Church’s rejuvenated Easter egg hunt draws more than 100
Just blink an eye and you would’ve missed the Easter egg hunt festivities at Advent Lutheran Church h in Harleysville March 30. Within 15 minutes, three rounds of kids ages 1 through 11 collected more than 1,500 eggs. The eggs for the open community Easter egg hunt were stocked with candy provided by the congregation.
“After going through the winter, it’s great that the sun is out today,” the Rev. Steve Godsall-Myers said. “Today’s turnout is great.”
Three years ago, two young ladies — Amy Shollenberger, of Harleysville, and Jessica Brown, of Bethlehem — who have been members of Advent Lutheran Church since they were children, brought back the Easter egg hunt that disappeared from the church’s calendar.
The first year, about 40 kids turned out; this year, more than 100 participated.
The Easter egg hunt kicked off a weekend of festivities for many, including Kristi Beltran and her family. Beltran and her husband, Jose, brought their daughter, Elsa, 5, and son Marcus, 1, to Advent’s egg hunt March 30.
Beltran also seemed relieved that Easter somewhat symbolizes the end of winter. She said her family has an Easter egg hunt Easter morning and also one with the neighbors later in the day.
“We all get so busy at the end of winter and spend a lot of time indoors that it’s nice to catch up with everyone,” Beltran said.
Her parents are members of the church, but the Beltrans also attend often. The family planned on heading to church Easter morning and then enjoying a big brunch with the grandparents.
Beltran remembered an Italian sweet bread her family often enjoyed on Easter growing up. She described it as a sweet dough twisted around a hard-boiled egg. Besides this special treat, her family enjoys a traditional ham.
Of course, at the center of Pastor Steve’s mission for his congregation are the traditions of worship. He planned to lead a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. then more extravagant services at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
At the 6:30 a.m. service he said they would enter the church in darkness with a lit candle symbolizing the light of Christ and celebrate his resurrection.
After the busy morning, Pastor Steve planned to head to his son’s house — who is also a pastor — for a laid-back, buffet-style dinner.
“We will end the holiday with a restful dinner enjoying the company of our family,” Godsall-Myers said.
Above, Lucy Holloway, 1, and children ages 1 to 3 collect eggs during an Easter egg hunt at Advent Lutheran Church March 30.
Left, children race for eggs during the hunt.
Below, children check out their Easter egg bounties.