Easter egg hunts to be held across Coweta this Saturday

By W. WINSTON SKINNER winston@newnan.com Colorful eggs — plastic, candy and the kind actually laid by hens — will be hidden in huge numbers in Coweta County during the next few days. Many of the egg hunts on the calendar will be sponsored by churches, and the first egg hunt of the season was a Flashlite Egg Hunt held on the evening of April 8 at Bethlehem Baptist Church on West Grantville Road. A couple of area congregations — Open Door Baptist Church at Senoia and Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Alvaton — held eggs hunts on April 16.
The majority of community egg hunts, however, are scheduled for Saturday. First Baptist Church of Moreland and Ecclesia Newnan are planning big egg blowouts for Saturday with 7,000 and 8,000 eggs, respectively. Wellspring Church at Senoia is bringing back its Easter celebration — to be held at East Coweta Middle School — featuring 20,000 eggs dropped from a helicopter. Wellspring’s Egg Drop will be held at 2 p.m. “This is our second year,” said Scott McInnis, pastor of the church. “We didn’t do it last year — but, because so many were disappointed, we had to do it again.” McInnis estimated there were 1,500 people at the previous Egg Drop in 2009. He said he is not sure how many will come to ECMS for this year’s egg fest. “If the weather is good— I don’t know. It’s really hard to predict,” he said. There will be live music and games at the ECMS event. “Everyone will have an opportunity to register for some great prizes,” McInnis said. McInnis said the Egg Drop “will be a great time for the whole family” and will offer “some great Kodak moments.” Ecclesia will hold its egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Avenue Park. This is the third consecutive year for Ecclesia to sponsor the popular community event. The egg hunt will be followed by “music, games and food” around noon, according to Chad Berry. More than 8,000 eggs will be hidden, and the Easter bunny will be visiting. Games, a bounce house, face painting and crafts are planned, and music will be provided by Musicology. People attending the Ecclesia event are invited to bring a lunch. A Chick-fil-A sandwich, chips and drink will be available for $5. Egg hunts have been held in Moreland for decades. The event at First Baptist Moreland will start at 11 a.m. What is planned is “a huge Easter egg hunt” that will include “a guest appearance by Jesus entering Jerusalem,” Daniel Ausbun, pastor of the church, said. There should be plenty of eggs and goodies for everyone at the event in Moreland. First Baptist Moreland member Susan Morrell said volunteers “will be hiding 7,000 — that’s right, 7,000 eggs for your children to to hunt and enjoy.” Pizza will be served after the egg hunt in Moreland. Royal Baptist Church will hold a Resurrection Celebration on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. In addition to an egg hunt there will be games and inflatables. While Easter egg events are fun and festive, church leaders also see the events as a way to connect with people at a time of year when churches are focused on Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the central theological belief for Christians. “We feel it’s important to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in a way that connects to our community. There are 20,000 people in a 5-mile radius of Senoia who don’t have a church home,” McInnis said. “My heart is that WellSpring is able to make a positive connection with those that feel disconnected. That’s why we’re dropping 20,000 eggs,” he said. Locations for egg hunts on the calendar for Saturday are: • Coweta Veterans Club, 10 a.m. For children 12 and under. Sponsor: American Legion • Masonic Lodge, 170 Spring St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsors: Newnan Lodge 299/Order of Easter Star Chapter 483. Food, prizes. • St. George Catholic Church, 10 a.m. • Colley Park, Grantville, 10 a.m. Sponsor: Grantville Veterans. • Veteran’s Park, Palmetto, 10 a.m. Rain or shine. • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, 10 a.m. • Living By Faith Church, 11 a.m. Hamburger/hot dog lunch to follow. • First Baptist Church, Moreland, 11 a.m. Free pizza to follow. • Moreland United Methodist Church, 11 a.m. • First Avenue Park, 11:30 a.m. Music/games/food to follow. Sponsor: Ecclesia Church. • First Baptist Church, Grantville, noon-2 p.m. • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1 p.m. • Sunnyside Baptist Church, 1 p.m. • Royal Baptist Church, 2-4 p.m. games, inflatables. • Elim Baptist Church, Handy Road, 2-4 p.m. • Meditation Garden, Senoia United Methodist Church, 2 p.m. Bring 12 filled plastic eggs per child. • Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, 2 p.m. • Carmel United Methodist Church, Alvaton, 2 p.m. • Freeman Memorial United Methodist Church, East Newnan, 2:30 p.m. • Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 3-5 p.m. • Zion Hill Baptist Church, Pinson Street, 3 p.m. • St. Smyrna Baptist Church, to follow 3 p.m. program. An egg hunt is also scheduled for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Newnan Chapel United Methodist Church.


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