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Enthusiasm in Festival of Praise Attracts Participation

The Methodist Festival of Singing and Gift Giving registration is exceeding the expected number of choirs participating and could surpass the 300 that have already registered at the Furnival Park
17 Aug 2017 11:00
Enthusiasm in Festival of Praise Attracts Participation
Members of Suvavou men’s choir during the Methodist Church Festival of Praise at Furnival Park in Toorak, Suva on August 16, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Methodist Festival of Singing and Gift Giving registration is exceeding the expected number of choirs participating and could surpass the 300 that have already registered at the Furnival Park in Toorak, Suva.

Spokesman Reverend James Bhagwan said as of yesterday choirs were coming in the last minute to register for the love of singing and praising God.

“Their enthusiasm to sing and fellowship with their brothers and sisters is rewarding,” Reverend Bhagwan said.

“There is no competition and the contributions are voluntary. Participants are awarded certificates after singing,” he said.

“Some are showing up in the eleventh hour to sing without registering, we will not let anyone down.”

Members of Tabacakacaka Kalabu Men’s choir during the Methodist Church Festival of Praise at Furnival Park in Toorak, Suva on August 16, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Members of Tabacakacaka Kalabu Men’s choir during the Methodist Church Festival of Praise at Furnival Park in Toorak, Suva on August 16, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

This afternoon indo-Fijians will be singing the bhajan.

Groups intending to join can do so. Bhajan is a Hindi song with a religious theme or spiritual idea.

Lepani Lesi, 13, from Tuvuca, Vanuabalavu in Lau, was among the 20 men from the Vunidakua division in Cunningham who sang yesterday.

The Year Eight student of Nasinu Gospel Primary School started joining the Men’s choir last year.

He said that his dad had invited him to join the choir because of his beautiful voice.

“I love gospel music, and I love to sing for Jesus,” Lepani said.

He said the gospel song he loved to sing every day was “Au na seretaka tu na yacamuni Jisu”.

Suvavou Division Men’s Choir

The men of Suvavou Division from Natauvakarua division were singing for the first time this year.

Spokesman Timoci Buliruarua said in the past only the Natauvakarua division men’s choir sang but this year they are representing their circuit.

He said they were encouraged by their church reverend  as all the fathers needed to be the first to sing and show good example.

Meanwhile president of the Methodist Church of Fiji Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua will be opening a workshop at the Dudley church at 9am today for all heads of Methodist schools, managers, chaplains and leaders.

The workshop will be closed by the Permanent Secretary of Education Iowane Tiko.

Concurrently the Reverends’ wives meeting will be held at the Centenary Church at the same time.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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