IT was a remarkable day as St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Mgbakwu enrolled Boys and Girls Brigade, inducted patrons and patroness and presented recognition awards to some members.
The occasion attracted some personalities such as the Archdeacon and Vicar, Ven. Ikechukwu Ugoagu, Rev. Canon Jason Onyeakagbusi, the MD of Anambra State Oxygen Production Plant, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, Rev. Berthram Igwebuonu among others.
While giving blessings to them, the Chaplain, Rev. Canon Jason Onyeakagbusi urged the patrons and patroness to educate the children who have been handed over to them to follow the ways of Christ, give proper attention and advice to them.
“You are expected to play the roles of a parent before the children. You will educate and guide them in every area they go wrong. We must build up the future of our children for a brighter tomorrow. Brigade is something that will guide our children. Whatever we use to build them up is not a waste rather it is an investment. May God bless you as you have chosen to take care of these children as their patrons and patroness”, he said.
Rev. Onyeakagbusi further advised the Boys and Girls Brigade Association towards making the church and their families proud, noting that the battle of the economic and political forces in the country can only be subdued by heavenly power through prayers. He prayed for prosperity upon them which will benefit the church, their families and society in general and also asked God to bestow in them the joy of knowing the words of his truth to yield good fruits among them.
Awardees during the ceremony included; Chief Goddy Ezenagu who received the grand patron of the Boys and Girls Brigade and made donation of a matching band to the association. Others were; Chief Gilbert Ifemenam received the Ambassador and patron of the association, Prince Obika Obichukwu was for his intellectual works.
In an interview, Prince Obika Obichukwu from Awba-ofemili in Awka North Local Government Area thanked God for giving him the grace to celebrated his 33rd birthday in the church and also for the recognition award presented for his commitment and dedication towards his intellectual career.
He said, “I am recognised as the youngest Christian scholar in Nigeria and a friend of the brigade. I am happy for the recognition. It is a celebration of excellence. I will continue to be identified with St. Stephen’s Church, Mgbakwu in my own level and in my own way. It is like a home church to me”.
The parish priest of St. Stephen’s Church, Mgbakwu, Ven. Ikechukwu Ugoagu thanked Chief Goddy Ezenagu for his support towards ensuring full participations of Boys and Girls Brigade Association in the church including other parishioners for their various contributions, adding that children are the future hope of the church as they have been channelled to come close to God. He also encouraged other parents to enrol their children into the association.
Other personalities in the ceremony included the Girls Brigade Commissioner, Anambra State, Mrs Caro Adi, the coordinator of Boy’s and Girl’s brigade, Rev. Berthram Igwebuonu.