Church campuses will host Easter services, as well as family-friendly activities such as the Helicopter Egg Drop and Children’s Easter Party, Easter Jam, April 9-17.
Willow Creek Community Church
Willow Creek Community Church will host a variety of Easter services and activities at its seven Chicago-area church campuses April 9-17. Hours of operation and activities vary by campus and will include traditional Easter egg hunts and a pair of not-so-traditional events. with a spectacular helicopter egg drop at the church site in Huntley and a big children’s party, called Easter Jam, in South Barrington.
Easter Jam, hosted by children’s ministry Willow Kids, is described as “a big enough Easter party for the whole family.” The event invites children of all ages to participate in games, music, lots of fun surprises and help the team solve a big mystery!
Beth Boge, children’s pastor for Willow Kids on the South Barrington campus, said, “This will be the first time we’ve done a large-scale family experience for Easter. After seeing the kids’ fun at our Christmas Jingle Jam experience, we couldn’t wait to host another one for Easter too!”
The helicopter egg drop, aimed at elementary-aged children and their families, returns to Huntley after its debut last year.
“The egg drop is a fun way to include families and children in our Easter weekend activities at Willow Creek, and we look forward to seeing more great expressions of awe as the helicopter spins. “said Shannon Swift, pastor of the Huntley Associate Campus.
Featured events include:
Willow Creek South Barrington:
Easter jam party for children and Easter services. South Barrington will host Easter Jam on Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m. as part of the church’s Easter weekend celebration. Described as “a party big enough for the whole family”, Easter Jam will feature games, music, fun surprises and a mystery that needs to be solved! Families are welcome to stay and picnic after the program with food trucks available in the parking lot. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the program will last approximately one hour. Easter Jam is free and open to all community members.
Along with Easter Jam, the South Barrington campus will offer Easter services on Sunday, April 17 at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the main auditorium. Advance registration is not required.
More information is available at willowsb.org/easter.
Willow Creek Huntley:
Helicopter egg depot for children and Easter services. Easter services on the Huntley campus will be held Saturday, April 16 at 5 and 7 p.m., with a helicopter egg drop for children between service hours. Additional Easter services will be held on Sunday, April 17 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
More information can be found at willowhuntley.org/easter
The Egg Drop Helicopter is free and open to the community. Advance registration is not required.
Willow Creek Crystal Lake:
An Eggstravaganza for children and Easter services. A brand new Easter Eggstravaganza experience for kids, hosted by Willow Kids, will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 3-5 p.m. The event will include an Egg Dash, food, crafts, inflatables, garden games, a petting zoo and a photo op with the Easter Bunny. This event is free and open to everyone in the community.
Easter services will be held at the Crystal Lake location on Sunday, April 17 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Further information can be found at willowcrystallake.org/easter
Willow Creek Wheaton:
Easter services, including a sunrise service on Easter Sunday. Easter services on the Wheaton campus will be held on Sunday, April 17, and will include an outdoor sunrise service at 6:15 a.m. and indoor services at the church at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. More information is available at willowwheaton.org/easter.
Willow Creek South Lake (Buffalo Grove):
Easter services with an Easter egg hunt for children between services. A free Easter Egg Hunt will be hosted by the Willow Kids Ministry between their Easter Sunday services. Easter Masses will be at 9am and 11am on Sunday April 17, with the egg hunt taking place from 10.30am
There will be two egg hunts, for different ages. Egg hunts are free to access, registration is required. More information about Easter hunts and services can be found at willowsouthlake.org/easter.
Additional Easter services will be held at Chicago’s Willow Creek and North Shore (Glenview) campuses, and Spanish speakers are also invited to join Congregation Willow Espanol, meeting at Lakeside Auditorium on the South Barrington campus. Full details and hours of service are available at www.willowcreek.org/easter.
Willow Creek Community Church is a nondenominational Christian church with seven campuses in the Chicago area.