South Edmonton church hosts drive-thru family celebration to spread Easter cheer

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“Community and connection is important to us, but so is people’s safety so doing an event that honours both of those is important to us”

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Princesses, snowmen and even the Easter Bunny gathered at a south-side Edmonton church Saturday afternoon to host a family drive-thru.

Celebration Church Edmonton welcomed about 200 families for the Easter event that gave kids the opportunity to meet their favourite characters, participate in an Easter egg hunt and meet some animals at the petting zoo.

Celebration Church kids director Emma Luyimbazi said Easter is an important holiday to gather for the church and so she wanted to ensure an event could happen while abiding by all of the province’s COVID-19 measures.

“Community and connection is important to us, but so is people’s safety so doing an event that honours both of those is important to us. Just being able to have our community out, see people’s faces and see the kids, but still be able to protect them and keep them safe,” she said Saturday just as the afternoon celebration was wrapping up.

“We, right now especially, just want to do everything we can to love our community.”

Luyimbazi said the best part was being able to see the smiles on all the children’s faces, except there were some tears for those still a bit afraid of the Easter Bunny.

“People are just so excited. I’ve had a bunch of girls tell me, ‘I saw Princess Anna and Princess Elsa. They’re here!” Luyimbazi said.

The church will also be hosting three services on Easter Sunday with three ways to join, either in-person, drive-in or online.

Partitioners wave to Disney characters as they attend a drive-thru Easter celebration at Celebration Church – Central, 7215 Argyll Road, in Edmonton Saturday April 3, 2021.
Partitioners wave to Disney characters as they attend a drive-thru Easter celebration at Celebration Church – Central, 7215 Argyll Road, in Edmonton Saturday April 3, 2021. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia
Partitioners attend a drive-thru Easter celebration at Celebration Church – Central, 7215 Argyll Road, in Edmonton Saturday April 3, 2021.
Partitioners attend a drive-thru Easter celebration at Celebration Church – Central, 7215 Argyll Road, in Edmonton Saturday April 3, 2021. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia

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