One EGG-stra Special Event

Bunnies, eggs, and candy galore, this year’s Community Easter Egg Hunt brought many families out to enjoy a morning of fun prior to Easter weekend. On March 28, 23 volunteers and around 46 families gathered at Christ Church for a family-friendly event featuring more than just a big egg hunt. Kids could travel to a variety of different stations including two different crafts, egg dyeing, face painting, cookie decorating, storybook reading, bingo, relay races, games, and pictures with the Easter bunny. Needless to say, kids stayed busy as different groups headed out to the side yard to hunt eggs. Thanks to the support of the congregation, we were able to hide 2,700 eggs out for the children to find. There was certainly no shortage of chocolate!

I cannot say “thank-you” enough for all of the help and support that everyone provided in making this fun event possible. From sorting and filling eggs, to donating juice and cookie dough, to showing up early Saturday morning to serve, it was definitely a team effort! Through this event we were able to reach many children and families both within and outside of our congregation. We provided a safe environment for them to have fun in and were able to hand out many informational packets about our church along the way. I’d say that’s pretty egg-straordinary!

**Photos can be found online at on our Flickr page.

All those Extra Hands: National Volunteer Appreciation Week

While help received at Christ Church is always appreciated, April brought an opportunity to bring a bit of extra recognition to those who assist in making our programs run and all those who are putting in extra hours both on the church grounds and out in the community. April 12-18 was National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and speaking as someone who relies on the assistance of volunteers on a regular basis, let me tell you, you’re more than appreciated!

Around 30 volunteers, from youth to older adults, help run our nursery, Kid Start children’s programming, and Endeavor youth group. That’s a whole lot of extra hands! Extra hands that show up early and leave late; that put out crackers and pour drinks; that pick up crayons from the floor, change dirty diapers, and build towering skyscrapers out of tiny lego blocks. Extra hands that are present and ready to assist however they may be needed. I appreciate all these extra hands helping me, and I certainly could not do what I do without all that extra help!

However, I know that for all of the volunteers that I get to witness in action during children and youth programming, there are many others who go unseen. Whether it be picking up trash outside or serving meals at a local shelter, I know it takes many to help our community remain the vibrant place that it is! So whether seen or unseen, know that your help is significant and your “extra hands” hold great worth!

On Sunday, April 12, I hope that most of your “extra hands” got a chance to dig into the special cake we shared at church, but if not, take a moment now to reach up behind yourselfself a big pat on the back because let me tell you, your extra hands are much appreciated!