THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH
In order to serve the urgent need of the fast growing population of the church within and outside the church in Warri and environ, the Governing Council fo St. Andrew’s Church, Warri decided that the church building then, be expanded to provide adequate accommodation for the growing congregation. But His lordship, the Rt. RevdAgoriIwe, CFR, MBE, JP, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Benin felt that such a decision was not prudent enough and then directed that instead entirely new churches be built at other suitable areas in Warri.
PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH IGBUDU, WARRI
In view of the above, St. Andrew’s parochial Church Committee headed by the Vicar Revd S.O. Igie decided to acquire a suitable 3-plot of land measuring 300ft by 150ft at Igbudu layout, Efejuku Street, off Deco Road, for a church building and a parsonage in the year, November 20th, 1965, where members worshiped in a temporary structure.
Subsequently, on the 1st of July 1972, the foundation stone of the Church was laid by the Bishop of Benin Diocese the Rt. RevdAgoriIwe. On the completion of the Church building in 1973, it was dedicated for worship. While the maiden service was held on 15th of July 1973, the sermon was preached by late Ven. E.A. Arawore, and Revd J.O. Omenuwoma officiated. This was the birth of the present day St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Igbudu, Warri.
MATTHEW’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, OGUNU
This church was founded by the Cathedral as a result of a crusade carried out by St. Andrew’s Cathedral A.A.P.S. under the leadership of Evang. Ajogbe when Ven. E. Arawore was the Vicar. The Cathedral raised the money for the purchase of the piece of land where the church stands today. Mention must be made of the role played by late Mr. Bennett Ogbe and Late Chief I.O. Efekemo who helped in acquiring the land and Late Chief AgbinoshiOgbe who was one of the early worshippers.
JAMES’ ANGLICAN CHURCH AJABUGBE, WARRI
This Church emerged out of St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 5th November, 1987, as a result of a strong desire by the Urhobo worshippers in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Okere Road, Warri to have a place where they can worship god in the Urhobo language. Before now, the Urhobo worship session in the Cathedral had exploded population-wise.
In order to achieve this goal, a Committee was constituted in 1986 and a piece of land was bought. Subsequently, the foundation stone was laid by the Bishop of Warri diocese, the late Rt. Revd J.O. Dafiewhare. Work commenced on the 9th of November, 1987, while the dedication ceremony was performed by the then Provost of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the very RevdV.O. Muoghereh (now Rt. Revd V.O. Muoghereh, bishop of Ughelli Diocese). The sermon was preached by late Ven. E.A. Arawore.
Amongst other churches that emerged out of St. Andrew’s Cathedral are:
All Saint’s Anglican Church, Airport Road, Warri; founded on the 7th of February, 1991 and dedicated on 7thMay, 2000 by the then Bishop of Warri diocese, the Rt. Revd N.A. Enuku.
Good Shepherd Anglican Church, D.D.P.A. Igbudu Warri and The Redeemer Anglican Church, Makro Street, Warri (presently in Frank-Ailemen Street, Okumagba Layout) Warri moved from the Cathedral in the year 1995.
CHAPEL OF THE RESURRECTION
Chapel of the Resurrection (Anglican Communion) D.D.P.A. Ugborikoko was founded in the year 2001. The Church building was dedicated by His lordship the Rt. Revd C.E. Ide (JP) Bishop of the Diocese of Warri, on Saturday, 12th September, 2009 at 11.00a.m.
Ebrumede, Ogbukurusu, Holy trinity Ugbenu now in Sapele Diocese, Irrodo, St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Mammy Village, and many more, are direct children of the Cathedral Churh of Saint Andrew.
From the above you will agree that the church has experienced a tremendous growth since inception.
In 1988, the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew embarked on a massive restructuring and renovation of the Church Building. Other works done include the extension of the wing spaces of the building to accommodate the growing number of worshippers, construction of an impressive tower, Priests’ Quarters, a new Vicar/Provost Residence and office complex, a Greater Chapter, a library, a Lady Chapel which was dedicated on Saturday, April 7th, 2001 by Bishop Enuku.
Others include a gigantic Health Facility Building of St. Andrew’s Hospital located at the Robert Road, Warri. The foundation of the Church Hospital was laid on 15th October, 2002 by His lordship, the Rt. Revd Nathaniel AkporovabeEnuku the then bishop of Warri Diocese.
On December 16th, 2001, as the Centenary celebration was coming to a conclusion, the cobble-filled premises and parking space of the Cathedral was commissioned for use by Bishop Enuku. This facility was provided by Chief E.K. Clark a parishioner, assisted by his family, friends and the Cathedral Church.
Recently, flat screens/Plasma TVs were installed in the main church for parishoners to see clearly all service procedures especially during the Sunday services-despite a member’s sitting position within the church and outside.