The Year 2016 Annual Women’s Conference with the theme ‘’My Totality in Christ’’ (Acts 17:28) started on Thursday 14th July at 4pm with a Holy Communion Service celebrated by our Diocesan and Patron, The Most Rev.Dr. E. Adebola Ademowo OON. In his sermon, the Diocesan thanked God for the privilege to witness another Conference and specially thanked God for the Women of the Diocese of Lagos. He also praised God for all His blessings on us as a Diocese and especially for the grace He bestowed on us – Lagos Diocese produced three Bishops in 6 months – Igbomina West, Ife and Bishop – elect of Lagos Mainland. Also he announced that the Province of Lagos also produced 6 bishops within the said period.
The Diocesan showered encomiums on the President of Conference – Mrs. Oluranti Ademowo (Mama Lagos) for all the successes and for her leadership style and prayed that God will reward all her efforts. He also praised the women for their discipline and decency especially in their dressing.
Speaking on the theme, the Diocesan stated that the theme is a declaration that we are for Christ. Buttressing his point with Choruses and quoting from Ephesians 2:10, Colossians 1:17, he stated that the theme is apt and relevant in the world and in our country today. My totality in Christ means that
- We are totally soaked in Christ
- We are immersed in Christ
- We surrender all to Christ
- Christ is my all in all
- I am for Christ
The Bishop summarized the above to mean that we will not go back to the world again – worshipping idols, fashion, money and the pursuit of mundane things. We are saying that our totality will be in Christ and in Him all things hold together. Things fall apart when we are not in Christ. Christ alone is our dependability.
The Diocesan concluded by urging all delegates to be in Christ and be set free for sin, wickedness, jealousy, malice, pretense etc. He urged the women to use the word of God, fasting and Prayers to move mountains. He reminded the women to always pray against the spirit of fear, anxiety, tension, grumbling and pride. We should develop the spirit of ‘’can’’ and avoid the ‘’can’t’’ spirit.
He reiterated the need to pray more for Nigeria – standards are falling, laziness greed, avarice, dishonesty, lack of accountability is the order of the day. The Archbishop warned the women to keep an eye on their children especially in the area of dressing and culture. We have to maintain our culture and not copy the negative attitudes/culture from the Western world.
In attendance were also the dignitaries of the Diocese, the Conference Chaplain, Rev. Bola Osinupebi and some other Priests, Mrs. Sola Oluyamo (Mama Ijesha North), Mrs. Blessing Onuoha (Mama Arochukwu) and Mrs. Foluke Adebayo (Mama Igbomina West)
The Opening Service ended about 6.50pm.