FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The COVID-19 shutdown has limited the ways that Churches are able to interact with their congregation.
“It's not ideal to have to do church online,” said Mark Schnell, Albion Wesleyan Church Pastor. “But it reminds us the church was never about a building, it's never about cathedrals. It's about people and the presence of God in the people.”
Along with tuning in to online service, Albion Wesleyan created a way for families to get in the Easter spirit from home.
“We are doing the online easter egg hunt, and we are pretty excited about this,” Schnell said. “This is a way for people to come and have a little fun. It also gives us an opportunity to reach out further into the community.”
The Great Online Easter Egg Hunt allows children to navigate the church virtually searching for eggs and competing for prizes.
Anyone is welcome to participate in the egg hunt, however, only participants that live within 25 miles of Albion are eligible to win prizes based on age-category challenges.
Schnell has been encouraged by both the number of participants in the egg hunt and discovering new ways he can interact with the congregation virtually.
“How can we live out this biblical passage?” Schnell said. “Write it in the comments section. I want you to interact and be talking. Instead of saying amen in church, now you hit the like or the love button twice.”
Rick Hawks, Senior Pastor at The Chapel, said his message for families at this time is a message of hope.
Hawks said his hope is the rise in viewership of online church services across Fort Wayne continues and that parents are able to step up to be spiritual leaders for their children.
“It's not just The Chapel that saw a doubling of its audience,” Hawks said. “Many churches of various sizes that I have talked to have found they are having twice as many people listening in online. So it's not a Chapel thing, it's a God thing.”