March 18, 2020

 

An Urgent Directive to the Clergy and Congregations of the Anglican Diocese of the West:

Mandatory Suspension of Church Gatherings

-- From: The Rt Rev’d Dr Felix Orji, OSB ECCK

 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

 

Dear Friends,

 

Effective immediately, I am directing all parishes within our Diocese to suspend all church-related public gatherings for the next two weeks.  This includes all church services and social gatherings related to your church and congregations. If for some reason you feel you must continue to gather for worship, the Rector must inform me in writing and include the consent of the Vestry of the parish. Be aware that your decisions and actions may have legal implications for the church if mishandled. 

 

Please note this directive is for the next two weeks or more, depending on your local authorities, city ordinance, or state. This is a critical period in curtailing the spread of the Coronavirus as stated recently by the Centers for Disease Control. I will alert you of future changes to this directive.

 

This action will demand a significant sacrifice for all of us. However, we must act now in the best interest of the common good so that our ministry and mission are not hindered in the future.  

 

I recommend the following actions to keep our congregations connected and engaged with the Church:  use your Internet and Social Media directors to set up a Live Stream every Sunday to allow parishioners to virtually attend services.  This can be done via your Church’s Facebook page or Instagram account.  You might also consider using another phone or digital camcorder to video your services and uploading those videos to your Church’s YouTube page for viewing at any time.

God will guide us in how to take advantage of digital applications to ensure that our congregations receive His word, pastoral care, and fellowship. 

 

The financial viability of parishes and our diocese is a legitimate concern for many clergy and vestries, so I strongly urge you to continue to give to your churches during this time.  

 

As we look unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our Faith, I ask each of you to do whatever it takes within the bounds of faith and reason to support and encourage one another, especially the elderly and the vulnerable within and outside the church. He remains sovereign over us and our present circumstances. He is with us and will see us through. 

 

Let us continue steadfastly in prayer, trusting the Lord for his gracious and powerful intervention in protecting us, healing the sick, and glorifying his name in this time of crises. 

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9 

 

Yours in Christ,

 

The Right Reverend Dr Felix Orji, OSB. 

Diocesan Bishop | Anglican Diocese of the West

Missionary Bishop | USA & Canada

Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion). 

 

 
 

CON 2016 BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE

THE CHURCH OF NIGERIA
(Anglican Communion)

2016 BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE  Click on the link to download the entire document

THEME:
“Our Heritage of Faith”
(Acts 2:38 – 47)

FOREWORD
The annual Bible Studies series of the Church of Nigeria is to enable us “to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge …” (Eph. 3: 18-19).

We thank God for bringing us to another year and for yet another opportunity of some progress in our spiritual journey of faith and transformation into godliness. We have been led from pondering at the inestimable power of God to deliver His people from all circumstances in 2014 to acknowledging that, indeed, the Lord reigns for ever and ever in 2015.
This year we are considering “Our Heritage of Faith” (Acts 2:38 – 47).

As a people of the kingdom of our Father and God, we need a clearer understanding of whom we are, where we are going and the provisions that God Himself has made for us. We started somewhere as the descendants of the fallen man but God made us His own people with all the privileges and appurtenances. However, it is unfortunate that many who claim to be Christians are still entangled in the limitations and predicaments of their old beings without knowing whom they have actually become, and what they really have in their new beings as a people and children of God. Indeed, as the Lord lamented, a lot of His people are really perishing for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6).

“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2Cor. 5:17).

We have a new heritage in Christ, and so should enter and live out our inheritance as people of God. This is where the Bible Study for the year is designed to lead us.
So, we commend this Bible Study Outline to the entire people of God in the Church of Nigeria as a very rich and relevant spiritual resource that must be availed of.

We continue to appreciate the good work the Liturgy and Spirituality Committee led by Bishop Henry Ndukuba is doing.
God bless you.


Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh
Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate
Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)