PILOT MOUNTAIN — First Baptist Church celebrated Easter with area children and parents Saturday afternoon by hosting a series of age-appropriate Easter egg hunts, a lesson on the day’s significance, crafts and a meal.
Youngsters between the ages of birth and 11 years were divided into three age groups with each having an opportunity to take part in each session with their peers.
Associate Pastor/Youth Minister Will Eads offered an Easter presentation to each group using the backdrop of a wooden cross. Eads used a hammer and nails to pin slips of paper to the cross, representing how children and parents could give their cares to Jesus.
“We want them to know that the greatest message of Easter is that Christ overcometh,” Eads said beforehand. “There’s a lot of negative in the world but it’s important that they know it doesn’t have to stay like that. The message of Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the grave is a message of redemption. We want to share that with them.
“As a church and a community of faith,” he continued, “we want to connect with our community and, in that, provide food, fellowship and fun. So much attention is given to our youth and not as much to our children. This is an opportunity to connect with them and their families.”