She noted that the day is to mark special effort to help press forward for the development of the St. John the Evangelist Church, Adonkia. She added that the day is also a day for the congregation to give thanks from the bottom of their heart for how far God has brought them.
She admonished the Deacon-in-charge of St. John the Evangelist Church at Adonkia, Reverend Eli O.P Pratt, saying that he has come a long way in the service of God and therefore he must not be daunted by what lies ahead as long as he holds on to the faith, adding that challenges and trials would come but that with steadfastness in the service of God, he would overcome and emerge victorious.
Explaining his initiatives for the rebranding of the church in an interview, the Deacon-in-charge of St. John the Evangelist Church at Adonkia, Reverend Eli O.P Pratt said among other he thanks God for giving him the opportunity to serve in his vineyard, specifically at the St. John the Evangelist Church, Adonkia for a little over a year now. He added that things that this is his first special effort as clergy to show God that he appreciates all that He has done for him in moving this church forward.
According to him, the church is a very small church and that he found out that the church is growing and that the need to make it bigger to accommodate the increasing number of worshippers is necessary. He maintained that he has since initiated an expansion and canopy project.
“We are trying to open the church so that it can accommodate more worshippers instead of people sitting outside we would be able to accommodate all of them inside the church,” he said, adding that they have embarked on raising funds and that by November next year, they would be commissioning an expanded version of the church and an outside canopy to accommodate more worshippers.
St. John the Evangelist Church at Adonkia is one of the oldest churches in that part of Freetown which caters for Christians from all works of life. The service was punctuated with prayers for the family of Reverend Eli O.P Pratt and also with songs and dance to the glory of God.
The climax of the service was the presentation of gifts to the Deacon-in-charge of St. John the Evangelist Church, Adonkia, Reverend Eli O.P Pratt by the various groups in the church including the women’s, men’s and youth organizations in addition to special prayers for the Deacon-in-charge of St. John the Evangelist Church, Reverend Eli O.P Pratt and his family.
The service which was well-attended by people from all walks of life, took place on Sunday, 23rd November, 2019.