A bountiful basket of Easter events

The religious and secular celebration of Easter takes many forms throughout DeKalb County, ranging from Easter church services—both indoor and outdoor—Easter egg hunts, picture taking with Easter bunnies, craft making and other games and activities.

Events get underway as early as March 26 and run through April 9 at various locations and we’ve gathered information on a few to share:

Oak Grove United Methodist Church Egg Hunt
The Annual Children’s Ministry Egg Hunt takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. on March 26. Among the activities are: egg hunts, a mission, crafts, and an Easter Bunny photo op. “We will also feature a P’s & Cues Puppet Show. We’ll serve carrot sticks and oranges for snacks. There is no cost for this event, but we are accepting donations of eggs, nut-free candy, small treats like stickers, & pre-stuffed eggs,” according to the church’s website.

Egg hunts are scheduled at:
• 3:00-3:15 p.m. on the Grand Lawn for children pre-K age and younger
• 3:15-3:30 p.m. at Oak Grove’s Christian School playground for children in kindergarten through 2nd grades
• 3:30-3:45 p.m. in the Memorial Garden for children in 3rd to 5th grades

From 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the front parking lot a mission project is scheduled with participants making Easter cards for homebound church members. Rain date for all activities is April 1, 3-4:30 p.m.
The church is located at 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur.

Easter Egg Scramble
Families can take part in separate egg-hunting areas for different age groups at the Easter Egg Scramble in Dunwoody from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1. Event is scheduled at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

Easter sunrise services at Stone Mountain Park
On Sunday, April 9, Stone Mountain Park will present two simultaneous, interdenominational Easter services at the top of the mountain and at the base of the mountain on the Memorial Lawn.
Park gates will open at 3 a.m. and the Summit Skyride will open at 4 a.m. to begin taking guests to the summit. Services will begin at 7 a.m. As is tradition, many attendees will walk up the mountain for the service. Park officials suggest allowing at least an extra hour due to expected large crowds. Both services will feature sign language interpreters for hearing impaired guests.
Vehicle entry to the park is $20 for a one-day permit or $40 for an annual permit. Church vans and buses enter free. Skyride fees are $20 for round-trip and $15 for one-way. There are no fees for the walk-up trail to the top of the mountain.
The park is located at 1000 Robert E. Lee Boulevard in Stone Mountain.

Northlake Church of Christ
“Come join us for snacks, crafts, the story of Jesus’ resurrection, and lots of EGGS at the annual Easter Egg Hunt,” is Northlake Church of Christ’s description of its Easter Egg Hunt. Hunting areas for children of 6th grade age and younger are planned for the April 8 event that begins at 10 a.m. Church members, friends and neighbors are asked to register at https://northlake.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1592190. The church is located at 1625 Cooledge Road in Tucker.

Easter Egg Hunt
Bring a basket and join the Easter Bunny in the hunt for candy eggs on the front lawn of Decatur First Baptist Church at 11 a.m. April 8. The Easter Bunny is scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m. Hunt is by ages: 2 and younger, preschool, kindergarten, 1st-5th grades. The free event is sponsored by Decatur Business Association and local businesses. The church is located at 308 Clairemont Ave.

Second Annual Easter Storytime
On April 8 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the 2nd Annual Easter Storytime read aloud and egg hunt takes place inside Elda Bookstore at New Black Wall Street Market. The market is located at 8109 Mall Parkway, Stonecrest. Event is free.

Egg-Cellent Adventure and Egg Hunt
Doraville’s Egg-Cellent Adventure and Egg Hunt takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on April 8.
Egg hunts will be divided into age groups with special prizes for finding the golden egg. Photos with Mr. Bunny and arts and crafts are also planned. The free activities take place at Honeysuckle Park, 3037 Pleasant Valley Drive, Doraville.

Easter Egg Hunt
Mountain Park United Methodist Church is the site of its Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on April 8. In addition to hunting for eggs, there will be crafts. The event is for children fifth-grade age and younger. The church is located at 1405 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain.

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