This year Harcourt Parish in Gambier did something a little different for their Easter Egg Hunt: They hid both dyed boiled eggs and plastic eggs, but the plastic eggs didn't have candy in them. Each plastic egg contained a $5 Bible Buck.
When children were done searching for eggs, they gathered their Bible Bucks and chose to donate them to any of three local agencies. Jars were marked with both the names of the agencies and pictures of what they do: Head Start (children holding hands), Humane Society (a group of dogs), and Interchurch Social Services (a house and groceries). After children donated their Bible Bucks and returned their plastic eggs, they were given a bag of candy to take home along with their hard boiled eggs.
"I saw this idea on Facebook a couple of weeks before Easter and thought it looked like something that would work well here. I was a little nervous that one of the children might have a melt-down when there was no candy inside their egg. But in reality, the kids loved it, much more than their regular egg hunt! The kids really enjoyed being able to decide where to donate their Bible Bucks, and it got both the children and their families talking about charity and stewardship," said Helen Svoboda-Barber, rector of Harcourt Parish.
Svoboda-Barber committed $500 from her discretionary fund to be the real dollars behind the Bible Bucks. Others who attended Easter worship additionally donated about $200. "We can highly recommend this for other churches. It's an excellent way to do some fund real-life teaching about local social service agencies and family giving."