By Gid Ahanonu
Activities marking the Father’s day week of St. Stephen’s (An) church, Orji in Owerri North Local government, Imo state were last Sunday rounded off with a thanksgiving service at the church.
In his sermon, the priest-in charge, Rev. Kingsley Njoku urged fathers to be conscious of this years celebration of the theme: “where are the fathers?” likening it to the call made to Adam which could indicate alertness to or abuse of responsibilities on the part of the men.
He reiterated that since fathers are the heads of the family according to biblical injunctions, that they should always partners with their wives for the good of their homes and to avoid referring to them in derogatory terms to present the children copying bad examples from their fathers.
The preacher submitted that fathers should make the upright upbringing of their families first priorities as children brought up under such circumstances would impact positively on the society adding that the ills of the society could be traced to the wrong foundations parent laid in their homes.
Rev. Njoku hailed the father of St. Stephen’s church for their team spirit in participating actively in this years’ celebration as they resolved to remain faithful to God despite the present challenges in the country.
The week-long activities featured family meetings, visitations, debates between the fathers, mothers and youths, love feasts, early morning medical tests and road walks witnessed by many Christian faithful.