Easter Eggs

CUMC makes holiday fun for kids despite restrictions

  • Twins Tanner, right, and Chase Clark enjoyed the Virtual Egg Hunt. - Photo submitted

  • MaryRuth Turnbill was excited to receive her surprise Easter egg gifts at home from Concord United Methodist Church, in lieu of the church’s annual Egg Hunt. - Photo submitted

  • Annie Beth Honaker - Photo submitted

  • Charlie Turnbill - Photo submitted

  • Sisters, from left, Anna Claire, Leah and Rosie Wood enjoyed their surprise Easter egg packets they received from Concord United Methodist Church’s Children’s Ministry. - Photo submitted

  • Tramel Honaker - Photo submitted

When children couldn’t visit Concord United Methodist Church for its annual Easter Egg Extravaganza because of the threat of COVID-19, the church’s staff took the unusual step of taking the hunt to the kids.

“Twenty children’s ministry staff and volunteers refused to give up on the idea of kids and Easter eggs,” CUMC senior pastor Larry Trotter said. “So they assembled 300 Easter bags, which included home-baked cookies, and distributed them to families for the kids to enjoy at home.

“The response has been overwhelming.”

The deliveries, directed by Children’s Ministry director Heather Hayes, were made about two weeks prior to Easter, and participants were asked to join in on a “Virtual Egg Hunt” and post pictures on the church’s children’s ministry page.

Megan Wood said her three daughters, Anna Claire, Leah and Rosie, “were so excited to get a surprise bag of goodies from the church. We saved them for opening during life stream church on Palm Sunday.”

A video comprised of recipients was shared during CUMC’s live stream services Easter morning.