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Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by dre11(m): 1:36pm On May 12
By Okegwo Kenechukwu Awka





The multi- million naira St Christopher’s Anglican Church, Onitsha, built inside the old cemetery, was dedicated recently. Like other early churches, St Christopher is located in a site referred to as evil forest, where indigenes threw dead strangers before and after the advent of Christianity in the Niger. Therefore, It was not a surprise that the celebration was with mixed feelings. At the dedication of the worship facility, the Bishop on the Niger, the Right Rev Dr. Owen Nwokolo, went down memory lane to trace the history of the church. According to the Bishop, “the new St. Christopher is the seat of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion EFAC headquarters in Nigeria.”

In his chronicle, he referred to the contribution of each priest of the church, which according him is the oldest Anglican Church in South East Nigeria. He particularly praised the evangelical work of Ven. Chidi Nwadike .The bishop said his visionary and evangelical mindset coupled with his selflessness ensured that the congregants of St Christopher did not only adhere to the Great Commission mandate, but generous in their giving, as well.

“As a 21st century pastor Ven. Chidi Nwadike’s arrival heralded a new season for the church as he embarked on the spiritual war in the land of the dead known as old cemetery in Onitsha today.

“He understood the essence of worshiping God in a magnificent edifice; hence his first vision was how to acquire a land for the new church building project”. So as one who led by example, he gave a large chunk of his annual stipends to ensure that the church acquired the site which had always been the property of the church, but a burial ground for many early Missionaries. The church only sought to reclaim it, but it is worthy to note that the acquisition of the site was a herculean task”.

However the European benevolence and their attendant passion for lost souls brought them to the Niger River bank in 1857 for missionary expedition. Hence the history of St Christopher’s Church Odoakpu, Onitsha was to some extent as old as the coming of Christianity in Igbo land.” The foundation of the church was laid in 2013 after several spiritual, and man- made battles.

The most prominent of the crisis was recorded in 2011, when an erected four story building collapsed killing two builders on the site. Also, it would be recalled that the office complex of the four- story building was almost 90% completed, when it collapsed one faithful Monday morning killing two persons on the spot. The testimony as recorded by the church was that it did not collapse on a Sunday when many faithful were in some of the rooms holding one meeting or the other.

Among other issues were the Spiritual battles. Just like every other church, St Christopher Church had their foundation laid among the living and the dead as a cemetery. History also has it that the land belonged to three villages of Obi Kpolo, Ogbosi and Mgelekeke.

The land was however in contention for so many reasons. Sunday Telegraph gathered that the Catholic Church and the Church Missionary Society (CMS), laid several claims to being the original owner of the burial ground until the matter was eventually settled. The people of Onitsha also laid claim to the ownership of the land.

The Vicar of the Church, Canon Chibueze Abone, in an interview narrated his experience. He said: “We passed through Spiritual challenges during the foundation but thank God the will of God prevailed at the end. Furthermore, he spoke of his determination to carry evangelism to the frontiers, no matter the odds vowing that he is prepared to wage the battle between the dead spirit and the living as far as he remains a minister the gospel of Christ.

However it was jubilation galore as the Bishop on the Niger, His Lordship, the RT Rev’d Dr Onwen Nwokolo and the wife led the procession to consecrate the new altar of St Christopher, now nick named “Living Church Onitsha”. Earlier in his sermon the Bishop noted that the only legacy one could leave behind is to invest in the things of God. He said all things will pass away but the teachings of Christ endure forever.

He cautioned the Anglican faithful on the need to use their God given wealth to spread the Gospel, no matter the situation they may find themselves. Touching a bit on the insecurity in the country, the Bishop said the only option left for the Christians was to pray without ceasing. “We will not encourage carrying of illegal arms but one thing is clear, anything that has a beginning must have an end one day.

However the country is drifting to near anarchy if the killings in Nigeria continue unabated. Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, during the ceremony on behalf of the state announced a donation of N250, 000, as a token. Governor Obiano was represented at the occasion by one of his aides who did not want her name mentioned. According to her the governor was outside the country on official assignment and therefore was unavoidably absent. However, some worshipers expressed concern that with the dedication of the church the battle line has been drawn between the living and the dead in the cemetery, the worshippers in the New Living Church. It would be a battle to finish or lost forever.


https://www.newtelegraphng.com/2019/05/anambra-church-where-the-living-and-the-dead-worship-together/
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by JasonScoolari: 1:37pm On May 12
No more privacy for the dead....

They keep disturbing their sleep all in the name of Religion..... Ndi nzuzù

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Bizmagnet: 1:39pm On May 12
The story title is misleading. The content says otherwise.

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Kingpee2(m): 2:03pm On May 12
How now ?

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Kwamecron(m): 2:26pm On May 12
Na everybody go soon die naa

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by lifestyle1(m): 9:05pm On May 12
undecided

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Proffdada: 9:06pm On May 12
angry op misleading

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by NotBeenPaid: 9:06pm On May 12





Dead men tell no tales





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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by wwwmaster: 9:06pm On May 12
Nwadike is now a Venerable?
Wow!

* Rubbish title, the mod reposible for this should learn the work of a moderator, title sounds like another click bait crap.

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Samogbo1(m): 9:06pm On May 12
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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Wisdomval67(m): 9:06pm On May 12
I sorry for Africa culture

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Olodo24: 9:07pm On May 12
My parents dey there? Make una help me check abeg


Modified...... The title is misleading. Mtchewwwwww. Na wa for African journalism o

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Oyeleye101(m): 9:07pm On May 12
shocked
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Osagyefo98: 9:07pm On May 12
OK noted.

It has been the case since European came

Evil forest have been the land given to them for their churches.


Proudly Anglican.

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Omojolaray(m): 9:08pm On May 12
Wrong story.... I just weak.... I don dey wait for vampire kind story
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by azimibraun: 9:08pm On May 12
NotBeenPaid:





Dead men tell no tales





"The dead stay dumb" James Hardley Chase
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Guyman02: 9:09pm On May 12
The story has no correlation with the title

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by 001spice: 9:14pm On May 12
Some pple no go skul sha..imagine headlind go Apiam way,story go Baku
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by dmjinc(m): 9:16pm On May 12
I.come in peace grin grin
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Michellestark: 9:17pm On May 12
Misleading headline

check my signature
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by abbaapple: 9:17pm On May 12
angry



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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by nonye6194: 9:22pm On May 12
You went to build a church in a place the dead are resting and you claim to be fighting spirits. who carry trouble go find person? no respect for the dead

you cant do this in a civilised nation.
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by IntrovertedK(m): 9:24pm On May 12
That one na normal thing for anglican churches now. It's everywhere. If you know what goes on in anglican churches you will fear God.
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by OkaNaUbe(m): 9:25pm On May 12
NotBeenPaid:





Dead men tell no tales






azimibraun:

"The dead stay dumb" James Hardley Chase

That is dead white people.

Here in Africa, we claim to be Christians, but many believe that their dead relatives:

a. Serve as ancestors and kola and drinks are given to them.
b. "fights for them and protects" them.
c. Can't walk alone at night near a cemetery or grave of your relatives.


You, even you, yes you, believe all these but on Sunday morning you go to church or your mosques claiming you serve God.

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Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by BabaIbo: 9:27pm On May 12
IntrovertedK:
That one na normal thing for anglican churches now. It's everywhere. If you know what goes on in anglican churches you will fear God.


Honestly, that church ehn, make I no talk anything make e no be like say I dey judge
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by BabaIbo: 9:27pm On May 12
Anglican church! hmmm
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by SILVERLINES: 9:27pm On May 12
I saw the headline and rushed in just to read something else
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by prince3009(m): 9:28pm On May 12
Bloggers and the sensational stupid headlines they give to their stories
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Casptainspecial: 9:29pm On May 12
Unbelievable
Re: Anambra Church Where The Living And The Dead Worship Together (pic) by Darksider131: 9:29pm On May 12
If you read this from A to Z that means you are stupid

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