By Paul Efiong, Abuja
Worshippers at All Saints Methodist Church in Mararaba, Nasarawa State on Sunday worshipped God in cultural life styles and attires, according to tribes that made up the church congregation.
Culture as the say, is the way of life of the people, including expression of customs of a particular people in the society.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the church, comprising of different tribes of Efik-Ibibio, Ighede, Idoma, Igbo, among other tribes, sets aside one Sunday in December of every year to celebrate God in their traditional manna.
The initiative, it is believed by the Church Council to bring back the cultural background of the people especially among the grown up children in strange land to also reflects the cultural knowledge of where they come from, by the way of dressing in particular.
Rev. Andrew Mameh, a Cleric, explained that by such manna, the church was trying to acknowledge people’s different cultural background in the midst of Westernise ways of serving God.
According to him, before the coming of Western people and their cultural way of services to God practising today, Africa and Nigeria in particular had their own ways to render services to God.
“Today is cultural service, and as you can see my daddy from Ighede, this is Elder Inawo, and we are trying to bringing our culture into the Western ways of doing things especially in Christianity.
“It is believed generally that the Western culture supersedes our own, but no.
“According Bola Idowo, he made us to understand that no, this culture we have in Africa, we can also use it in our present day to serve God and also in a more better way than what the Whites brought to us, ” he said.
Elder Henry Inawo, corroborating Mameh said the church’s decision to celebrate God with the appearance of traditional attires was a significant day in the life of members of the church as the initiative had also brought happiness to them.
“Today is a very significant day in a sense that the Bible directed us that we should go round the whole world and spread the gospel.
“It signifies the acceptance of Christianity as a religion and the only religion that can lead you to Christ among all the tribes and all the nations.
“That is why it is a biblical directive that we should take it to every cranny and every parts of the world for people to be saved through Jesus Christ.