The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, has inaugurated the Amaulu Mbieri Parish with its headquarters at St. Michael’s Church, Amaulu Mbieri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Bishop also inducted the First Parish Priest and Vicar, Rev. Dr. Timothy Agoha.
At the inauguration, Bishop Okorocha charged the parishioners to eschew bitterness and rancour and embrace unity and love that promote progress, stressing the need for them to shun membership of secret societies and other organizations that negate the true worship of God.
He lamented the ongoing terrorism in the North perpetrated by the Boko Haram Islamic Sect and advised people of the South East to invest at home so as to find shelter when destabilized elsewhere.
Preaching the sermon at the service to mark the inauguration, Rev. Festus Oparah of All Saints Church Nkworji, charged Christians to go for things that are of eternal value and to have faith in Christ.
He observed that the new parish faces the challenges of massive evangelism and urged the parishioners to sustain the parish.
Lady Oby Durunna read the only lesson from Acts of Apostles Chapter 2: 39 – 47 while Ven. Zion Ngoka handled the intercessory prayer as the St. Michael’s Amaulu Choir thrilled the congregation.
In his remarks, the inauguration committee chairman, Sir Dr. Chukwuma Durunna, thanked the people for their enthusiasm in having a parish centre, describing it as a fulfillment of the dreams of their founding fathers.
The occasion featured donations from well meaning invitees. Bishop Okorocha donated the sum of N195,000 to the St. Michael’s Amaulu and N75,000 to All Saints Church Umuonyealiugo.