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Church celebrates our culture

Tuesday August 28, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Singing the Cook Islands Maori version of a song written by Tony Fe’ao, “Tapu, Tapu Te Atu”, are Konini Rongo and Tony Fe’ao. 18082614 Singing the Cook Islands Maori version of a song written by Tony Fe’ao, “Tapu, Tapu Te Atu”, are Konini Rongo and Tony Fe’ao. 18082614

Celebration Church celebrated the culture of the Cook Islands at their annual “Te Atua Mou” service on Sunday. 

Church pastor Jonathan Cargill said the expression of dance, song and food was universal to most cultures.

“Here in the Cook Islands we have a unique culture that brings joy and celebration, and our heart as a church is to bring glory to God through the expression of the Cook Islands culture.” 

Church leader Kora Kora shared how he believed that binge-drinking has become a part of the Cook Islands culture. He said he had been bound by this addiction, until he had an encounter with Jesus Christ that had set him free.

Church leader Gus Meyer shared how God intended the culture for mankind to be without brokenness, sickness, depression and poverty. Meyer said the more the Cook Islands aligned itself with this culture, that greater blessings would come upon the community and land.

“Not everything we have embraced in our culture is positive, and we need to consider what we are passing on to future generations.”

A number of dance, song and drumming items were performed by church members followed by a traditional kaikai.