The foundation-laying ceremony of St. Andrew’s Church parsonage, Alaenyi Ogwa in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State was recently performed by the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, PhD.
But in his charge, the Bishop warned that it was not enough for one to commit huge financial and material resources towards the development of churches without participating in religious worship.
He likened such people to those who assisted Noah in building the Ark but could not enter it on the day of judgement
Bishop Okorocha therefore cautioned Christians to fully participate in church worships and other activities in order to fully benefit from their sacrifices and contributions to the development of the church on the last day.
The prelate reiterated his earlier promise to sponsor any of the sons of the area keen on joining the ministry in honour of an indigenous priest, late Rev. James Njoku who died in active service but regretted that none had come forward to fill the position urging them to act fast on the issue.
Commending the priests and parishioners of the church especially the Administrator, Rev. Canon Mike Amadi and the resident Priest, Rev. Robert Achuko for their evangelistic exploits, the Bishop, in appreciation, promised to bear 50% of the cost of the outer ceiling of the church.
In his vote of thanks, Canon Amadi thanked the bishop and his wife for finding time to perform the ceremony which he said was a realization of their dream.