Wesley Mission shares the Easter message around the world
Each year, Wesley Mission shares the Easter message with millions of Australians through our public events and broadcasts. In 2015, our Easter Mission reached more people than ever before – not only in Australia, but around the world - with live social media updates from all our events and live video streaming of our Easter Sunday Sunrise service.
Easter Sunday Sunrise Service reaches a global audience
As the sun rose across Sydney Harbour on Sunday 5 May, Wesley Mission’s Easter Sunrise Service spread the Easter message not just around Australia but around the globe with people attending in person, tuning in to the Channel 9 broadcast, listening to the simulcast on Sydney’s Hope 103.2 and Melbourne’s LightFM and - for the first time - watching the live stream from our website.
We were blessed with performances by opera soprano Sarah Toth, the Wesley Mission Samoan Congregational Choir and the Wesley Impact! band, who all provided rich, rousing and inspiring music as the audience reflected on the good news of Easter.
The CEO of Wesley Mission, the Rev Dr Keith Garner’s Easter message struck a chord with the audience. Based on Mark 16, Dr Garner’s Easter message demonstrated how, with all the insecurities we face in our lives today, the fear felt by the women on finding the empty tomb still speaks to us.
“Fear can ultimately lead to a powerful witness for good,” Dr Garner said. “The lives of the women who discovered the empty tomb that first Easter Day received hope and this provided a renewed sense of purpose.”
“We remind ourselves that the risen power of Jesus Christ is able to change lives,” Dr Garner said.
The Wesley Mission Easter Sunrise Service was the culmination of a variety of Wesley Mission events in Holy Week starting with the Palm Sunday procession.
Wesley Mission Easter Breakfast draws record numbers
Our annual Easter Breakfast drew together a record number of professionals from across the city to hear Dr Garner interview AMP Foundation Chairman Richard Grellman. The packed room was quiet as everyone listened intently to Richard recalling his experience supporting his wife in her struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
In his address, Dr Garner said Christian faith and work in the community are inseparable.
“We can’t remove our engagement in public life and remain Christian,” he said. “The church’s job is to be there amid the pain and the mess.”
Good Friday Journey to the Cross procession
Wesley Mission’s Journey to the Cross procession on Good Friday was a compelling reminder of Christ’s sacrifice. Crowds came out to watch and media circulated images from the event around the world.
After the procession, Dr Garner shared the Easter message through the Good Friday Service in the Wesley Theatre in Sydney’s city centre.
The most powerful way people experience His love at Wesley Mission is through our work. Inspired by its Christian faith, Wesley Mission has provided care for the most vulnerable members of our society for more than 200 years. We demonstrate this love through more than 130 services across New South Wales - from mental health and counselling services to youth and family services, our programs address the needs of the whole person, not just their current challenges.