THE Methodist Church in Fiji's vision to set up a new scholarship trust fund for its lay members heads in the right direction following the collection of about $700,000 at its golden jubilee celebration in Suva last week.
Newly elected president Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua said many times, the focus had been on the ministers going for further education.
"We lacked in preparing the lay people so this is for them and this collection will be specially for them," Mr Banivanua said.
"We want to help our lay people who are not ministers have chances to study theology."
Church communications secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said the church raised $256,569.35, which were donations from overseas guests.
On Thursday during the gifting day for the scholarship fund, the church raised $372, 275.70.
$71,000 was raised at the first two days of the celebrations at the Furnival Park in Toorak.
"It was also announced that our financial year, which started in June to date, over almost $1million of our levies has come in. The connexional levies members pay, they continue to support the church despite financial difficulties, we still expecting some circuits to bring more money for the scholarship fund."
Meanwhile, other major appointments and transfer of church ministers to various circuits and divisions across the country will be discussed today.