It started small. One phone call, from a church looking to get involved. A low-key idea—an Easter egg hunt for kids in , on the last Saturday in March.
Since then, it’s grown into a full-blown community event, with 10 local businesses pitching in, and activities for kids of all ages. And the pastor who made that first phone call, Carter Moss of Community Christian Church, couldn’t be happier.
Community Christian is commemorating its 10th year in Montgomery, and as part of that celebration, the church is reaching out to the village, hoping to become more involved in things. Moss suggested an Easter egg hunt, and worked with Deputy Village Clerk Ruth Maloy to make it happen.
The egg hunt itself begins at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday in Montgomery Park. It will kick off in three stages, based on age groups: 1-3, 4-6 and then 7-10. All participants should be in the park by 10:15 a.m. The plastic eggs, Moss said, were paid for by Grandma’s Table, and the organization was handled by the church.
And while that is still the centerpiece of the event, it’s far from the only thing on the docket. After the hunt, kids will be able to head back to to meet the Easter Bunny, decorate cookies, get fake tattoos from Chi-Town Tattoo, participate in jump rope contests provided by Pro-Gym Station, and eat free popcorn from .
They’ll also get to sit in a car, and a fire truck from the . There will be crafts and decorations provided by Shining Star Pre-School and . will provide free coffee.
And once the festivities end at noon, head across the street to , where kids will eat free with a paying parent.
Moss said he had hoped this event would catch on, but didn’t expect it would so quickly. He said he was initially inspired by the village’s annual Christmas tree lighting celebration, believing that people here are looking for events like this to bring their families to.
Moss said he hopes Community Christian can be involved with events on other holidays as well, if Saturday’s egg hunt goes well. It’s a win-win for the village, he said, since it doesn’t require a lot of work on their part, and it brings the community together.
The Easter event runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon, first at Montgomery Park and then at Village Hall. It’s free and open to everyone of all ages. For more information, go here.