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April 20, 2014

Local churches worship, have fun on Easter holiday

Local churches worship, have fun on holiday

GOSHEN

Encouraged by bright blue skies and near-perfect temperatures in the low 70’s, families and churches from all across Goshen took to their yards Sunday afternoon to participate in a time-honored tradition: the Easter egg hunt.

Included among the churches taking part in the Easter tradition Sunday was Goshen City Church of the Brethren, whose members chose to finish off their day of early morning Easter services and a youth-sponsored breakfast with a fun-filled Easter egg hunt for the kids.

“We’ve done this for the past five years now,” said Pastor Bev Weaver. “We see it as something especially good for the kids to look forward to, because many are in the area for the weekend with family from out of town, so they’re away from their local churches and friends. We see this as giving them a way to feel a little more comfortable and better about being away from what they’re used to.”

Also celebrating Easter on Sunday was Grace Community Church with its massive Community Easter Egg Hunt and Great Flip-Flop Drop.

Located at 20076 C.R. 36 in Goshen, the annual community Easter celebration kicked off promptly at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with hundreds of kids swarming the campus grounds to secure their share of 30,000 candy-filled Easter eggs.

Growing to become quite famous over the years, the annual Grace Easter celebration can often bring in as many as 2,000 to 5,000 attendees, and Sunday’s turnout didn’t disappoint.

In addition to the more traditional Easter egg hunts for the younger children, Sunday’s event also featured what the church called its “Flip-Flop Drop”, which involved members of the Elkhart Township Fire Department raining flip-flops and other prizes down on eagerly awaiting teens from atop an extended fire truck ladder.

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