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Truce leads to sideshow for Morrison

By AAP Newswire

Scott Morrison has celebrated joy, hope and grace - and the pleasures of a country show - on Easter Sunday.

The prime minister started the day throwing up his arms in song at his Pentecostal church in Sutherland Shire and ended it throwing up his arms on a Rock Star ride at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

A truce had been declared in the election campaign and Mr Morrison took advantage of the third day in his home town to spend time with his family, albeit still in the public spotlight.

In the morning, Horizon Church elders greeted the nearly 1000 faithful with hugs, compliments and "Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection Sunday!".

Inside, three rows from the front and with wife Jenny by his side, the prime minister sang and clapped to the opening number celebrating a glorious day.

"Today is a reminder of the great hope and the reason for that hope is the reason we celebrate today," Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.

"It's a very special time for me and my family but I know for people around the country and frankly all around the world."

Senior pastor Brad Bonhomme said ahead of the service he would deliver a message of hope.

"We all go through times when you feel as though things have been messy but the resurrection is there to show us the future that ... there's always hope on the other side," he told reporters on the steps of the church.

It's the first time media has been allowed to see Mr Morrison practising his faith at his own church, which he has attended for about a decade, although only cameras were let inside.

Mr Bonhomme said the church sees the Morrisons as family and aims to provide them with a space to express their faith.

"We just treat them like every other family," he said.

Mr Morrison said the church had been "a bedrock of our family" since they moved to the Shire.

"They're a wonderful community and they reach out all across the Shire and further beyond that and always have," he said.

He got a chance to reach out to the community himself in a 90-minute visit to NSW's premier agricultural event, accompanied again by Jenny, daughters Abbey and Lily, and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

They toured a children's agricultural display and the fresh food and produce pavilion, awarded medals to a champion high-jumping dog and rode a loop-the-loop sideshow alley ride.

Wearing a hat from his beloved Cronulla Sharks, Mr Morrison posed for dozens of selfies, shook every hand proffered and made a beeline towards anyone he spotted also wearing NRL gear.

"Oh my God, it's the prime minister!" one man shouted while another woman wondered if it was really a body double.

Chants of "ScoMo, ScoMo" broke out periodically while spruikers at some of the stands worked the prime minister's presence into their patter: "$6 for the PM, what a deal!" and at the monkey race game, "We have the Scott Morrison handicap!"

Only one punter was heard to break ranks, muttering, "Go the Shooters and Fishers" at a volume not quite loud enough to reach the prime ministerial ears.

"That was a lot of fun," Mr Morrison told Royal Agricultural Society of NSW president Robert Ryan, who led him around.

The sideshow ends on Monday as the election campaigning resumes in earnest.