While families attended Easter service at The Sanctuary Church in Santa Clarita on Sunday, children geared themselves up for a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt within the church’s classrooms.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., children completed different arts and crafts activities in different classrooms, some under normal lights and other rooms with ultraviolet lights installed. After they left the dark room, Brandon Maddux, Pastor of Children’s Ministries, and other adult leaders hid about 1,300 plastic eggs beneath chairs, tables and any other gap in the room.
Maddux said he wanted children to walk away on Easter weekend understanding the significance of the resurrection story.
“The overall idea is finding something that will help stick in kids’ minds (and) help the idea of Jesus’ ‘the light in the darkness’ stick in kids’ minds,” he said. “I figured what more fun way to do that than have a glow in the dark (Easter egg hunt).”
Sunday marked the third day of glow-in-the-dark egg hunting, spaced out with the three Easter services. The same egg hunts also occurred during services on Friday and Saturday.
For 5-year-old Willow Edwards, the egg hunt was her favorite part of the day.
“To make it special, my friends are also here to do the egg hunt with me,” she said.
Volunteer coordinator Vanessa DuPont praised Maddux’s idea for giving the children a chance to have fun but also leave with the right message about the Easter story. Her 10-year-old daughter, Brooke, was among the children involved in the egg hunt.
“She’s so excited about it,” DuPont said. “She was here on Friday because she was worshipping, too. When I picked her up, she had this glow in the dark tape all over her.”
Parents attended regular Easter service across The Sanctuary’s parking lot in the youth building. This was due to the renovations underway in the main church facility where services would typically be held.