Activities marking the Owerri Diocesan Annual students Rally for 2013 were rounded off penultimate Friday at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri.
The occasion began with an opening devotion by Rev. Kingsley Oparanozie who stood in for the vicar, Ven. A.C. Chukwuocha.
Rev. Oparanozie thanked God for the Anglican Church whose doctrine is based on the Bible for man’s salvation and urged participants to always listen to their priests and not to compromise their faith.
Speaking, Mrs Ngozi A. Chukwuocha who represented the president of the Women’s Ministries, Dr.(Mrs) Eunice Okorocha (Mama Owerre) counseled the students to have relationship with the Lord and partake in the things of holiness.
Earlier in her address, the Diocesan co-ordinator, Lady Kalaya Opara, disclosed that the students rally was an annual programme organized by the women’s ministries to keep the student busy at long vacations to avoid their being distracted by evil vices and peer group influence.
They also prepare for various competitive events such as essay writing, Bible quiz, mathematics exam and debates. Others are current affairs, match past and races.
She appealed to the students to be fully involved in the activities.
This year’s theme was “Perseverance: A Virtue in a Christian race” (Heb. 10: 19 –end). The co-ordinator then expressed gratitude to the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha and wife, Dr.(Mrs) Eunice Okorocha, the vice president of women’s ministries, Lady Chigozie Chukwuezi, the chairman of the occasion, Dr. Sir Obioma Iwueke, all the sponsors of the programme including the chaplain for women’s ministries, Rev. Can. Chris Ogbugh for their support.
Highlight of the event was award of prizes.
The bible quiz, Uratta North, new Owerri and CATOL Archdeaconries took the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. Respectively with the Amaike Mbieri, Amakohia and Aladinma lined up in the same order in Mathematic competitions, as Ibeama-Ogwa, beat New Owerri to a second position in the debate exercise while the match past 1st prizes went to Aladinma, 2nd to Uratta North and 3rd to Christ Church Owerri Archdeaconries.
Aladinma Archdeaconry came first in the overall result with Amakohia and Christ Church in the second and third positions while Master Azubike Chiamaka got the highest prize as he scored 100% in Mathematics Competition.
Describing the event as wonderful, the moderator, Mrs Toochi Awujo, expressed happiness with the participants noting that a progressive generation that is capable of taking over from the old ones when they pass on has emerged and urged them to keep it up.
In his submission the Women Ministries Chaplain, Canon Chris Ogbugh urged the students to have personal encounter with Christ, advocating the need for regular training for the heavenly race as no one can predict what happens the next moment. He assured Christians of God’s deliverance if they endure and shun sin with amendment of life.