April 8, 2014

Grand Assembly hatches "eggcelent" Easter egg hunt

— Every year, thousands of Easter eggs vanish off the lawn of Grand Assembly of God and into the baskets of hundreds of eager little egg hunters.

"It's amazing how 11,000 eggs can disappear in a couple of minutes," Jennifer Manuel, children's pastor, said.

The annual Easter Eggstravaganza will be hatching on the church's lawn next Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and open to the public.

Four age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 will go basket to basket in a race to collect as many eggs as possible. Kids are encouraged to bring their own baskets–without grass for more egg room–but plastic bags will be provided for those who do not have a basket.

Some things will be bigger this year, Manuel said. The cakewalk will include full size cakes, pies and banana nut bread instead of the usual zebra cakes. There will be five giant inflatables to play on, carnival games, puppets, face painting, hot dogs donated by Bar S in Lawton, popcorn and prizes.

Of the 11,000 eggs, some will include slips of paper that can be turned in for prizes at the prize table. In addition, there will be two grand prizes that will be awarded to the winners during the children's service the following day. Two lucky winners will walk away from the April 20, Sunday service with either a Kurio 7s Android Family Tablet or a VTech InnoTab 3 Learning Tablet.

The incubation of this eggsciting activity for children 12 and under includes a lot of prep work, Manuel said. Over the three years that she has coordinated the event, Manuel said she has inherited a lot of great ideas. The eggs are already stuffed and ready and the carnival games are assembled in advance. The morning of the big event, workers, including members of the youth groups, help disperse the eggs across the lawn.

"We put a lot of time and resources into our annual Easter Eggstravaganza because we love giving back to the community and sharing God’s love with families in Chickasha and the surrounding area," Manuel said.

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