Coolidge Park to showcase 60,000 eggs Easter Sunday

Coolidge Park to showcase 60,000 eggs Easter Sunday

April 20th, 2011 by Katie Ward in Community Hixson

Stuart Heights Baptist Church pastor Gary Jared welcomes the public to Easter at Coolidge Park April 24. Photo by Katie Ward

Stuart Heights Baptist Church pastor Gary Jared welcomes...

"Run for the Son"

Before the Easter at Coolidge event, area residents can put on their track shoes for the Stuart Heights Baptist Church "Run for the Son" 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Walk at the Tennessee Riverpark April 23 at 9 a.m., starting at the CB Robinson Bridge Shelter No. 4. Runners that donate $10 will receive a T-shirt. Participants can visit or Stuart Heights Baptist on Facebook for more information.

Coming up

Stuart Heights Baptist Church, with current locations in Hixson and North Chattanooga, will officially open its third location in Soddy-Daisy May 1 at 10 a.m. in the former Walmart shopping center. The first phase of the facility is complete with a cafe, indoor playground and 700-seat sanctuary. The facility is located at 10049 Dayton Pike. To learn more, call 877-2643.

Approximately 60,000 Easter eggs in shades of pink, blue, yellow, green and orange will be scattered across the grass in Coolidge Park April 24 to the delight of children running with baskets.

Numerous egg hunts, face painting and story time will begin for children ages 11 and under at 9 a.m.

"We had 3,000 kids participate in the egg hunt last year," said Gary Jared, pastor of Stuart Heights Baptist Church, which is sponsoring the event. "The eggs are plastic with candy, toys or special prizes inside."

Special prizes inside the eggs include at least one bicycle, iPod shuffle and DVD player and assorted smaller prizes. People must stay for the service in order to claim the prizes. Participants are encouraged to bring Easter baskets, blankets and chairs.

Following the egg hunt at 10 a.m., the Stuart Heights Baptist Church Band and SHBC 100-voice choir will perform. Then, Jared will present the Easter message titled "The Day that Changed the World."

"I will go through the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus," he said. "The resurrection makes the difference. That's why we get together every Sunday to worship."

He said Chattanooga Police officers plan to patrol during the Easter at Coolidge event.