Celebrating Easter in the time of coronavirus.
Easter must go on.
COVID-19 may have the entire state in a stay-at-home order, but with easter eggs all ready to go at First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach, the staff wasn't going to give up that easily. The church held its first Egg Hunt To-Go on Thursday, April 3, and distributed 318 bags.
Caitlin Booth, director of children's ministries, said the church wanted to show its support to the community. Families drove up to the church and collected the bags, which were placed on a table to limit contact. With the bags, parents will be able to hide the eggs themselves around their home on Easter Sunday, April 12.
"It was in our hearts," Booth said. "It was something that we needed to do."
She never imagined celebrating Easter this way. At first, she said she was hurt the church's annual egg hunt wouldn't happen at all, but when First United came up with this idea, she was excited — it was something they could do to cheer the children up.
It was also a way to bring hope, Booth added.
"Right now, I think we need a lot of light and a lot of hope," she said. "If we can be just the smallest light possible, then that's a 100% win for us. We want people to know that God loves them."