Early start on Easter egg hunts
by Celia Shortt
Palmetto Baptist Church braved the rain and held its first community wide Easter egg hunt Saturday, despite having to move the event from its relocation property the day before.
“The property is a perfect place to have an egg hunt for the community,” said Rene Milner, the children’s minister at Palmetto Baptist Church and an organizer for the event.
Milner said the church held the event in order to reach out to the community, and in preparation organizers sent flyers to Palmetto’s elementary school. She was disappointed about not being able to hold it at the church’s new property on Highway 29, but was glad they were still able to have it at their current church building at 504 Center Street in Palmetto.
There are still a lot of people from the community here, she said Saturday.
Kids were divided into age groups, and each age group participated in its own hunt.
Other activities for the kids included a puppet skit, visiting the Easter Bunny, and games and snacks.
Teenagers from the church were also involved, helping set up and run the different areas. Jimmy Orr has been pastor of Palmetto Baptist Church since 2000. Like Milner, he also had high hopes for the Easter egg hunt.
“[I hope] for a lot of the kids to come have fun, and have a great time,” he said. “They can play together in a safe place and celebrate Easter.”
Palmetto Baptist has been able to use its relocation property for other church community events, including “Trunk or Treat” around Halloween. According to Orr, they have had the property since 2003. Their move there has been in process since then.
“The recession slowed us down,” said Orr. “We hope to be out there in two years.”
This Easter egg hunt is Milner’s first as the children’s minister. She came on full-time in January after serving part-time as the interim children’s minister.
She and her family have been members at the church since 2006.