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Church combines the message of Easter with kids' activities

April 20, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Just because there is no real spiritual meaning to Easter eggs doesn't mean churches can't sponsor Easter egg hunts - as Maranatha Brethren Church near Hagerstown did Saturday, Pastor Jay Fretz said.

As in past years, the church made an attempt to explain to children that Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Fretz said.

But the church believes while it is responsible for conveying religious information to its members, the retention of that knowledge by parishioners and their family is in God's hands, he said.

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Fretz doesn't know how much the 53 children who attended Saturday's church-sponsored event understood or remembered about the religious messages, he said. But he said he does know this: The children had fun at the Easter egg hunt that followed.

The church hosts the annual event partially as a reminder to parents that it cares about their children, Fretz said.

To find the multi-colored eggs, the children scrambled, searched and ran around on the church's sloped, grassy property off Jefferson Boulevard.

Afterward, Colton Beckman, 3, said he had fun picking up about 20 eggs with the help of his grandmother, Diane Heydt.

Nearby, Catie Sprinkle, 5, was holding a basket with 24 eggs. About half of the eggs she found were purple, her favorite color. She did not know how long it would take to eat the candy in the plastic, colored eggs but she quickly offered to give some of it to her father, Dave Sprinkle.

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