FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern kids and their families delighted in a mild, sunny morning, March 28, for Eggstravaganza, a community-building event that helps introduce children to the true meaning of Easter.
Steven Smith, dean of the College at Southwestern, presented the Gospel to the children, giving an analogy for the resurrection of Christ by drawing the children’s attention to the blooming flowers that now adorn the seminary campus.
Besides having a slightly chaotic, yet cute, free-for-all for the children to pursue the candy-filled eggs for the event, Southwesterners have historically circled the children, and their families, around the Gospel; especially during Easter, when Christians remember Jesus’ death to pay the penalty of our sins, His burial and His resurrection after three days.
Students like Matt Harrison, along with his wife Ruth, have used the Easter season to talk to their three children more about Jesus. “I’ve tried to build up for the last few weeks, before they go to bed, lessons about the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and His triumphal entry,” said Harrison. “We’ve been talking each night about that, and we sing songs together.”
They, with Tyler, 9; Megan, 7; and Noah, 5, were able to spend time together again as a family for the Eggstravaganza. “They want to go, they love to go, every year that’s one of the things that they want to do,” he said. “It’s become a Harrison family tradition.”
Southwestern students are treated to many events throughout the academic year that foster spiritual encouragement as well as opportunities for building community. The seminary picnic of early September links students, faculty and their families with their local Baptist churches, and the Christmas events at Pecan Manor invite students into the president’s home to help celebrate the season.
Together with Eggstravaganza’s Gospel presentation and Easter-egg hunt, there were many other elements that made it an enjoyable morning for Southwesterners. Dozens and dozens of cookies were made “with love” by seminary employees; rabbits were available for petting, bounce houses amused playful children, and a circus-themed train for all ages slowly made its way up and down the street beside Pecan Manor.