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World’s largest Easter egg hunt ‘more than chocolate & bunnies’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP)–In an effort to see 1 million children “get it” this Easter, FamilyLife is promoting the “World’s Largest Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt” on Saturday, April 10.

The campaign spearheaded by the interdenominational family ministry based in Little Rock, Ark., involves parents hosting backyard egg hunts that present the true meaning of Easter.

A FamilyLife product, “Resurrection Eggs,” contains a dozen plastic eggs filled will objects that convey aspects of the resurrection story. In the suggested egg hunt plan, the Easter story is told by the host through a booklet and 12 object lessons in the Resurrection Eggs. Children see and touch small representations of the cup of the Last Supper or of the linen in which Christ’s body was wrapped. The anticipation builds as children wait to see the last egg opened — only to find it’s as empty as Christ’s tomb! Then the children learn that only Christ can overcome death and give them eternal life.

“In backyards all across the United States children will come to know that Easter is more than chocolate and bunnies. It’s the day that Christ carried forth His plan for their salvation,” said Margie Clark, marketing director for FamilyLife Publishing.

“The integration of celebration and the sacred is a great way to reach neighborhood children and their parents,” Clark said. “FamilyLife wants to provide their constituents with a fun and simple way to explain the significance of Easter.”

FamilyLife encourages hosts to register their events through www.familylife.com, where they can download free how-to guides, invitations and coloring sheets for the party. Hunt hosts can also register and order the items by calling 1-800-FL-TODAY (358-6329). The guide, called the Eggstra Easy Egg Hunt Hosting Handbook, outlines a simple plan, including many mom-approved tips for the novice party-planner.

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