Kids to get a high-flying Easter egg thrill

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:13 am

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a helicopter filled with Easter eggs?

On March 30, children in the Cascade community will be able to watch more than 4,000 non-breakable Easter eggs stuffed with candy drop out of a helicopter into Magla Park as part of an ongoing ministry with Christ Community Church in Mooresville.

CCCM Worship Leader Michael Bingham said the church has been working with the community since last summer and started a bus ministry last fall to fulfill a need in the Cascade area.

“We started a football league in Mooresville to give underprivileged kids an opportunity to play while teaching them basic character skills like integrity and honesty,” he said. “The bus ministry was really born out of that. Most of the children who participated are from the Cascade community and we had a bus that we weren’t using very much, so it seemed perfect.”

Bingham said that he himself came to Christ through a bus ministry, so it’s close to his heart.

“I came out of a low socio-economic situation and the bus ministry I was a part of really had an impact on my life,” he said. “They picked me up, took me to church and really showed me what the love of Christ felt like.”

The ministry has done several other events centered around Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but Bingham is very excited about what they have planned for Easter.

“We were brainstorming at our staff meeting and trying to think of something really creative and over-the-top that the children had never experienced before,” Bingham said.

“Somehow we came up with the helicopter drop and everyone agreed it would be pretty amazing. I called my boss Joe Budd, with The Budd Group, and without hesitation, he volunteered to help pull it off. He’s really great about helping the community and outreach, so it’s really gracious of him to offer the helicopter to fly over the park.”

The Easter Egg Drop will last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with games, relay races and free food offered to the entire community. Bingham also wanted to thank the Mooresville Recreation Department for helping them to reserve the park for the egg drop and other events that CCCM has held there for the children.

“We expect our entire church will be there, along with surrounding members of the community, so it could be as many as 5,000 people in attendance,” he said.

Bingham encouraged Mooresville residents to attend because he wants them to “see firsthand that God really loves all children, no matter what their socio-economic background or race is.”

“I hope that by inviting everyone to attend, people will see that we are all created equal, no matter where we come from and that God is the common ground we can all relate to,” he said.

For more information, call Pastor David Teague at 980-297-5640 or Worship Leader Michael Bingham at 704-236-3947.

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