By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Egg hunts during the Easter holiday have been traditionally tailored for children, but one Rome church is trying to get the whole family included.
Gas cards, Rome Little Theatre tickets, and 85 Chick-fil-A dinner vouchers will be up for grabs today at the Greater Christ Temple Rapture Preparation Cathedral’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Boxes of food donated by both Kroger and the West Rome IGA will also be handed out to the couple married the longest and the oldest person present. And of course, the holiday’s hallmark will be there--- boiled and colored eggs, dyed by Berry College students, will be hidden alongside the prizes.
The egg hunt is a twenty-year tradition in Rome, and though its beginnings were unorthodox, Bishop Nealon Guthrie says family has always been at the event’s heart.
“I’ve been doing this for over 20 years. What I used to do when I first started off with this concept of an Easter egg hunt--- I used to take the eggs to the Floyd County Jail and the inmates would dye them,” Nealon says. “There was a psychological reason to this; as they would dye their eggs, many of them would think about their families.”
“We’re trying to bring together families.”
Judging from past Easter’s, Bishop Nealon expects a crowd of 200 to attend. The hunt begins at noon on the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds in Rome.