Devonport churches are competing to donate the most blood between now and Easter.

Instead of a combined Easter service, members of 11 churches have decided to roll up their sleeves and provide blood to the one-in-three Australians who will require a transfusion.

Churches get points every time a congregant donates blood, with two points awarded for every first-time donor. Those who cannot give blood can also earn a point by having someone donate blood on their behalf.

The “winning” church getting bragging rights for their community service.

The Red Cross donor centre in Oldaker Street will keep score.

Devonport Churches spokesman Nicholas Alexander, who is senior pastor from Lifeway Baptist Church, said the 11 participating churches had the potential to make thousands of donations between February 1 and April 6.

Reverend Alexander said the blood drive was a practical way of “loving our neighbour” while also remembering the Christian Easter message.

“The message of Easter is the forgiveness of sin through the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross on Good Friday, and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

“While churches will continue to have Easter services, COVID-19 restrictions mean we can’t gather for a large, combined service as we have in previous years.”

Participating churches are C3 Church Devonport, Devonport Anglican Church, Devonport Church of Christ, Devonport Presbyterian Church, Gateway Church, Hope Christian Church, Lutheran Church Devonport, Oldaker Christian Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pathway to Life, Lifeway Baptist Church, The Salvation Army.