Thursday, February 09, 2012

Permits but monitoring

from w
Permits okay, but why the monitors of ordinary church meetings? They still don't trust the Methodists when they pray and discuss church work?
From Fijilive today:

Methodist Church gets permit for meeting
February 09, 2012 12:45:25 PMA+ A-|||
A number of Methodist churches around the country will now be able to have their general meetings after receiving approval from the Fiji Police Force.

This was confirmed to FijiLive by Director of Police Operations SSP Rusiate Tudravu.

According to Tudravu, the Divisional Police Commanders will giving out permits and there will be terms and conditions which the churches will have to adhere to before, during and after their meetings.

He said a group of officers will be monitoring and observing the meeting.

Meanwhile, Methodist Church Assistant Secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra is thankful to the Fiji Police Force for granting permits to the church.

Rev Nawadra said churches in Suva, in Vanua Levu and those near towns will be able to conduct their meetings.

He said they are still awaiting approval for those churches in the outer islands.

" It is difficult for those in outer islands like Ono-I-Lau to get a permit since they are not close to a police station so they have to submit their applications in Suva."

All churches with permits are expected to have their meetings in the first Sunday of next month.

By Mereani Gonedua


Andrew Thornley said...

Distressing to say the least

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

They seem to be wimps. Where is the courage of the talatalas of earlier years? You don't need a directive from the top to be wary of sermon content. Come on, come on. Each talatala must use his or her own conscience and with God's help preach the gospel.

from today's Fiji Times:
Church cautions its preachers
Serelisoni Moceica
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
THE Methodist Church has cautioned its pastors to be wary of the contents of their sermons.

The advice comes after the church welcomed moves by the police to allow the denomination to hold its monthly and tri-monthly meetings again.

Assistant church general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said they were grateful for the positive reaction from the police in response to their requests.

"This is positive for us and we're very happy with the development," he said.

Mr Nawadra said churches would need to individually apply for permits from the police to conduct church meetings.

He said the next step for the church was to gain a general permit for churches in the islands and rural settlements situated far from police posts. etc. etc.

Andrew Thornley said...

It's almost getting like Germany in the 1930s - heaven forbid!