Christian Easter Activities in Brisbane
Overwhelmed by the superficial focus on all things chocolate this Easter? Perhaps you are looking for Christian Easter activities in Brisbane that will help you to recreate some of your own special childhood memories for your own children. Maybe you just want to revisit your Christian cultural and religious roots. This Easter there are Christian activities all over Brisbane that fit the bill perfectly.
Stations of the Cross
The annual Stations of the Cross (or Way of Sorrows) at Easter is a solemn commemoration of the death of Christ. For many, it takes the form of a re-enactment of events beginning with the condemnation of Jesus Christ to death by Pontius Pilate through to his ultimate crucifixion. In Rome, this commemoration takes place on Good Friday, with the Pope leading the Stations of The Cross around the Colosseum.
However, you don’t have to travel overseas to witness or participate in the Stations of the Cross. There are a number of Churches in Brisbane that actively celebrate Easter by staging a Stations of the Cross on a much more local and accessible scale. To find out more visit St Johns Cathedral or South Brisbane St Mary’s.
For a different take on the Stations of the Cross in Brisbane and surrounds, the Marian Valley near Canungra in the Gold Coast Hinterland is home to the Catholic order of the Pauline Community (St Paul the First Hermit). A semi-contemplative monastic order, the monastery grounds house the Stations of the Cross in statue form. There are 14 statues in total, one representing each ‘station’ or event leading up to the crucifixion. The grounds also offer a number of Chapels and Mass daily, as well picnic grounds and facilities for those wishing to participate in a retreat. For more information contact [email protected] or visit Marian Valley.
For more information about the Stations of the Cross from a Catholic perspective click here.
Christian Services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Brisbane
Brisbane is also the focal point of a rich and and diverse calendar of Christian activities this Easter. Central to the commemoration of Easter from a Christian perspective are the multitude of church services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Ranging from traditional services steeped in history and ceremony through to the more contemporary, music and praise-based services, there is bound to be one to suit your style of Christian worship this Easter.
For more of a modern Christian take on Easter this year, check out the Hillsong Church for details of their services over Easter here.
Hillsong are again conducting their Kilo of Kindness food drive over the Easter Weekend and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene products to replenish their food bank. If you want to get into the spirit of giving, perhaps even volunteering at a collection point or to pack hampers for distribution to the needy and to asylum seekers, check out the details here.
Alternatively, the Citipointe Church is located in Carindale, South of Brisbane. Not familiar with Citipointe? You may know of them through their Red Frogs Australia Chaplaincy Network, ‘Red Frogs’, a youth ministry targeting vulnerable and at-risk youth at events such as Schoolies Week throughout Queensland and beyond. The Citipointe Church has Good Friday and Easter Sunday services this year and you can find them here.
Even if you are unable to get out and about this Easter, there’s no need to feel isolated. You can get into the spirit of Easter with 96five, a Christian-based community broadcast station.
Finally, if you can find yourself in central Brisbane this Easter and feel that the Salvos may be more your style, you can find further information on their website here.
This five year old explains the Meaning of Easter:
Regardless of your religious leanings, traditional or modern, Catholic, Anglican or non-denominational, there are Christian Easter activities in Brisbane this Easter weekend for you.
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