Sunday, April 8, 2012

Element Easter and Helicopter Egg Drop

Our church did something a little out of the ordinary for our Easter service today.  It was located at the local minor league baseball stadium.  What a blessing to see it fill up!

We started with praise and worship and then our pastor gave a great message on the Hope of the Resurrection.

Our focus was on reaching people far from God.  Our vision at Element is to see people receive Christ as their Savior and to see lives changed and transformed by Him by developing reproducing disciples.  

We were talking yesterday at our volunteer meeting about what we as a church will do to see people come to Christ.  Our pastoral staff went to a retreat recently and heard it said it perfectly...anything short of sin.  

This year we rented out the baseball stadium and hired a helicopter to drop 12,000 Easter eggs onto the field after our worship service!  

We had the field divided into two sections for different age groups...

And then the helicopter flew over dropping out candy filled Easter eggs!

Our youth were awesome and volunteered to take out huge bags  and drop out additional Easter eggs- filling in any holes the helicopter left.

The kids were so excited to get out there!  

I wish I had pictures of the eggs out on the field but it was a mad rush and I didn't have time to snap a picture!

Some may ask if we were really focused on the Resurrection, on Christ, and on the true meaning of the Easter.  Absolutely.  Maybe not in the traditional way, but we were able to present the Gospel to people today who would have never walked into the doors of the church.  Praise be to God- 36 people accepted Christ as their Savior this morning during the service!  That makes it all worth the effort.

Sometimes we have to go outside of our comfort zone, and outside of tradition.  Jesus was radical, nonconforming, and went to those who were hurting and lost.  We are called to do the same.

What will we do to reach people far from God?  Anything short of sin- even dropping 12,000 Easter eggs out of a helicopter.


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