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Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)

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Description: Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this...
Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local graveyard is noted for some famous inhabitants including American author Robert Dean Frisbie.
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Beautiful singing

Although we aren't avid church goers we went along to experience a service at CICC. It was everything that it was promised to be. The congregation were so welcoming, they invited... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Although we aren't avid church goers we went along to experience a service at CICC. It was everything that it was promised to be. The congregation were so welcoming, they invited all guests to join them for morning tea after the service. The church is beautiful in its simplicity and the choir's singing was amazing. They were all so enthusiastic.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A wonderful way to share with the local people worshipping their god. The singing is so pure. We went on a special Sunday and were invited afterwards to share in lunch. The ladies are so beautiful in their Sunday best and the church has a specific costume for the choir members. A must.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great to worship with fellow believers. Language was not an issue as the service was conducted in English and Cook Island Maori. We were made to feel very welcomed. Singing was amazing, without amplification. Make sure it is something you do. God is alive and well in Rarotonga.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The missionaries decimated the Cook Islands population and eliminated all native cultures...and now the islanders respect them with these massive churches. Church, religion, and missionaries are a waste of time--stay away!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Very warm welcome received. Even extended to lunch afterwards - the people were so hospitable and friendly. We enjoyed sharing lunch and speaking to the local people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We attended the CICC down at Titikaveka. Most of the service was in Cook Island Maori, but we were made very welcome and there was enough english to follow along. The singing was beautiful. They left the church doors open and during prayers it felt like the holy spirit was gently blowing around us. It was Communion Sunday after the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It was a very very wet Sunday morning when we visited Avarua CICC but it was well worth the effort. It turned out to be a special service marking the beginning of the CICC Assembly Week with delegates from NZ, Australia, Fiji, Tonga etc and they and the rest of the congregation were all dressed in white. There was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Did not have a white outfit but my mid length skirt and top were fine. Parish looked absolutely stunning and they sang like angels with gusto. This is a wonderful way to spend Sunday morning. Dress up and be ready to sing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The singing was beautiful, as was the feeling of warmth and community. For a real sense of the heart of the locals, I would highly recommend attending a Sunday service. Oh, and I loved all the pretty hats that the women wore!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

Going to church on Sunday in Rarotonga is a real treat. The singing by the women and men together and separately is amazing in the church.

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