Children of all ages spent their Friday afternoon egg painting with a little bit of a sugar rush.
Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood organized an activity day for children in the Scarborough area. While parents attended Good Friday service, there were Easter crafts, snacks and a puppet show just down stairs for the young ones.
Denise Byard, coordinator of the event, said she thought of the idea to celebrate the holiday in a creative way.
“One of the mothers and I started planning for the event after Christmas,” she said. “Each week I presented a different way that the congregation could assist with making it a wonderful event like acquiring hand puppets, getting student helpers, getting old t-shirts to cover clothing, as well as snacks, prizes and craft supplies.”
Byard also wanted to create a safe environment for families in the community so they can have time with their children as they learn more about Easter.
“I wanted to share my excitement about the holiday with the neighbourhood and let them know that we have an ‘eggsciting’ program here from young ones.”
Amongst the children and parents were volunteers from the neighbourhood high school. They helped out with setting up/cleaning, interacting with children and putting on the puppet show.
Greg Hetherington, 16, isn’t just volunteering for hours, but for a school’s project.
“I’m in the leadership program,” he said. “One of our projects is to supervise a group of people who are younger in age so I’ve been doing this for the past month or so. I’ve been helping Denise who is my supervisor, run the Sunday school program.”
Byard ended the day with feelings great about the turn out as she gave out loop bags.
“I feel very ‘eggs-cited’ as the event surpassed my expectations,” she said. “It was wonderful to have so many from the community come and enjoy themselves on such a special and sacred day.”