Churches to offer after dark Easter egg hunts this year

awoolen@macon.comApril 16, 2014 

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A boy gets a jump-start on the rush of kids and parents at a 2012 Easter egg hunt at New Hope International Church in Warner Robins.

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WARNER ROBINS -- Several churches in the area have adopted the newest way for children to hunt Easter eggs -- using flashlights.

Second Baptist Church Pastor Jim Perdue was introduced to the idea when he was at a church in Tennessee. He brought the event to Warner Robins last year, and it was such a success that the church wanted to do it again.

Last year, about 1,000 people -- 500 of them children -- came out for the event.

“It’s something new,” said Ben Hunley, children’s pastor.

The church hopes to draw new members to the congregation, but the event is also a chance to give back.

“It’s an opportunity to love on the community,” Hunley said.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday with carnival games and inflatables. There will be 15,000 eggs. Four bicycles will be given away as grand prizes from the egg hunt.

Leaders at Centerpoint Church decided to offer the flashlight hunt mainly because its land doesn’t have many trees.

“This would be an interesting twist,” Pastor Jason Comer said.

The hunt, which is open to children 11 years old and younger, will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday. About 5,000 eggs, some glow-in-the-dark, will be scattered on the field behind the church. Prize eggs will be available for all age groups. The grand prize is a bicycle, said Melissa Strout, who is in charge of the egg hunt.

“Toy Story”-themed games will be played as well.

There will be 40 to 50 adult and teenage volunteers helping with the egg hunt, Comer said.

“Our hope is that we’ll be able to make new friends, and they will come to church Sunday for Easter,” he said.

For both events, parents are asked to provide the baskets and flashlights.

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