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By FONUA TALEI
Preparations for the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma annual conference on August 29 to 31 have started following its permit approval yesterday.
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua approved the permit.
Methodist Church general-secretary, Reverend Tevita Nawadra said: “We are happy that our permit application has been granted. We’re taking this one step at a time. Hopefully it does not get cancelled like last year.”
He said the church acknowledged the conditions laid out in the permit.
Brigadier-General Naivalurua highlighted that the church must exclude activities that would financially burden its members during the three-day meet.
This includes the church bazaar and choir competition.
He said the force recognised the importance of the meetings, adding that the opportunity given should bring about positive changes for the best interest of its members and for all Fijians.
“The force believes that the church, like any other faith-based organisation, can positively contribute to the future growth and development of the nation, in line with Government’s vision for a better Fiji for all,” the Police Commissioner said.
Meanwhile, prominent church leaders from the various denominations are expected to meet tonight at the Suva’s Holy Trinity Anglican cathedral.
The meeting’s objective is to strengthen their relationship and help each other.
The Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, Anglican Diocese, Assemblies of God (AOG) and the Christian Mission Fellowship (CSMF) have confirmed their attendance.