Last Easter, Patrick Phillips of Patrick’s Place talked about the controversial question of Should Churches have Easter Egg Hunts? My church answers that question in the affirmative. But what happens at a church Easter Egg Hunt? I can’t tell you what happens at every church, but I will show you what happens at mine.
Our church holds an Easter Egg Hunt the Saturday before Easter. Dozens of children and their parents show up. Most are families that call our church home, but others are friends, neighbors, people who live near the church, or people who happen to wander by that day.
Both stories teach about the plan God has for the kid’s lives and share about the true meaning of Easter. The message is as much for the adults as it is for the kids.
The kids are broken up in three groups based on age and they are sent group by group, starting with the youngest, to hunt the eggs. The children who are waiting watch a movie, usually something like Veggie Tales. We give a prize to the kid who finds the most eggs and a special prize to the kid who finds a special golden egg.
After the hunt, we serve some light refreshments and send the now sugared up kids on their way.
We don’t give anyone a hard sell about our church or our programs. They can see we are a church, and we want them to initiate the conversation with questions rather than push our agenda. It’s more about showing them our hearts, planting a seed and opening a door. Maybe they see us interacting with our kids and our spouses and they see something they would like to have. Some of them come back on Easter Sunday, but some of the families we see on Saturday will never darken our doors again.
Is it a good idea for a church to have an Easter Egg Hunt? Are we teaching our kids the wrong things?
The kids don’t know the first thing about fertility rituals or pagan traditions. To them, its just plastic eggs and candy, candy, candy.
In 1st Corinthians, Paul talks about ways that he tries to share the redemptive plan of Christ.
“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Isn’t having an Easter Egg hunt emulating what Paul said he did? To our culture, we become a little like our culture so as to win those in that culture (though we ourselves are not part of that culture, for we are not conformed to the pattern of this world, but are transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom12:2)).
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