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By KERESI NAUWAKARAWA
The Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma are waiting for an approval from authorities to stage its annual meetings.
This month the church is seeking a general permit for churches in the islands and a permit for the church’s annual conference in August.
Recently the church welcomed moves by the Fiji Police Force allowing the denomination to hold its monthly and tri-monthly meetings.
“We are reapplying for the permit to hold the meetings in Suva and for the outer islands,” Methodist Church general sectary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said.
“The church was to gain a general permit for churches in the islands and rural settlements as they are situated far from police posts.
“The other permit is for the annual meeting that is scheduled to be held during second term school break.
He said they were aware of the restrictions in place and they support it. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rusiate Tudravu said the permits were given with terms and conditions which the church leaders must follow.
Reverend Nawadra remains optimistic about the permits being approved.
Once the permits are approved Reverend Nawadra said the standing committee would then decide which direction the church would take, with full co-operation.
The Methodist Church of Fiji preaches to two thirds of the population with more than 2000 churches around Fiji and many of the churches are in the islands.