The children of Ibadan and its environs, under the umbrella of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Ibadan, Oyo State, and districts have reminded all and sundry of the importance of living righteously, which is the only guarantee to make heaven.
This was the message at the 45th annual children anniversary of the church, consisting of 84 branches in Oyo State, held at CAC, Olugbode, Ita-Baale, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The event gave the children the opportunity to remind their peers, parents and guardians not to hide under the current recession to commit sin, but to rebuke any form of temptation, be steadfast in God, pray for the speedy recovery of Nigeria and for peace and unity in the country.
This year’s event with the theme, “Marriage of the lamb is near,” featured scriptural and educative performances, which included recitation of memory verses; choreography; song ministration; sermon; cultural dance and awards presentation, which was the high point of the programme.
The overall best student of this year’s scriptural examination, Marvelous Agboola, of CAC, Oke-Ife, Agbowo, Ibadan, speaking with TribuneChurch, expressed delight.
“I feel so special and honoured. I prepared for the examination to the extent that I attended classes almost every day. I got fascinated with the scripture through morning devotions and night prayers. We pray and read the Bible together as a family and this has really helped my life and also to come out in flying colours. I want to use this medium to advise my peers not to allow God to depart from their lives,” he said.
Chairman of the children association, Pastor Gabriel Omosajuwa, advised the younger generation to have the fear of God which was the only means to ensure that they prospered in life.
The matron of the children association, Mrs Christie Ogunranti, charged parents and guardians to be up and doing and observant of their children’s habits, stating that only the rod of punishment could drive out the foolishness of a child.
The chief examination officer, Pastor Samuel Ogungbemi, expressed delight at the children’s performances, compared to that of last year, noting that the church was achieving its aim to nurture the younger generation right from their tender ages.