C.C.C.S. Afega dedicates renovation of church building
Members of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) in Afega continued the celebration of their 50th Anniversary yesterday with the opening of its newly renovated church building.
The dedication service was conducted by Reverend Elder Fili Sia.
According to the Secretary of the Project Committee, Fata Paulo Seuseu, the total cost of the project was $389,936.80.
“We started planning in 2015,” he said.
“We looked at the work that needed to be done for the church building which was not safe.
“We considered that the roof was leaking, we also looked at the multipurpose building for the congregation because it was also not safe as well as the the pastor’s residence.
“In 2016 we started the renovations works that is launched today.”
The project included strengthening the structure of the building, a refurbished pulpit, new doors, paint, tiles, chairs, air conditioning among other things that needed to be improved.
Reverend Luapene Nepo of the C.C.C.S. thanked everyone that contributed to the funding of the church renovations.
He also took a moment to acknowledge the people who were there before his time.
“This is a day of remembrance of those that were here before us, forefathers and ancestors that have lived and attended the church,” he said.
He added that the celebration this week not only launches the project; it was also an opportunity for the people of Afega living in Samoa and abroad to come together as a family.
The congregation has more than 300 members.
After the church service yesterday, traditional formalities followed.
The 50th anniversary cakes were also distributed to Church leaders and members of the church present.