Sunday, March 27, 2011
Fijians in Melbourne
This afternoon we took two cars from Geelong up to Melbourne to St Marks Uniting Church for a combined service with four or more Fijian congregations from different parts of Melbourne. We meet every three months in this way for fellowship, worship, lovely lovo food and of course singing. The church was packed and children were out in the Sunday School for part of the time. Choirs were informal but based on vanua groupings and it is always enjoyable to do this. Tovata were in fine form singing polotu accompanied by a triangle. Here are some photos from today. (In Australia the Methodists joined with the Presbyterians and Congregational churches to for the Uniting Church many years ago but of course there are Fijian families in Melbourne who also belong to penticostal and other denominations.) It was a lovely afternoon of catching up with friends who we have known a long time, and for our eldest son and his family to meet up with those that he knew a few years back before he went overseas to Fiji to work. I took photos of the children (left the church before the sermon, ha ha) who were practicing for their Palm Sunday program.