Volunteers Rachel Kinsey (from left), Stephanie Kronewitter, Billy Polk, Trenton Manatou, Zachary McClean, Doug Walker, and Andrew Manatou, prepare for Relevant Church's First Helicopter Easter Egg Drop, to be held Saturday, at Strong Rock Christian School, in Locust Grove.
By Johnny Jackson
A helicopter will circle over the athletic fields of the Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, this weekend. And it will drop 10,000 candy-filled Easter eggs from the sky, into the grasps of eager youngsters, during the school's first-ever egg drop.
"This is a great way to kick off Easter weekend," said Pastor Carl Nichols, 32, of the Relevant Church in Locust Grove, which is sponsoring the event.
"This was my idea," said the Griffin native. "Some of my friends across the nation are doing this. We'd love to do it every year."
Nichols said he expects about 2,000 people to turn out for the event, to be held Saturday at Strong Rock, from 4 p.m., until 6 p.m. He said the egg drop will occur at approximately 5 p.m.
Some 100 volunteers, adults and children alike, are assisting in organizing the event, which includes putting an additional 5,000 candy-filled, plastic eggs within the easy grasp of children attending the event. There will be inflatables and supervised games.
Nichols also invites the public to attend either of the two Easter Sunday services at the Relevant Church. The services are scheduled to begin Sunday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. They will be held on the Strong Rock campus, located at 4200 Strong Rock Pkwy., in Locust Grove.
"We're a brand new church, we've only been here six months," said Nichols. "We just saw the fast-growing population in Henry County and the need ...Our goal is to make the scriptures make sense, so that you can apply it to your life. We work hard to be practical and creative."
For more information about the Helicopter Easter Egg Drop, visit the church's web site at www.gorelevant.com.