CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
BENDEL ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCE
DIOCESE OF NDOKWA
2022 REPORT OF THE THIRD SESSION OF THE FORTH SYNOD
The third session of the forth synod was held on the 26th – 29th May 2022 at St. John’s Anglican church Abbi, Ndokwa west Local Government Area, Delta State.
The theme of this year synod is “Remember me, my God for good…………. The prayer and witness of a faithful, credible and sacrificial servant and service”. Text : Neh 5:19 , 13:14, 22 and 31.
Day one of the synod activities witnessed the arrival of synod delegates and officials from their various parishes in the Diocese and they were duly registered.
The registration was closely followed by the opening service which was a Holy Communion service. The celebrant was Rt. Rev. D.F.A. Obiosa the Bishop of the Diocese of Ndokwa, the preacher Ven. J.O.C. Ogwu and the service was assisted by the Ukwani archdeaconry. Immediately after the service the Bishop, the Archdeacons, the supervisors, the chancellor and the legal adviser paid a courtesy visit to the two Okpaluku palaces.
THE FIRST PLENARY SESSION:
The session started with the roll call of delegates and the diocesan officials, this is to ascertain the number of persons present. Thereafter there was a group discussion of the reports from the various archdeaconries. The discussion was splits into four groups namely group 1, group 2, group 3, and group 4. Christ church delegates were in group 3 to critically look at the administration of the administrative areas of Ndokwa archdeaconry report, AYF reports, women organization reports, clergy children association and boys/girls brigade reports. The group is also expected to outline the progress made by churches in the administrative areas and to point out their lapses and how they can be overcome.
The group commended the various churches for their outstanding performances in area of assessment paid to the Diocese, but also note that St. clement Aballa Obodo, church of Pentecost Emu-Obedeti, St. Peters Emu-Uno, St. James Ebendo, St. Bartholomew Iyasele, should ensure that the debit balances as reported should be paid before the next synod year. The churches also were commended for their various projects at hand. The group commended Christ Anglican Nursery/Primary school, kwale for their exceptional presentation in the 2021/2022 academic session.
THIRD PLENARY SESSION:
This was the second day of the synod. Before the plenary session the usual Holy Communion service took place the celebrant was Rev. Monday Idu, the preacher Rev. Collins Opute assisted by Ndokwa Archdeaconry, closely followed by the bible study presented by Rev. Omo Omakor with the theme “Faithful And Credible Servant” Text: Neh. 5:18-19.
The plenary session started with roll call, introduction of guest and presentation of kola nuts and the presentation of the Bishop’s charge.
THE BISHOP CHARGE:
The Rt. Rev. D.F.A. Obiosa Bishop Diocese of Ndokwa presented the Bishop charge with the theme, “remember me, my God for my good, according to all that I have done for this people (Neh. 5:19 13:14, 22 & 31) The prayer and witness of a faithful, credible and sacrificial servant and service”.
The Bishop explore Nehemiah’s convictions and steadfast commitment to the works of rebuilding the city walls of Jerusalem and the reformation of the lives of its inhabitants which refocused people’s faith in God and brought back hope to them. Nehemiah provides an early case study in strategic management. Nehemiah was armed with different styles of leadership strategies which include,
As a visionary leader
He has foresight
Attending to followers needs
In a mere fifty-two days, the walls of Jerusalem was rebuilt and duly completed, Nehemiah’s vision became a reality.Today the walls of Nigeria are broken down. We don’t have sincere leaders to build the broken walls of our great Nation Nigeria. On this note the Bishop stress on the state of the nation with emphasis on the,
2023 general election
Epileptic power supply
Bad roads e.t.c.
The Bishop also reviews other activities in the diocese during the synod year. This includes;
Showers of blessing program
Clergy and wives retreat/rededication service
Catechist, Lay readers and Evangelist rededication service
Women organization report
Foundation laying ceremonies
Maiden Edition of Diocesan homage
Christian men fellowship
Anglican boys brigade
Anglican grammar school (A.G.S)
Diocesan press e.t.c.
Also in the Bishop charge were highlights from the various parishes in the Diocese, Bendel province, news from supra west and news from church of Nigeria.
Finally the Bishop appreciated all who stood by him for the success made during the synod year. The Bishop charge was duly launched by the chief launchers, delegates, Diocesan officials, the council of knights and ladies and other dignitaries present at the synod
PRESENTATION OF GROUP REPORTS:
The groups presented their reports and were duly deliberated upon. The deliberation centered on the various Archdeaconries. Those that perform below expectation were advised to work hard.
The Rev. Canon Stanley C. Adunku supervisor Ndosumili – west archdeaconry was preferred Archdeacon by his Lordship Rt. Rev. D.F.A. Obiosa
The Rev. Canon Daniel U.C. Ugbeh of St. Timothy’s church, Obiaruku was reinstated as Archdeacon by his Lordship Rt. Rev. D.F.A. Obiosa
There was replacement in chaplaincy. Our vicar Ven. Christopher C. Mmanabor is now the knight and lady chaplain, Rev. Patrick Emuobouvie is the ACM chaplain, Rev. Cannon Chris Nwosa AYF Chaplain, Rev. Omo Omakor Boys/Girls brigade chaplain e.t.c.
THE THIRD DAY OF THE SYNOD:
The third day of the synod commence with the usual Holy Communion service. The celebrant was Rev. Barnabas Obiosa and the preacher Ven. Christopher C. Mmanabor. The service was assisted by Abbi Archdeaconry. In the same vein the second bible study was presented by Rev. Omo Omakor with the theme; the test of servant hood. Text: Neh 5:1-6, 1kings 19:4-14
Mover: Rev. Canon Maurice Nwakwanogo
Seconder: Sir Azubike Enemuwe
Supporter: Rev. Gift Nta
LAUNCHING OF THE POST SYNOD REPORT:
The synod report was duly launched by delegates, officials and invited guest.
THE THANKSGIVING SERVICE HELD ON THE 29TH MAY 2022:
Finally on Sunday 29th May was the synod thanksgiving and development fund raising. The guest preacher was the Rt. Rev. Felix Unokhe Olorunfemi, he was a priest serving in the Diocese of Ika (Anglican communion) before he was recently made Bishop of Etsako Diocese. He hails from Okpella in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria.
He spoke on the theme; remember me, my God for good… Text: Neh 5:19, 13:14, 22 and 31. The Bishop emphasized on effective and faithful leadership.
Subsequently the development fund raising took place after the message from the guest preacher. The fund raising recorded huge success as Sons and Daughters of Abbi both at home and Diaspora turn out in their large number to support the Diocese. The Archdeaconries, invited guest, and the Bishop gave thanks in appreciation for a successful synod year.
We give GOD all the glory for how thus He led us throughout the period of the synod. The venue of the synod witness absolute peace. The Lord also granted us journey mercies as we were travelling every day from Kwale to Abbi. The lesson we learnt from the synod is a clear testimony of the fact that we should depend solely on God as men can easily disappoint us. None of the political classes were there but the synod recorded a huge success.
The next year 2023 synod will be hosted by the Cathedral church Obiaruku.