God-parents must receive Christ before presenting children for baptism -Bishop Okorocha By Emma Onumah

The policy, whereby biological and God-parents of any child to be baptized in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri must first and foremost ensure that they have known and received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour before presenting the child for baptism has again been stressed.

Restating this policy during the baptism of little Miss Amazing Grace, daughter of Rev and Mrs Tim Ashama of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Irete, and little Master Chizetere, son of Rev. & Mrs Basil Ubochiegbu of Christ Church, Nworieubi, at the Chapel of St. Mark the Apostle, Bishop’s Bourne, Owerri, the Lord Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, noted that baptism has to do with what he described as a public witness and inner experience of the Lordship of Christ.

Bishop Okorocha warned that, no one can tell about Christ Jesus unless he has known and received/’Him personally.

The   Prelate   regretted   that   many   people,   after   receiving ^sacraments of baptism and confirmation in the church, leave to join cults instead of following Christ, pointing out that majority of people who engage in all forms of criminal acts today were baptized and also bear Christian names.

Earlier in   his   admonition   at the   midweek   service,   captioned “Living with Eternity in View” the Vicar of St. James (Anglican. Church, Uzii, Rev. Canon Chris Ogbugh, counseled Christians to avoid anything that would make them miss heaven, especially if they have eternity in mind, emphasizing that no one who has had a glimpse of heaven would want to play with it or take the risk of losing it, except to run the race with the intention of winning the crown of glory in the end.

The Vicar,   who   is also the Chaplain   of the Owerri   Diocesan Women’s Ministries, posited that what is necessary is for one to repent and enthrone Jesus Christ in ones heart, so as to have eternal life.

The, highlight of the service was a thorough grill as to why both biological parents and the God-parents brought the little children before the Church of God for baptism and the level of their belief in Christ Jesus.