Our History


church entrance

Saint John’s Anglican church ikiriki, idaw river lay out started in 1978 at a site in camp 2 of ikiriki cleaned in a bush by youths from St. Mathew’s church Amechi-awkunanaw. It was later moved to personal house of first Mr. Nwankwo Ani and Mr. Christopher Ogbodo. It was also moved to Night Guard’s house. Accommodation has always being the reason for these movements from time to time. Revd B.N Onoh officiated at the infant baptism on 15th July 1978.
Through intense persuasion of messrs Mathias Nnamani and Christopher Ogbodo in 1982, St Mathews church, Amechi Awkunanaw set out moves that led to Amagu – ugwu Development union(ADU) approving and giving out the land on which the church is now situated.
On the ADU’s delegation for the selection of the site were messrs Stephen Aniwansude, Cyrian Chuks, Isreal mba and Mrs. Susannah Nwobodo.
The population was about (20) twenty in 1982. In the same year 1982, Messrs nnamani and Ogbodo persuaded St. Mathews Church, Amechi – Awkunanw to donate building materials used for electing a batcher as temporary place of worship.
The first church teacher to St. John’s church was Mr Nelson N. Ekwe on 2nd Feb, 1983. Under Mr. Ekwe as the church teacher, the church recorded giant strides in the area of five weddings, three persons confirmed as communicants, five women were admitted into the Diocesan women’s guild in the year 1983.
Also the church for the first time paid its assessment to the diocese same year. The first annual thanksgiving and bazar was held on 19th Dec, 1982 in the same batcher.

Construction work on the catechist residential house started in earnest on 11th of august 1984.
This was later to serve as personage for priest. However on 10th September, 1984 the fragile population of membership of the church suffered a little set back as a result of quit notice issued to all inhabitants of ikiriki village by the then Anambra State government, it however recovered after the expiration of the order and rose gradually to record 266 membership during the annual harvest of the same year.
On 25th of November 1984, St. John’s church choir first presented modern tunes to the admiration of the congregation under the then choir master Mr. Adolplus Ibenali.

 

PERIOD OF PERSECTION
St. John’s Anglican Church Idaw River suffered some persecutions in the hands of Umuchigwu kindred of Awkunanaw. The family claimed that the land allocated to the church belonged to them. In 1991 they invaded the church premises and knocked down and destroyed the foundation and wall structure of the church. The church teacher Mr. innocent Chukwujindu (now Revd) was locked up at police station for several hours at the instance of Umuchingwu intruders. In 1996, the then parish Priest Ven. Elem was invited and interrogated by the police authorities on the same land issue. The then priest in charge in the year 2000 Revd C. C Ude Umuchingwu and Amagu-ugwu families at the church premises, until finally the dispute came to an end at the meeting of elders of the two families in the presence of neutral observers. The ownership of the site was reserved to the rightful owners, the Amagu Ugwu family. This persecution did frustrate early development of the church.

 

Chronicle records of church workers who had contributed to the growth of St. John’s Anglican Church Idaw River.
  • Mr. Nelson N. Ekwe (First Church Teacher) 1983 -1987
  • Mr Emmanuel Ofozulike (First Church Teacher) 1988 – 1988
  • Mr Sunday Amadi (First Church Teacher) 1989-1990
  • Mr Sunday i. Okoli(First Church Teacher) 1991-1992
  • Late mr innocent Chukwunta (First Church Teacher) 1993-1994
  • Mr Alfred Nweke (First Church Teacher) 1993- 1994
  • Rev. Sunday I.Okoli (Priest) 1995 – 1996
  • Rev. Obed Ozoemena (Priest) 1996 -1997
  • Rev. P.O Ani (now Revd. P.O. Chukwu) Priest 1998-1999
  • Rev. G.A Ugwu (Priest) 1999-2000
  • Rev.C.C Udeh (Priest) 2000 -2004
  • Revd. Cannon C.N. Nweze (Priest) 2004-2004
  • Rev. Sunday I. Okoli (Priest) 2004-2006
  • Rev. Canon. George N.Obiekezie (Priest) 2006 – Till Date.

 

The foundation stone laying ceremony of St. John’s Anglican Church Idaw River was laid by His lordship Rt. Revd (Dr) E. O Chukwuma (O.O.N) bishop of the Anglican Dioceses of Enugu on 16th October 1999. On Wednesday, the 7th day of December 2005, St. Johns church Idaw River was formally inaugurated a parish by His lordship Rt.Rev. (Dr) E.O Chukwuma (O.O.N) in a colorful ceremony at the church compound.

 

THE JOURNEY SO FAY.
church passonage

Impressive growth has been recorded with the coming of the present Vicar to the glory of God. Rev. Cannon G.N Obiekezie assumed work precisely officiating his first service august 6th 2006. Faced with the challenge of completing the church building in other to provide the needed atmosphere for worship. Accordingly the ceiling of the church commenced and was completed, the painting and tilling of the entire church followed and the church was formally dedicated on the 14th day of October 2007, by His Lordship Rt.Rev. (Dr) E.O Chukwuma (O.O.N) on the 25th of October 2009. Presently having achieved the initial goal of a worship accommodation for the children, the resource center although not fully completed have been decked, painted and equipped for the children worship, work was temporary suspended to tackle the accommodation issue for church workers.

 

Consequently on 22nd July 2011, the foundation stone lying of a one story duplex vicarage was performed by His lordship Rt.Rev. (Dr) E.O Chukwuma (O.O.N) and to the glory of God has been completed and dedicated by His lordship Rt.Rev (Dr) E.O Chukwuma (O.O.N) on the 14th July 2012.