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Celebration – Methodists prepare for Golden Jubilee

This year’s event will mark 179 years ANA SOVARAKI SUVA Final preparations for the Methodist Church in Fiji’s golden jubilee celebrations are in progress. Secretary for communications Reverend James Bhagwan
10 Aug 2014 09:29

This year’s event will mark 179 years

ANA SOVARAKI
SUVA
Final preparations for the Methodist Church in Fiji’s golden jubilee celebrations are in progress.
Secretary for communications Reverend James Bhagwan said the week-long celebration would start on Sunday, August 17, with a special church service at the Vodafone Arena.
From Monday 18 celebrations will move to Furnival Park in Toorak.
“Monday is being dedicated to reconciliation within the church and will be a day of fasting and prayer and worship,” Reverend Bhagwan said.
He said there would be a special service with representatives of the clergy, led by the interim church president Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca and lay members, led by the lay vice-president.
They will be seeking forgiveness and renewed relationships within the Methodist community in Fiji, culminating in a mass celebration of the Holy Communion (Eucharist/Lord’s Supper).
“Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd August are dedicated to celebrating the relationship of the church with the vanua and partner churches.
“In the afternoons, overseas representatives would make presentations. The representatives are from Great Britain, Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, United Church of Papua New Guinea, Uniting Church in Australia, Methodist Church of Samoa, United Church in the Solomon Islands, United Methodist Church – USA, Methodist Church in New Zealand and the Korean Methodist Church.”

“Thursday, August 21 has been designated as a Gifting Day for the local Methodist community.
“One of the highlights of the week will be the “Agape Feast” on the evening of Friday 22nd August at the FMF Gymnasium.
“August 23 is dedicated to Methodist educational institutions.
“The week-long celebrations will be followed by the annual Methodist Conference, from 25th to 29th August,” he said.
It will conclude with the opening of the refurbished Baker Memorial Church in Davuilevu, Nausori on October 10. The church’s ‘Connexional Plan and Mission to the Next Fifty Years’ will be launched on October 11 and the commemoration of Cabe Ni Lotu on October 12. This marks exactly 179 years to the day when the first Wesleyan (Methodist) missionaries arrived on the island of Lakeba.
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