Grand Island church brings Easter home during social distancing

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - With their services all online and social distancing still being encouraged, Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island knew they couldn't have their annual Easter festivities. But they packed up eggs and other holy week essentials to give to kids at a safe distance.

The Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island passed out hundreds of bags of Easter eggs to families so they can still celebrate the holy week. (KSNB)

A quick dash out of the car and little hands snagged an Easter bag from the church parking lot Saturday morning. On the bag there are instructions on finding the eggs that match the story behind the holiday. It's a little different from the big event they are used to. The church wanted to make sure Easter was not lost in the crisis.

“We're just really excited to put on this event for the community and help to realize that we are here if they need anything and also just to remember that Easter is a time of celebration as well,” Connection Director Kari Benson said.

Benson and her team packed 400 bags to share with other church members or anyone else who wanted to celebrate. While it is a time to share their faith together they wanted to make sure kids still had that easter excitement

“It's our opportunity to share encouragement with them and that's what we want to do,” Senior Pastor Adam Snoberger said. “Even though we can't be close in distance, we want them to know that we care about them.”

For some the changes have been difficult, but for this church they are making it work.

“I don't think it's hard, I feel like we're just having to change how we are holding the events because we are still worshiping together on Zoom and our pastor has been doing a little devotion every morning,” Benson said.

Now, families across Grand Island are ready for their holy week celebration.