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Reaching out at Easter time

A friend of mine came home from work the other day to find that someone had left a plastic sack full of small plastic pastel-colored Easter eggs at her door.

This bag of goodies was intended as treat in more ways than one.

She said her husband quickly ate the candy inside the eggs.

However, there was a small flier in the sack that served as an invitation to First Baptist Church of Yukon's Easter dramatization "The Angelic Witness."

My colleague said the cute bag of Easter eggs grabbed her attention and I think that's probably what the church was hoping.

The Yukon house of worship wasn't the only church that created special brochures and fliers inviting  the community to join their Easter services.

I received six or seven such pamphlets at my own residence and I wasn't surprised by that at all.

Churches expect their largest crowds at Easter, the celebration of Christ's resurrection.

Many of them are planning special activities and themes for Easter Sunday, April 16 .

I thought I would list some of them here:

All dressed in white. The Net Church has encouraged its members to dress in white for Easter services. The church, is at 4301 NE 23,  is led by the Rev. Joel Tudman is senior pastor. The special theme makes sense in many ways. Throughout the Bible, the color white symbolizes purity. Also, down through the years, baptismal candidates have worn white robes after being baptized, again using color to represent new life found in Christ. A member of the Net Church told me that encouraging people to wear white also means that some people won't feel that they have to purchase new clothing because many may already have white garments. For more about the Net Church, go to http://www.thenetchurch.tv. 

Easter at Raley Chapel. Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee will hold its Easter Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 16 at Raley Chapel on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University, . On Saturday, April 15, however, the Passion Journey and Easter Egg Hunts will be offered from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 1451 E 45 in Shawnee. Saturday's activities are described as a "Passion journey for the whole family." Self-guided Passion Journey tours will start every 10 minutes. Egg hunts will begin every 30 minutes from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, go to http://ibcshawnee.org.     

Theme park for children. People's Church will once again offer its "Easterland," described as a one-weekend theme park, on Saturday, April 15, and Sunday, April 16, at its three metro locations. Easter egg hunts, a candy shop and a petting zoo will be among the featured attractions and activities. For more information, go to http://peopleschurch.tv.   

Easter baskets for the homeless. Members of St. Augustine of Canterbury, 14700 N May, will take to the streets on the afternoon of Easter Sunday, April 16, to distribute baskets to the homeless and poor. The baskets will include sandwiches and other items like socks.

An Eggs-ellent idea. First Presbyterian Church of Edmond will host an "Easter Sunday Community Eggstravaganza" from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Easter Sunday.   The event will include face painting, donuts and coffee and an egg hunt. The church's second Easter worship service will begin soon after the eggstravaganza, at 11 a.m. For more information, go to http://fpcedmond.org. 

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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