Bishop dedicates New Bethel Church Amakohia

The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, has dedicated the New Bethel Anglican Church, Amakohia Owerri.
The church replaces the former Emmanuel Church Egbeada Housing Estate, which was demolished by the former administration in the state.
Bishop Okorocha thanked those who stood firm during the turbulent period until the finishing of the building.
He reminded faithful Christians of the benefits that await them.
He also consecrated the baptismal font, the lectern, pulpit and other worship elements in the church.
Delivering the sermon, Rev. Canon Ogechi Ofurum called on the congregation to keep the covenant with God by working according to His rules, stressing the need for them to live a life that glorifies God.
He said that dedication of a church means its sanctification and proclamation of a new covenant.
At the thanksgiving service preceding the dedication, the Vicar of St. John’s Church, New Owerri, Ven., Engr. Obioma Okere, described the New Bethel as a place where people with problems go to seek God’s face and receive solutions.
He reminded the people that no one owns the church no matter their investments into it, except God.
The first lesson, taken from 1st Kings 8:22-30, was read by Sir Okey Anyanwu, while Prof. (Lady) Harriet Nwigwe handled the second lesson from Rev. 21:1-7.
Venerables Chukwuma Akakuru, Ferdinand Mbalisi and James Onyekwelibe assisted the Bishop while Rev. Unaeze Ukaegbu conducted the closing prayers.
Former priests of the church, Rev. Polycarp Nwachukwu, and Rev. Engr. Ben Agwa, got merit awards at the occasion where the choir, led by Emma Asinobi, performed.
Other dignitaries present were Hon. Justice and Dr (Lady) B.A. Njemanze, Hon Jonas Okeke and wife, as well as Bishop Ngozi Durueke of He Reigns Chapel.
The priest in charge, Rev. Ben and Mrs. Mma Durueke had their new-born baby, Master Ebenezer Oluebubechukwu baptized and dedicated at the occasion.

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