The 3rd Biennial Conference of the Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship (ACFF) Diocese of Ikeduru, was rounded off last Sunday with a special thanksgiving service at St. Simeon’s Anglican Church, Ugirike.
In his Presidential Address at the occasion, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike JP, called on the Christian Fathers to wake up from slumber and stand against the wish of the enemy.
He said the word ‘stand’ meant that they must “stand for righteousness, stand in the place of prayer, to stand in the place of giving, to stand for Godly and faithful leadership, to stand for the kingdom of God, to stand for mission and evangelism, to stand for the defence of widows, widowers, orphans and the less privileged, and to stand for justice both in the church and society”
The Bishop who spoke on the theme of the conference, “Having Done All Things to stand (Eph. 6:13b), he enjoined Christian fathers to stand against wrong teaching (heresy) against tribalism, sectionalism, denominationalism that affects the growth and unity of the church, against corruption, indecent dressing and the like.
He commended the executive of the Diocesan ACFF for their efforts within a very short period in office, especially the ultra modern business centre project at the BCCC Atta which is now at the roofing stage.
The high point of the service was the cutting of the conference cake and the presentation of the Distinguished Christian Fathers’ Award to five persons.
Preaching during the service, Ven. Clelland Nze, the Archdeacon of Uzoagba/Amatta Archdeaconry called on Christian fathers to live a life worthy of their calling. He enjoined them to flee from acts capable of tarnishing their reputation as Christian fathers; such as adultery, fornication, drunkenness, wife battering and other vices.
The service was celebrated by His Lordship, the Rt. Rev. Emma Maduwike JP, assisted by Archdeacons and administrators.
Old testament reading taken from Jer. 31:31-34 was read by Hon. Okey Ezuruike, the Epistle taken from Heb. 9:11-14 was read by Sir Barr. H.C. Amadi while the gospel taken from John 12:20-32 was read by Rev. Emma Ndimele.
Akabo Archdeaconry emerged the overall winner in the final quiz competition and went home with the sum of N25,000, followed by Amaimo and Umudim Archdeaconries who received N15,000 and N10,000 respectively.
The competition was instituted in memory of late Rev. Canon John Ezuruike of Amakohia Ikeduru.
Before kickoff of the event, the Bishop visited Eze Dr. Emmanuel Nwigwe of Ugirike and Eze Levi Ezeala of Nneise where he expressed gratitude to the traditional rulers for their support for the church.
The Diocesan Coordinator of ACFF, Sir Emmanuel Nwaneto, who welcomed the delegates, urged them to live up to their civic and moral responsibilities.
The three-day conference featured health talks by Miss Chinyere Chukwukere from the State Ministry of Health, competitions and Bible quiz.
The conference was attended by dignitaries from the state and beyond, including the wife of Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru Mrs Anuli Maduwike (Nnedinma).