By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D JP has planted and named three new churches at Ogbaku in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.
The new churches are King of Kings Anglican Church, Obibi Ogbaku, Our Saviour’s Anglican Church Ogbaku and Anglican Church of the Advent Amaegbu Ogbaku all in Ogbaku Administrative Area of the Diocese.
The establishment of the churches, which took place recently, was in line with the Bishop’s target of planting 200 churches in the first decade of his episcopacy.
King of Kings Anglican Church, Obibi Ogbaku and Our Saviour’s Church Ogbaku were Chapels of Emmanuel Church Ogbaku while Anglican Church of the Advent Amaegbu Ogbaku was planted by the Bishop.
Preaching a sermon during the church planting service at Anglican Church of the Advent Amaegbu Ogbaku, Bishop Oparah emphasized the need for the people of God to always be ready for the coming of Jesus Christ.
He noted that Advent was the first season of the church calendar and warned Christians to avoid doing evil to one another.
The prelate condemned wickedness, jealousy and envy among the people, stressing that they should love and help one another.
“Help your fellow human beings just as God helped us by sending Jesus to us at Advent,” Bishop Oparah said.
The Bishop charged the people to always be zealous and interested in the fellowship of God as well as trust completely in Him.
The epic service which was conducted by the Administrator of Ogbaku Area, Rev. Canon M.C. Ndukwe attracted both Anglican and non Anglican faithful from the area including the Traditional Ruler of Okwe Ogbaku, HRH Eze Felix Uzoamaka.
The first and second lessons of the service from Genesis 19:16-22 and Matthew 28:16 – end were read by Lady Patricia Ejimadu and Sis. Chiletaram Ndukwe respectively.
In his goodwill message, Eze Felix Uzoamaka thanked the Anglican Church and the organizers of the programme for their recognition.
The monarch who is a Catholic faithful expressed happiness over the new development, adding that the “church is very welcome”.
In his vote of thanks, the Administrator of Ogbaku Area, Rev. Canon M.C. Ndukwe who was visibly happy thanked the Bishop for his visit which, according to him, is the Bishop’s first Episcopal church planting in the Diocese.
He also expressed gratitude to the Bishop for naming three churches at Ogbaku in one day, describing him as a ‘very good midwife’.
Canon Ndukwe remarked that Ogbaku Area now has seven churches.