Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Family Festival

I can't believe that it has been a week since I've posted a blog. Last week was spent working on the Easter Family Festival that our church hosted on Saturday. It turned out great! We had over 200 people there. We started the day off at 9am with a pancake breakfast, then at 10am the activities started for the children. We had a giant slide, a moonwalk, basketball free throw contest, four square, and hop scotch set up! It was so much fun to watch all the children playing, and having fun. The big finale was the egg hunt at 11. I wish I had pictures to show you all so you could see how much fun everyone had.

We didn't have an Easter Bunny this year. My sister (she always has great ideas) put together a little dramatization to help the children learn what Easter is really about. We had several people dress up as characters from the Bible, and walk around the play area. When the parents registered their children we instructed them to just walk up to each character and ask "Who are you?", and to ask for the character's signature. When the children would come up to them the character would tell them their part in the crucifixion or resurrection. It was awesome! We had Pontious Pilate, Doubting Thomas, a Roman Soldier, Joseph (the man who took Jesus body & placed in his tomb), Mary Magadalene, and Mary, the mother of Jesus. If they brought all the signatures back to Sunday School the next morning they were given a prize. At Sunday School the teacher was able to go over in detail the story of Jesus' crucifixion & resurrection. The great thing about it was that after hearing the character's story the kid's all seemed to have a better understanding of what Easter is really about.

The slide was the huge hit. Everyone had to take their turn going down the slide. Our oldest member, she is 93, even went down the slide. Someone had to help her climb up but she wanted to do it. We almost had a catastrophe though! Two ladies decided they wanted to go down the slide together, and that was fine as the slide had a 600lb weight limit. So, they climbed up and as they were getting seated, a rather large child started climbing up the right ladder, and several other children had climbed up the left side. I'm not sure how this all happened because it was very quick. Well, needless to say the slide started tipping backwards. I just so happened to be close to the slide at that time, so you know what I did? Of course as I was screaming, slide down, slide down, I jumped on the bottom of the slide! I guess I thought my weight would counteract the weight at the top. Several other people also ran forward to hold the bottom of the slide. Words can't really describe what happened. I think one of the ladies passed out, and the other lady had to pull her down the slide. It was awful, but after the fact it was extremely funny!

So, even though it was very time consuming getting it all together it was a huge success! I'll post pictures for everyone in a day or two.

I hope everyone else had a Happy Easter!

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Pam said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Valerie said...

You are such a good planner! I don't see how you do it all! This sounds like loads of fun. I am glad it wasn't me and you on the slide when it started going backwards. lol