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Sydney landmarks set stage for Easter commemorations

18 April 2019 Media releases
  • Good Friday event, 19 April 2019, 1.30 pm at Martin Place Amphitheatre, Sydney

  • Easter Sunday sunrise service, 21 April 2019, 6.00 am at Sydney Opera House

At Easter, Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Good Friday services around the country. In Sydney, Wesley Mission will use Martin Place to retell Jesus' journey to the cross and his final hours via a dramatic street theatre performance in the city centre.

On Good Friday it is not uncommon to hear people ask, ‘what’s so good about it’, but the inclusiveness of Christ’s actions, is a signpost of hope that we are cared for and change is always possible.

Highlighting the importance of Good Friday, Wesley Mission CEO, the Rev Keith Garner said, “Jesus Christ’s sacrificial love revealed on the cross sends a simple yet powerful message to all - you matter to God. Nobody is beyond the place of redemption and hope.”

Narrated through the voice of Mary Magdalene, the drama will present an account of Jesus and his disciples’ last supper together before he was arrested, tried and crucified. The drama will be followed by music, a relevant message and an opportunity for everyone present to respond by placing red rose petals on a heavy, wooden cross.

Easter Sunday celebration

On Easter Sunday, Wesley Mission will celebrate that ‘Christ is risen’ at a service with a difference, broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House at sunrise. The service will feature special music guests including Australian singer, Ellen Malone and an inspiring Easter message from the Rev Keith Garner.

In addition to the live broadcast in Australia on the Channel 9 Network, the service is being simulcast on radio stations around the country and a livestream available worldwide at wesleymission.org.au.

“Jesus Christ is the basis of our living hope,” said Garner. “Easter Day speaks a profound message of new life for all through Christ and has the power to bring people together. We believe this assurance is worth celebrating.”

Wesley Mission reaches all faces of Australia—from children, families and the elderly, to those struggling with homelessness, addiction, mental health, financial or domestic challenges. It seeks to walk alongside those most in need to help each person reach their next step.

Media: download video and audio of the Rev Keith Garner’s full Easter message here.

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