Easter Marked With Traditional Activities

Thursday, April 25, 2019

For a change, good weather was the order of the day for this past weekend's Easter observance.

Once again this year the Emmanuel Baptist Church, of Piggott, hosted a variety of Easter events—including the traditional egg hunt on the church grounds. Other churches across the region hosted special Easter services as well, as the holiday was observed for 2019.

Friday evening the EBC annual cross walk was set, and would again follow a route from the courthouse square to the church. Despite rain throughout the day, conditions improved Friday evening just in time for the walk. With church pastor Kevin Murray leading the way, and bearing the cross, several dozen took part in the solemn procession.

Bro. Kevin Murray, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, leads the church's annual cross walk on Good Friday. The group met on the court square, then made the walk to the church on the northeast edge of the city. The evening also included a kid's fun run and “Run for God 5K.”
TD photo/Tim Blair

In keeping with recent tradition, the group made its way along East Main Street to North Johnson, and then on to the church for additional activities. Afterward, the church hosted a kids fun run, followed by the “Run for God 5K.”

The annual Easter celebration was held beginning at mid-morning on Saturday. As usual, it offered a wide variety of fun including bounce houses, games, pony rides and treats—all free of charge. In a newer tradition at the local church, a meal was served at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

For the younger folks, the highlight of the day was the annual egg hunt, which got underway at 2 p.m. on the massive church lawn. Despite some wet conditions from the previous day's rain, hundreds of youngsters fanned-out across the grounds and collected the thousands of eggs awaiting.

Afterward, all those in attendance were invited to take part in an Easter balloon launch.

Of course, the weekend schedule concluded on Easter Sunday at EBC and included Sunday School and worship services.

The conditions were also near perfect at Rector, as Easter weekend activities began at 10 a.m. on Saturday with Springfest on the Rector First Baptist Church campus. Families walked to the site, kids rode their bicycles, and parents pushed strollers to arrive in time for hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks-and the Easter Bunny who handed children cute stuffed animals.

When the wind died down a bit, all the bounce houses were inflated and weighted down. The cotton candy machine whirred in steady action. Balloon animals and face painting were hits with the kids as was a lively game of dodgeball that was a contained but raucous version of four-square.

By noon, families were loading up their kids and their prizes, preparing for a trip to Rector Memorial Park and the area surrounding the playground and Community Center. Pastor Jacob Lynn of Rector First Methodist Church said church members had spread out over 5,500 plastic eggs filled with candy. He encouraged the crowd to spread out over the acreage, announcing “There will be plenty of eggs for everyone.”

Families registered their children for two new bicycles that were given away after the egg gathering.

At 1 p.m., at the end of a countdown from 10, children rushed the fields in two divisions based on age. Parents helped younger children but the older kids needed no coaxing. In less than three minutes, the entire area was cleared of all the colored eggs. As groups gathered at the Pavilion, the drawing was conducted for the bicycles and the winners were Harper Lucy and Cory Brown.

“I’m happy to be part of a community whose churches work together to provide family fun for the community, sharing the love of Jesus, especially on this Easter weekend,” Rev. Lynn said in summing up the events.

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