Preparations for the Methodist Church Conference are well underway, with the grounds committee at their final stages of setting up.
The Methodist Festival of Praise and Gift Gifting or “Solevu” as it is known, begins on Friday with performances from Primary and High School students.
The official opening of the “Solevu” and the “Choir Festival”, will be led by the current President – Reverend Doctor Tevita Nawadra Banivanua, on Saturday at furnival park.
“We are expecting a number of guests to visit and spend time with us over the two weeks. This weekend we have the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, who is based in the World Council of Churches head office in Geneva. He is on a regional trip to visit some of the pacific island member churches, he is in Fiji for a couple of days for meetings with the Methodist Church, Fiji Council of Churches and some of our regional institutions as well,” said Reverend James Bhagwan.
The President of the Methodist Church in New Zealand and the President of the Methodist Church in Great Britain, will also be present at the official opening of the “Solevu”.
Events to look forward to include – performances from around 350 choirs, with requests made from other denominations to participate as well.
“We will be having some presentations from the COP23 secretariat, they will be coming to have a discussion with the Methodist Church conference on climate change. The Fiji council of churches is already working with the COP23 secretariat on initiatives in Fiji. This is just a chance to explain what is happening in terms of COP23, Fiji’s participation and the issues surrounding climate change within the country itself. And how we at grassroots level can really become more active in addressing climate change from mitigation, from adaptation and of course care for the environment, which is also part of the Methodist church’s new exodus. And we are also expecting a senior representative from the Fiji Police Force to come and speak to us about the current issues in terms of the crime rate and some of the major issues that they are facing that we can help them with.”