SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011
ST. CYPRIAN’S CHURCH PORTHARCOURT (MCA) GROUP 5 HOLDS RETREAT AT IBRU CENTRE
REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
A four day retreat for members of Men Christian Association Welfare Group 5, St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church took place on 4th to 7th August at the Ibru Centre Agbarha-Otor. The retreat which is an annual event of the association is aimed at equipping the brethren for the task ahead in these last days.
The delegation which was lead by the leader Mr. Selema Dawari, comprised members of the association their spouses and children. Over 40 delegates were in attendance. The retreat whose theme was ”WALKING AFTER THE SPIRIT (ROM. 8:1) had the following highlights;
- Communion Service
- Bible Study
- Exposition on Romans
- Exposition on Hosea 4:6
- Talk on Christian giving
- Talk on raising Godly altars
- Talk on marriage
- Talk on proactive health
In a Holy Communion Service organised to welcome the retreatants, the Chaplain of the centre, Rev. Canon Gabriel A. Kpagban encouraged delegates to always walk in the Spirit of God. He said since God is a Spirit Jn. 4:24, all those who worship Him should do so in the spirit and truth since to be carnally minded is death and to be spiritually minded is life in Christ Jesus.
Later in an exposition with the group on Hosea 4:6, Kpagban told participants that God want His people to have knowledge about His existence and be deep in studying His word and obey the commands in it. The reason why God keep raising Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastor and teacher is to ensure that the knowledge of the word of God increases such that it is enough to transform the lives of the people. He said Nigeria needs the knowledge of the word of God for its transformation agenda to succeed. He warned that to reject God’s knowledge is to sign death warrant for oneself since such people are bond to perish.
The keynote speaker was Rt. Rev. Chigozirim Onyegbule Bishop of Ikwuano in Abia State. He gave expositions on the Book of Romans and gave a talk on raising up Godly altars. He called on participants to be more fervent in prayers especially in this perilous times when issues of Boko-Haram and Islamic bankings dominate and heat up of the politics of Nigeria.
The wife of the Rector, Mrs. Chioma Onuoha gave talks on marriage. She spoke on the topic “leaving and cleaving” and urged the married to be totally committed to their marital vows.
The former Chaplain of the centre, Ven. Paradise Onoriose lead the bible study on the book of Romans with special emphasis on walking after the spirit. The retreat came to an end after a thanksgiving service at the St. Peter’s Chapel in the centre. The coordinator of the group Selema Dawari as well as Emmanuel R. Paul and Asinyetogha H. Igoni expressed appreciation to God for the success of the retreat.