A NEW local church has been consecrated over the weekend at Chapuru community, Visale sub-station in North West Guadalcanal.
According to John Toki, Solomon Star’s Guadalcanal correspondent, close to a thousand people have braved the heavy down pour on Saturday to witness the blessing of the new church.
“These people came from communities in Guadalcanal, the nearby Savo, Russell, and Ngella Islands, Honiara, and also Malaita province.
“Members of other denominations were also part of the event.”
Mr Toki said Arch Bishop Adrian Smith was in charge of the dedication of the new Catholic Church.
“That was a historic event for the community and one that they have been looking forward to because they started building the permanent church building some 20 years back.
“Some of those who initiated the plan have passed on, but many were happy to finally witness the consecration of the building.”
Speaking at the occasion, Chairman of the Chapuru community Joseph Riosi also thanked those that contributed towards the completion of the building.
“I want to thank those that have assisted us in the construction of this church for their abiding support,” Mr Riosi said.
The event ended with entertainments and feasting.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA