Pastors, leaders and interested individuals aged 18+
10-24th June 2017
Contact Rachel Murray
09 526 8446
A fine looking man of medium height sits down behind a drum in the front row of the seating. The start of the Church Service is a few minutes away. He flicks through a song book, searching for a song to sing. Finding the desired song, he calls out the name of the song and number, and begins to beat the drum while singing.
Gradually the people sitting behind him in their wooden pews join in the song. Soon, many are singing, some with eyes closed. As my eyes scan around the large church building I see more and more children, young people, adults, gathering for this New Year's Day service, 2017.
A sense of anticipation builds, as more and more people fill the building. The children bunch up together in the pew chatting quietly. Older women sitting at the front sing and pray. It seems to be the place reserved for them. Many are wearing a white headdress. There is a character and dignity about them as they sing and worship.