Bundled in coats and hats, children from all parts of the seminary family converged on the front lawn of Pecan Manor for the Eggstravaganza, March 28. The chill of 30-degree weather did not slow down the children, ages 12 and under, as they searched for more than 3,500 eggs scattered on the lawn.

“The purpose of the event is to celebrate Easter as a seminary family and bring together Southwestern and its community through fellowship and activities, such as a telling of the Easter story, music, egg hunt, mini-train rides, cupcakes and cookies, etc. for our children,” said Jennifer Leeds, event coordinator for Southwestern’s Women’s Club, which sponsors the event.

Prior to the egg hunt, Karen Yarnell led the children in some songs, and Thomas White, vice president for student services and communications, presented the story of Christ’s resurrection. Following the egg hunt, families enjoyed homemade treats and hot chocolate while children rode a mini-train, run by David Lester.

Leeds sees the event as an opportunity to point people to Christ. “It’s so easy to get caught up in the candy and prizes,” she said. “The focus should be on Christ and the ultimate sacrifice and (the) victory He achieved that makes Easter such an important holy day for Christians. Of course, we as Christians have to make this message accessible for unbelievers, so events like these give our community a taste of the goodness of the Lord.”