Religion of 2013-12-30

Pastors scramble for watch-night patrons

As it happens on the last day of every year, people would throng chapels and other places of worship on Tuesday night to pray and ask God for guidance and good yields in the new year.

And church leaders are looking forward to attract as many patrons as they can. Most churches, especially the charismatic ones, have advertised their watch-night services with various catchy phrases to attract patrons.

The principal streets of Accra have been awash with giant billboards forecasting various spiritual expectations of the New Year.

On the road leading to the Achimota Forest, a billboard of Perez Chapel International, headed by Bishop Charles Agyinasare, promises a “Night of Prophetic Miracles, ” while Rev. Dr Richard C. Whitcomb, the Head Pastor of the Agape House New Testament Church, has labelled his watch-night service, “Forward 14”.

The Alive Chapel International, presided by Bishop Elisha Salifu Amoako, has named its watch-night service as “Night of Signs and Wonders”. Its billboard has the photograph of the bishop, and the event is taking place at the church auditorium behind Tesano Gardens.

The CWC Worship Centre, located near the Institute of Local Government Studies, Madina, has a billboard at Teshie, where other men of God will join hands with the Head Pastor, Rev. Kelvin Kwesi, for the watch-night service dubbed “Capturing in Glory.”

The Royalhouse Chapel International holds its “Prophetic Watch-night” on December 31 on the church premises, as advertised on a huge billboard opposite the Achimota Police Station. Next to the billboard of Royal House Chapel International is that of Pastor Gordon Kisseih, who is the General Overseer of the Miracle Life Gospel Church. He will host “Crossover with Jesus” at City of Favour at Achimota, on December 31.

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, the General Overseer of Action Chapel International, will chair an “Impartation Night for New Beginnings” on December 31 at the Action Cathedral on the Spintex Road.

Pastor Mensa Otabil maintains his usual trademark on a billboard with the inscription “Crossover” to be held at the Accra Sports Stadium tomorrow.

Solid Rock Chapel International has Rev. Dr Christy Doe Tetteh as its Founder/General Overseer. On a billboard advertising their service on the last day of the year is “Crossover to Recover All”. It also describes 2014 as “Our year of total recovery”.

The Pure Fire Miracle Ministries, founded by Rev. Enoch Aminu, has described its December 31 night service as a “Crossover night”.

The church, which is located on the Achimota-GIMPA Road, has banners in various suburbs of Accra.

The Grace Gospel Ministries located at Haatso is headed by Bishop Edwin Ewusie Brookman. The church will organise what it calls a “Night of Grace” to usher in the new year.

Attractive billboards belonging to churches on the Achimota-Legon road persuade people to worship with them at their various watch-night services.

On one of such billboards, which belong to the Explosive Faith Chapel International, the Senior Pastor, Rev. Daniel Lord-Anim, invites people to attend “Crossover 2013” on December 31.

On the same route is Christ Vision Sanctuary International at Kisseiman, which will hold its “crossover night” at the church’s auditorium.

Eagles House Chapel International does not want to be left out in the crave for attention as it prepares to organise what it describes as “Carry Over 2013,” presided over by its General Overseer, Prophet Samuel B. Addison.

Some residents of Achimota, Taifa, Teshie and Adabraka that the Daily Graphic spoke to expressed their desire to go to their various places of worship to thank God for sparing their lives, and pray for better prospects and opportunities in 2014.