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Bishop Identifies Drop Of Church Attendance


The Bishop of Diocese of Niger Delta (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Ralph Ebirien said insecurity is one of the challenges facing the Christian faith in the state.
Bishop Ebirien made the remark at the sideline of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the King’s Chapel Church on Harley Street, Port Harcourt.
The Bishop stated that due to insecurity in the state Christians have restrain from attending evening programmes which does not augur well as followers of Christ.
He however expressed gratitude to God for the celebration of 10 years as a church noting that 10 is unique and mature, while appealing to government and the security agencies to reduce the level of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.
On the issue of award, the bishop stated that those given award are for appreciation on their services and for them to do more.
On the history of the church, the book reviewer, Mr. Dan Amakiri said the 10 anniversary of the church is a milestone in the history of the church and those who received the award should maintained it.
In an interview with journalists, one of the recipients, the Amanyanabo of Opobo and the chairman Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja Jeki V stated that tradition does not stop someone from been a Christian, unless he want to do things that doe not please God.
In his remark the vicar of the church, Rev. Canon Promise Jaja said they came to appreciate God for the period of 10 years but the church will also reflect on their inadequacies and to do more for God, saying celebration is not only to celebrate but to appreciate God for his blessing for mankind.
Earlier, the guest speaker, Ven. Dr. Fyneface Aka speaking on the theme: Hitherto Hath the Lord Helped Us” from 1 Samuel 7:12 stated that the church should reflect on what they have neglected in the past years and they should renew their faith with God.
The guest speaker who is also a Rector Institute of Theology maintained that many people know God when they suffer excruciating pain, saying the mission of Christ is the mission of the church.
In his opening remark, the chairman of the occasion, Prof. Nimi Briggs told the congregation that the 10th anniversary was expedient to rejoice for what God has done for his church.
Highlight of the event was the lunching for the quarters, rendition by the choir, book presentation and awards. ###
Pius Dukor/Mene Gbarabe

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