Egg hunts take a community

By Vanessa Kahin
STAFF WRITER
vkahin@cnjonline.com

 


Eggs — lots and lots of eggs — just might land Clovis in the Guinness World Records book.

 

Wally Yeager, a youth and families pastor at Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene, said he hopes to someday break the world record of number of eggs at an Easter egg hunt.

 

The world record, according to the Guinness World Record website, is held by Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Fla., where an Easter egg hunt featuring 501,000 eggs took place in 2007.

 

Yeager said an egg hunt of that magnitude would almost certainly have to take place at Ned Houk Park, the city’s largest park at 370 developed acres.

 

“If we did something like that, it would generate a lot of excitement,” Yeager said. “The more people we can expose to a relationship with Jesus, the better.

 

“There is a method to my madness,” he continued. “It’s a means to an end. (An egg hunt) gets people here. It’s very casual. It’s very laid back.”

 

Yeager said events such as an egg hunt are a way to build a relationship with members of the community.

 

“Eggs may have nothing to do with Easter Sunday,” he said, “but, it gets us to that point.”

 

For now, Yeager will have to set his record-breaking aspirations aside and focus on an upcoming, smaller-scale egg hunt.

 

Living Stones Community Church will host a Family Eggstravaganza event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the field next to the church, 1800 N. Norris St.

 

Aside from 10,000 candy-filled plastic eggs, there will be Easter baskets for children, filled with candy, DVDs and stuffed animals; a basketball shoot, crafts and bounce houses, to name a few activities.

 

“We encourage all the families to bring a picnic lunch, and just enjoy the afternoon as a family,”  Yeager said.

 

Living Stones does get closer to beating the half a million- egg count world record when it collaborates with the city of Clovis. Yeager said the church once did an egg hunt with the city at Hillcrest Park. There were 25,000 eggs to be found then.

 

Yeager’s family, including four sons and his wife, Susan, came to Clovis in July 2007. He is the interim pastor at Living Stones, he said, a post he’s maintained since the church’s lead pastor Darwin Speicher delivered his last sermon there on Feb. 9.

 

He does not feel called to be Living Stones’ lead pastor, Yeager said, and instead is maintaining course until another lead pastor is found for the 674-member congregation.

 

Yeager describes himself as being in ministry his whole life. He attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo., earning degrees in Biblical studies and youth ministries. After brief stints in Illinois and Alabama, the family came to Clovis.

 

“We love it here,” Yeager said of Clovis. “We love raising our boys here. … That’s for sure.”

 

Fast facts:

•  What: The Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene Family Eggstravaganza
•  When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
•  Where: At the field next to the church; 1800 N. Norris St.
• Information: 769-1971, or visit livingstonescommunity.org