If your church closed it’s doors today, would your community care? Would they be glad for more parking, more peace and quiet?
When is the last time someone walked by your building and said “I am glad this church is here.”
One of the goals every church should have is to serve & impact it’s communities. If you would like to start making an impact and connecting with your community – I want to share with you an easy way to do that.
It’s called an Easter Egg Hunt.
Why An Easter Egg Hunt Works!
Easter Egg Hunts are a great way to connect with your community and they work for several reasons:
- They require minimal budget ($500 can get you an amazing Easter Egg Hunt.)
- They lower the barrier between church and community. Easter Egg hunts are a family focused event that does not come across as overly religious.
- They can be an easy way to invite the community to your Easter Service.
- They can be great for discipleship because you can get a ton of volunteers to serve in a project that does not require a long term commitment.
What You’ll Need for A Hunt
- Easter Eggs – you can order them filled with candy. Or order them empty, get your congregation to donate candy and the weekend before throw an Easter Egg packing party.
- Permits – you may need a park permit or a sound permit it all depends on the Parks Department in your city.
- Security team – 10 to 15 Volunteers. Once kids get hunting for Eggs, you may need some volunteers to help the kids and also keep the parents from inadvertently hurting other kids.
- Decorations – Balloons are easy way for people to identify where the hunt is being held. All you need is to purchase balloons from Party City. If your doing a ton of Balloons then consider renting a Helium tank.
- Other Activities – Order Arts & Crafts and have an arts and crafts table. This provides activities for the Children before and after the Egg Hunts.
- Volunteer Meeting – to get all of the volunteers on the same page / make sure you go over language and expectations – you may have that one guy walking around the park speaking in tongues scaring off the kids. So set expectations.
Some Quick Tips
- Keep the focus on serving the families in your community. Just make it a fun time, you don’t need an altar call or a prayer booth. If people want prayer let that happen organically.
- Find subtle ways to invite your community to come back for your Easter service.
- Use a sound system or a bull horn to provide direction during the Egg Hunt.
- Break up the Egg Hunt by age – starting with 2 to 3 years. Make sure you pay careful attention to how your group kids, this can be the difference between a successful hunt and when where kids get hurt.
- Find an engaging Hosts. Egg Hunts require lots of instruction, I find a clear yet engaging Hosts makes the Experience enjoyable.
Take it to another level
Here are some more ideas to take your Egg Hunt to the next level.
- turn the Easter egg hunt into more of a festival
- hire a professional face painter
- have tables with arts & crafts the kids can do
- hire a balloon animal artist – to train 3 or 4 of your volunteers to create balloons for the kids
- give out gifts that can bless the community like gift cards to a grocery store / hats and gloves / toys to kids /
- if you have a small group ministry – have groups team up and produce multiple Easter egg hunts in different parks in your city
Ultimately an Egg Hunt is a tool to create a bridge with your community. Remember your goal should be to serve them. And if you do that right, then one day you may get an opportunity to lead them to Christ.