The grand finale of the annual Students’ Rally of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri was held recently at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, CATOL Owerri with victorious Archdeaconries smiling home with trophies and other prizes.
The rally organized by the Women’s Ministries of the diocese started at the parishes and archdeaconry levels before the grand finale at the diocesan level.
This year’s rally had the theme, “Evangelism: Bearing fruits in words and action”.
In her address, the president of the Women’s Ministries, Dr (Mrs) Eunice Okorocha, (Mama Owerre) urged the students to lead good Christian lives in order to be in a position to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to others.
She posited that the vices ravaging the world today were indicative of the end time which, she said, demanded that people lived according to the word of God to make heaven.
Dr. (Mrs) Okorocha then advised the students to make positive use of the experiences gathered during the rally as their participation at the rally was by God’s design.
In her address later, the co-ordinator of the Diocesan Students’ Rally and the Diocesan Lay Synod Secretary, Lady Kalaya Opara explained that the rally was an annual holiday event targeted to shield students from negative peer group influences by engaging them in evangelism, oral quiz, march past, debates, essay-writing, current affairs, field events and others.
She expressed gratitude to the bishop and his wife for their encouragement as well as to their sponsors for making the occasion successful. They include Ven. Dr and Mrs A.C. Chukwuocha, Mrs Harriet Oguike, Lady Chigozie Chukwuezi and others.
Delivering a lecture on the theme of the rally, Lady Ugo Ugbaja counseled the students to guide their tongues, forgive one another, preach the gospel boldly while shunning those things that could distance them from God.
Aladinma Archdeaconry took first position in the march-past competition with CATOL Archdeaconry coming second and Christ Church Archdeaconry, Owerri emerging third for which each was awarded a trophy.
Mrs Tokachi Awujo moderated the programme.