Children’s Pastors all over America take part in the annual debate: Easter Egg Hunt Yea or Nay? While Easter Egg hunts are a popular outreach event for several churches, others decide to leave the eggs at home in order to keep Easter focused on Jesus. No matter where your church is located, you most likely will find that your parents will have strong stances for either side. So, should you bring an Easter Egg Hunt to your kid’s ministry this year?
First let’s have a quick history lesson. The Easter Bunny comes from German culture, dating back to the 1500’s. Both rabbits and eggs symbolize fertility, an important theme for spring, which represents new life itself. The legend goes that the Easter Bunny would deliver colorful eggs, candy, and toys to children who behaved well just like Santa. Parents would then hide eggs throughout their yards and tell their children that the Easter Bunny had brought them. The church would latter connect Easter eggs to the new life received through Jesus.
Now that you have some context to the Easter Bunny, we have put together a pros and cons list for having an Easter Egg Hunt at your church.
Thousands of families attend city ran Easter Egg Hunts all throughout America and therefore make Easter Egg Hunts a great way to outreach to your community. You can have the event before Easter and invite the families to your Easter service or have the hunt during your Easter Service and use it as a tool to attack unchurched families.
Easter is the celebration of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and then overcoming death 3 days later. By taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt, you are celebrating and embracing the world’s view of Easter, which has nothing to do with Jesus. The church should stay holy and not embrace the ways of the world.
There are several creative ways children’s pastors’ ties in Easter Eggs into the true meaning of Easter. From resurrection eggs, to the empty egg representing the empty tomb, to eggs symbolizing our new live in Jesus, an Easter Egg Hunt can bring out great conversation at Jesus and the cross, which otherwise might come off as too scary for younger children.
One of the main responsibilities of a Children’s Pastor is to support the spiritual teachings of the parents at home. If several of your families do not feel comfortable with Easter Egg Hunts, they might feel unsupported and decide to leave the church. The similarly, many families try to stay away from candy, and candy filled Easter Eggs could bring about several angry phone calls.
The truth is, there is no simple right or wrong answer for if your church should have an Easter Egg Hunt. You might want to survey your families’ views on the subject beforehand to get a better feel of where your church stands. Also, make sure that the Easter Egg Hunt serves a purpose, is it an outreach event, an object lesson, or is it just for fun? Lastly, if you feel that your church might not be the best fit for an Easter Egg Hunt, you might want to try an event outside of the Sunday Easter Service, where families have the option to attend or not. This can make for a great day of family ministry, while still being respectful to those who disagree with Easter Egg Hunts.