METHODIST church members in Lautoka gathered at the Coronation Church yesterday to mark a special milestone.
The Methodist Church's Lautoka branch celebrated its 10th year anniversary bringing believers from all over the Sugar City to a church service to commemorate the occasion.
Church spokesman Asesela Serau said the occasion was a special moment for all members of the congregation.
"This is a time for us to remember how the Lautoka Methodist Church was established and reflect on the good and bad times the church went through," he said.
Describing the history of the Lautoka Methodist branch, Mr Serau said the decision to establish the division came after a meeting with the Fiji Methodist Church Council 15 years ago.
"In 1998, during the Fiji Methodist Church conference, it was decided that a Lautoka branch be established in 2003," he said.
"To overlook this plan, a committee of pastors was established in 2002 by the Natokowaqa branch."
Mr Serau said the Lautoka Methodist Church was subsequently established in January 2003 and was led by its first pastor Reverend Lorima Uluiqaravau.
"Rev Uluiqaravau was then replaced by Reverend Mesake Tuima in 2004. Rev Tuima passed away in October 2005 and was then replaced by Reverend Manasa Saraqia a year later.
"Rev Saraqia served the church until last year when he was replaced by Reverend Peni Koroi.
"We are grateful to the Fiji Methodist Church for choosing these men for leading our church over the past 10 years," he added.