Bullard First United Methodist Church was 'hopping' with Easter activities recently, as the church hosted children and parents of the community for the annual Bullard FUMC Easter Brunch and Easter Eggstravaganza outreach event, held Saturday, April 8.
“We were so thrilled to see the response from the community this year,” said Deirdre Leung, FUMC Bullard Children's Director. “We wanted to open our doors as a church in the Bullard community and offer the kids a safe place to have a good day of Easter fun.”
Approximately 300 people attended the event, an increase from approximately 200 attendees to last year’s event, as attendees gathered for an Easter brunch, including pancakes, fruit, donuts, juice, and coffee, among other items.
After the brunch, children in attendance gathered transitioned through several stations, including arts and crafts, as well as a live petting zoo, featuring a variety of animals including kittens, baby mice, chicks, ducklings, goats, and more. Children also had the opportunity to ride miniature horses and on a horse and buggy.
Afterwards, all in attendance gathered together on the stage of the FUMC Family Life Center, as Leung read a children's book recounting the biblical story of Easter.
“Most importantly, we were thrilled to have a chance to share the true Easter story with the children,” said Leung. “We wanted to have the chance to tell them about the true meaning of Easter, which is that Jesus loves us, died for all of us, and that He is alive and with us now.”
Children attending the event also took part in the time honored tradition of hunting plastic Easter eggs filled with sugary delights of all kinds.
According to Bullard FUMC pastor David Brasher, the annual Easter outreach event has been a great event for the church to connect with young families within the Bullard community and credits Leung with the success of the event.
“When Deirdre became our children’s pastor, we were wondering how we not just take care of the kids in our church, but also reach out into the community we live in and invite people to the church and to a relationship with Christ,” said Brasher. “We knew Easter and Christmas seem to be the times of the year that are important in the life of a small community. Through events like this, we wanted to allow people to connect with our church and provide a fun, safe environment for our kids. Deridre has been a very valuable asset to this church. She is just a part-time children's director, but she has gone way above that level of expectations, providing several amazing events for children, including outreaches, Sunday School, and Youth on a Mission. I am more than pleased to have her on staff with us at FUMC Bullard."
Leung said she hopes the annual event annual Bullard FUMC Easter Brunch and Easter Eggstravaganza event
“I hope events like this that we do will open the door to allow people to feel more comfortable with the church and hearing the message of Jesus,” said Leung. “This event gives us an avenue to minister to the community, and our hope is that they will hear the message and come back and learn more about Jesus with us.”
The next event for the Bullard FUMC children’s department will be Vacation Bible School, to be held 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 26-30. The theme for the event will be The Maker’s Fun Factory. Registration for the event can be found at www.bullardfumc.org.