Easter Outreach: Searching for Jesus

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This Easter, help families find more than
just candy and plastic eggs hidden in the grass — guide them
toward the True Hope of the season with this outreach event.

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Thousands of years ago people searched for the Savior, the
promised Messiah. And every year Easter reveals the hopeful answer
people sought then and still search for today.

You and I know the search begins and ends
with Jesus. But for many who are searching, Easter is about
bunnies, colored eggs, and baskets full of candy. How can you reach
these families and help them discover the true hope of
Easter?

Why not do it through the hearts–and
tummies–of children? This Easter, make something old new again by
reaching out to your community with an unforgettable Easter Egg
Hunt that leaves people hungry for the message and hope of
Easter.

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Scout the
Hunt

Location is everything, and the location you choose for your
Easter Egg Hunt can make a significant difference in how many
people attend. While hosting the event on your church property may
be convenient and easy, consider a location that’s more familiar to
the community, such as a local school or sports park facility. A
community setting is a neutral place to invite families who may
feel uneasy or nervous about attending an event at a church they
aren’t familiar with. Obtain any necessary permits from your local
government and be sure the location has access to water,
electricity, restrooms, shade, and an area where it’s okay to
barbecue.

Prepare

Your Easter Egg Hunt offers great opportunities for people in your
church and community to serve. Use these ideas for your outreach
preparations.

• Ask for donations. Ask families in your church
to donate plastic eggs and bags of individually wrapped candies for
the hunt. Local businesses may be willing to donate these items if
you make the request in writing on ministry letterhead.

Also contact local businesses to donate gifts for your egg hunt,
from large items such as bikes or filled Easter baskets to smaller
items to place inside plastic eggs, such as coupons for free ice
cream cones or stickers. Place gift vouchers for bigger items in
the eggs so kids who find them can turn them in. Acknowledge all
businesses that donate with a big thank you sign at the event
entrance.

• Create special giveaways. Create themed Easter
baskets to give away, such as a Home Movie Night (filled with a
family-friendly DVD, microwave popcorn, and boxed candy), Outdoor
Fun (filled with bubble solution, sidewalk chalk, a jump rope, and
balls), or Beach Bum (filled with sand toys, a kid-friendly beach
towel, and water goggles).

• Ask for extra hands. Getting the eggs ready for
the hunt is the most time-consuming aspect of the event, and you’ll
need extra hands to do it. Filling eggs takes time, so tap all of
these resources.

Senior Centers-Ask local senior citizen
centers or senior organizations to join in the egg-stuffing
venture. Drop off the eggs to the center during the week before and
designate a pickup time.

Preteens-Host a fun night for preteens
early in the week before Easter Sunday. Serve a meal and have
preteens eat together in small groups with a leader for each group.
Talk about the importance of loyalty and friendship, and let
preteens discuss why they think Jesus wanted to share a special
meal with his closest friends before he died. After the meal, give
preteens a chance to serve by helping with last-minute egg hunt
preparations, such as filling eggs, making signs, or preparing
crafts. Then encourage preteens to invite a friend who doesn’t
attend church to attend the egg hunt with them.

Moms Groups-Ask your church’s moms
groups to stuff eggs at their next meeting while they talk and
learn. Consider providing an hour of activities for children
following the meeting so moms can stay to pitch in.

     

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