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A new dawn, a new beginning

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 will mark another important year for the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma.

Church communications secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said 2014 would mark the 50th year of the church becoming an independent/autonomous conference.

"The celebration committee is working a program that will run from the annual division meetings in April/May," Mr Bhagwan said.

"This will include the annual conference in August/September and conclude in October along with the rededication and opening of the refurbished Baker Memorial Church."

Mr Bhagwan said the year would also mark the finalisation, launch and implementation of the church's connexional plan which would set out the focus area on which the church would concentrate on the next three to five years.

"This will be implemented at the connexional (departmental) level and also at divisional level for the 56 divisions and spread down to the local churches.

"We will continue to work on the revised constitution and policies and regulations of the church as part of the move to update the work of the church in the 21st century.

"The church remains committed to both its pastoral and spiritual role and the social role it has played in Fiji since 1835."

Mr Bhagwan, who is also the interim general secretary of the Fiji Council of Churches, said they had made plans for activities in the first six months of 2014 to help foster the spirit of unity and solidarity among churches as well as the wider Christian community in Fiji.