Families celebrate Easter with worship service and Easter egg hunt
ABILENE, Texas - Many churches in Abilene celebrated Easter, including the First Christian Church.
"He has risen. Christ has risen, and that's why we celebrate Easter," said Pastor Don Wilson.
The First Christian Church started their morning with an Easter egg hunt for all the little kids. Every year the teenagers hide the eggs for the younger kids. Chloe Rodriquez, 12, said this is her first year not Easter egg hunting. Instead she hid the eggs with all the other teenagers. Rodriquez said after the hunt, the kids learned what Easter is all about.
"We're just telling them that Easter isn't just about candy and just about hunting. It doesn't matter that there's candy. It's about God and family," Rodriquez said. "It's mostly about that Jesus was crucified for our sins so we celebrate that on Good Friday and then on Easter he arose."
Pastor Wilson explained the symbolism behind the Easter egg.
"The Easter egg is really an ancient symbol for Jesus resurrection," Wilson said. "When a chick hatches out of an egg it's kind of reminiscent of Christ coming out of the tomb. You know that barrier breaks free and new life comes out."
After the Easter egg hunt, many people stayed for the worship service. Wilson said he enjoyed seeing all the new faces who came by to celebrate Easter.