‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)
How long does it take 400 children to collect 10,000 filled plastic Easter eggs?
10 minutes? Not quite. 5 minutes? Getting closer. Believe it or not, it only takes 3 minutes! Each year we host an Easter Eggstravaganza on the campus of Middlesex United Methodist Church in Carlisle. About 650+ people from the church and community attend.
The Eggstravaganza is a highly anticipated outreach event featuring a creative presentation showcasing the Easter Story followed by an exciting time hunting for the 10,000 filled plastic eggs, multiple games with prizes to be won, crafts, face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny.
The eggs contain prizes and candy that reach out to an estimated 400 children from the local community.
Mission Central has been an integral part of this huge missional outreach. The event takes months of planning and involves many volunteers from the congregation as well as generous donations from Mission Central. These donations include items such as plastic eggs, decorations, candy and large prizes that make this event possible and allow us to begin relationships with families in our community.
We are so thankful to Mission Central for their wonderful work and for helping us fulfill our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
PRAYER: Loving God, thank you for guiding us to make more disciples for You in this world. We are so excited to share what You have done for us and what You continue to do for us with people who do not yet know You. We long to be open to ways we can serve You in our communities and in our world. AMEN
(Danielle Dagen, Director of Missions and Outreach, Middlesex UMC, Carlisle)
June 1, 2016 Eggstravaganza (downloadable .pdf)