By Evelyn Osagie
From a mega-concert of 400 voices to free medical checkup and sporting competition involving different churches, there is something for everyone as the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Yaba District clocks 80.
The church unveiled activities to mark its 80th anniversary in Lagos, stating that the whole world is coming down to Yaba to commemorate with the church.
The organising committee, led by the Olubosin of Ifetedo Kingdom in Osun State, HRM Latiiri I, Oba Akinola Oyetade Akinrera, revealed to The Nation activities planned for the 80th anniversary of one of the earliest Lagos branches established in the 1940s.
“The year-long celebration boasts of diverse highlights, such as the annual flagship programme ‘Songs of Praise’ consisting of a mega concert of 400 voices, skills acquisition workshop, free medical checkups, sporting activities and other fascinating lineups that will enrich participants spiritually and physically,” it said.
With anniversary logo launched on January 1, 2020, it became “important to hold a press conference so as to sensitise the whole world about what our church is all about and the sort of significance the church attaches to such anniversary” the committee told journalists. The briefing kick-started the activities, it was said.
At the event were the Superintendent, Yaba District Coordinating Council, Pastor S.E.A. Oludare; Pst. Sola Ajidagba; YDCC Good Women Association Leader, Deaconess C.B.Sanda; Elder I.A Osinaiki; Chairperson Mass Choir Planning Committee, Deaconess Folashade Jaeaba; Vice-chairman anniversary committee, Elder Denrele Alayande and Elder Salawu.
Announcing the theme for the landmark event, the superintendent observed that since its inception 80 years ago, the church has remained evangelical and revivalistic.
Recalling the history of the church, he said: “The church started 80 years ago and still waxing strong and still wonderfully situated.
The district headquarters has continued to wax stronger in its evangelical and revivalistic mission which is the fulcrum of the Christ Apostolic Church worldwide. It serves as the district coordinating council that has nurtured and groomed many other branches in Lagos and Ogun states.
“It’s just God’s love that has kept us. It’s not by the power of any man. Many have come and gone but the church of God remains.
The theme for the anniversary is: Celebrating the Love of God. And we are coming together to celebrate God’s love, according to Psalm 36:7, that says: ‘How priceless is your unfailing love, O God; both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings’.
As last year was rounding off, the Lord told me that we should make the theme of 2020: The year for love and unity, and that is what gave birth to the anniversary theme.”
Pst. Oludare said the church has concluded plans to extend its hands of fellowship beyond its walls, especially to orphanages.
‘’We are coming together to celebrate love and show love to others. We are going out to spread love; visit orphanages to spread the love of Christ.
It’s the love of Christ that has brought us together; and so from the first quarter of the year to the last when the grand finale will take place, we are going out to celebrate it in grand style.”
While reeling out the programme of events, the anniversary organising committee chair, HRM Oba Akinrera declared that the celebration aims at touching the lives of the young, stating that Saturday, March 7 features the Youth Day.
He said: “We have segmented our activities to run throughout the entire four quarters of the year. The Youth Day, which is open to all youths regardless of denomination or faith, will expose youths to different skills acquisition programmes.
Subsequently, a most remarkable mass-choir concert will take place at the church premises from 5pm on March 15. Already, preparations are in top gear to make the concert an unforgettable experience.
“Also intended to shed lights on the various ways of improving our health, there will be a health talk and exhibition scheduled for March 21 where experts will be delivering lectures on different ways of improving our health.
Following that, on March 22 is a one-day free medical checkup by medical professionals. And then on March 28, there will be a general cleaning exercise of the church.
Furthermore, the Olubosin of Ifetedo Kingdom stated that there would be a ‘Walk for Life’ event for exercise and an avenue to preach the gospel of Christ which is one of the cardinal aims of the celebration, adding that there will also be a reunion. ”
You will agree with me that it isn’t easy for a church to clock eighty. The members of the church would sit down to resolve differences and there would be posthumous awards for our departed staunch members as well.
Another important event is the visit to the less-privileged. Ultimately, we are going to preach the gospel at every opportunity during these events.”
For Deaconess Jaeaba, who was part of the women’s singing group that is credited for recording the first gospel album, CAC church Yaba has distinguished itself in many ways particularly with its historic and extraordinary choir performances.
“As you may be aware, CAC church Yaba is synonymous with beautiful choral renditions, dating back to 1968 when its choir produced the first Christian album in Nigeria,” she said.