The first conference of All (Anglican) Men organized in the Diocese of Owerri ends today with a thanksgiving service at the Christ (Ang) Church, Owerri, Venue of the conference.
Declaring open the four-day conference, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt Rev Cyril Okorocha, PhD, called on the male faithful in the Diocese to stand up now for Jesus, adding that this is the time to do so.
Addressing more than 1,000 men that attended the conference, Bishop Okorocha asked them to always identify themselves as Anglican men and to make their children know this fact so that they will rise to call their parents blessing.
He stressed the importance of parents nurturing their children in the fear and image of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, adding that those who fail to fear and honour God would definitely attract the wrath and condemnation of not only themselves but also to their family members for several generations to come.
Earlier, the Diocesan Co-ordinator of the Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship, Sir Baldwin Onozie, in an opening remark, had expressed gratitude to God for enabling them to put necessary arrangements in place for the conference and for granting the participants journey mercy to the conference.
The conference with the theme, “They are Here’ – (our children are here) The Role of Fathers in the Future of Society”. kicked off on Thursday, June 7 and featured bible discussions as well as seminars on various topics.
Among the topics discussed were fake goods and how to identify them, by the Zonal Coordinator of the Consumer oProtection Council (CPC), Mr Chukwuma Uchegbu, and tips on preparation for retirement by Sir Baldwin Onozie.
The problem of infertility in men was also discussed.
Yesterday, Bishop Okorocha, delivered the Presidential Address: Guest speaker and preachers at the conference, were Ven Solomon Maku of All Saints Chapel, University of Benin and Revd. Mike Oye from Osogbo, Osun State.
According to the coordinator of the conference, Engr Sir Baldwin Onozie, the conference was to accommodate in the Christian men’s fold, some of them who might have been restricted, by their peculiarities, from belonging to the Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship (ACFF).
He hoped it would enrich all participants spiritually.
Today, the conference would honour some outstanding members who may have contributed to the growth of the church.