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A drive-by egg hunt on Easter Weekend? With other public egg hunts cancelled, a local church comes thru

DAVID F. ASHTON - Standing at a safe social distance from each other, the Easter Bunny joins Hope City Church Lead Pastor Brian Becker as the Drive-through Easter Egg Hunt begins.Although Hope City Church couldn't host what would have been their annual "Helicopter Easter Egg Drop" in Brentwood Park this year, the congregation didn't give up on providing an activity for the community – and managed to pull off the only Easter Egg Hunt meeting social-distancing requirements that we know of this year in Inner Southeast.

"We were sad we had to cancel our helicopter egg drop in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, but we still wanted to give a safe option for families," said Hope City Church Lead Pastor Brian Becker, in the parking lot of their new campus, on the day before Easter, April 11.

"So, we created the 'Drive-Through Easter Egg Hunt' – where the family stays in their car, and drives through our parking lot, looking for the wooden decorated eggs that are located throughout the property – trying to find the ten 'special' eggs, out of the dozens that are there."

On April 11, helping visitors in cars on their "hunt" was a guide offered for printing out on the church's Facebook page.

"We do this because we love our community – and we know families are looking for safe and fun things to do on Easter weekend because, as followers of Jesus Christ, we know that we are here to love and care for people, with no strings attached," Pastor Becker explained. "This is a way we can make a place where people can experience hope; some light in dark times."

The activity was open both Saturday and Sunday, and hundreds showed up to participate in cars to enjoy this novel family Easter event. Find out more about Hope City Church online – www.hopecitypdx.com


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