Frenship celebrates egg hunts, cantatas and services for Easter

Tim Beal, left, and Brandon Gwinn display some of the 50,000 eggs already prepared for the Experience Life Easter egg hunt scheduled for April 10.

Tim Beal, left, and Brandon Gwinn display some of the 50,000 eggs already prepared for the Experience Life Easter egg hunt scheduled for April 10.

While most Christians will observe Easter next weekend during a church service, many Frenship churches are planning elaborate egg hunts, cantatas and special services.

The Experience Life church, which has grown in attendance from 800 to about 1,700 since September, will drop some of the 50,000 plastic eggs members have accumulated from a helicopter at Lowrey Field April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tim Beal, the student and family pastor at Experience Life, which meets in the skating rink at the Sportsplex, 7116 82nd Street, said the church sponsored a similar egg drop last year, and was woefully unprepared for 5,000 people who showed up to hunt the 5,000 Easter eggs they had prepared.

“We were just blown away by the reaction,” said Beal. So this year they will have 10 times as many eggs and many more things for families to do at the event, including inflatable bouncers for kids, games and free hot dogs and drinks.

“We’re going to have a ton of giveaways,” said Beal, listing console gaming systems and flat-screen televisions among the prizes. A rock band will be playing music from the ’80s and now.

Not all of the 50,000 eggs will fit into a helicopter, but Beal said a military-style helicopter this year should hold at least 5,000 eggs. Last year, he said, a much smaller helicopter held 1,000 plastic Easter eggs. This year, the remaining eggs will be distributed around Lowrey Field prior to the event. Some eggs will also be placed in a section cordoned off for smaller children to hunt as well, he said. The eggs will contain small toys or candy.

“We’re trying to make this as un-churchy as possible,” said Beal. But he added, “We’re not trying to remove God from Easter.”

Instead, he said the church wants to do something for the community.

“Our goal is just to give you something to do with your kid that will be fun, that will be free,” said Beal. His hope is that people will come, have fun, fellowship and want to go to a church somewhere.

On the weekend, the church will also hold four Easter services, including one at 5 p.m. April 11, and three on April 12 at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

During the Easter services, the church will start a new series of sermons called Confessions of a Preacher, but Beal declined to give a synopsis of the sermon that will be given by Pastor Chris Galanos.

Many other churches in the Frenship area are also celebrating Easter.

Cornerstone Bible Church
An Easter cantata will be held at the Cornerstone Bible Church at 10:30 a.m. April 12. The Cornerstone Bible Church is located at 7915 Iola Ave.

Faith Baptist Church
Easter Services will be held April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the church at 6002 66th St.

Family Harvest Church
A Twilight Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the church grounds at 7201 Marsha Sharp Freeway. Those who take part can bring flashlights to seek the edible treasures.
At the same time, there will be an open house in the preschool learning center from 7:15-8:15 p.m.

A half-hour movie about the crucifixion will be presented at 8:15 p.m.

An Easter service will be at 10:30 a.m. April 12.

First United Methodist Church, Wolfforth
On Palm Sunday, the choir will present a cantata, “In Christ Alone,” at the 10:30 a.m. service.
An Easter egg hunt will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, while Holy Week reflection will be held from noon-12:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Participants should bring a lunch.

On April 12, the Easter services will be at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 102 Donald Preston Drive in Wolfforth.

Monterey Church of Christ
A Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. April 10 at 6111 82nd St. Easter services will be held at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. April 12. The theme for Easter at Monterey is “Resurrection Power.”

Shadow Hills Baptist Church
A pre-Easter service will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the church at 5911 Fourth St.
On April 12, the Easter service will be held at 11 a.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt for children after the service.

Word Aflame United Pentecostal Church
An Easter egg hunt will be held following Sunday School classes on April 12, depending on the weather.

Easter services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the church, located at 6901 82nd St.

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