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New church hosts Easter egg hunt

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Children run toward Easter eggs Saturday afternoon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2801 W. Fourth St., in an event conducted by Victory Outreach Roswell, a recently established church that partnered with Westminster Presbyterian for an afternoon of food, music, prayer and the Easter egg hunt. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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With a countdown of “3, 2, 1,” children ran into the yard at Westminster Presbyterian Church, picking up colorful plastic eggs and putting them into their baskets.

The Easter egg hunt culminated an afternoon of food, music, testimony and prayer conducted by Victory Outreach Roswell, a church just established here in January. Victory Outreach partnered with Westminster Presbyterian for the event and shares the building for services, Senior Pastor Pat Laney said.

Laney, a Roswell native, told the crowd that 20 years ago God changed his life.

“I was addicted to meth, in and out of jail,” he said. He ended up in the Victory Outreach Men’s Home in Albuquerque, a residential program where he found the support to end his addiction, he said.

He and his wife, Michelle, worked with Victory Outreach in Albuquerque and were asked to establish the church here, he said.

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Saturday afternoon’s event in the parking lot included free hotdogs, chips and bottled water for those who attended, and a snow cone station raised money for Victory Outreach’s international ministry programs.

Shane Stewart, who performs under the name “Born Again,” raps to “Give it to God” Saturday afternoon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2801 W. Fourth St., in an event by Victory Outreach Roswell. (Juno Ogle Photo)

Church members offered testimony of how they changed their lives through finding God, and Roswell native Shane Stewart, who performs under the name “Born Again,” performed several Christian hip-hop songs.

“I have been traveling the country, doing hip-hop, doing outreaches, going into communities that are hurting real bad with drugs, gangs and everything like that,” Stewart said. “My ministry is to go out to those communities and plant the seeds of hope and grace and the love that Jesus Christ has shown to me.”

The church also had prize drawings, including family Easter care baskets filled with food and household supplies, gas cards and prizes for the children.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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