Easter arrives with the coming of spring – a time of rebirth and renewal, and a chance for families and friends to come together, to share a meal, to be outdoors and to enjoy the first signs of spring after the long months of winter.

It is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ.  The Easter story also contains an inspiring promise of new life, renewal and the triumph of hope.

As many come together for Easter let us remember and celebrate the story, but also let us remember the strong tradition we have here in our country for religious tolerance and freedom, when many around the world face persecution.

However you are spending this Easter, I hope that you have a happy and peaceful time.