By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007
Johnny Carnes, director of ministries at Faith Church, helps with event details.
On Saturday, April 7, a few thousand children and their families will congregate at Faith Church in Glenpool. Their annual Easter Extravaganza is a seasonal attraction for this growing church, featuring 20,000 candy-filled eggs scattered throughout the church’s huge yard.
Faith Church is blessed with plenty of wide open space to host such an occasion. The southern portion of their property, facing Highway 75 at 171st Street, is the perfect location for the egg hunt and following festivities.
The festivities will begin with the egg hunt at 10 a.m., which includes a signaled start and groups organized according to age. Following the egg hunt, plenty of activities will create enjoyment for the crowd. Children will enjoy the 10 indoor inflatables and visits with the Easter bunny, while others might like the NASCAR simulators and display of stock cars. Representatives from local fire departments, county sheriff departments and highway patrol will be present, as well as off-duty Glenpool police officers. A LifeFlight helicopter will be in attendance as long as it does not have to leave for emergencies.
No one will go hungry at the Easter Extravaganza. In addition to all the candy in the eggs, Faith Church is providing everyone with free hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks throughout the day. All activities will conclude at 1 p.m.
Johnny Carnes, director of ministry, says, “We’ve been working on the details for several months. It’s our number one community event each year.” Over 5,000 people from the area took part in the 2006 event. Approximately 200 volunteers share in the planning and responsibilities each year.
Carnes says their plans include safety, as well as enjoyment. “We want to provide a safe environment for children and families, assuring that everyone has a good time.” The large number of people who attend the Easter Extravaganza creates logistical issues. Members of the Glenpool Police Department will be on hand to direct traffic during the event, just like they do for Faith Church’s weekend services.
The event is one way the church expresses its commitment to families in the community. “We care about children,” says Carnes. “Significant funding has been designated in 2007 to prove it.” The church staff works hard to maintain their commitment to the community. Greg Conner has recently been hired as the director of family ministries to further their efforts.
Faith Church hosts activities weekly, including their weekend service each Sunday at 10 a.m. Check them out online at www.faithglenpool.com or call their offices at (918) 827-7901.
Faith Church’s Easter Extravaganza is a great way to gain familiarity with the church and meet other people in the community. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 7, and join in the fun.