THIS YEAR SOME Arkansans may find more than chocolate bunnies at Easter; some may discover new life in Jesus Christ.
First Baptist Church, Pine Bluff, is hosting its seventh annual Easter Eggstravaganza at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13. The event is “an eggciting family event celebrating the true meaning of Easter,” said Bryan Bolton, minister of music and children at the church.
“The Easter Eggstravaganza gives us another way to teach the kids and their families that Easter is not all about bunnies and finding eggs, but finding the Savior Who came to save us all from our sins,” he said.
Launched in 2013, the event has offered through the years a variety of activities, such as a “peep-a-palooza,” a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt and even science experiments, all with the goal of having “every member of the family learn about the cross and price that Jesus paid and how their lives can be transformed for eternity,” he said. This year’s event will have a “stations-of-the-cross” experience with hands-on activities for children and their families. The annual Easter event always opens with a group game, a time of singing, an interactive retelling of the Easter story and the gospel presentation, concluding with that year’s main activity.
Although publicized in the local newspaper, most who attend the Easter Eggstravaganza are already involved in the church. “I cannot explain it. I have wrestled with it every year and have no answer as to why we cannot gain a better impact on the community,” Bolton said.
“My hope for this year is to be more intentional about sharing the salvation experience that comes with the Easter story,” he said, “and through all the fun and games better prepare the kids and their families to understand how they can experience God’s love.”
Calvary Baptist Church, Little Rock, will host an Easter Eggstravaganza at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 14. The church has hosted an Easter event for church families for several years, but this year it will be open to the community.
The church wants “to do more in our community and have a safe place for families to come together for fun activities,” said Julie Nelson, children’s minister at Calvary.
Several activities are planned for the afternoon event, including a petting zoo, inflatables, a food truck, egg hunts, balloon animals, crafts and a visit from the Easter bunny.
“We want our community to see how much we care for them and want them to be a part of our lives,” she said. “We would love to minister to those around our church and be a place for them to bring their families to come to know, grow and share Christ.”
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