Church holds egg hunt for children with special needs

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

CORDOVA, TN (WMC-TV) - Easter is two days away, but for dozens of children with special needs living in the Mid-South, the celebration came early at Cathedral of Praise in Cordova.

Friday, the church held a carnival and Easter Egg hunt for special guests who got to ride and play with other children just like them.

"We have a very big passion to reach this generation and this special age group so that they can have a fun place to play," children's pastor Steve Etzweiler said.

The event is called "The Great Chase," named after head pastor Randel McCarty's grandson, a special needs child who died at age three.

"One of the last things he did in his life - he passed away about 4 years ago - was come to an Easter Egg hunt," McCarty said. "So I began to watch special needs children in this city, and I realized there was nothing for them."

Sharron Buyer said her son Ben, 10, has to skip a lot of events for children his age.

"You never know how other children or parents might react, and like I said, you need things they can physically do and accomplish, so I think its great that the church is holding this," she said.

Cathedral of Praise is inviting the entire community out to their church Saturday for another Easter party from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The church is located at 8200 Macon Road.

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