WORSHIPPERS braved the wind and rain to take part in an outdoor service in Mowbray Park.
A small crowd of about 50 people packed into the bandstand to take part in The Songs of Praise service
Reverend David Hands, who lead the service, said organisers were considering cancelling the event because of the weather, but was pleased they went ahead.
There were readings and prayers by different people and the congregation sang traditional Easter hymns.
Sunderland’s West End Churches Together were among those who took part in the event and were joined by the city’s deputy mayor, Councillor Barry Curran, and deputy mayoress, Carol Curran.
A couple of members from The Salvation Army Band, based at the church’s citadel in Cairo Street, Hendon, provided music to accompany the hymns.
Coun Curran said: “I am glad we got together in this way.
“It is really nice that we can meet in the park and celebrate Christ. I would like to thank you all for attending.”
The event was set up in place of the Good Friday Procession of Witnesses, which was held in Sunderland for 200 years until 2010, when a shake-up of health and safety rules put an end to the parade.