Easter is Alive at New Life ChurchApril 10, 2015
by Tom Tollefson
The spirit of Easter was alive for children at New Life Church in Hudson as 14 children scampered through the church classrooms looking for eggs. The church parishioners volunteered their time to hide the eggs and plan the event for the community. New Life Church’s second annual Easter egg hunt featured around 300 eggs and was open to all children. The church visitors agreed that the friendliness of the event was what brought them back again as many of them had attended last year as well.
“It’s a fun opportunity to reach out to the kids in our community,” said longtime parishioner Adam Wallis, who brought his two daughters.
The egg hunt was set up to make the eggs fair game for children according to age. Two rooms were set up for children in preschool and younger, while the older children were given free reign of four other rooms.
“Something I like is meeting new people,” said Addy Martin, 9, who enjoyed finding new friends along with eggs.
The plastic eggs were filled with candy and Bible verses such as John 11:25-26, which states “I am the Resurrection and the life.”
“I think the kids had fun. There was plenty of candy to go around, and they got to learn a little about the real meaning of Easter,” said New Life Pastor Ken Heath.
New Life Church Children’s Director Sandy Birr taught the children a Bible lesson before they went out to hunt eggs. Birr’s lesson was on the Christian fundamentals of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and concluded with the prophecy of his return in the End Times. She also used a puzzle of Jesus to give a visual for the lesson with this caption: “Jesus loves me this I know.”
“The only way we can be with Jesus is if we believe that he died and rose again for us,” Birr told the children during the lesson, which she said centered around “God’s redemptive story of sin and salvation.”
New Life Church also runs a mid-week children’s club called Awana to help youngsters learn about the Bible and how to serve others. They also have a children’s service and Sunday School every week with Vacation Bible School in the summer and a youth group for teenagers.