Isiala Ngwa South diocese ends Synod, implores parents to uphold their priestly role in children upbringing
The Diocese of Isiala Ngwa South Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has called on parents to build the right foundation for their children’s future and upcoming generation.
In a communiqué issued at the end of its second session of the 5th Synod held at St. Augustine’s Church, Mkpuka in Amaobi Archdeaconry, Isiala Ngwa South Local Council of Abia State and signed by the Synod President, Most Reverend Isaac Nwaobia; Deputy Chancellor, A. C. Atulaegwu; and Synod Secretary, Reverend Uzoma Nnakwu, the synod observed that parents have abdicated their God-given responsibilities. It, therefore, urged them to establish functional family altars for daily devotion and to teach their children core Christian values.
In line with its theme: “My Father, My Empire,” the synod implored fathers to rise to their priestly role in the family by emulating the example of Patriarch Abraham.
The synod stated: “The convocation admits that God cherishes the family and anchored His programme for man’s redemption through the seed of Abraham and charges families to be united in love with one another and to eschew division, acrimony, hatred, especially at the least provocation and avoid selfishness. We remind parents that they are the first teachers and teaching is a calling, which God uses to make the church holy. Therefore, they should not relent in disciplining their children by correcting them in love and not in anger.”
It urged fathers to embrace their families as their empires under divine guidance of the Holy Spirit, which is able to keep them from falling.
Congratulating Abia State governor-elect, Dr. Alex Chioma Otti, the Synod enjoined him to enrich governance with courage and sincerity. It also appealed to the out-going governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu to ensure a smooth transition to power.
The synod also used the opportunity to commend the head of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria, His Grace, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba for his visionary leadership, laudable projects and the successful outcome of Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON IV) Conference, which held recently in Rwanda.
60 clergies, 136 Synod delegates, members of the House of Laity, His Royal Majesty, Eze George Nwachukwu, among others, graced the synod.