One of the first places in the world to welcome in significant events, most notably perhaps New Year's Day, is Sydney, Australia. And Easter is no different.
Wesley Mission in Sydney, which operates out of 200 centres and has a staff of over 2,000 people, normally holds their Easter events at landmarks such as Sydney Opera House.
This year, however, like many churches, they are broadcasting their services online. Their Superintendent Minister and CEO, The Rev'd. Keith Garner, who is originally from Stockport, UK, and previously served as a Methodist Minister in Bolton and Llandudno, has said this:
"The location changes, but the message doesn’t. We thank God that in a time where gatherings are not permitted this clear Christian message will reach people isolated in their homes through TV broadcast, simulcast on radio and streaming via our website and social media.
Australians have suffered devastating summer bushfires that made headlines around the world. Our prayer is, amongst all of the challenges we continue to face, that 2020 may be the year that more people will be receptive to the message of hope we find in Easter."
You might be interested to stream their Easter Sunday sunrise live broadcast 9pm today (Saturday) UK time at wesleymission.org.au or watch and join in the conversation on Wesley Mission’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Frodsham Methodist Church Webmaster
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.