Easter Saturday takes on a special meaning for seven Pacific area churches as members of their congregations join together to host a children’s spring fest and Easter fun celebration.
“This is not a religious event, it’s just fun for the kids,” said Linda Krassinger, Mission Community Church. “But it’s amazing how we all came together.”
The event, titled Spring Fest by One Love, will take place at the PYA fields Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be canceled for rain or excessive mud on the fields.
The multi-church celebration is a way to reach out to the community, organizers said, urging families to come together for this special weekend.
All youngsters, middle school and younger, are invited to the nondenominational event.
“Even those who don’t go to church are welcome,” Krassinger said.
“This is a chance for the churches to bring joy to area kids,” said John Sitton of The Following.
Among activities are three Easter egg hunts at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Registration is required and only 150 youngsters will take part in each hunt.
Participants must register to hunt. People can register online at www.pacificchristianchurch.org or walk up the day of the event and register.
If the 10 a.m. or noon hunt is already full the day of the event, families can wait for the next hunt.
Jack Bone, pastor of First Christian Church of Pacific, 422 W. St. Louis, helped to organize the multi-church sponsored event. His church has organized Easter celebrations for the past several years.
“This year, a couple of churches came to me and asked if they could participate in our Easter Egg hunt and other things for the kids,” Bone said. “I liked the idea of all the churches working together and asked them to send members of the congregation to help put it on.”
The seven churches that will host Spring Fest are Mission Community Church, First Christian Church of Pacific, Assembly of God, The Following, Rock Family Church, Gray Summit Baptist Church and Pacific Presbyterian Church.
Another major participant in the event is the Pacific Youth Association (PYA), which made its ballfields adjacent to the city park available for the event.
The idea to hold the event in the baseball fields was that of Colleen Vaughan, PYA member.
“When I heard about all the churches doing this together, I went to our PYA board and asked if they could do it here at the PYA fields,” Vaughan said. “We have more space than they have in the park and we won’t charge them anything.”
Members from each congregation collaborated to plan the day’s activities, which included collecting 3,000 plastic eggs that can be stuffed with prizes.
Other activities include classes in beaded bracelets, decorating eggs and an egg toss and egg relay with real eggs. Two bounce houses also will be on the grounds and there will be face painting.
Additionally, six bicycles will be raffled off during the day.
“Every participant will get a bag of candy,” said Carmen Mueller, First Christian Church of Pacific.
There is no cost for the event, but the PYA concession stand will be open for the event.