By Chris Chikelue
Agulu (Anaocha LGA), June 22, 2021 (MOI) The Vicar, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area (LGA), Ven. Geoffrey Molokwu says a good father is one who can account for the whereabouts of his children at all times.
Ven. Molokwu added that fathers, no matter their calling and positions should be closer to their families, especially their children as that would help to build a healthy family and society.
The vicar said this during a sermon at the 2021 Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion’s Fathers’ Day celebration at the Church Auditorium on June 20.
He cited Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ as an example when he in Luke Chapter 2: 41 – 42 searched for Jesus after his family visited Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover and Jesus stayed back in Jerusalem while his family returned home.
According to Ven. Molokwu, Joseph appears keen on knowing the whereabouts of Jesus, 12, as at then because as a child, he needed parental guidance.
“It took Joseph and Mary three days of relentless efforts to know where the young Jesus was and all that while, they had no peace until they found him in a temple.’’
He urged parents to lead by example as he quoted a local adage that had it that while `a goat chewed the curd’ the kids would copy and display such a habit.
Chairman Ukunu-Agulu Progressive Union, Mr Okey Agunwa commended the fathers for their selfless services in building the Church.
“Ndi-Nna are the pillars of the Church; God has created and trained them to take control and wherever things are not working well, fathers step in, there must be solutions.’’
Agunwa urged the fathers to put in more efforts at building a sustainable society for the benefit of their children.
Chairman, Agulu Archdeaconry Father’s Fellowship and Council of Laity, Mr Nathaniel Anigbo called on the fathers in the Church to see the rebuilding of the church as their responsibility.
He urged them to be more dutiful and compassionate when working with other members in rebuilding the Church and the society.
“Fathers play with their children in ways which are said to expand their experiences and link them to important social skills needed later in life.
“Only a father can offer such skills, not mothers; therefore, fathering is irreplaceable and their children need them to grow into better human beings.’’
Some awards were given to some individuals by the Archdeaconry Fathers’ Fellowship at the occasion.
The recipients are Mrs Chiazokam Omali, who received a ‘Mirror of Motherhood Award, Rev. Canon David and Nneora Chinenye Ebelunor and Prof and Mrs Justus Eze received the ‘Best Couple of the Year Awards Others are Sir Frank and Lady Frank Obi, Ven and Nneora Herbert Nwadilora, Mr Emeka and Mrs Chikodili Egwuonwu, Mr and Mrs Sylvanus Onyemuche, Mr Geoffry and Mrs Chika Umeadi and Sir Chris and Lady Ngozi Adimora also received the Best Couple of the Year’ Awards too. (MOI)