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The Church Year

St Peter's Church Gold Coast follows the standard Anglican Church Calendar for worship. This means we decorate the church differently, have related sermons and hold special events depending on the time of year to mark the different seasons. Below is quick overview of our church year and some of our special events we hold each year.

Advent (Sunday Closest to 30 November - Christmas Eve)

Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming.

Christmas (25 December - 5 January)

Christmas is a festive season celebrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ. It begins at midnight on Christmas Eve and continues for 12 days, ending with the Feast of Epiphany.

Lent (6 Weeks Before Easter)

Lent is the preparation of the Church for Easter. It lasts for 40 days before Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday (see below).

Easter

Easter consists of Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Good Friday: celebrates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. The date of Good Friday varies from one year to the next  based on a lunar-calendar dating system. The service is usually with somber music and ends with the congregation leaving in silence.

Holy Saturday: commemorates the day during which Christ lay in the tomb.

Easter Sunday: celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.

Pentecost

Pentecost is the 50th and last day of the Easter season. It celebrates the sending of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, which traditionally marks the birth of the Church.

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