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Imagine having an outreach so big that 12,000 people show up and children are knocked over or trampled.
That’s what evidently happened last year when Next Level Church did their Easter Egg Drop. Â That has prompted this years drop to be held at a ‘secret location’. Â See this news article for more:
NEWINGTON â€” A “secret location” is among several changes to the Next Level Church’s Easter Egg Drop, now in its second year.
Last year’s event drew an estimated 12,000 people to the Rochester Fairgrounds where a helicopter dropped 60,000 plastic eggs filled with prizes and prize vouchers, including a plasma television and Nintendo Wiis.
Several complaints of children being knocked over or trampled as parents joined the children’s rush onto the field sprung from the event.
Changes to this year’s egg drop â€” to be held on April 24, Easter Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. â€” are an effort to avoid that kind of activity from taking place this year, said the church’s lead pastor Joshua Gagnon.
In addition to the secret location, which will only be revealed the day of the event, the number of participants will be limited to 300. Event participants will also be required to join the church at its Easter observance, where the children will be given wristbands to allow them into the egg drop.
“We’re not trying to make it you have to go to church,” explained Gagnon. “It’s the only way to control the crowd. We have to limit that and it’s one of the ways we can limit it is that they come to church first.”
The event, said Gagnon, is intended to provide children with a positive church experience.
“When the only time a kid goes to church is on Easter they can have a bad understanding of what church is,” he said. “Why not let them have a good time and show them the church is there to give back, not to take.”
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