Fathers in some Christian denominations in the State including Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian Unity Church of practical Christianity among others today joined their counterparts to mark this year’s father’s day celebration in Umuahia the State capital.
Correspondent, Ifeanyi Ogbonna who visited some of the Churches filed in this report.
In the Churches visited it was an atmosphere of joy and thanksgiving by the fathers who appeared in their unique attires.
In a sermon titled ‘salvation has come’ at the St. Luke’s Anglican Church Amakama in Umuahia South Local Government Area, the Vicar Venerable Okwukwe Ucheagwu, who x-rayed the importance of salvation in the life of Christians and challenged fathers to allow salvation to take place in their lives for divine direction.
He regretted that many Christians are performing below expectations in their obligations to the Church, family and society because they have refused to embrace salvation.
In his message at the St. Stephen’s Anglican Cathedral,Umuahia, the Vicar Venerable Joel Agbo who described the role of fathers as imperative to the progress of society urged them to hold onto God to enable them live up to their responsibilities.
The Clergyman who cited the story of the Biblical Zacheus, who did not allow his status, family background to weigh him down challenged fathers to strengthen their relationship with God.
Preaching also at the Methodist Wesley Cathedral Umuahia the Cathedral Administrator the very Rev. Aaron Akabuokwu who congratulated fathers on this year’s father’s day celebration challenged them to use their positions to bring stability in their homes and society by upholding good moral values.
He regretted that most fathers have abandoned their duties which according to him is responsible for the dwindling value system in society and called on them to hold firm to God.
Preaching at the Unity Church of Practical Christianity, Warri Street, Umuahia, Mr. Lewis Ezuta noted that a lot of them in society today are not real fathers, pointing out that a father ought to know his responsibilities which include leading the children aright, providing for the family, guiding the young ones among others.
He further noted that fathers play their roles on a daily basis and ought to be celebrated on a daily basis.
In an interview, some of the fathers including the Vice Chairman, Christian men fellowship St. Luke’s Amakama, Sir Peter Okorie, the Director General, BCA, Sir Anyaso Anyaso and Mr. Ukeju Agwu of the BCA who was honoured with Ezinna expressed gratitude to God for his faithfulness upon the lives of the fathers and encouraged their colleagues to be responsible fathers to their children and society.
The Vicar, All Saints Anglican Church, World Bank Housing Estate, Umuahia, the Venerable David Nwanheole has called on Fathers to always make themselves available for sacrifice and general development of society.
The Venerable Nwanheole who made the call during the 2022 Father’s Day celebration and Thanksgiving Service of the All Saints Anglican Church, World Bank Housing Estate, Umuahia urged them to always give their best to the service of God and humanity as fathers remain the pillars in the growth of any society.
The Clergyman who preached on the Theme “Salvation has come” while enumerating the story of Zacchaeus in the Bible encouraged fathers to build themselves in values that will make them relevant in the presence of God.
In his speech, the Vice-Chairman, Christian Men Fellowship, Sir Isaac Nwokeoma pointed out that Fathers in All Saints Anglican Church, World Bank Housing Estate Umuahia have contributed immensely to the development of the Church, adding that the Fellowship sunk a Borehole for the church, construction of a computer office, acquiring of Men Fellowship Bus and two-bedroom apartment and enjoined Christians to always be diligent in their efforts to serve God.
In their remarks, the chairman of the planning committee, Mr Fidelis Dike and the leader of the Women in All Saints Anglican Church, World Bank Housing Estate, Mrs Iheoma Nwanheole appreciated the efforts of Fathers in discharging their responsibilities and called on them to make Love their priority
Correspondent reports that the event which featured the cutting of Cake, Presentation of Awards and Recitations also attended by many dignitaries.