Open Forum: Does Easter Egg Hunting Belong At Your Church?

Kids love Easter egg hunting, but does that mean we should have one at church? This is an issue our pastoral staff has been working through over the past several years. My first year at the church, I carried forward their existing program called Easter EGGstravaganza.

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It was a Saturday morning Easter egg hunt that doubled as a massive outreach effort. We did the works – door prizes, crafts, resurrection eggs, and more tubs of stuffed plastic eggs than I care to remember. The event took weeks of planning and a full roster of volunteers to make it happen. We mailed postcards to 500 households with children. The publicity budget for the event was close to the VBS level.

Turnout was great and everyone had a wonderful time. There was only one problem – the event did not meet its goals. No prospects from that group visited our church for Easter. None of the children were enrolled in our Wednesday nightclub program. None of the follow up efforts showed any promise. Six months later all I could show was a mailing list for future ministry events.

That was the end for EGGstravaganza. In fact, we haven’t had any Easter egg hunt since then. For me, it wasn’t a theological decision as much as a programming choice. Our resources are better directed toward events that advance the church’s disciple making mission.

What do you think about Easter egg hunts at church?

Do you see it as a helpful outreach tool? Are you concerned about detracting from the real meaning of Easter? Leave a comment below and join the conversation.

Update: We’ve developed several resources to help you with Easter Egg events and keeping them Christ-centered. To begin, you can watch this video on making Resurrection Eggs. Nicole has written about hosting a “Backward Easter Egg Hunt.” Jen Rhine has developed a Gospel booklet for families to use alongside the traditional event. Or you may enjoy the alternative Easter Poem using M&M’s.


Comments

  1. Colorado says

    We have solved the problem of egg hunts in our family by creating a new tradition. We now have a search for the Resurrected Lamb. A lamb is hidden and the children follow clues to find it. They love the search and yet we are then able to talk to them about who the Resurrected Lamb really is. Our children (ages 7, 6 and 2) seem to enjoy this hunt much more than they ever enjoyed the egg hunt.

  2. Christine says

    At my first church I decided not to continue their tradition of an Easter egg hunt. There was a huge backlash. When I told the pastor I didn’t do one because there was no theological basis for it, he told me that the eggs were representative of new life, just like the new life we have in Christ. If we are going to eliminate traditions based on pagan symbols and pagan holidays, we’re going to have to eliminate the recognition of Dec. 25 as the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Now when I do Easter egg hunts, I put a scripture in each of the eggs (usually there are 10 different scriptures total that can be found among all the eggs), and when we are done with the hunt, the children hear an age-appropriate Easter storybook read to them.

    Each church has to decide what they believe, what their goal is, and what they feel God is requiring of them. It would be nice if we Christians could manage to not judge other Christians/churches if they feel differently than we do. Have a blessed Easter!

  3. Anne Daub says

    we do an egg hunt at our small church:
    1. it is an outreach event to get children there (sometimes I only see some children at this one event); the lesson that day is making a set of resurrection eggs for them to take home (a modified number with “homemade articles like rocks and red material. Every child hears the message of Easter (and handle and touch and sees)
    2. We spend 6 weeks on Easter! I found children who come from families where Christian ideas are not taught need that much time to understand (or begin to) the message of Easter
    3. We never do an Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday: we don’t even do it on Palm Sunday because as a church we celebrate with palms, then end with the Lord’s supper. Generally we do it two Sundays before Easter and include a churchwide lunch with sandwiches, easy things. The older children have the responsibility of laying the eggs out in our field: such giggling and smiles as they try to “hide” the eggs….
    4. It is my belief you do need to have some fun along the way with children you teach at church: this is one way to do that. Children who have been in my class for several years, understand the Easter story; I think it is because they hear it in so many different ways: stories, art, coloring pages, learning Bible verses, doing Bible activities, video lesson, making Resurrection eggs, Different children learn in different ways and I ask God to help them understand as I present His story in many different ways.

  4. Linda Brooks says

    I was amazed at how an event like an Easter egg hunt can be so controversial. Our small church organizes a small hunt that takes place after the service. We usually have visitors with young children and it is just something fun for them to do. The plastic eggs are reused every year and the candy inside is donated by church members, so there is no cost to the church budget.
    I think that Jesus instructed us to love God and love others. Pretty simple.

    And for those who are trying to build their physical church through Easter egg hunts… really? I don’t remember Christ instructing us to grow ‘our’ church, but rather ‘His’ church. Maybe this time of fun (from the child’s perspective) with no hidden agenda or judgement, will plant a seed of love that will later mature into a full grown faith in Christ. That small child may never attend your physical church building, but is that the real goal and purpose?

    I think we need to get back to Jesus’ message of love. Remember the religious leaders of Jesus’ day were not happy with the people Jesus hung out with. They were not happy that He was breaking their ‘church’ rules. And those religious leaders thought they were doing the right thing and preserving the Jewish faith. They were full of condemnation and punishing those that sinned. They were trying to protect their traditions, and the laws of Moses. They were all about establishing practices that would show the world that they were good Jewish people, people of God and not of the world.

    Let us not make the same mistake. God has the power to change hearts and thus change lives for the better. It is not our job to protect the message of salvation, but to share it. When Jesus was asked by the religious leaders which commandment (rule) was the most important, he answered to Love God with every part of your being and then to love others. Pretty simple.

  5. Beka says

    I’m surprised so many people made this into a theological issue, and with such poor arguments I might add. I agree that the way the original Easter egg hunt was conducted wasn’t an effective ministry. Good for you for recognizing that. Just because it’s been done in the past or even gets a lot of people to come for the hunt, doesn’t mean that there aren’t more effective ways to minister. Our church actually does the hunt on Sunday morning, just before the service, so people who come to the hunt actually hear the Gospel. I still wonder if it’s worth all the effort and money, though. It seems to me like nearly all the people there are either church members or family members of church members. Good question to ponder!

  6. Elizabeth says

    The way our Lord reacted to the merchants at the temple, will give you an idea of how Jesus would react to His church His bride having easter egg hunts. The Churches that do so are practicing adulterous idolatry. Please pray about this and He will show you how the evil one has used this as a great deception. Be hot or cold do not be lukewarm.

    • Denver says

      I don’t understand how hunting plastic eggs with candy in them is a deceptive trick that the Devil uses. It’s a fun activity that gets younger children involved in the church. If you can name one way that Easter Egg hunting can spiral into a whole church practicing Adulterous Idolatry, you let me know.

      • says

        It doesnt matter what people think. God is jealous. He hates the words of other gods coming out of our mouths (even more their traditions). We rely on scripture to know how he feels about keeping the faith “holy”. If you really want to reach out to people “where they are at” just follow the examples of Yashewa..feed them (literally). Save the eggs for omelets!

  7. Mike Pickard says

    I am part of a small church. We have an egg hunt, cake walk, hot dogs and some jumpies. It’s all in fun for are kids.Before we start though are childrens pastor has everybody who shows up into the sanctuary for prayer. He gives a very brief and simple message about Christ resurrection. We’re just trying to plant a seed. For some, it’s the only message they’ll ever hear.

  8. Rajme Ohna says

    Easter Egg hunt has roots from ancient fertility god practice. It’s a pagan practice. Christians believers should stop the practice.

  9. Jenifer says

    I believe that Easter is a time of reflection and spiritual growth within yourself not of Easter egg hunts. I feel that this is something that a parent needs to teach to their children. Jesus died on the cross not in vain but for a purpose and he wants us to remember him. I really believe all these traditions that Hallmark and retail stores try to make is wrong. This is why I teach my kids the truth that Christmas and Easter is about “Jesus’, God’s son not of Santa Claus and the Easter bunny.

  10. Tisha says

    I feel it’s wrong to have Easter egg hunting at church because it’s something the world do, and it clearly states we as Christians suppose to be not like the world, and different. How can we be different, and not of the world when we are doing the exact same thing the world is doing? What’s setting us apart from the world? Easter is a pagan holiday, and based on senseless theories. I know a lot of churches celebrate this holiday for kids, but why not have it at their home? Are we attending church services to do the will of God from his words or please people? Everything a church does they should have authority from God’s word to do, and the last time I checked there were no authority to hide eggs and do a Easter hunt…..God created the world, and us people and I am pretty sure he was well aware of all the holidays if he wanted us to make this part of the church he would have added it. So sad this has become a part of workshop service at a lot of churches when their no authority from God to do it.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/03/easter-pagan-symbolism

  11. Nancy Humphreys says

    As a Children’s Leader for over 1o years, I’ve never used eggs in any manner for teaching the children about the resurrection. We only have the children for an hour or two the entire week, and I want to be sure they get the truth without the distraction of secular symbols. At Christmas, they put their gifts at the manger, not a tree. The “churched” kids know the difference. I’m also concerned that those who only go to church occasionally will get a confused message and grow into adults who mix beliefs together according to what feels good.

  12. dgwoodley says

    I’m sure these same people go on and on about how cartoons aren’t real. And they probably have Christmas Trees also but say “that’s different”! I learned about the easter early on and new it was about Jesus. Jesus cracked the grave and we are going to crack open eggs full of sweet goodness. “Oh just taste and see that the Lord is good” and to the pure all things are pure.

  13. Sue says

    I don’t care for Easter egg hunts as a church project either.
    I am thinking about presenting a family night sometime in March. A quick brainstorm…a “March Madness” theme. Take advantage of a national event rather than a monumental Christian event. I’d like to invite a well-known bball camp leader who always has a Christian message for the kids, show the movie Pistol Pete, and have some bball activities. While whole families can attend; this would be a great father son event. (as well as community)

  14. Robert says

    Here is a much better idea, and it is biblical: celebrate the Passover instead with your family, specifically by conducting a Passover Seder and using a Haggadah (Order of service for the Seder) which is Christian/Messianic and illuminates how Jesus is portrayed in the elements of the Seder. This ancient and biblical practice is MUCH MORE effective in teaching your children about the meaning of the season (our deliverance from bondage and slavery due to the blood and sacrifice of the Passover Lamb) than Easter bunnies and eggs. It’s time for the Church to shed all of this pagan nonsense which was infused centuries ago in an effort to win more pagan converts… problem was, the Church allowed those pagans to keep all of their pagan traditions, and now we have this mess today of mixing Easter bunnies and eggs with the Resurrection of our Lord.

    A great alternative to hunting for eggs is to have the kids hunt for pieces of LEAVEN that the mother of the house hides in the days preceding Passover. In Jewish homes, the mothers rid the home of all traces of leaven, which is symbolic of sin in the Bible. What a great illustration for our kids, to teach them that we need to search out the “leaven” in our own lives in preparation of the coming of our Passover Lamb. Once all of the leaven is found (usually 10 pieces), it is custom to burn it.

    Neither I nor my family get any spiritual fulfillment by celebrating Messiah’s resurrection with eggs and bunnies. It should tell us something when most of the unbelieving world does the exact same thing (I even have an atheist brother-in-law who celebrates Easter!!!) The Church needs to be more aggressive in not allowing these things to go on any longer. Take a stand, don’t be afraid. God has already given us His Feasts (7 in total) which all point directly to Messiah and are wonderful portrayals of what He has done for us. It’s sad that the Church has drifted so far from its roots that we now accept pagan traditions in lieu of beautiful biblical traditions. Though, I have seen a lot more churches move toward this more biblical mindset, with positive results. I even went to a Passover Seder recently hosted by a Baptist church that had over 400 people in attendance!!! Now that is encouraging!

  15. Jamie says

    Lets be honest, they are getting information from everywhere. At school they learn about the Easter bunny and all that. They don’t need more of the same at church where we are supposed to be teaching truth. As for my children, I don’t intend to lie to them and that includes Easter bunnies and Santa Clauses. However my friend did have an egg hunt and the kids loved it. We didn’t do this at church and the kids weren’t lied to, they knew that the adults were the ones who hid the eggs. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that nor do I think God finds anything wrong with that.

  16. Jaclyn says

    I have never in 10 years as a Children’s Pastor considered doing an Easter Egg hunt. I can see where this type of event would draw others in, and give us an opportunity to share the Gospel.
    Is this an “in the world, not of the world” thing? I think I’ll chalk this one up to personal conviction.

    • Sherrie says

      My idea exactly. I see so many churches losing people because of their “holier than thou” attitude about the holiday traditions of many. When most do not know/understand the origin of such events.
      The people of the church need to loosen up a bit and allow people to have personal convictions over the small stuff. This isn’t a salvation issue.

      • Sumiko says

        This is not a question of being ‘Holier than thou’, the real question is, if you love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all of your might, and all of your mind, Why on earth would you want to incorporate symbols and practices of foreign gods into a celebration to Glorify God? If we put love for God first, all these social dilemas become clear.

        May the Lord bless you, and keep you, may he shine his light upon you and give you peace.

        Yours in Christ,
        Sumiko

        • Sheri says

          If we focus on the simple and clear gospel at the cross all these other things will fall away. We don’t need the distraction of all these other things.

          When I teach the Resurrection and the Nativity, I don’t even speak of he secular symbols or practices. I leave that to the parents. I’m teaching the truth and I don’t want that message diluted or muddied.

          Children are concrete thinkers and are still trying to tell the difference between what is real or pretend. I don’t want a millstone around my neck! Teach the Scriptures!

  17. Veronica says

    I have to agree with those that have talked about the pagan worship and how we as Christians should not succumb to the world’s list of pagan idolatry. I don’t believe God is pleased because children are enjoying themselves and it seems like innocent fun. He didn’t like idol worship in the Bible and He doesn’t like it now because we think it’s cute or because we have changed the meaning of what the holiday represents.

    Sorry if this sounds too harsh as it’s not the way I’m trying to come off. However, I just desire so much for our brothers and sisters in Christ to not get so caught up in the pagan traditions of men…Halloween, Santa Claus, Easter Bunnies etc…. We have to begin to search out the history for the things that we teach our children and that we participate in ourselves, not just through the resources we have on the internet but through the first and foremost essential piece of living…the Bible. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

    I pray this has not offended anyone but that it has helped to shed light on this issue.
    Here is a great article to help… http://m.ucg.org/holidays-and-holy-days/christians-who-dont-celebrate-easter-what-do-they-know/

    • Sumiko says

      Veronica,

      We can warn people, but it is the holy spirit’s job to convict the heart. Blessed are those who see and hear! For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

      Hold on to what you have! God bless you!

  18. kim says

    If we teach our children the truth about Christ and we observe Easter as it should be observed there should be no reason to not have an easter egg hunt. The Easter egg hunt in no way replaces Christ and what this day means but it is a way for the kids to have a good time on this wonderful day. This is just good, clean fun for the kids. Do you honestly think they are going to be scarred or not believe in Christ and the resurection if there is an Easter egg hunt? I was taught at a very young age about Easter, I never thought the eggs had any meaning and they don’t, it’s just fun. There many ways to reach out to kids in the community through this hunt and if even one soul is reached it is a blessing. We are not to be of the world but we need to reach out to the world. I know there are many ways to reach the world but this is a way to reach children and children bring parents to church (if that makes sense, I have seen it). Every egg could have a bible verse in it along w/candy. I bought candy last year that had bible verses on it. We are here to serve and bring others to Christ, whether it’s through a hunt, a fall festival, visiting hospitals, homeless shelters or just our neighbors. We should always be thinking about ways to win souls. We know that that the federal goverment is trying to limit us on what can be said and done, why are we limiting ourselves? In my opinion, we should be reaching in every direction we can before they limit that as well.

    • Terry Potter says

      I believe that most of the holiday traditions came from the Babylonian roots of Pagan worship. We excuse it away because the children have fun, but the actual truth is we introducing them to a long generational line of pagaon worship. The egg comes from the Goddess of Fertility where the Babylonians worshipped the Sun God and sacrificed to the Goddess of Fertility in the Spring Equnoix to bring plenty to the crops. Now why would you think eggs and children having fun is innocent when you are acting in abomination unto God and Jesus, which is about his death and his blood poured out, not the egg nor the bunny! Thank you and God bless those that receive the truth of God’s Word and turn from their wicked ways not to pass it on to their sons and daughters.

      • Belinda says

        I understand what you are saying. But before the egg / goddess of fertility – God created the chicken and the egg came from the chicken. How you see the egg might make a difference as well as how you present your activity??? This may seem simple – I like to keep it simple!

  19. Pam says

    The easiest way to resolve any matter of this nature is to turn to the bible. Can you find any scripture that backs up entertaining as part of a worship service? Are we commanded anywhere to observe Easter with egg hunts or other activities? I have found that when these activities are gone so are the people that came to attend them. If you convert someone to the gospel and not entertainment you will save a soul.

  20. Shasta says

    I got so tickled the other day when one of my daughters overheard a conversation that my youngest son (6) had with a lady at church. The lady told Chantry that the easter bunny was coming to visit her, and would leave gifts; did he want to come over to her house and see if the e.b. left anything for him? He gave her the strangest look and told her “There’s no such thing as the easter bunny! Besides, chickens lay eggs, not rabbits! Oh, and there’s also nobody named Santa Claus, either.” I guess he thought it was crazy for an older person to talk about fictional characters as if they were real. With that being said, I teach the littlest ones in our church, up to the age of 7 or 8. We just got a new preacher, and he apparently encourages the idea of bunnies with eggs, old men with white beards who mysteriously leave gifts, etc. He also has 2 kids of his own who have made it known that church is “BORING”, so they need something to do so that they don’t have to sit there if they’re going to be forced to attend. As far as I am concerned, easter bunnies and santas have no more place in a church than halloween costumes. Too many young people are just showing up for entertainment. When you give them all that worldly entertainment, and then one day they get too old for ‘youth’ or ‘children’s’ services, or the egg hunts, etc., they are suddenly thrust into adult roles where they’re supposed to sit in church services, and they have no clue what is expected of them. So, they usually just stop attending church. Sorry for rambling on so, but just look around in your church some Sunday or Wednesday, and see how many kids are just there marking time. Or notice how many show up in the sanctuary or outside after church is over–where were they during church, and what were they actually learning?

  21. Wesley says

    I have an Easter egg hunt for the kids on Easter Sunday AFTER the service. It has been very effective in motivating kids to come to church. Since we have it after the service they can’t just come for the hunt and leave before we have the service. Im always very clear in my message that Easter is about Christ and not bunnies and eggs and candy. The kids undestand that and the hunt afterwards is just good fun.

  22. MICHÈLE says

    AS FOR US IN SPAIN, A 99% CATHOLIC COUNTRY, EASTER IS ALL ABOUT LONG PROCESSIONS DURING HOLY WEEK ESPECIALLY ON GOOD FRIDAY AND THE EASTER BUNNY IS HARDLY KNOWN HERE, SO I DON´T HAVE THIS PROBLEM HERE. WHAT WE AS SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE FACING HERE IS THAT IT IS HARD FOR KIDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS IS NOT ONLY THE ONE YOU SEE IN THE PROCESSIONS BEING CARRIED AROUND FOR HOURS AND WITH LOTS OF FLOWERS, GOLDEN CANDLEHOLDERS AND MUSIC, BUT THE ONE WHO ACTUALLY DIED FOR OUR SINS AND ROSE AGAIN. IN THE SOUTH OF SPAIN IT IS HARD TO HAVE KIDS READ THE BIBLE, LEST ALONE ADULTS, IT IS EXTREMELY HARD FOR SUCH A CATHOLIC COUNTRY TO UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS NOT IMPRESSED BY HOURS AND HOURS OF WALKING AND CARRYING AROUND IMAGES SUCH OF JESUS OR THE VIRGIN, BUT BY A HUMBLE HEART. SO THAT IS THE “CROSS” WE BEAR HERE, AND FUNNY ENOUGH IT IS NOT THE CHURCH THAT WANTS THESE THINGS TO GO ON, IT´S THE PEOPLE ITSELF AND EVEN THOUGH I DON´T QUESTIONS THEIR FAITH, SOMETIMES I WISH IT WOULD NOT ALL BE ABOUT SEEING AND THEN BELIEVING. THEY CHARGE 200,– EUROS PER CHAIR IN SEVILLE TO BE ABLE TO “SEE” THE PROCESSIONS, SO EASTER HERE IS MORE OF A BUSINESS IN MANY PLACES…

  23. Larry says

    New members ? ? The Gospel of Jesus is about changed hearts n lives , not about being part of a social club , pardon me if this is coming across strongly .
    Also , when we research info for some project , building project , mechanical repair etc etc , Do we include a lot of tips which really do not pertain to the real issue at hand or do we use the instruction manual that best addresses the purpose ? ?
    We need to go back to the lessons of the Bible for our own lives before we know how to properly teach and instruct ! !
    Knowing about God is one thing . . . ie; the devils also believe and tremble .

  24. says

    On another note, I have no problem with educative parents or relatives celebrating Ressurection day with candy and other goodies. Let’s face it, for kids the holiday is all about the chocolate bunnies and jellybeans anyway!

  25. says

    Stories of the Easter Bunny sound harmless enough, but ultimately ends of drowning out the message of the Ressurection, and has the potential of putting Christ on the same level as a rabbit who lays and distributes eggs!

    Some kids as they grow up actually get upset when they realize they’ve been told a fable, and may potentially lump the resurrection of Christ in with the story.

    If this is allowed in church, it’s almost as if the belief in and practice of the holiday is some how “sanctioned” by the church, and can pave the way fr the celebration of other “holidays” that run counter to the Gospel message.

    I recall being horrified one Sunday during the Halloween season when some well meaning, but misguided youth leader brought a lighted jack-o-lantern onto the pulpit to teach the children! When I approached him later, pointing out to him what they’re used for traditionally, he looked at me, smiled ad said “well Gid Made it, so I’m going to teach on it!”

    Looking back in retrospect, I should’ve kicked a field Goal into the upper pews with that jack o lantern for defiling the altar in this misguided teaching…
    but I guess you see my point.

  26. Mrs. Jan says

    I am NOT disagreeing with the Pagan ties to Easter and I too avoid the eggs and bunnies. I focus in my home and in all children’s ministries, On the Resurrection with lambs and crosses for obvious ties.

    My question is this, Why is it so easy for us to disregard all the Easter trappings, yet we cling to the Christmas traditions that also have very pagan ties ?

    Sorry if I opened a new can of worms.

    • Sheri says

      In our family, we have Jesus’ birthday on December 25th and save the gift giving for January on whatever day our family can all get together, usually on New Year’s Day. We do not have Santa Claus or a Christmas tree. We don’t even have the Wise Men at the manger, because they came to the house later.

      I’m curious what Christmas Traditions the “we” are clinging to?

      • says

        Our church has had an Easter Egg hunt for many years. But the last few years I’ve noticed a disturbing trend. Many of the kiddos AND their parents were so into seeing how many eggs the child could get. . . . This attitude and resulting hurt feelings are not what we want to promote. So this year no egg hunt . . . . . Our city park and many churches in the area have egg hunts for those of our families who want to do this outside their own back yard. . . . We will give out Easter goody bags that include candy and a booklet about Easter.

  27. Sheri says

    My testimony includes Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. When I found out they were not real, I dumped the whole thing, because my family mixed the sacred with the secular. I purpose not to use secular symbols to teach spiritual truth. I don’t mind decorating eggs any other time of year as a fun activity, but we won’t be hunting for them at Easter.

    Last week in Awana, I asked my preschoolers what they knew of Easter and it was all about eggs, candy and the Easter Bunny. So, when I teach this lesson, we will be calling it the Resurrection to keep it separate from the secular celebration. We will do the Resurrection Eggs with a twist– no eggs! We can use decorated empty toilet paper tubes to hold the contents! That could be called, “Not Eggactly an Easter Egg Hunt.”

    I think looking for things is fun! But I need to teach truth.

  28. says

    Our story is similar, the church was doing the Eggstavaganza outreach when we came to the church. It also did not produce any long term results there for not meeting the goal. We stopped it also for practical not theological reasons. Our church does have a large free Easter Breakfast before the Resurrection Celebration on Easter Sunday Morning that is well attended and is meeting the goals and bringing in new people, so we set up a craft station for the kids to have something to do after breakfast before church. They love that.
    A few years ago at another church I wrote a play called “It’s really all about the Lamb after all” We shopped thrift stores and rummage sales for lambs and crosses to decorate the tables, everything from stuffed to figurines to chocolate everyone was invtited to take them home after church. At first we had a coloring contest and everyone voted and the top votes got to choose their lamb or cross first and so on down the line, but now we just let them as soon as church is over. The point that we share is that Jesus died on the cross as our sacrificial Lamb, He has given us Salvation as a free gift, we don’t have to work for it or hunt for it (egg hunt) it is right there in front of you, it is free and all you have to do is take it.
    Everyone loves this and several women of the church spend all year looking for lambs and crosses.

    • says

      Ruth,
      Thanks! I have been wracking my brain about this this week! My plan was to teach the Resurrection lesson to my class and then have an “Easter Egg Hunt”. Well…. Pastor decided he would like all the children in Service this week. I have the plastic eggs and stuffings for them so I can give them out to the children after service. Free, no work involved (except to reach out your hand)- just like the Grace of God!
      Again Thank you!
      Cathy

  29. says

    I commend leaders for evaluating the benefit of any program, and I agree that if the focus of an event is outreach, and you aren’t accomplishing that goal, then you need to refine your event, or throw it out and put the resources to a better use.
    Up until two years ago, I put on an Easter Egg Hunt every year at our church for our church families to invite their friends to and for our community. The sixth grade class always worked on presenting the Easter skit – which works great, since kids watch and listen to kids more than they do to adults. But I did find that most families were just interested in getting to the hunt, and we weren’t finding that new families stepped back into our doors the next morning for Easter Sunday or any time after that except maybe VBS and our Harvest Party.
    One of our main goals is to reach out into a neighborhood at the base of the hill our church sits on. God began to speak to me about the reality of those families coming up to our upper-middle class church and I realized that if we wanted to reach out to them, we needed to take our Egg Hunt “on the road” and set it up in their neighborhood.
    I recruited a couple of churches in that neighborhood to partner with us. We rented the school grounds for the morning, and we invited the school families to a free event at their school. We provided thousands of empty eggs (for the hunt), which the kids traded in for candy, free school supplies, used books and clothing, free cookies and coffee, face painting, a balloon making clown, and some musical entertainment. There was no presentation of the gospel, but we did all wear t-shirts that identified us as belonging to the church and had a message of “New Life in Christ” on them. We handed out invitations to our Easter services and upcoming events for children (all three church’s events on one hand-out).
    The goal of this event was to love this particular community and meet some needs and make the faith community present and visible without being overbearing.
    The results were rewarding – building a trust relationship with the school that continues to grow, build a relationship with other churches in our community -working together as the church should, and connecting people in their neighborhoods with local churches. I can’t identify how successful it was because we didn’t collect information, but have to trust that God is at work, and may be breaking down some people’s mistrust of the church, allowing them to step into a church for the first time.

  30. Jan says

    When I first became director of our kids club program, the kids asked if we would be having an Easter Egg Hunt. The former director had dyed two or three dozen eggs and hid them for our small kids group, had some refreshments and that was about it. I told the kids I would pray about it and let them know. Between being a very busy time of the church year (lessons to prepare, cantata practices, etc), it is a very holy season of the church year and I didn’t want to do anything to take away from that. After much prayer, I felt we should have a hunt only if it was used as an outreach to get kids who would not normally come to churh to come hear the true story of Easter. We host a fairly large (for us) event with a mini-carnival type set-up with games, balloon animals, face-painting, etc. This gives time for all the kids to get there before the egg hunt starts, and the early kids aren’t bored waiting. After the hunt we have refreshments and then a puppet show with a clear Easter message. We give away lots of prizes (bought on clearance the year before) AFTER the puppet show so that people don’t leave before the important part! At a church of about 120, we usually have about 100 kids plus older siblings, parents, grandparents, etc. We have seen some direct results, but for the most part we are planting seeds and getting the gospel out to kids (and parents) who would not come to church for a normal service. We focus on it as an outreach and bathe it in prayer and feel it is a very positive ministry activity.

  31. Brandy Rutgers says

    As the children’s director at my church, I have found our egg hunt to be a valuable tool and outreach event to our community. While we give out snacks, play games, have crafts, and hide eggs…..we are also spreading THE WORD ….either through a quick story time or valuable object lesson. While its true that we haven’t had new families join after every event, we often do. In addition, we’ve also opened the door to other events where we are spreading God’s Word (VBS). A child cannot force their parent to bring them to church if the parent is unwilling…….but at least we have planted some seeds that God can certianly grow. For many kids, those events may be the ONLY time these unchurched kids are ever going to hear the message. That is our end goal. New members are great…..sharing God’s love with people who may never hear it otherwise….better. : )

  32. steve harris says

    The entire Easter celebration is a lie starting with lent, to Good friday (you cannot get three days and three nights from friday afternoon untill early Sunday morning) ,Sunrize service (Baal worship) easter bunnies , Easter Eggs, (fertility Gods) . I would take a real hard look at where these customs come from, then look in the word of God to try and find were God stands on these pagan Holidays. As for me and my family we would not attend your church with your Easter Egg Hunts.
    < Steve Harris

    • Janell Price says

      Please allow me to share a little bit about Hebrew culture of that era. Hebrews counted a portion of a day as a day. So, Friday and Sunday were counted as 2 days. The other issues are minor. They are perogatives we can disagree with and not affect our salvation. However, God’s prophecies are major, including the ones regarding the work of salvation. They are His Word, and we all rest our souls’ eternity on His Word.

  33. ray says

    I truely beleive in the meaning of this time, of the Resurrection of christ, and how he came to be known as our Salvation, the man we cal Jesus christ. Coming from a previous religion where paganist is abundant , catholism . i have seen how sects can influence the young to be moulded into what is considered tradional and doctrinual, but unfortunely , untrue. The use of these pagan symbols have and are still being used today with even greater influence thanks to the media and unschooled church leaders whom are meaning in their own agendas, bringing people to Christ. Is and has always been the focus of what the Lord is commanding us to do. But if we read the Word of God it clearly states that we must not use any craven images to have any worship. remember the people of isrealites when moses when up to the mountain because he didnt come back in a few days . They turned to Arron and instructed him to build a golden calf and what they they do The Jews started to worship it. What does this mean ? It means that our Lord god has given us his Son Jesus Christ and he is the final sacrifice for our Sins. thats why we have salvation . Now do we continue to use the Pagan symbol ,the Egg , or Rabbit by the way , this is the way the Babylonians worshipped their Gods Easther , also know as the fertility Goddess . where she was worshipped by bringing a Rabbit to the temple,. The Rabbit represented fertility when a couple wanted a child thats what they would do. Sacrifiice rabbits to this Goddess and what the Egg represents is the rebirth of the god ,her son naned Nimrod also know as the God Tammez. Lets remember history. As leaders of Christian churches we must be awre of the history of each symbol that is used because the adults are the teachers of the young. We must not misled them

  34. sincerely says

    Well, no one has to worry, I’m fully aware that bunnies don’t lay eggs…

  35. Kaci says

    I came on staff at my church just over a year ago as the Children’s Ministry assistant and was put in charge of planning and organizing the easter egg hunt. It was not detailed as an outreach event and I was not encouraged to make it so. Not discouraged, mind you, just not given that direction from the director to make it so. There were no first-time visitors, only many families who had not regularly attended. Wanting to incorporate the resurrection story into the event (which was held in between services during our standard sunday school time), I organized a story/lesson-time just prior to the egg hunt. With advertising and announcements…not one family brought their child to the story/lesson. They only participated in the egg hunt.

    I became the kidmin director as of this last January and wanted to bring a deeper experience to the traditional children’s programming. My pastor got completely on-board with the Journey to the Cross program, which we are holding this palm sunday so as not to interfere with the family brunch held on the following sunday. However, this past week a few families asked my pastor about when the church easter egg hunt was going to be. He has approached me and requested that I also plan a small program for easter sunday including an egg hunt.

    I have agreed for two reasons…though it took me a few hours to let the initial frustration wear off. As a director, my plate is very full right now with a brand-new program launching this sunday, and being approached with this last-minute after initally having support was…well, I was not happy. But after consideration, here are my reasons and (I suppose) my response to the initial post.

    1. Though unsuccessful as an outreach event in the past and eventually morphing into a fun activity for kids during a family meal, clearly the congregation has placed a value on having this fun event for their children. As a church, we do not promote any form of idol/pagan worship through the hunt of some candy-filled eggs. It has essentially turned into a game-time. Are games and physical activities important to the growing child? Does it help the teachers/volunteers connect with the kids? Does it help the kids connect with each other? Though not an outreach to the “unchurched”…I believe it still has value as an outreach to connect with the children in our congregation.

    2. Being very intentional with a deeper-meaning (not to mention true-meaning) program prior to this gives me, as the director, confidence that the children have been reached out to and communicated with about the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. Combining the two ideas last year failed…but this way I know that we have served and worked to honor Christ through biblical education.

    Gauging the response of a new church-family to the changes I would like to see in kidmin, I have to realize that I’m new to them too. And this prepares me to pray, plan, and envision for next year how to create connection with true meaning and value behind it. It’s not all fun and games…but with kids…some of it has to be! Long-term, I do hope to eliminate the egg hunt. But it must be replaced with something meaningful that still allows kids and their families to have fun and connect.

    I’m sorry this is so long, I just realized. Hope this lends itself to the discussion!

  36. Joveniel says

    I am a sunday school teacher at our local church and I’m planning to have easter egg hunting. I just want a memorable way of informing our children about easter. In our community, most of the children are not aware of what easter is. They only know Christmas. So I am planning to have this activity not as an outreach program but as a lesson to help promote that we should also be thankful at the death of Jesus coz that is what He came for(to die and save us).

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