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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Children with special needs have an eggcellent time at Easter event

    April 16, 2019 / By The Rev. Todd Goddard

    Our Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs and Their Families this morning was a great success!

    About 40 volunteers planted eggs filled with candy, toys, slips of paper for prizes, and money. About 40 families attended and had a wonderful time, as volunteers guided children throughout the church and front yard to fill a bag full of eggs.

    Children with special needs often are left out of community Easter egg hunts due to their unique limitations. The East Rochester United Methodist Church is committed to serving all people, with an emphasis on individuals with special needs and their families.

    Our annual egg hunts are non-competitive, informal, and supported by caring volunteers. Parents are especially grateful and look forward to attending each year. Every child has a great time and leaves with a bag full of Easter eggs.

    This tradition is a collaboration led by the East Rochester UMC, together with our Heritage Christian Services East Rochester Day Program, and our neighbors, the Family First Federal Credit Union. All three organizations filled eggs and supplied volunteers. In addition, Family First Federal Credit Union provided professionally printed fliers.

    *Rev. Goddard is pastor of the East Rochester UMC and the West Walworth: Zion UMC.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."