Easter Weekend Special Events Set

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Young Tyson Smith checks out a couple of eggs during the 2012 Easter egg hunt at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Piggott. This year's hunt will be held Saturday as part of the three day celebration at the local church. (TD photo/Ryan Rogers)

Despite the threat of rain, Easter weekend activities are set for the coming days. Special celebrations are set at several local churches, including big egg hunts Saturday morning in both Rector and Piggott.

Rector First Baptist Church will host its annual community Easter Egg Hunt and Springfest events Saturday, March 30.

The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. at the Jeremy McDaniel Memorial Sports Complex. Children ranging from one-year-old to the sixth grade will take part in hunts divided into four age groups. The event will feature prizes, with each child receiving a gift bag.

Immediately following the Easter Egg Hunt will be Springfest, held at the church, located near the Rector Post Office. Springfest will include fun events such as a bounce house, train ride, balloon animals and face painting. The event will also include free hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, popcorn and drinks. Springfest is expected to conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Organizers invite everyone to attend the Easter Egg Hunt and Springfest events.

The Emmanuel Baptist Church of Piggott will host a full weekend of activities for Easter, as they invite the public to attend "a weekend of hope," at the local church. The Easter weekend activities at Emmanuel Baptist have become a community tradition in the Piggott area, and regularly draw hundreds of participants.

This year's offerings will include a movie night event Friday, March 29, a huge Easter celebration and egg hunt Saturday, March 30 and Easter services Sunday, March 31. The church is located at 829 East North Street, at the corner of North Johnson and East North Streets in Piggott.

The weekend schedule will begin at 6:30 p.m. Good Friday with a movie night event at the church as they host a screening of "Passion of the Christ."

The activities continue from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30 with a community Easter celebration on the church grounds. The celebration will feature inflatable attractions, pony rides, a kiddy train ride and a variety of games for the young, and young at heart. There will also be free food, including hot dogs, popcorn, sodas and bottled water. The church congregation will also be giving away 50 food boxes to those in attendance.

Kids are invited to sign-up for free giveaways, including Easter baskets for boys and girls in several age groups and six bicycles. The annual gathering will also include an Easter egg hunt for kids ages 1 to 12, with over 8,000 eggs scattered across the church property. Organizers also note that there will be a balloon launch at 12:30 p.m. to wrap up Saturday's activities.

The Emmanuel Baptist congregation will also host Easter Sunday services beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 31.

Those wanting more information about the Easter activities, or the church in general, may call the church office at 598-5128.

The McDougal Community Christian Church will be in revival, with services held at 7 p.m. each evening, throughout Easter weekend, March 29 to 30. The revival will feature Bro. Sloan Parker of Poplar Bluff, Mo. and everyone is invited to attend as the church celebrates Christ's resurrection.

The First United Methodist Church of Piggott is hosting Easter sunrise services beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 31. Weather permitting, the service will be held in the amphitheater at Heritage Park. Coffee and donuts will be served afterward in the fellowship hall of the church. In the event of rain the services will be held at the church.

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