Church is Samoa is a big deal. It is a super big deal. They live for church. Some might question how much it leads one’s life but no question that church is center to Samoan life. The Constitution begins, “Samoa is found on God.”
Come Sunday, try and get your best clothes on, clear out your day and head to the closest village church. If you do not have anything nice, ask a local what to wear. A nice lavalava and Hawaiian will work for a Palagi (white person). Church in Samoa is a touchy thing.
Be warned: church services are long and the preacher can preach even longer. Pastors are under the belief that Sunday is their day to speak as long as they want and as Christians, the people should be there taking notes.
My guess would be three hours is average.
Will you understand Church in Samoa?
This will all depend on the pastor’s education and the education of the people in the village you are in. If the pastor speak decent english and he thinks the people understand english enough; he will probably switch from Samoan to English.
Depending what type of church you go to, they might do more singing than speaking. Others have long winded preachers. Just go with the flow.
After church people will come up to you and talk to you, culturally, they are expected to welcome and honor the palagi (white person). They will ask you to come to their home for dinner. Enjoy the Sunday feast in the village.
About an hour or so, later, try your best to excuse yourself so you can enjoy your day. They understand you have other things to do and they will plan to nap all day anyways.
Anyways, Enjoy church and you never know; God might speak to you in Samoan.