Large crowds drawn to church for Easter Sunday services
EASTER goes hand in hand with a seemingly endless supply of chocolate, tummy aches and egg hunts.
As children awoke with excitement in the early hours of Easter Sunday, churches filled with families to celebrate one of the largest events on the Christian calendar.
Father Daniel Paulraj from St Saviour's said the congregation at Easter services was larger than expected this year.
"We had very good crowds this year," he said.
"The church was full for every service. Normally people go camping, but this year it seemed more people stayed in town."
Father Paulraj estimated an attendance of around 160 over the weekend.
Minister John Langbridge from the Presbyterian Church agreed that the message of Easter still resonated with families and children.
"People understand the message of Easter being eternity, and not just for now," he said.
"It is absolutely relevant in today's society."
Those attending services at the Presbyterian Church also exceeded expectations, with over 100 in attendance for services from Good Friday through to Easter Sunday.
The underlying message of healing, resurrection and new beginnings were echoed throughout Gladstone region religious ceremonies on the weekend.