The Diocese of Evo Council of Knights held its maiden retreat at Ibru International Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State from Friday the 29th to Sunday the 31st day of July, 2011. The theme of the retreat was “PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD” Ephesians 6:11.

The retreat was co-ordinated by the President of Council of Knights, Sir, W. W. Onunwor and Secretary Sir E. C. Izuehe.

The Diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Innocent U. Ordu J.P declared the retreat open and presented thought provoking and challenging talks on the following topics namely: Knighthood in the church; its importance and re-appraisal, the knights and their place in the vision of Evo Diocese, the ideal Christian family and the knighthood.

Other topics treated during the retreat are as follows: put on the whole armour of God” presented by the Rev. Chimaobi Chieme, church growth/leadership seminar presented by Bro. Kiki Briggs, Evo Diocesan knights council by the president of the council Sir. W. W. Onunwor JP.

The bible study was taken by the Rev. Ceiphas Okearete while the Knights Chaplain the Ven. Alex Usifo celebrated the Eucharistic service.

The Council of Knights expressed thanks to Bishop I. Ordu for giving them the opportunity to hold the retreat and for finding time to be with them throughout and for delivering the papers. The Council also expressed gratitude to the management of the Ibru Centre for availing them the use of its facilities which they found most appropriate for the retreat.

The council came up with the following revolutions at the retreat.

That Knights should live up to their mandate as the defenders of the Christian faith, the defenders of the weak and the vulnerable and be there always for the church.

That Christians should put on the whole armour of God to enable them withstand these days of evil as evidently in different presentations in some parts of Nigeria.

That Christians should love, teach and preach Christ and draw faithful to him through exemplary lives not only in the church but also in the larger society.

That Christians should endeavour to build Christian families bonded firmly by the knowledge of the word of God and the love for Christ.

That Knights as part of their lay ministry should finance, support and encourage church planting, church growth, evangelism and missions.

The president of the council used the opportunity of the interactive session to unveil an aspect of the mission statement of the council namely “The Caring Ministry” to take care of the needs of the needy among the congregation of Evo Diocese. Chapter councils had been mandated to start immediately the caring ministry in their various chapters.

The Council commended the donor of the centre, Dr. Alexander Uruemu Ibru, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion under the leadership of the Primate and Metropolitan, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh and the retired Primate, Jasper Akinola for elevating the Ibru Centre to international standard by the additional structures put in place.

The Knights also took time to pray for spiritual growth of the Diocese of Evo, the entire Christendom and the nation at large.



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