By Chukwudi Ikpe and Gid Ahanonu
In pursuance of his church planting programme, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, and last Sunday planted a church at Egbeada in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.
During the church planting service, which took place at the residence of Sir Engr. Uzoeto Chijioke, Bishop Oparah pronounced that the immediate environment of the new church, popularly known as “Animal Kingdom’ Layout shall henceforth be known as Christian Kingdom Layout.
According to the Bishop, the new church, which is a chapel of St. John the Evangelist Akwakuma will officially be known as St. John’s the Evangelist Anglican church Chapel, Christian Kingdom layout, Egbeada. He appointed Bro. Ben Oluigbo as church teacher incharge of the chapel and charged him not to disappoint the church of God.
In a brief sermon, Bishop Oparah charged Christians to donate generously to the service of God as a way of making history, especially to new churches.
Taking his text from Matthew chapter 4 verse 8, the prelate traced the calling of the disciples and enjoined the people to surrender and follow Jesus Christ to be successful, no matter whatever they are doing.
He thanked Sir Uzoeto Chijioke and his family for making their residence available for the starting of the church and commended the congregation of St. John’s the Evangelist Akwakuma for the lore unity and togetherness among them.
He promised them that “God will build His church. Do not be afraid, just get a land”.
The bishop noted that Egbeada has no Anglican church and revealed that six areas have been mapped out for church planting in Egbeada by the diocese.
The service was conducted by the Archdeacon of Amakohia, Ven. James Onyekwelibe while the only lesson was read by the Priest in charge of St. John’s the Evangelist Akwakuma, Rev. Engr. Evans Ndubuisi.
In his vote of thanks, Ven. Onyekwelibe thanked the bishop and his wife, Mrs Chidiebere Oparah, (Mama Owerri) for their episcopal visit to Amakohia Archdeaconry.
This brings to four the number of churches planted so far by Bishop Oparah since his enthronement in November 2018. It will be recalled that three churches were recently planted by the bishop in Ogbaku, also in Mbaitoli Local Government Area.