On March 21, Floris UMC held its annual Family Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt. And as I sit here thinking about the weekend so many thoughts emerge. In the weeks leading up to the celebration our Children’s Ministry Department was hopping (no pun intended)! Starting several months ago we were ordering supplies, scheduling inflatables, making craft samples, filling thousands of Easter eggs, buying snacks, setting up rooms, recruiting volunteers…and the list goes on. A few days before the celebration we were ready for it to be done! We were in celebration overload and were ready for the crowds to get here. We honestly were tired and never wanted to see another plastic egg again!
On Saturday the day was full of excitement. Although it had snowed the day before, Saturday’s weather was beautiful and the day was full of promise. Our volunteers came on time with smiles on their faces. The food was ready, the inflatables inflated, and the doors open to the community. We had a great time.
I found a few moments to breathe amidst all the craziness and I was in awe of the diversity of people who came through our doors. Latinos, South-East Asians, Asians, Europeans, African Americans and Middle Eastern families came to celebrate. The church was full of young and old, boys and girls, men and women, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers and everyone in between. We had individuals who came and families of a six or seven. There were folks who grew up in this church and others who had never set foot in our church or any church for that matter.
Our common goal was to have fun and to celebrate the joy found in springtime and in the promise of Easter. Our volunteers shared the love of Christ with the smiles on their faces and their helping hands. I saw people holding doors for others, children sharing candy with friends, and hugs from folks who hadn’t seen each other in a long time.
At the end of the festival so many helped by gathering supplies, moving furniture, wiping sticky tables, vacuuming floors, raking Easter grass, stacking chairs and so much more. We worked as a team and were finished in less time than originally anticipated.
John Wesley, founder of Methodism, said:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
As long as ever you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
Saturday was an incredible reflection of “doing good” in so many ways. I think John Wesley would be proud to see people who, on the outside, are so different yet on the inside more alike than we realize.