Address

Corner of Robertson Road and Scott Street Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Postal Address
1 Glencaple Court, Endeavour Hills 3802 Victoria, Australia

Office Bearers

  • Minister: Rev. Akatika Nanua
  • Assistant Minister: Mr Kaimaria Nikoro
  • Secretary: Mr Poona Kura
  • Assistant Secretary: Mr Nikoro Nikoro
  • Secretary to Deacons: Mr Teava Nanai
  • Treasurer: Mr Mouauri Terepita
  • Assistant Treasurer: Mr Nikoro Nikoro
  • Youth President: Mr TJ Nanai
  • Assistant Youth President: Mr Teina Iorangi
  • Sunday School Principal: Mrs Matakeu Iorangi
  • General Assembly Rep: Mr Aravei Ruarangi

Membership

  • 1 Elder
  • 7 Deacons
  • 65 regular adult members
  • 45 regular Sunday School Students
  • 45 regular Christian Youth members
  • An estimated 35 others

History

Dandenong CICC first started in a residential location in 1993 with 6 families and has grown over the years to a significant number now. The first church service held at the premise of where the church is located was conducted by the former president of the CICC Rev. Tangimetua Tangatatutai, and the first minister posted to the church by the CICC General Assembly was the Rev. Teina Tepania. Dandenong has had its fair share of grievances but it has also seen many triumphal ventures in its time and today through the faithfulness of its members past and present, Dandenong continues to shine for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Administration

The Minister is the chairperson for all meetings except departmental ones. The overall administrator is the Secretary, assisted by the Assistant Secretary. The Treasurer looks after the church’s finances and reports regularly to church meetings

Departments

There are 4 departments; Deacon’s, Women’s Fellowship, Christian Youth and Sunday School. Each department has its own regular programs and activities

Meetings

All departments hold regular individual meetings to monitor the progress of their own programs. The Church as a whole has a combined meeting at the end of every 3 months. In these quarterly meetings, reports are given from the Minister, Secretary, Treasurer and department leaders. Irregular meetings are also convened as and when the need arises

Protocol

Our Cook Islands culture and tradition, especially in the essence of our Cook Islands Christian Church (Religion), is so well depicted in its Sunday service. On communion Sunday, men wear white suits and women wear white dresses. During the actual services, the following are observed:

• Quietness at all times unless part-taking in the hymns
• Mobile phones are to be turned off
• Casual wear (singlets, shorts, etc.) is not preferred

Sermons

Dandenong CICC follows the Scripture Union Bible Reading Plan which sets out daily scripture readings. Sermons are conducted mainly in Cook Islands Maori with some English translation for the sake of our young people who grew up here in Australia and therefore has very little local language (Cook Is Maori). Sermons are prepared and presented by the Minister, Assistant Minister, Deacons and any visiting Minister from outside the Church

Regular Church Service

Normal church service:
  • Sunday main service: 2pm
Other/special services include the following:
  • Pre-Easter (Holy communion for the entire church members) Thursday evening 7:00pm before Good Friday
  • Good Friday: 11:00am
  • Easter Sunday: Combined CICC Victoria Service
  • Christmas Eve: Combined CICC Victoria Service
  • New Year’s Eve: Combined CICC Victoria Service
  • Prayer Week - 1st Week of the New Year (Pure Ebedoma): 7:00pm (Mon - Fri)
  • Weddings: (as required)
  • Funeral Service: (as required)

Order of Sunday Main Service

The order of the main service (2pm Sundays) is as follows:

- Invocation - Pure
- Sunday School hymn (imene Apii Sabati)
- Prayer of confession/Lord’s prayer - Pure Tataraara/Pure a te atu
- Bible reading in Cook Islands Language - Tatau Tuatua, reo Maori
- Traditional hymn (imene tuki - Reo Metua)
- Bible reading in English - Tatau Tuatua, reo Papaa
- Prayer of thanksgiving/intercession - Pure Akameitakianga
- Traditional hymn - Imene tumu, Reo Metua
- Sermon - Akoanga
- Sunday School hymn - Imene Apii Sabati
- Vesper

A normal service of the above order runs for about an hour, with the actual sermon taking from 10-15 minutes. Functions and ceremonies are also held in the church which may vary the order of service, for example; baptism, marriage, bereavement service and Youth and Sunday School Service (Teretere Mapu e te Apii Sabati) and our combined service with the Uniting Church of Dandenong

Other Information

Dandenong Church is a member of the CICC of Australia Church Council, and is also a member of the Victoria Church Council. The Church participates in all programs and activities organized by these two council’s. Dandenong Cook Island’s Christian Church is a branch of the CICC that complies with the rules, regulations of the resolutions passed by the CICC General Assembly

Contact for more Information

Minister: Rev. Akatika Nanua

Address: 1 Glencaple Court, Endeavour Hills 3802, Victoria, Australia
Phone: (03) 9700 7007
Mob: 041 347 7780
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Secretary: Mr. Aravei Ruarangi
Address: 329 Providence Road, Cranbourne West, Victoria, Australia
Phone: (03) 5996 8915
Mob: 040 136 5128 or 040 256 6495
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