Elmont and First Baptist Church of Van Alstyne are joining together for a community-wide Easter celebration on Sunday, April 20, at the Van Alstyne Middle School. Events include a "mega" Easter egg hunt, puppet show for Kids Church and a special time of worship for Resurrection Sunday.
Events get under way with registration for the egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. All kids preschool-age through fifth grade are welcome with the egg hunt beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the middle school track.
At 10:45 a.m., the kids are invited to the cafetorium where life-size puppets Leonard and Mango experience "Eggapocalypse" and learn the true meaning of Easter with the help of some special friends. This time will include kid-friendly music, games and a craft project for the children to take home.
Simultaneously, the adult worship service will take place in the gym with a celebratory Easter anthem by the First Baptist Church choir to begin the service. Congregational praise music will be led by the Elmont Baptist worship team. The Easter message entitled "The Proof and Purpose of the Resurrection" will be shared by Mark Fletcher and Griff Servati. They will answer questions and instill hope in what is celebrated on this special day. A nursery will be available for infants and toddlers.
Servati, associate pastor at FBCVA, explained the reason for the churches coming together to celebrate Easter in a special way: "Why not when you realize the
power of Easter Sunday together as a community of faith."
In advance of all of the Sunday morning activities, FBCVA will also hold a special Good Friday service on Friday evening at 7 p.m., in the FBCVA sanctuary. Titled "Worth is the Lamb," the service will feature several choral anthems, a message by interim pastor Ed Ethridge, and an opportunity to participate in communion.