First United Methodist Church hosts annual Easter egg hunt

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Tue., Apr. 2, 2013
First United Methodist Church Easter egg hunt, Stafford, CT
Landon met the Easter bunny at the annual First United Methodist Church Easter egg hunt. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

Families gathered at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, March, 30 for the popular Easter egg hunt and social gathering. Tables decorated with Easter bunnies, spring bouquets and butterflies were heaped with desserts of all kinds, as well as chili and finger foods donated by the members of the church.

The egg hunt followed a social hour and activities for the children. This event was open to the whole community. “More than half of the children come from outside the church for the egg hunt,” said the Rev. Joseph Chamberland.

Sue Pagano, the daughter of a former minister of the First United Methodist Church, has been the organizer of the egg hunt for seven years. “I enjoy seeing the kids have a really good time,” she said. Members of the Women's Ministry Group stuffed hundreds of colorful plastic eggs with candy Friday evening before the event.

“This is a Christian-based egg hunt. We try to make sure the kids know the true meaning of Easter,” Pagano said. To ensure that, the children were split into groups with the younger children doing crafts while the fourth- to sixth-graders met in the sanctuary and were asked questions of religious significance surrounding Easter. For each correct answer provided, the kids were given an egg and later were allowed to hunt for eggs in the sanctuary. Downstairs, adults were busy distributing hundreds of eggs along the floor, and some were hidden around the room. It did not take long for the younger children to scoop up all the eggs in the meeting room.

The First United Methodist Church is committed to reaching out to the community in many ways. “We have multiple worship services during the week and we alternate worships with other churches for specific events,” Chamberland said. The church is also part of Safe Net Ministries, whose mission is feeding, housing and assisting its neighbors. “We provide an opportunity for those who want to be of service. It is part of what it means to be the church,” Chamberland explained.

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