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Hundreds of kids collected bags full of Easter eggs at Next Level Church's annual helicopter egg drop in Exeter. (Barbara Taormina photo)

Churches requiring attendance to participate in egg drops


Two churches in New Hampshire sponsoring egg drops for children on Easter Sunday have a requirement for participation — church attendance.

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Next Level Church, with locations in Somersworth, Concord and Epping, is inviting children to participate in their helicopter egg drops, set for a half-hour after the last Sunday service.
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Pastor Daniel King said Thursday this is not an attempt to “force” people into church, but a way to control the crowd size. In 2010, the first year the church held an egg drop, approximately 12,000 people showed up at the Rochester Fairgrounds.
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“Some people misbehaved, and we had more problems with the parents than with the kids,” King said. Arguments and pushing matches were reported to police as people competed for the prizes.
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Between 1,500 to 2,000 children are expected at Next Level Church’s eight locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York, this weekend to collect thousands of toy-filled eggs dropped from a helicopter.
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King said the church is known for fast-paced sermons that are easy to relate to.
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“It’s not going to be a miserable, torturous experience,” King said.
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Families who want to participate have to register online at www.nlc.tv.
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Similarly, LifeWay Church in Derry will have a Hot Air Balloon Egg Drop, with a requirement that children attend a short service geared toward kids. Volunteer Laurie Bain said that service will be at 10 a.m., and the drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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This is the first time LifeWay Church has hosted an egg drop, Bain said.
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“The pastor (Juan Saa) has been wanting to do it since maybe last year, and we finally got it together,” Bain said.
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Bain said participants do not have to be a member of the church, which meets at Hood School.
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Bain and others will be stuffing plastic eggs with prizes over the course of the next three days, and then testing them to make sure they will not break when they hit the ground.
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“We’re super excited,” Bain said.

To register for the LifeWay Church egg drop, visit lifewaychurch.net.
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