Children listen to Easter story, hunt eggs

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By Elizabeth Varville, Correspondent

The First Baptist Church of Belton held their 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19 at Mitchell Circle Park. Children through 5th grade were encouraged to participate.

“We had such a great experience in previous years that we decided to do it again this year because we naturally want to share the story of Easter with the community. We like to add the Easter Egg Hunt and just have a good time with the kids. We had storytelling first and then the hunt. During story time, we shared the true meaning of Easter through books to include Jesus’s death on the cross, saving us from our sins, how He rose on the 3rd day and how they can make [God] a part of each of their lives,” said event coordinator and Minister for Childhood Education Eddie Humphrey.

Dressed in sunshine-colored yellow vests, the church’s own “Papas on Patrol” were available to make sure everything went according to plan.

“We are anybody in the church that I can get to help us. We enjoy being here and the kids have such a great time”, said church member Ken Williams.

The children were divided into three divisions, preschool, middle, and older. As the children in each group sat attentively listening to the story of Easter, the excitement of preparing for the hunt grew. Hundreds of colorful, candy-filled Easter Eggs blanketed the bright green grass as the children were gathered for battle. Easter baskets filled to the brim with eggs could be seen throughout the park. The sound of cheerful children laughing echoed as the wind fiercely blew. Prizes ranging from coloring books, coloring chalks, crayons, bubbles, big wheels, scooters, and helmets were purchased by the church for “special” prize eggs; two golden and two silver eggs for each division.
“I was four and then I got to five. It was my birthday yesterday and today is my birthday party. ‘Can I take it out before the party please”, said grand prize winner 5-year-old Zander Jones of Belton.

According to, the church’s Children Education Ministry exists so that families would learn to love the Lord God with all of their heart, be encouraged to teach the Bible within their home, and to be mindful to serve others faithfully.