Easter is a time of year where many are open to the idea of coming to church. Why not get to know those people in your community that may attend on Sunday, the day before? How is that done? One way is by hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on your church campus. Here is a quick rundown on how to plan and carry out a Community Easter Egg Hunt. (Special Note: My student leaders planned this whole event. Maybe this is something your student leaders can do for your church each year. Expectations rise and potential met!)
How to Plan
- Choose a mission statement – Gospel-centered statement to keep vision/purpose in mind.
- Create goals – number of people, number of kids, number of eggs
- Separate Planning Team into Two Groups: Promotion/Publicity, Production & Personnel
- Promotion & Publicity – Get the word out – mailings, church announcements, flyers/postcards, radio announcements, website, Facebook event post, church sign; Donations – Eggs, Candy, Small Prizes; Sign up list for volunteers – next to display in Lobby
- Production & Personnel
- Make a timeline of tasks that need to be accomplished
- Reserve items early – Location (if needed), Bounce House, Time slot in church calendar
- Recruit volunteers – Registration, Game & Egg Hunt Helpers, Security (if needed), Storyteller, Drinks/Food Coordinator
- Gather Materials – Games materials, Fill Eggs (Sunny Bunny Eggs is a great resource), Tables, chairs, etc.
- Schedule out the Easter Hunt – From Setup to Tear Down
- Develop a map – where you want everything, from registration to the actual hunt
How to Host
- Meeting – Meet at location early with volunteers for set up (Suggestion: if possible, do a “mock” setup in the gym prior to the day of Egg Hunt).
- Stations, People! Set up games, bounce house, registration, story telling station, & Egg Hunt area
- It’s Show Time. Meet half hour to hour before – designate volunteers to stations (People started showing up a half hour before ours started, so be aware of this possibility, BE EARLY!)
- Schedule Sample: Registration/Games/Games shut down/Story Time (Resurrection Eggs)/Egg Hunt/More Games/Final Egg Hunt (With Remaining Eggs)
Meet guests at front location
Give out bags – church information, brochures, tract, Easter service invitation
Bag for Easter Egg Hunt
Mega-Phone or Sound System Set up
How to Follow Up
- Gospel – The best thing about our Egg Hunt this year was the Gospel was shared. It was right before the Egg Hunt, so everyone was willing to hear about Jesus, then we did the Egg Hunt right after.
- At Registration – people signed up their child with a phone number. Possible a registration card would have been more efficient/organized.
- Children’s Ministry Team – Follow up with phone calls, visits, and emails.
- Pray you see them the next day!