Easter is traditionally the most important event on the Christian calendar, and the gay and lesbian-friendly Metropolitan Community Church is readying itself for one of its busiest weekends of the year.

Three Easter services will be held at the Petersham premises of MCC, beginning on Good Friday at 3pm with the traditional Passion of Christ.

On Easter Sunday, MCC will hold a Resurrection service at 10am and at 7:30pm the popular Crave worship service will be held.

We always get a good congregation coming along over Easter, Geoff Ivers, MCC worship coordinator, said.

We usually get over 100 people coming along to each of the services. For gay and lesbian people, they see an avenue with us that is inclusive.

While MCC is currently in the process of appointing a new pastor, the Good Friday service will be conducted by some of the approved leaders within the Church.

The Sunday morning service will be presided over by Karl Hand, a clergy student from MCC Parramatta. Author and former evangelical minister, Anthony Venn-Brown, will be the keynote speaker at Sunday evening’s Crave service.

Ivers said MCC continued to attract a strong congregation of all ages to its special religious events and weekly services, but noted there was a changing of the times within the Church.

Sunday mornings still has the older demographic coming along, and we are getting a number of younger people to the more contemporary style Sunday nights with Crave, he said.

But we are also seeing a lot of families these days. There are lesbian couples with kids and gay dads with their kids, and we also have a number of straight people from the local community coming along too.

People are coming to the Church to reflect upon their spiritual life and needing to find a place in which they can find a meaning. It is a genuine approach on their part to join us and find a spiritual home.

Metropolitan Community Church is at 96 Crystal Street, Petersham. For more information visit the MCC Sydney website.

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