Bishop Chukwuma pats Anglicans in New Owerri North Area on the back for their good work

By Chukwudi Ikpe

The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah,  Ph.D, JP has commended  the congregation of New Owerri North Area for their efforts in ensuring progress in the work of God.
He gave the commendation at a Eucharistic service of confirmation for the Area at St. Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church, New Owerri, last Sunday.
The Bishop, who noted that church workers in the area were being taken good care of, also pointed out that it was the responsibility of the church to look after God’s ministers serving in their areas, stressing that this will encourage the workers.
He equally commended them for ensuring steady progress in the construction of their new Archdeaconry House and pledge the support of the Diocese to them.
Bishop Oparah confirmed a total of 95 Anglicans who also received their first holy communion during the service.
Earlier in his sermon, Rev. Ernest Mba pointed out that the Holy Spirit was not for showmanship, but for the ministry of God.
He therefore charged Christians, especially the newly confirmed not to allow the fire of the holy spirit, which they have received, to quench rather to fan it into flames.
Rev. Mba, who took his test from 1 Thessalonians 5:19 and preached on the topic “Do not extinguish the power of the holy spirit,” emphasized that the holy spirit was not for commercial purposes and called on the newly confirmed to keep the fire burning.
The service was conducted by the pragmatic Administrator of the Area, Rev. Canon Dr. Emmanuel Agoha, ably assisted by Rev. Engr. Chidiebere Mbilitam, the Vicar of the Anglican Church of the Blessed Holy Trinity New Owerri.
The  old testament lesson, Epistle and Gospel from Joel 2:28-32, Act 8:14-17 and John 14:15-31 were read by Esther Enwereuzo, Tochukwu Agoha and Rev. Barnabas Odikanwa.
The highpoint of the service was the laying of hands on the newly confirmed by the bishop as well as special thanksgiving by the former, their parents and friends.
The bishop also laid the foundation stone of the new ultra modern Archdeaconry House before the commencement of the service.
In his vote of thanks, Rev. Canon Dr. Agoha expressed gratitude to bishop Oparah for finding time to come and perform the Episcopal functions despite the short notice. He expressed optimism that the Archdeaconry House will be completed in due time.
Speaking at the occasion, a prominent member of the church and the immediate past majority leader of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Lugard Osuji, expressed happiness over the bishop’s visit, noting that it was the second time bishop Oparah will be visiting the church since his enthronement as bishop of Owerri.
Hon. Osuji, who pointed out that confirmation was the beginning of life as fully fledged Christians, advised the newly confirmed to be of good conduct and called for encouragement as well as support to enable grow into useful citizens.
Bishop Oparah gave special appreciation to Sir & Lady Dr. Ernest Ekemezie, Sir & Lady Dr. Ken Dara and Dr & Pharm Nworgu whose home accommodates the St. Micheals and All Angels Chapel, for their numerous support to the church.