Rediscover the isolated community of Gloriavale, with a new special focusing on the role of women. Made with the support of NZ on Air.
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Introducing Dove and Watchful's first-born son, Thoughtful.
Dove Love performs the original song she composed for her husband, Watchful Steadfast.
Music teacher Angel Benjamin showcases her singing talent.
New babies at Gloriavale get a check-up for any physical abnormalities or development problems. Harmony, the midwife, likes to include the parents in this process by explaining what shes looking for, and this gives them a chance to better understand their babys natural reflexes.
Noah Hopeful is the lead cabinet maker at Gloriavale. When Steady passes away the job falls to him and his assistant, Judah, to come up with a simple design for a coffin. Made from MDF, the parts are assembled with glue and brads, before being painted in spray shop.
Singing is an important part of life in the community. Kids are encouraged to sing as soon as they can talk, and many young people sing as they go about their everyday chores. In this clip theyre performing a new song, Jordans Banks, recently composed by three men from the community.
From the Archives: The Gloriavale Christian Community hasnt always been on the West Coast. As this retro Country Calendar item shows, they were originally based near Rangiora in North Canterbury. When this item was filmed there were only 134 residents and while the population has quadrupled since then some things havent changed Theyve always been into self-sufficiency, making their own bread, and doing almost everything themselves.
The bi-annual concert at Gloriavale is big event. They put it on over a month to entertain the local Greymouth community. Admission is free and includes a four course meal. In additional to re-enacting bible stories and musical items, there are plenty of items to entertain the children, many featuring animal characters. The moose costume was an ambitious project and used skills of the whole community!
From an early age boys at Gloriavale are encouraged to use their practical skills in creative ways. Building stuff and inventing things is encouraged here. With Paul's wedding only a few weeks away, his friends put their heads together to create some challenges Paul and Pearl will undertake as part of their Pre-wedding Party.
Paul and his sister Jordan are the eldest of the Valor family. Paul's mother Purity is looking forward to the birth of her twelfth child, due in March. At Gloriavale families are close, with the oldest kids helping with care of the little ones.
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