TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – This weekend, many churches are holding Easter celebrations for the first time in over two years.
At City on a Hill Church, the pastor this year says they will do everything possible to make up for the limited Easter over the past two years with interactive activities such as puzzles, coloring books and even an Easter pass.
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“Easter is about Jesus, it has always been about Jesus, and it will always be about Jesus, and I think Jesus would love a hunt for Easter eggs,” said the pastor at City on a Hill Church in St. Louis. . Petersburg, Mike Conaway.
That’s exactly what the lead pastor of City on a Hill Church in St. Petersburg, Mike Conaway plans to do.
“We had 80 volunteers show up on Monday, and it took us about two hours and 15 minutes to fill 10,000 Easter eggs.” said Conaway.
It’s all part of a weekend long celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.
“On Saturday, this campus will be alive with a free spring festival of 10,000 Easter eggs that will be inflatable, and of course the star of the show, the Easter Bunny,” Conaway said.
He says this is the first eater in over two years where he can hold an Easter celebration so big.
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“By 2020, we actually had a drive through egg hunting.” said Conaway.
In 2021, he says, everyone should wear masks, be socially distant, and there were no interactive activities for children or adults. Another pastor of the Brilliant Church in Tampa, Aaron Burke, says the last two years have also been very different.
“We had about 50% capacity for the two years before that, which was great because we were a lot more than the year before where no one was present,” Burke said.
He says last year, glorious churches across the Tampa Bay area had a total of 12 services over the Easter weekend, and this year they have 24.
“People say, ‘Well, I can see it online.’
Conaway says it’s going to be nice to have the community together again this Easter.
“Seeing people hug again and high five. It’s just that there’s nothing like it, ”Conaway said.
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Church pastors across the Tampa Bay area say they hope they can continue to hold big Easter celebrations like this one in the years to come.