In big, huge letters, the banner said :
“EGG HUNT 9:30 a.m.”
This isn’t the only church that has one of these things going on; they’re all over the place. For some reason, churches have come up with the idea that if you don’t go to church at all and have no thoughts about going to church whatsoever, the opportunity to find little plastic eggs may be just the thing to change your mind.
When I was a kid I don’t recall being that excited about egg hunts – although I think our church probably did them. When my daughter was very young, I don’t think she was excited about egg hunts; she would get into it for a few minutes, and then get tired of it pretty quickly. When I was a pastor, I’m pretty sure our church had egg hunts sometimes on Easter (not normally on other Sundays though), but it seems like they were sort of an afterthought and not intended to be the main drawing force to bring people to our church stuff. Actually, I think the bigger purpose of our Egg Hunts was to give the Egg Hunt planning people something to do.
It’s not that I’m against the Egg Hunt. Admittedly, I think it’s sort of lame, but I’m fine with it, as long as I don’t have to get involved with it. I’m not protesting Egg Hunts – I’m just saying – what is the attraction?
Are people sitting at home, all depressed because of the economy and other stuff, having conversations like this:
Ed: Man, I had another crappy day.
Alice: Sorry Ed. That seems to be happening a lot lately.
Ed: Indeed it does, Alice. Life is so difficult, and I just can’t seem to find any hope.
Alice: If only we could find a place with a decent Egg Hunt.
Ed: You Wish!! That would solve so much, but I think that’s just too much to ask for.
If there are people like that around, then maybe the Egg Hunt Churches have stumbled upon a good thing. Go for it.