Celebration Christian Church members Adam McManus, Joshua Baker, Dietrich Dice, Demetrius Rodriguez, Kirk Dice, Miriam Dice, Alan Lopez and Shernard Jackson at the piece of land in Chuckatuck where an Easter egg hunt will be held on April 19, and a church will be built — all going to plan — in the not-too-distant future.
Celebration Christian Church members Adam McManus, Joshua Baker, Dietrich Dice, Demetrius Rodriguez, Kirk Dice, Miriam Dice, Alan Lopez and Shernard Jackson at the piece of land in Chuckatuck where an Easter egg hunt will be held on April 19, and a church will be built — all going to plan — in the not-too-distant future.

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Hunters and gatherers

Published 10:58pm Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One might think it would take a few hours at least for a bunch of children to find 10,000 Easter eggs hidden in a vacant lot along Route 10 in Chuckatuck, but the lead minister of a church that will stage the activity on April 19 isn’t so sure.

“I have done a big egg hunt like this in the past at a church in Kentucky,” said Kirk Dice, of Celebration Christian Church. “We did it in the city park. Actually, it took about 15 minutes. We had 175 to 200 kids.”

The piece of land where the hunt will be held from 10 a.m., across from Brown Lane, is where the church, currently meeting for services at the Suffolk Family YMCA, plans to build a 10,000 to 15,000 square-foot church seating 200 to 250 worshipers, Dice said.

“We are saying — Lord willing — we would like to break ground in the spring of 2015,” Dice said. “Just money, and all the other stuff, has to fall into place.”

In the meantime, he said, the church is intent on using the land for events benefiting the community, rather than only stepping foot on it to cut the grass.

Adam McManus, the church’s youth and children’s minister, said they held a pig roast there back in October, and Dice said the site has also seen movie nights.

The Easter egg hunt will feature face painting, McManus said, and a clown will be there producing animal balloons.

“The big attraction is just going to be the 10,000 eggs,” he said. “That’s going to be kind of crazy. I would love to see 200 or 250 kids. I think that would be fantastic.”

That volume of children trawling the land for Easter eggs would make short work of the hunt, according to Dice’s predictions.

“I was amazed at how fast it went,” he said of the hunt in Kentucky. When it’s a big open field, there (are) only so many places to hide them.”

Meanwhile, the church plans two Easter Sunday services at the YMCA: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The church is in its 12th year, Dice said.

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