Each year, Wesley Mission in Australia conducts a program of mission and outreach throughout Holy Week and into Easter. For 51 years, the Easter Mission, initiated by Alan Walker, a former Superintendent, has reached a climax with a nationwide televised Sunrise Service on Easter Day. Originally this service was broadcast from a drive-in cinema, but today a significant crowd gathers at the Sydney Opera House at 6am Australian Eastern Standard Time. The service is not only televised on Channel 9 across the nation, but is also simulcast on radio in each state.
This year for the first time, the program will be webcast and, therefore, available around the world. The Easter Mission theme this year is “For You” and, as the sun rises over Sydney’s spectacular harbour, Easter music including Wesley Mission’s Samoan Choir, special guests and interviews will complement an address by the British Methodist Minister, Rev Keith Garner, who is the current Superintendent of Wesley Mission.
“I am extremely pleased to say that this year we are webcasting our Easter Sunday Sunrise Service live around the world, as we declare that Jesus Christ is the risen Lord. This will mean a great deal to our large Wesley Mission congregations made up of people from all over the world,” said Mr Garner.
For those wishing to tune into the service live, it will be available through Wesley Mission’s website – wesleymission.org.au at the following times:
Saturday, April 4
- 1 pm United States (West Coast)
- 4 pm United States (East Coast)
- 9 pm United Kingdom
- 10 pm Cape Town, South Africa
Sunday, April 5
- 9 am Apia, Samoa
The meaningful Easter Sunrise Service is the culmination of a week of events at Wesley Mission, including processions and open air witness on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, along with community and corporate events. The theme “For You” expresses a clear desire to extend the message of Easter far beyond the bounds of the church.
Wesley Mission is part of the Uniting Church in Australia and part of the World Methodist family. A strong Methodist emphasis is still evident in the work and witness of Wesley Mission.