By Emma Onumah
A new parish, to be known as Okuku Parish, has been created from the existing Umuguma Parish, Avu Archdeaconry, Anglican Diocese of Owerri, with its headquarters at St. John’s Church, Okuku.
Inaugurating the Parish last Sunday, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, the Rt Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, who also inducted the Reverend Gospel Iwuoha, as its Vicar, commended the Okuku Parishioners for completing the St. John’s Church building, which was also dedicated by the Bishop at the special service.
Bishop Okorocha, who traced the history of the Church building from its foundation and how it came to its stage of completion, warned the worshippers against using the building for any purpose other than Christian activities, adding that, anyone who desecrates the temple of God, would suffer destruction in God’s hands.
He noted that defilement of the temple of God includes our own bodies as Christians, citing ICor. 3:13-17.
Performing the Deed of Dedication of the Church, the Prelate enjoined the Okuku people and other Christians present, to shun the devil and its cohorts, but to pursue everything that will enthrone Christ as their Lord and Master.
In appreciation of their hardwork and commitment, the Lord Bishop promised the Church a marble altar table, a baptismal font and a lectern to replace the ordinary ones that are presently in the Church.
In a brief homily, the Parish Priest in charge of Egbeada Anglican Parish, Rev. Ben Durueke, challenged Okuku Parishioners, to remain steadfast in their faith, and to make their new Church building a place of fellowship and prayers, stressing that the Church should be seen as a place of mission and evangelism.
The cleric advised them not to allow themselves to be tossed about like infants, but to remain focused at all times, assuring all who have come to grace the occasion of God’s immeasurable blessings.
He charged the new Parish, to start opening chapels, as a .mark of spiritual growth, and where Jesus would be glorified, pointing out that the Church is a preparatory ground for heaven.
Highlights of the event included the presentation of the Deed of the Parish and Letter of Induction, duly signed, to the Church Authority and the handing over of the key to the completed Church building, to the Bishop, as Diocesan property forever. The only Bible Reading at the service, taken from Acts 2:39-47 was read by Mrs. Chioma Ihedioha, a member of the parish.
By Emma Onumah