar Rev. Fr. Anil John, a tin collection system was introduced in order to mobilize funds for church reconstruction.
On September 21, 2003 a church meeting headed by the then Vicar Rev. Fr. T. George decided to start the proceedings for the church reconstruction. On December 26, 2004 the church committee approved the plan of the proposed church and reconstruction works began. A temporary alter was set up in the basement of the church to carry out the Sunday Mass.
The new church was consecrated on June 28th and 29th, 2007 on the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. The Bishops who led the consecration service were H. H. Paulose Mar Milithius, H. G. Yuhanon Mar Chrisostamos(Niranam), H. G. Gabriel Mar Gregorios. The church which started off with 37 families now has grown to a strength of 120 families. The hard work, dedication and prayers offered by the church members has been the prime reason for the church’s progress and development.
The church members greatly remembers the service in rebuilding provided by Mr. Thomas Panicker(Chief Architect), Engineer Sri. Varkey John(Architect and one of the active members of St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Orthodox Syrian Church), Mr. Sreekumaran Nair(Structural Engineer), Mr. N. M. Binesh (former Sexton), the then Vicar Rev. Fr. Philip Mathew and by the prayers and vision of the previous Vicar who had been in charge periodically.
The church members are blessed and graceful to the God Almighty, Holy Mother Mary, incessant prayers of our Patron Saints St. Peter and St. Paul, Parumala Mar Gregorios Thirumeni and all other holy people for this divine gift.