Service is real family affair

Graham and Sandi Lentell celebrate Easter Sunday with their children, from left, Katelynn (7), Harrison (6), Mitchell (2), Temperance (5 months), Chandler (3) and Alex (15) after the service at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral.
Graham and Sandi Lentell celebrate Easter Sunday with their children, from left, Katelynn (7), Harrison (6), Mitchell (2), Temperance (5 months), Chandler (3) and Alex (15) after the service at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. Chris Ison Rokceaster

YESTERDAY Christians gathered at Easter Sunday services across the region to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the gift of life.

For Graham and Sandi Lentell, who attended a service at Rockhampton's St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, this meant celebrating with their six children, who range in age from 5 months to 15 years.

"It's a great day to be with your family and a great time of year for the whole church community," Graham said.

While many people hear Easter and immediately think of chocolate, Graham said it was also important to remember the true meaning of Easter - the death and resurrection of Christ.

"We try to come to church every Sunday," he said.

"I think it's something that's certainly declining, but we'll lay the foundation for our children and then it's up to them."

Lindsay Howie, dean of St Paul's, said the service was lovely, with more than 150 parishioners in attendance.

"At the end I smashed an Easter egg to symbolise the breaking of the rock in front of Jesus' tomb," he said.

"In all its fullness, Easter takes away our native fear of death and it reminds us that we are a community of hope and of resurrection."

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