Sunday, July 06, 2014

National Conference of Fijian Uniting Church congregations in Australia

from w
The past four days over four hundred people gathered at the Campaspe Downs Conference Centre near Kyneton, Victoria for the National Conference of Fijian congregations of the Uniting Church and what a great time they had. It didn't rain but it was fairly cold especially for the visitors from Darwin and Brisbane.The hospitality was extended brilliantly by the Melbourne people by self-catering in abundance rather than the Campaspe Downs staff look after the kitchen. Lovo food and everything was available.. The sessions were led by a variety of leaders and there was a special focus on youth and small children - 150 of them On today, the last day, there was a farewell church service which included an action chorus and a song from the children, a splendid sermon by Jone Lotu from Darwin, a prayer in an Aboriginal language from a guest from Darwin, and Communion was celebrated  by Rev Eseta Meneilly. A special presentation was made to Dr Rev Jovili Meo and Lisa, so it was a full service with singing hymns and polotu and prayer. We had an opportunity to catch up with friends from many parts of Australia.  These conferences have been going for several years and in the early days Peceli was involved as a Secretary.  Here are some photos from today.

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