The Easter Path: Where will your path lead you?
The Easter Path: where will your path lead you? was the theme of this year’s Salvation Army Community Services (Calgary) annual Easter Event. The event was held on Saturday, April 8 and the sunny skies and warm breeze allowed for the festivities to spill out into the back field at the Family Resource Centre. Outside families played friendly games of soccer, badminton, and ran off extra energy on the playground. Inside activities centered on the Easter story and were broken down into three clusters; Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. As guests moved from station to station they engaged in a wide variety of crafts and activities such as clothespin donkeys, palm leaf creations, added their fingerprints to a cross, planted flowers, and made angels. While doing these activities guests were able to engage with the staff and volunteers at the tables to learn more about Jesus’ Easter journey.
The event was held from 1:00pm - 4:00pm and guests were able to come in for a short time or spend the entire afternoon. Hot cross buns, cupcakes, fresh fruit and punch were served and of course no Easter event for children is complete without a treasure hunt! The building was abuzz as the children gathered together at 3:00 to set off on an Easter treasure hunt. At the end of the hunt, families were once again assembled into the gym this time for an Easter prayer and devotional led by our in-house Chaplain, Major Colleen Winter.
The theme of the day came full circle as there was a reunion of sorts as one of the guests in attendance, Frank was able to re-connect with Chaplain Harry Friess, someone he has known for 15 years. Frank is a graduate of the Addictions Recovery Program offered at the Centre of Hope. Frank’s family history with The Salvation Army goes back even further than 15 years as his grandmother worked with The Salvation Army in Holland during World War II and after the war she moved to Whitby, Ontario where she received numerous accolades for her work. Frank’s meeting with Chaplain Harry was extra special as Frank’s three young children were also in attendance marking their first Easter together as a family. Frank’s journey over the past several years and what he has overcome gave true meaning to our Easter celebration of forgiveness and redemption. Frank said that ”Chaplain Harry has seen me at my worst,” but Chaplain Harry was quick to interject with obvious admiration for what Frank has overcome saying ”I’ve also seen you at your best.”