Fathers have been told to wake up from slumber as key players in the family system and face the reality of their responsibilities.
Giving the charge at a sermon during the Sunday service to round off this year’s Fathers’ Week at St. Stephen’s Church, Orji in Owerri North Local Government Area, an Anglican priest, Ven Shedrack Ikpemo, decried the rate at which the family system is fast degenerating.
According to him, the moral decadence being experienced in the large society is an indication that the family system has lost grip of its moral, natural and traditional responsibilities.
He urged fathers as pillars and pastors of their families to rise up to the challenge, describing the family as a bed rock of the larger society.
The cleric enjoined mothers to be submissive to their husbands and be a source of encouragement to them in difficult times while he urged fathers to lead their family altars as a family that prays together stays together.
Also speaking during the service, the Vicar of St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Orji, Rev Kingsley Njoku, (JP), pointed out that without first encountering Jesus, fathers, mothers and children will always find it difficult to fulfill their various roles in the family.
He said that the society will witness a rapid transformation only when God is allowed to direct the affairs of the society.
Important dignitaries attended the service and participated in the cutting of the Fathers’ Day cake.
The one-week programme commenced on Monday, April 30 and was rounded off on Sunday May 6, 2012. The week was full of activities comprising prayer session, drama, teachings, debate and honouring of personalities.
The theme of the Fathers’ Week was, “The Role of the Father as the Head of the family.”