I wanna Easter egg!

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Edi­tor

Young Easter egg hunters seek their prizes dur­ing Crossview Com­mu­nity Church’s Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt.

Hun­dreds of fam­i­lies gath­ered late last week at a farm next door to Rock­mart High School for an evening of fun or­ga­nized by a lo­cal church look­ing to reach out to the com­mu­nity. Crossview Com­mu­nity Church and Carl­ton Farms in Rock­mart teamed up on the evening of March 23 to try some­thing new lo­cally: an Easter Egg Hunt at night.

Their Glow in the Dark egg hunt wasn’t held in com­plete dark­ness, but the neon col­ors showed up just fine in the twi­light dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral event for both the church and the farm.

“We’d seen some other folks that had done it in the past, and we de­cided it would be some­thing dif­fer­ent,” Crossview lead pas­tor Danny Echols said.

Carl­ton Farms was only too happy to pro­vide their space.

“When they ap­proached us with it, we were on board im­me­di­ately be­cause the church does a lot of good in the com­mu­nity, and the com­mu­nity is good to us,” Brad Carl­ton said. “We try to give back wher­ever we can.”

The farm turned out to be a per­fect place to keep the kids busy while or­ga­niz­ers spread out eggs and lo­cal fam­i­lies got a free pic­nic meal from the church. Tours of the farm’s live­stock pins, chicken house and a va­ri­ety of car­ni­val-style games on the prop­erty (which are in place year round) were also pro­vided for prior to the 8 p.m. rush for eggs on the prop­erty.

An out­pour­ing of the com­mu­nity came out to take part in the first ever Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt for the church as part of their kick­off of events for the cel­e­bra­tion of Easter.

Events con­tinue this week at Crossview Com­mu­nity Church with a Good Fri­day ser­vice at the end of the week with a com­mu­nity wor­ship ser­vice start­ing at 6:30 p.m.

The church is host­ing 9:30 and 11 a.m. ser­vices on Easter Sun­day as well.

Kevin Myrick / SJ

A cou­ple of chil­dren jump the line early to grab an egg be­fore Crossview Com­mu­nity Church’s first ever Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt, hop­ing the eggs won’t run out too soon be­fore they have their chance.

Kids wave at a drone pass­ing over­head tak­ing video.

Pho­tos by Kevin Myrick, the Stan­dard Jour­nal

Chil­dren wait pa­tiently to be al­lowed to cross the line.

Kids got a chance to test their cat­tle rop­ing skills.

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