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Artesia churches offer plenty of Easter activities

The transportation warehouse at Faith Baptist Church in Artesia is currently housing thousands of plastic Easter eggs for Saturday’s Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday at Morris Field. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA – Imagine a warehouse somewhere in Artesia housing enough plastic Easter eggs for everyone living in Artesia and Roswell.

On the far eastern edge of Faith Baptist Church’s property at 401 South 20th Street there are 75,000 eggs in such a warehouse that houses transportation vehicles for the church.

According to the 2016 United States Census Population Estimate, Roswell’s population was 48,184 and Artesia’s was 12,232. Add those numbers up and 60,416 people could get an Easter egg and there would be still plenty left over.

Saturday at Morris Field on 13th Street, FBC will be hosting their annual Easter Eggstravaganza.

Andy Singelton, associate children’s pastor was asked how the plastic eggs were prepared.

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“Very carefully,” he said.

Church personnel like Singelton weren’t charged with filling all 75,000 eggs. Instead, they were prefilled at a place in Geogia.

“We really don’t want to go through and fill those eggs with candy and prizes,” he said.

Singelton said people like himself were thankful that someone else filled the eggs up and shipped them out on an 18-wheeler. The big rig backed into the large building and dropped them off.

“We’ve got them in boxes and we’ll set them out at different times,” Singelton said. “It’s not really a hunt, instead there’s a bunch of eggs.”

He said that participants will be allowed to gather as many eggs as they can.

He added that different age groups will be going at different times.

Singelton said this is Faith’s way of giving back to the Artesia community.

Along with the eggs, Singelton said there will also be 25 bouncing houses, a rock wall and free food.

Singelton said the community is invited to attend Easter Sunday activities, which will start at 10 a.m. with Bible study and the services will start at 11 a.m.

Easter week started this past Sunday at First Evangelical Presbyterian Chuch, according to Pastor Daniel Phelps.

The church is located at 402 West Grand Avenue and Sunday was the Passion/Palm Sunday Service.

For a good portion of this week, Phelps said the church sanctuary will be open during the lunch hour as a time to reflect.

“Holy Week is a good time to do that,” he said.

Phelps said people can stop by and read the Passion Story, sit and pray.

Thursday at 6 p.m. Phelps said there will be a Maundy Thursday Communion Service.

“Because we don’t do Good Friday, we kind of combine those two days into one. We’ll have communion together,” he said.

Phelps added there will also be a hand washing ceremony.

“I’m not brave enough yet to do a foot washing,” he said.

Such a program would take a lot of time, according to Phelps.

“You’re washing the hands of someone else as an act of forgiveness or an act of love,” he said.

Phelps said those attending will also participate in a Tenebrae service, which means people will be reading the events of Holy Week.

“We have eight readings and after each reading we have a candle that’s extinguished and by the end of the service the sanctuary is as dark as it can be,” Phelps said.

Phelps added this service tells the story of the death of Jesus Christ. He said people should come back on Sunday.

Easter Sunday will start with a 9 a.m. breakfast followed by an Easter egg hunt in the courtyard at 10 a.m. and then services start at 10:45 a.m.

West Main Baptist Church will have a Passover Seder meal Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday services will start at 10 a.m.

Friday at First Baptist Church, people can walk through The Stations of the Cross from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday services start at 10:15 a.m.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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