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Cheyenne Belew | The Chronicle

Spring was in full swing Saturday at Elgin United Methodist Church. Approximately 20 children turned out with baskets in hand to take part in the church’s Easter festivities.

An Easter egg hunt kicked off at 11 a.m. on the manicured front lawn. Children 12 and under lined up, eager to sprint full force in search of colorful Easter eggs. The eggs, plastic and shiny were not difficult to find. A rainbow assortment of eggs was littered across the lawn. When the signal was given, youngsters swarmed the field of eggs in hopes of retrieving as much candy as possible. The egg gathering was over in minutes, with one of the last eggs being found high in a small tree. When a family with children arrived late to the egg hunt, a young boy gave several eggs to them from his own stash.

After the egg hunt, children were treated to hotdogs, face painting, Easter-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt and outdoor games. The small gathering was attended by children and grandchildren of church members, as well as a handful of local guests. Children reunited with old friends and made a few new ones as well. Teamwork was the word of the day as youngsters worked in groups of multi-aged children to find clues required for a resurrection-themed scavenger hunt. Children who attended left with a full tummy, a basket of candy-filled eggs and a smile big enough to last for days.

Last year’s Easter egg hunt was called off because of the pandemic. With so many activities canceled, the egg hunt was a welcome change for children and adults alike. The church has begun a gradual shift toward normalcy since vaccines have become more widely available. This year, church leaders made the decision to go forward with the event because, according to Pastor Tom Trautman, “It was an outdoor event and was not widely publicized, attracting mostly church members”.

In early March, in-person Sunday morning services resumed using the fellowship hall to allow for social distancing. However, Easter was the first time that service was held in the church’s sanctuary. Even though in-person activities have resumed, the church has decided to continue livestreaming to reach a broader audience and perhaps those not yet comfortable with coming back.

Other church activities include Wednesday Family Nights, Weight Watchers, a food pantry and a rummage sale. Nearly all activities are operated by adult volunteers who seek to make a difference in their community. For more information about Elgin United Methodist Church or their programs, visit them on Facebook, via Facebook Messenger, or email Pastor Tom Trautman at ttrautman@clergy.okumc.org.