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Atiu’s Gospel : Bicentennial celebrations witness harmonious blend of tradition, faith

Thursday 20 July 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features, National, Outer Islands

Before the break of dawn, the island of Atiu or Enuamanu rose to the drums of the tangi kaara signalling the beginning of the official ceremonial events to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of Te Arikianga o te Evangelia, the arrival of Christianity in 1823.

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Atiu marks Te Arikianga o te Evangelia –200 years of Christianity

Wednesday 19 July 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features

Two centuries ago on July 19, 1823, the Gospel made its way to the shores of Enuamanu/Atiu, forever changing the lives and culture of its people.

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Atiu begins 200-year Te Arikianga o te Evangelia Celebrations

Tuesday 18 July 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features, National, Outer Islands

A jubilant atmosphere is on the island of Enuamanu/Atiu as its residents and visitors gather to commemorate the momentous occasion of Te Arikianga o te Evangelia to mark their historic 200th anniversary of the Arrival of the Gospel.

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A dedicated CICC General Assembly

Monday 17 July 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features, Local, National

The Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) 34th General Assembly drew to a close yesterday morning in a momentous ceremony which saw hundreds of the devout congregation march along the road to the Are Pure Ebenezera church in Ngatangiia.

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Seeds of Christianity: The establishment of three “Mission Stations” on Rarotonga

Saturday 15 July 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Historian and author Howard Henry has been fascinated by the birth of Christianity in the Cook Islands for many years. In a weekly series, Henry chronicles the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands and its role in building the nation

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Church talk: Who and what matters most?

Saturday 15 July 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Bishop Tutai Pere asks the questions in this week’s Church Talk.

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Meeting house reopened with grand ceremony

Thursday 13 July 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features, Local, National

Te Kapua’anga O Te Evangelia’ Meeting House in Takuvaine, a special gathering place which was built to commemorate Gospel history, has reopened its doors following a two-month-long renovation project.

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Cook Islands Christian Church General Assembly opens

Monday 10 July 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features

The Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) is the first and oldest church in the nation and this year the church is hosting its 34th General Assembly.

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Seeds of Christianity: All Christians are children of God

Saturday 8 July 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Historian and author Howard Henry has been fascinated by the birth of Christianity in the Cook Islands for many years. In a weekly series, Henry chronicles the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands and its role in building the nation.

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Glorious Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church reopens

Saturday 8 July 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features

Faith and community celebrated the restoration and rebirth of the glorious Avarua CICC Ziona Tapu church after a year of extensive renovations, which culminated in a joyous reopening yesterday morning.

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Church Talk: Father, may they be in us

Wednesday 5 July 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Bishop Paul Donoghue writes: "Last Friday I was privileged to attend the rededication of the Cook Islands Christian Church in Titikaveka known by the name of “Betela”.

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Seeds of Christianity: ‘Traditional gods of the past, destitute of any real power’

Saturday 1 July 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Historian and author Howard Henry has been fascinated by the birth of Christianity in the Cook Islands for many years. In a weekly series, Henry chronicles the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands and its role in building the nation. This is his ninth article in the series.

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Church Talk: ‘May we evaluate what we treasure in our hearts’

Friday 30 June 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

The gospel of Jesus Christ has within it a principle of progression, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Latter-day Saints.

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Titikaveka’s Betela Ready to Reopen

Thursday 29 June 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Culture, Features, National

The village of Titikaveka is excited as the Ekalesia’s Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) Betela reopens its doors tomorrow, following months of detailed renovations.

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Christianity brings hope to Tinomana Ariki as Gospel arrives in Rarotonga

Saturday 24 June 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Church Talk, Features

Historian and author Howard Henry has been fascinated by the birth of Christianity in the Cook Islands for many years. In a weekly series, Henry chronicles the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands and its role in building the nation. In this article he talks about how the Gospel arrived at Rarotonga.

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Church Talk: Making God our top priority

Friday 23 June 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Growing up in church, we were told on a regular basis about the need to put God first. Even in our family home our parents had this slogan to remind us: ‘God first, school second, and girlfriend last’. Though we saw the funny side of it, but they were teaching us that above everything else, to make God our highest priority, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa from the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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‘You’ve been worshipping nothing but pieces of wood’

Saturday 17 June 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Art, Church Talk, Features

Historian and author Howard Henry has been fascinated by the birth of Christianity in the Cook Islands for many years. In a weekly series, Henry chronicles the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands and its role in building the nation. In this article he talks about how the Gospel arrived at Mitiaro and Mauke.

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Church Talk: What to do in a messed up world!

Friday 16 June 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

There is a particular group of men from Israel, who were known as the Sons of Issachar. God had given this group a unique gift. They had the unusual ability to understand the seasons and to know what to do, writes Pastor Paul Kauri of the ArePua Church.

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Church talk: The continuing power of the Holy Spirit in church

Friday 9 June 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

As Christians celebrate Pentecost Day, they are also reminded of their own history when God poured out His Spirit upon all mankind, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

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A lifelong journey of nurturing our people

Saturday 3 June 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features, Weekend

Pastor Tevai Matapo OBE known affectionately as Bobby is an ‘incredibly extraordinary’ man who has touched the lives of so many people.

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