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Weather hits thanksgiving service

Tuesday October 30, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Avarua CICC Ekalesia put on a wonderful performance featuring a mass choir of church members. Avarua CICC Ekalesia put on a wonderful performance featuring a mass choir of church members.

There were fewer people than usual at this year’s annual pre-cyclone season thanksgiving service at the National Auditorium on Sunday night – and the reason was the weather.

 

Wet and blustery weather was enough to deter some island residents, but a good-sized crowd still braved the elements to attend the service, which is organised by the Religious Advisory Council (RAC).

Council president Piltz Napa said yesterday that considering the weather had been bad, organisers were happy with the turnout overall. However, numbers had been down on the last thanksgiving service, held in April this year.

The RAC was pleased with the way the programme had run, with each of the churches involved being given a short time to present a prayer, a sermon and an item, he added.

“It allowed us to finish at a fairly responsible time.”

And Napa said it seems the service, which includes prayers that the country will be spared from cyclones and other natural disasters, is highly effective.

Thanksgiving services have been held before and after the cyclone season every year since 2006. The last cyclones to cause major damage on Rarotonga struck in 2005, when there were five of them. 

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