Members of the Canfield Presbyterian Church are preparing for not one, not two, but three separate programs leading up to Easter Sunday. The programs kick off this Sunday with supper and a movie, and later an egg drop and a "Cross-Walk."
"All three events are new offerings of our church," said Lisa Velker, director of Christian education at the church. "There is no cost for those attending the events and we hope that encourages participation."
Event number one is supper and cinema, scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, MarCH 25. The event will include a Chick-fil-A supper followed by the showing of the movie "Jesus." Velker said the movie has a "G" rating, but may not be appropriate for all children. While keeping that in mind, a separate animated version will be available in a separate room and nursery care will be available.
Rev. Larry Bowald and Director of Christian Education Lisa Velker test the upcoming egg drop that will be held at Canfield Presbyterian Church on MarCH 28. The public is welcome to come and try their luck at developing anything that could deliver an egg safely to the ground.
At 5:30 p.m. March 28, the second event will be held at the church, featuring an Easter egg hunt and a visit from a real bunny. The highlight of the evening will be the egg drop. The public is encouraged to come up with a delivery system that will allow the egg to be dropped unbroken.
"Individuals and families are invited to make an egg holder either at home or here at the church that evening," Velker said.
The rules for the "holder" say its size must be no larger than a shoe box, it must weigh less than one pound, and it may not use bedding materials such as pillows or blankets.
The egg "holders" will then go through a preliminary round at a height of approximately eight feet. Eggs surviving the first round will move on to the second round, which is being dropped from higher up. The Cardinal Joint Fire District will be using the ladder truck for round two, and competitors will have to hit a bulls-eye set up in the church parking lot.
"For safety, firemen will be doing the dropping in round two," Velker said. "The eggs that don't break will be the winners."
"We have notified our janitors that we will be breaking eggs in the parking lot," Rev. Larry Bowald said.
The final event in the trio will be the "Cross-Walk" scheduled for 5:30 p.m. April 4. This event will be a sacred walk in the life of Jesus. It will involve much of the church rooms and a host of actors portraying the roles along the way.
"It is a new sacred concept of walking the steps Jesus walked through Holy Week," Velker said. "Participants will actually become the actors."
She said the walk will begin with a guide selected 12 people who will represent the 12 disciples. They will walk from in the footsteps of Jesus from the last supper to the resurrection. Velker said it will be fit for all ages and families are more than welcomed. Members of the church will be in period-style clothing and the walk will end at the church Labyrinth to allow participants a chance to reflect.
"This is an all-new concept for us," Velker said. "We are praying it all works out right. We want participants to feel they are there and are part of it."