The Easter story will be presented at an Easter Sunday picnic this morning at Mt Drury Park at Mount Maunganui.
This year a group of churches along the coast from Papamoa to Mt Maunganui are working together to present the Easter story at a family fun picnic day.
The presentation titled 'Day Three', is a combined event by Salvation Army Mount Maunganui, Mt Baptist, Golden Sands Baptist, Papamoa Baptist, Shoreline Calvary, and Living Waters.
"Our main goal is to rediscover Easter in Aotearoa, and what is more perfect that doing this in our own beautiful backyard, at Hopukiore - Mount Drury," states their website.
"In a culture where Easter is associated with rabbits, chocolate and hot cross buns, the meaning of Easter has largely been forgotten or in many cases, not heard of at all.
"Gone are the days when most people went to church and had some idea of what Easter was all about. This Kiwi Easter Celebration is about giving hope to families in our community."
The churches believe that the story that is centered on Jesus is as relevant today as it was 2019 years ago.
"A story that brings hope, love and reconciliation to every person. Our nation has an incredible heritage that stems from the Easter story and we therefore want to celebrate Easter Sunday."
The celebration at Mt Drury will take a look at what happened on the first Easter Sunday, and why it was significant.
The public are invited to join the coast churches, for the fun family holiday event designed for all ages, and recommend bringing a picnic lunch, rug, hat and sunblock. There will also be music, a bouncy castle and a free sausage sizzle.
The Easter Sunday picnic will be held at the beach side of Mt Drury Park on Sunday April 21 from 10am to 2pm.
For more information and to see the churches involved, visit: www.day3.kiwi