Families in Airdrie may need to find a new Easter tradition this year, as Living Springs Christian Fellowship has announced it will not be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt at East Lake Regional Park.
“After doing this event for so many years, we decided we’d like to offer some new things to the community,” said Peggy Buzzard, who has been part of the event’s organizing team for the past few years. “But first, we needed to free up some resources with our volunteers and our budget to reach out in different ways.”
The egg hunt has been a well-loved event for more than 10 years, Buzzard said. When it first started, it was a small hunt with a hot dog lunch, but over the years, she said it grew to include additional seasonal activities – and began attracting a significant audience.
“We were getting 3,000 to 4,000 people out for the Easter Egg Hunt each year,” Buzzard said. “It grew to the point that we had to move from Nose Creek Park to behind Genesis Place (Recreation Centre), because we needed the space.”
Buzzard said part of the appeal of the event is that it was a fantastic opportunity for families to celebrate the holiday together. Hopefully, she added, the church will continue to provide these kinds of opportunities through new initiatives in the future.
“We’re still kind of exploring our options, but we do have a couple of things in the works,” she said.
One of these ideas is a regular “Date Night” event, which invites parents to bring their children to the church where a team of volunteers are waiting with games and activities. The children will be taken care of for a few hours, Buzzard said, while the parents can enjoy an evening out on their own.
Buzzard said the church is also starting up a program for women struggling with infertility, miscarriage or child loss, which will provide some much-needed support and encouragement during a difficult time.
“It’s part of the role of the church to be a part of the community, to reach out to everybody,” she said. “It’s not an isolated entity, and it’s not an exclusive club. It’s important for us to do whatever we can.”
Still, Buzzard said Living Springs has not eliminated the possibility of bringing the Easter Egg Hunt back again in the future.
“We will have to see how things go – a final decision has not been made yet,” she said. “Some of these things may not take off, and we might not continue pursuing them. But either way, we will be out in the community, so watch for wherever we might pop up next.”
For more information about church events, visit livingspringsairdrie.com