St Mark’s Anglican Church Enugwu-Agidi, Njikoka Local Government Area has joined other Anglican faithful in this part of the world to celebrate the one hundred and sixty-fourth anniversary of Church Missionary Society, CMS, in Igbo land.
On the twenty seventh of July every year, Anglican faithful commemorate the advent of Christianity in Igbo land through CMS, led by Samuel Ajayi Crowther in 1857.
Correspondent Emmanuel Okonkwo reports that the celebration is a medium through which the church acknowledges the efforts of early missionaries in propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ across the globe especially as it concerns the Igbo land.
It is also a means through which they pray for the church and nation, assist the less privileged and as well remind Christians of their roles in nation building and propagation of the gospel.
The clergy and members of St Mark’s Anglican Church Enugwu-Agidi earlier staged a street walk as a way of creating awareness on the celebration and reminding people of the positive contributions of Christianity in the development of the society.
Speaking shortly after the road walk, the Parish Vicar, St Mark’s Anglican Church Enugwu-Agidi, Venerable Professor Anayo Kamnebe pointed out that it was through the advent of Christianity that the killing of twins in Igbo land and other obnoxious practices were abolished.
Venerable Professor Kamnebe used the opportunity to call on Christians to always lead lives of love, peace and unity, as according to him, they are the surest ways to win souls into the kingdom of God.
In a sermon, the Parish Priest of St Andrews Anglican Church Nawgu, Venerable Geoffrey Nkanyimma pointed out that the propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the primary responsibility of every Christian, asking Christians to wake up to their duty of soul winning.
The event also featured series of performances by members of St Mark’s Anglican Church and its offspring churches, the Church of Ascension and Church of Transfiguration Enugwu-Agidi, after which prizes were presented to them.