Up early for Christ's rising

Last updated 05:00 01/04/2013
Grant Blyth, of Island Bay,
GENTLE LIGHT: Grant Blyth, of Island Bay, takes part in the Sonrise dawn service celebrating Christ's resurrection.

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About 100 people celebrated Easter Sunday with a special service on top of Mt Victoria that featured a hunt for not only eggs but also for pictures of Jesus.

The annual Sonrise dawn service, organised by the Council of Wellington Churches, attracted people of all ages from 7am yesterday.

The service was started in 1942 by radio personality Aunt Daisy.

Each year it is organised by a different church group, with the Island Bay Ministers' Association taking charge this Easter.

Association representative Rory Pilbrow said the service had featured traditional readings and hymns, but each group was free to put their own spin on the service.

This had included an Easter egg hunt for children, and hidden pictures of a resurrected Jesus.

"It symbolised looking in the empty tomb and going searching for Jesus and not finding him in the empty tomb," Mr Pilbrow said.

The service was scheduled to run regardless of weather and avoided a rare shower of rain that hit Wellington later in the day.

"We just got away with it, but it's good that it's raining because we need the water."

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