Nation gears up for Gospel Day

Wednesday October 25, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Gospel Day is a joyous and exciting holiday for the Cook Islands, with high-spirited dramas and singing presented by members of the local church community. 17102428 Gospel Day is a joyous and exciting holiday for the Cook Islands, with high-spirited dramas and singing presented by members of the local church community. 17102428

It’s National Gospel Day tomorrow, and throughout the nation, Cook Islands residents will gather to celebrate the much-anticipated event.

 

On Rarotonga, the six Cook Islands Christian Churches (CICC) will be hosting an event at Teimurimotia Park in Titikaveka to honour the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands on October 26, 1821.

Gospel Day coordinator Ken Ben said not only was it a national holiday but it was also an opportunity for people to remember the positive changes in lifestyle that the gospel had brought many years ago.

“Gospel Day is about unity and bringing people together to focus what God has done for the country.

 “We have celebrated Gospel Day for years, and this year we are expecting a lot of people to be there.”

Every year, the nation commemorates the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands with the annual Nuku Day programme. 

This year’s theme is, “The Prophecy for Eternal Life – Jesus Is Coming Back”.

“If we really look at what is going on in the world today, we can see that the prophesies in the bible are being fulfilled,” Ben said.

“We are getting closer to the end times.” 

All of the CICC churches have been making last-minute preparations to present dramas, singing and dance performances that will depict the timeline from the birth of Jesus Christ to the judgement day that the Bible says is yet to come.

“Young children and the elderly will all take part and this year we aimed to get everybody involved,” he said

Ben says Gospel Day is usually held at the CICC church grounds, but this year they decided to locate the event at Teimurimotia Park where six marquees will be set around the field to cater for the six groups performing.

“We haven’t held Gospel Day at the Teimurimotia Park since the 1970s, so this year we are expecting a great turnout,” he said. The event will start at 9am tomorrow and continue till midday.

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