Greenleafton Reformed Church in rural Preston has a fun day planned for area children, ages pre-school to sixth grade, when it holds its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30. The church is filling 2,400 eggs to be collected on the church grounds and will then host an afternoon of roller-skating in Harmony.

"Our annual Easter egg hunt is coming up on Saturday, March 30, at 11 a.m. in the park behind the church. We also have reserved the roller-skating rink at Wheelers in Harmony from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. after the egg hunt. Everyone is invited!" said the Rev. Roger Lokker.

The church has sponsored the hunt for the past several years as part of its missions work.

"As a pastor, I want children to know the real story of Easter; Christ died for our sins and rose again so we might have new life, life eternal," Lokker added. "I think this is our seventh year, and actually, there are so many eggs we can't even begin to hide them. We want people to know Greenleafton Reformed Church welcomes and loves parents and their children."

The event is organized by the Christian Education Committee, with the help of the Mission and Outreach Committee plus whoever joins in prior to the event to help stuff the 2,400 eggs.

"Our church people have as much fun stuffing the eggs as the children do finding them," Lokker stated.

The hunt will take place "rain or snow," and Easter baskets aren't necessary, as egg cartons and bags will be provided, but are welcome if kids would like to bring them.

Lokker also explained that the hunt is safe and fair for all ages. "We separate the toddlers from the older children - and everyone will go home with the same amount of eggs," he added.

And before the children dig in and dine on the candy inside the eggs, there's an actual lunch in the church basement.

"Lunch will be provided after for all who attend - it will consist of hot dogs, chips, finger Jello, milk and coffee," he said.

The Easter egg hunt is a joyful event for Lokker as he said he enjoys seeing the basement of the church packed with children. He also likes hearing from parents that they appreciate that there is no need to push and rush to get the eggs - there are plenty of eggs for everyone.

"I, too, love to see parents taking pictures of their little ones as they hunt for eggs," Lokker concluded. "I thank our church people for all the help in making this an enjoyable time. Who said church can't be fun?"

Greenleafton Reformed Church is located at 15502 County 9 in rural Preston. Egg hunters are asked to register in the church basement so that the committees can organize age groups before beginning the hunt.

For more information on the Easter egg hunt, call (507) 765-2546 or (507) 937-3137.