(Front, from left) Rev Julie Simpson, Eve-ann Hodgkinson, Dulcie Weir, Bill Springate, (back) Elwyn Springate, Di Ramsey, Eve-Ann Springate, Errol and Marianne Irvine at St James Anglican Church, Pratten, on Easter Sunday.
(Front, from left) Rev Julie Simpson, Eve-ann Hodgkinson, Dulcie Weir, Bill Springate, (back) Elwyn Springate, Di Ramsey, Eve-Ann Springate, Errol and Marianne Irvine at St James Anglican Church, Pratten, on Easter Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Marking Easter Sunday

SEVENTY people from many faiths started Easter Sunday with a 7am service at St James Anglican Church, Pratten.

Pratten was a hub of activity on Sunday with hundreds of competitors driving through town to the orienteering competition just off Big Hill Rd.

Rev Julie Simpson is a regular at Pratten. She officiates at services on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 10am.

Yesterday's Easter Sunday service was earlier and not just for Anglicans.

"We invite people from all faiths and had some on Easter Sunday," liturgical assistant Lloyd Weir said.

Rev Simpson said, in general, she believed Easter service numbers were up a little compared to last year.

"Everyone is welcome here. The village once had three churches," Rev Simpson said.

She said a lot of visitors had been walking through St Mark's at the weekend.

"We have a vigil garden in Warrior Chapel on the southern side of the church," Rev Simpson said.

"Visitors come to town at Easter and visit churches in numbers."

There are not just church services at Pratten, there is a Bible study group of nine which is assisted each week by Rev Simpson.

One of the Pratten parishioners at the Easter Sunday service was Eve-Ann Springate who proudly recalled her own wedding in the church 62 years ago.

St Mary's Catholic Church was overflowing yesterday morning with parishioners in the area which was originally built for the choir.

The bells were in use on Saturday night when the lights of the church were turned off for a candlelight procession.



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