HADLEY — Looking for fun Easter activities for the kids? The community is welcome at the first-ever Easter Egg Hunt at Wesley United Methodist Church on March 30, the day before Easter.

“Events such as Easter Egg hunts are a great way to bring the community together. The children have fun collecting eggs, playing with friends, doing crafts and just enjoying the day. For adults and parents it’s a nice opportunity to chat with neighbors, friends, and community members,” explained Emily Dattilo, education director at Wesley United Methodist Church. “I think part of what makes these events special is adults remember participating in egg hunts as a child and enjoy carrying on the tradition for their children or community children.”

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place in the church yard. After the hunt ends, the children can explore the playground and do some arts and crafts.

Organized by the church’s education committee, the eggs will be stuffed with candy, small toys and prizes to delight the children. In previous years, church members have had a small Easter egg hunt for the children who attended Easter services. The egg hunt is open to all, not just members of the church.

“This year we wanted to do something new and invite the community to participate,” said Datillo. “A large part of our church’s mission is about connection, connection to God but also connecting to people. Through these events we’re able to connect with families, neighbors and community members in a setting different from a traditional church service.”

The Easter egg hunt will start at 10 a.m. and will happen rain or shine. Datillo encourages children to bring a basket for their collections, but the church will also have bags for those who may forget.

The event is free and does not require registration. Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 98 North Maple St. in Hadley. For more information, call the church at 413-549-1550.

Tina Lesniak
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