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.

Where's the Baby?

You may notice in the nativity picture below, there’s an important individual who is missing from the scene. While baby Jesus may not have arrived quite yet, the Kid Start kids know that He is on the way!

Each week during Advent the kids have been adding a new figure to our nativity scene as we learn their story about hearing the Good News of Christ’s coming. Starting with Mary, then Joseph, just this last week we added the shepherd and sheep to the stable. The kids know it’s almost time to add that special baby boy. This coming week as we add the baby to the manger, we’ll be celebrating His birth with a birthday party for Jesus. Not only have we been preparing to celebrate Christ’s coming in that way, the kids have been able to do a variety of craft and game activities that tie-in with the lesson. From stained-glass nativity scenes (pictured below) to herding balloons like they’re sheep, there’s many fun ways for even the young ones to participate in the Advent season!

The last part of our Christmas preparation has included the Advent wreath. Each week the kids have been coloring a candle on their wreaths as we work our way to the “Jesus” candle. We’ve learned about what each candle means and how that applies to our own lives.

It’s fun to prepare the way for Christ with the kids during the Advent season. As one child proclaimed “I can’t believe Jesus is born every year!” Although I couldn’t help to chuckle at the time, in a way He is so right. Although Christ may not be physically born each Christmas as he was so many years ago, He can sure be reborn in our hearts each Christmas!