By Emma Onumah
& Chukwudi Ikpe
The Knights of the Church have been called upon to remain focused in propagating the message of Jesus Christ.
The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese Owerri, the Right Reverend Chukwuma Oparah Ph.D, JP, made the call at a thanksgiving service of the 21st National Delegates Conference of Joint Council of Knights (JCKs), held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, Imo State.
The four-day conference, which started on Thursday last week, was for the 75 Councils of Knights in the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). Fifty-six were present with five delegates per Council who deliberated on matters of peace in the country with the theme “Peace, be still”.
Bishop Oparah, whose meeting with them was his first outing after his enthronement as the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese Owerri, charged the Knights to use their family as a starting point of evangelism,
The Prelate said that the family is a nuclear society and if the family gets it right, the world would be a better place for all.
He described the conference as epoch making as it gave him the opportunity to interact with the entire Knights of Nigeria.
Speaking on the theme of the conference “Peace, be still”, the Bishop noted that, it was apt as the general election is by the corner.
Bishop Oparah advised the Knights, to represent Jesus wherever they find themselves.
The newly emerged President-General of the Joint Council of Knights, Church of Nigeria, Sir Gabriel Ike Oduah JP, said he was poised to make a mark in the work of evangelism in Nigeria.
Sir Gabriel, who is also the President of Owerri Council of Knights, said his work has been expanded and pledged that more discipline would be instilled in the Council of Knights, and encouraged his fellow Knights to bring their wealth of knowledge to help the church and humanity.
The Local Organising Committee Chairman (LOC), Sir Livy Oguike, said the planning of the event was a success, with the presence of a good number of hotels in Owerri which accommodated the delegates that came from outside the state.
He commended the turnout of members, and the fact that one of them emerged as the President General.
A delegate and President, Diocese On the Lake Council, Sir Uche Osoagba, who gave more insight on the theme, explained that peace is paramount in every aspect of life.
He thanked God for the success of the programme which, he said, was spirit-filled especially with the presence of the new Bishop,
As part of the JCK’s evangelism programme, the delegates visited two churches within the Owerri Capital Territory, namely, All Saints (Anglican) Church, Umuguma, and CATOL Chapel, located at Okwu-Uratta, where they worshipped and made some donations for the furtherance of the gospel in the two churches.
They also visited the Oguta Lake for sight-seeing, and were briefed by a prominent son of the area who is also a member of the Owerri Council of Knights, Sir Christopher Nwapa (Ceefine) on the history and existence of the lake.
Meanwhile, Christians have been charged to rely on Jesus in order to overcome certain troubles confronting them.
The Administrator of the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, Ven. Akajiaku Chukwuocha, gave the charge in a brief but explosive homily, during a Eucharistic service to mark the commencement of the 21st annual delegates’ conference of the Joint Council of Knights, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at CATOL.
Preaching on the theme of the conference, “Peace, be still,” he narrated the biblical story of Jesus and his disciples threatened by a heavy storm while aboard a boat and noted that fear and lack of faith were the banes of many Christians.
The man of God enjoined the faithful to connect to Jesus in times of trouble, just as the disciples called out to Jesus during the storm.
“There is no other name that saves except the name of Jesus, trust Him and rely on Him. Without Jesus the troubles and upsets in your lives continue and defeat you,” he said.
Ven. Chukwuocha, who described peace as harmony between two parties, also pointed out that personal peace is very important in the life of every Christian.
Preaching further, he explained that physical threats such as intimidation by superior powers, financial problems, stubbornness in children as well as other family problems are some of the storms that tend to upset peace.
The Cathedral Administrator expressed happiness at hosting this great conference and welcomed the Knights on behalf of the Bishop and the entire Diocese of Owerri.
Responding during their separate speeches, the President of Owerri Council of Knights, Sir Gab Oduah and the President-General, Joint Council of Knights, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Sir Isaiah Ezezika, who read the epistle thanked the Bishop and the entire Diocese of Owerri for accepting to host the conference.
The Eucharistic service was conducted by Rev. Canon Onyinyeoma Onyeagocha while the Old Testament lesson and gospel were read by Sir Dr. Amanze Ibekwe and Rev. Bright Emeribe, respectively.