Planning a Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt
Easter is a great time to reach out to your community and share the love of Christ! One fun way to do this is to host an Easter Egg hunt in your neighborhood. This can be a great way to introduce your neighbors to the Gospel and start a conversation about Christ.
A neighborhood Easter Egg hunt can be as simple as hiding eggs in your own yard and inviting the neighborhood kids over or as big as partnering with a few neighbors and hiding eggs in several yards. New friendships, lasting memories, and spiritual conversations can be made with a bit of preparation and planning.
Here are a few tips on how to host an Easter Egg hunt in your neighborhood:
- Pick a date and time that will work best to host the egg hunt.
- Check with your HOA to let them know you plan to host a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. Invite them to participate and partner with you if they would like.
- Invite other neighbors to help by opening their yards for kids to hunt eggs, do crafts, or set up a snack station. It’s not unusual for neighbors who don’t have a relationship with God to want to help. Inviting them to participate may open doors for conversations and will help strengthen your relationship.
- Talk to your church leaders about sponsoring your event by helping buy the eggs, prizes, food, or crafts.
- Promote the egg hunt through neighborhood social media groups, apps, flyers, and signage at the entrances and exits to the neighborhood. The idea is for this event to be more intimate because it will be easier to have conversations and build relationships with those you live near.
- Set aside time to pray for God to move through this opportunity. Ask him to use this egg hunt to help you meet new neighbors, cultivate closer relationships with those you know, and share the hope of the Gospel.
- Do everything outside. Hide the eggs, set up craft stations, and offer snacks and drinks if you would like. At a craft station, someone can share the Gospel with the children as they walk them through the activity. For example, if they are dying eggs, they can use the colors of the dye to symbolize something significant about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
- Make sure the parents stay.
- Be intentional in talking with the parents who bring their children to hunt eggs. Focus on taking the conversation to a deeper level. Look for an opportunity to share God’s story of salvation and how He changed your life.
- Stay connected. Share your phone number with them before they leave the event and ask for theirs.
- Invite them to your church to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.
- Follow up with those who come by sending a text and an invitation to visit your home later that week.
- Ask how you can pray for them.
For more ideas on ministering to those in your neighborhood, visit https://www.scbaptist.org/neighboring/.