Spare thought for traditional Easter meaning, churches say
AMONG all the Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies that are gleefully unwrapped on Sunday morning, religious groups in Gladstone encourage people to spare a thought for the traditional meaning of Easter.
There are several church services happening across the Gladstone region at Easter, catering to a broad range of denominations.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church Pastor Ernie Wojnar is holding a service on Sunday morning focusing on the middle cross of redemption.
"This is the time, twice a year where we should really deep down, sit and think, what is it?" he said.
"What I would like people to take away from it, is that Easter is not just eat the chocolate, or the Easter eggs, but think (how) our salvation cost an incredible price.
"That's what I want people to get from my service is that God is love, and we should show this love to fellow human beings."
He said it was a good opportunity to spend time with family and friends and think about the broader meaning of the holiday.
"Because we have this holiday we can take the time and reflect on the spiritual things," he said.
The Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton administrator Reverend John Grace said this Easter is a time for rejuvenation and fresh belief.
"Easter is a type of Liturgical Spring Time. It puts new 'spring in our step' after the testing of Lent. We joyously celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus," he said.
"This Easter I pray that we can look at each other in a kindly glow and gauge the mark or the presence of the Risen Christ amongst us."
People can attend Pastor Wojnar's "At the Cross" service at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the corner of Tudman and Chapman St from 11am.
- Gladstone Uniting Church, Easter Sunday Celebration Service, Sunday 9am
- Anglican Parish of Gladstone, St Saviours, Lighting of the new fire with Holy Communion, Saturday 7pm; Holy Communion and Baptism, Sunday 8am
- Gladstone Baptist Church, Easter Sunday Service, Sunday 9.30am
- Port City Christian Church, Sunday 9.30am
- Seventh-day Adventist Church, Easter Sunday Service, 11am