Easter Sunrise service all set

Pastor Peter Morton of The River Church, and chair of the East Auckland Ministers Association and Rev Dr Richard Waugh of East City Wesleyan Church at the Stockade Hill site of the annual combined churches Easter Sunrise Service.

Now in its 26th consecutive year, the combined churches Easter morning Sunrise Service on Howick’s Stockade Hill will be on Sunday April 4 at 6.30am.

Always a popular ecumenical service for many people from the district’s 60+ churches and for others who may not be regular church attenders but who are attracted to the early hour special community service.

Rev Dr Richard Waugh has been coordinating the planning for the service for many years.

“Remarkably most of the time the weather has been fine and clear and often we have magnificent sunrises which makes the Easter content of the service about new life and resurrection so poignant,” he said.

As is usual, pastors and ministers from a variety of churches help lead the service, and with Pakuranga MP, Simeon Brown, bringing an Easter greeting.

Pastor Peter Morton, chair of the East Auckland Ministers Association, told the Times, “How special worship is on Easter Sunday, and this year we have ministers and lay leaders from various churches taking part.  One of the highlights for me as we stand on top of the hill and survey our district are the prayers for our community.”

  • All are welcome to the service which is a ‘stand-up 40 minute service, otherwise bring you own seats and warm blankets: 6.30am, Howick’s Stockade Hill, by the cenotaph, Easter Sunday.

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