GLENBURN – It was a twist on the standard Easter egg hunt, when Glenburn Evangelical Covenant Church had kids looking for eggs in the dark Sunday morning.
“My shoes light up so it wasn’t a big deal,” said participant Melaney Pelletier, 7.
Pelletier counted her glow-in-the-dark Easter egg total to be a dozen eggs.
Once the kids snatched their eggs, they gathered for an Easter story. Inside the eggs there was more than just candy. Some eggs held little figurines that went along with certain parts of the story.
Cindy McDonald, who read Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs to the kids said the book, “helps them relate to it by using a character that’s a little boy and he collected treasures. And every treasure has something to do with the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus.”
Melaney noted she found praying hands and a cross in her Easter eggs.
Melaney’s grandmother said Melaney is part of the woodwork at Sunday school. And it’s having these biblical stories come alive that makes Sunday school more fun for her and the other kids.
“It’s unique because children like the Easter eggs and they don’t always like to sit in school and listen,” said Laura Pelletier, Melaney’s grandmother.
So while the kids were just hopping around and having fun, Pastor Steve McDonald hoped the Easter eggs teach them something too.
“We can use that to point them to life in Christ and to hope in Him,” said Pastor McDonald.
“If the church doesn’t have children then they’re not going to be around for much further in the future,” said Cindy McDonald. “We need to serve them in ways that they can relate to.”
The kids got a taste of a sugar high in the dark this Easter Sunday. But when the lights come back on, they’re still surrounded by their families and church community.
Pastor McDonald said, “The kids had a blast and the parents were there too, having fun with their kids. It was a little different but it was fun.”
He said they’re looking to expand their congregation. If anyone is interested in their services or events, information can be found on the Gleburn Evangelical Covenant Church’s Facebook page.