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3/23/08-Tyler

Easter Sunday In The Great Outdoors

They came by the dozens, looking for what comes by the dozen.  Several children took part in the Easter activities in Bergfeld Park in Tyler, Sunday morning.  They crawled through the make-shift grass and shredded paper, looking for the many hidden Easter goodies, just before a traditional, non-traditional Easter service.

"It's spring and being outdoors reminds us of new life," said Dayspring United Methodist Church Pastor Jeff Olive.  "It's kind of a fun time and fun place to come and worship."  Olive said people come, bring their lawn chairs and dogs and pets and also get to hear the message of Easter.  It was one way members of Dayspring United Methodist Church said they could give back. 

"We want to be a church that's known throughout the community for what we do, and being able to come out here and hold something for families is really a part of our ministry," said Olive.  Olive said there was not going to be an outdoor service this year. 

"We took that on and said, hey, let's continue it," said Olive.  They let the tradition live on, for some families. 

"It's been a wonderful experience," said Amy Bass.  Bass said her family always attends the outdoor service, an event, which brings her husband, children and in-laws together.  Some families attended for very first time.  

"This is our little girl's first Easter," said Chris and Leatasha Skillern.  "It's nice to have a free service like this for the community.  It's really nice."  Reaching out is what Olive said was the main goal. 

"It's our hope that [people] leave here with a greater understanding of what God's love is all about, as we show them our love," said Olive.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com

 

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