Easter 2017

Easter Worship Service
Sunday, April 16, 9:30 AM

Easter Egg Hunt Volunteers

Save the date! It’s time for EFBC’s 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mitch Park, on Saturday, April 15. Last year over 3,500 people attended this awesome event, and it took over 100 volunteers. Help make this year’s event a success. You may volunteer for: set-up, trash patrols, greeters, hunt site security, egg hiders, face painters, and water boys/girls. 

If you or your Connection Group is willing to serve, sign up in your Connection Group beginning Sunday, February 26, or for more info, contact Andrea Holland, 405-726-9759, EMAIL ANDREA.

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Good Friday Worship Service

Friday, April 15 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Worship Center
 Join Edmond's First Baptist Church in the Worship Center at 7:00 PM for a Good Friday Worship Service featuring the Lord’s Supper Observance. This will be a family service where you will be worshiping together with the entire family. Childcare will not be provided so EFBC teachers may be a part of this family Worship Service time. A Family Room will be available in the Choir Room if you need to step out briefly with your children.

What is Good Friday? Since New Testament times, Christians have gathered on the Friday before Easter to commemorate the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. It is the oldest of the Easter celebrations and is marked by solemnity and prayerfulness.

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Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15 | ? PM | Mitch Park
 Where can you go to see more than 30,000 Easter eggs, kids with painted faces, crafts, food, and more. The 2017 Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt at Mitch Park. The festivities begin at ? PM. There will be Easter egg hunts for all age groups.

Mitch Park is located in Edmond north of Covell in between Kelly and Santa Fe. Park near the ball fields or the new YMCA.

  • When do activities begin?
     Most activities will begin around ? PM and include face painting, a tattoo area, steer roping, bubble and chalk area, our Roman Road Journey and Activity center, and more! There are also raffle prizes to give away, each exceeding $100 worth of prizes!!
  • Where are the activities located?
     Everything is located at Mitch Park by the baseball fields.
  • Where will each age group hunt take place?
     Once you arrive you will see signs giving out all hunt information regarding location and times. But the central area is the pavilions by the playground.
  • What time will each age group hunt begin?
        ? PM (toddlers)
            Field 2: one parent may help child
        ? PM (3rd grade)
            Field 4: no parents allowed on hunt site
        ? PM (3 and 4 years)
            Field 1: one parent may help child
        ? PM (2nd grade)
            Field 5: no parents allowed on hunt site
        ? PM (pre-k)
            Field 3: one parent may help child
        ? PM (1st grade)
            Field 4: no parents allowed on hunt site
       ? (kindergarten)
            Field 2: one parent may help child
       ? (4th and 5th grade)
            Field 5: no parents allowed on hunt site
     And there will be a raffle in between each hunt!
  • Will the first egg hunt begin promptly at ? PM?
     YES! The first hunt will be right at ? PM and then they will go accordingly.
  • Where will the food trucks be located? When do they arrive?
     They will be located on the south side of the park (off of Covell) and will begin service at ? PM.

Questions?

The Church Office is available Monday thru Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 405-341-0253, or email EFBC. The Church Office will be closed on Friday, March 25, in observance of Good Friday.

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EASTER Worship Service

Sunday, April 16 | 9:30 AM | Worship Center 
 With heart-stirring music and gospel-focused preaching, we will celebrate the Risen Savior on Easter Sunday at 9:30 AM. Early and late Connection Groups (Sunday School) will be meeting as well!

We expect to have a full-house for the Easter Service, so the parking lot will be full as well. Please help us ease the congestion and provide convenient parking for guests by using one of the alternate parking locations.

  • Option 1: Park at Tinker Federal Credit Union and walk across the street to EFBC. Please use caution when crossing 33rd Street.
  • Option 2: Park at Mardel’s (corner of 33rd and Boulevard) and ride the EFBC church vans to and from EFBC. Vans will run from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM.


Teaching Your Child about Easter

Written by Thomas Sanders
Packing our car for trips is a big task. Everyone has different priorities about what should go and what will fit. It all sits in the driveway, waiting to be loaded. However, after three children and countless road trips to Texas and New Mexico, I have learned one little secret. The big important stuff goes in first. I know this is because I have started with the small stuff, the unimportant stuff, and the incidental stuff, only to discover that we had no room left for the important things like clothing or medicine.

This same principle is true when you teach preschoolers and children important truths from the Bible. If teaching a child biblical truths are going to be important and ongoing, it must be put first. This can be incredibly difficult during seasonal celebrations. The community, school, church, merchants, and family line up outside the car with many good, seemingly important things to load up. The problem is that space is limited.

I feel this way especially near Easter and Christmas. Easter is the most significant Holy Day celebrated by Christians each year, but families and churches can be increasingly sidetracked by the secular marketing of this holiday. The temptation for families is either to leave the emphasis to their church via Sunday School teachers or to attempt to mix the secular theme with the sacred truth, therefore, confusing the child. The downside to either approach is that something important is left in the driveway. The Easter story stands alone and only requires the careful handling of the Bible by a loving parent or family member.

Put the first thing first in your family’s Easter celebration. Easter is first and foremost about Jesus and His ultimate expression of love for us. This means planning ways to involve each family member, regardless of age, in meaningful dialogue and activity related to Jesus. With younger preschoolers, it may mean telling the simple story of Jesus and the children and speaking of Jesus’ love for them (Mark 10:13-16).

With older preschoolers and children, it may mean telling the story of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection (Mark 15-16) in a way that instills hope and joy. Both of these stories help to lay the foundation for the understanding of Jesus’ love for people. The Easter story should be told in a way that creates trust and factual understanding. This story begins to encourage the child to grow from his understanding of Jesus as friend to Jesus as Savior. The telling of the story becomes a step in a process that hopefully will lead the child to the point of conversion and spiritual transformation at some point in life.

Helpful Hints for Your Easter Celebration

  • Tell the Easter story in a way that creates hope not fear or anxiety.
  • Tell the story factually from Scripture. Avoid giving non-biblical, adult details about the brutality of Jesus’ death.
  • Allow your child to create his own mental image of the story.
  • Emphasize the fact that Jesus is alive!
  • Load up the family car and include some secular activities if you like, but save the first and best place for the truth about Easter.

Tommy Sanders is director of Masters of Arts in Christian Education: Childhood Ministry, Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas. Thomas Sanders and his wife, Treva, are the parents of Katie, Jayne Claire, and Kyle