Wow! A new church that averages just 45 people just hosted the biggest egg drop in Douglasville. OK, the only egg drop ever in Douglasville. We spent almost $4,000 to host a 10,000 plus egg hunt and expected no more than 1,000 people to show up. Over 4,000 showed up (maybe close to 5,000)! Wow. We learned a lot, and are making plans for next year to make this event a lot better. I regret that a lot of kids did not get any eggs or even get onto the field. We will fix that for next year. Yet, a lot of people told me or someone else on our team that they enjoyed seeing eggs being poured from a helicopter. Overall, they said that their kids had a great time.

Whew! That’s a relief. If you came out today, thank you for attending. If you don’t normally go to church, check us out Easter Sunday. You can dress causal, the music will rock, teaching you relate to, and awesome kid’s worship.



17 Comments on Douglasville Egg Drop ‘08 – WOW

  1. mom says:

    I saw the video. Very good.

  2. Scott says:

    My two kids never even had a chance to get to the field. Very unorganized. From all the crying, dissappointed kids around, we could not even hear any type of instructions for the organziers, even at the fence. Very unorganized, very dissappointed, and tough to explain to your oldest 5 year old child why they would not let his 18 month old brother get any eggs. I will not be back next year. It was not as good as it was made out to be.

  3. Bonnie Hancock says:

    The egg drop and the crowd were amazing. It was a great day for River Ridge. I am just glad that I could be a part of River Ridge history.

  4. Jeromy says:

    Where can the video be seen? Look forward to hearing all the positive outcome.

  5. Brian Carter says:

    My wife had heard about the Egg drop, and told me about it. Sounded neat, so we took my 7 yr. son and 2 yr. nephew up there from Paulding Co. They both left there with not one easter egg. Very disapointed!
    It was very unorganized, it was the worst easter egg hunt I’ve been too. I will not go back there next year. It was awful.

  6. mom says:

    Jeromy, I saw the video on River Ridge Backstage.

  7. Jeromy says:

    Thanks “Mom”! That was simply amazing. I think that is just wonderful. I am sorry some children left without eggs but I bet next year will be bigger and better. Only God could have expected it to be this BIG!

  8. Ginger says:

    I brought my 4 children to the egg drop, ages 9, 6, 4 and 3. We were among the ones who never made it onto the field. However, I am not here to complain by any means! Seeing the eggs poured from the helicoptor was so neat. Yes, on the way back to the car, my youngest shed some tears and the others groaned and complained a bit. I began to become frustrated and wanted to say “what do you want me to do”, but instead I took this opportunity that God had handed me and I ran with it. When we got into the car I apologized to the children for their disappointment and went on to explain to them that an egg hunt is not at all what Easter is about. They’ve all heard the story many times before, but this time the story was humbling since they were sitting their feeling pity for not getting any eggs; this time the story was different. They all calmed down and we went on to have a great Saturday.

    However, that is not the end of our egg drop story. We got up Sunday morning and went to our regular church. During the service I looked over at my 9 year old son. He had his eyes shut tight and his hands pressed together. He was deep in prayer. After church, in the car, he looked at me and said “Momma, I let Jesus into my heart this morning and I want to be baptised”. I have to say that this was absolutely the most moving moment I’ve ever experienced as a mother. You see, their father and I are divorced. The children are exposed to many un-Christ like experiences every other weekend when they are not with me. I pray every day that Jesus plant His seed deep within their hearts, that they will be able to find Him one day, that my influence will be enough to lead them in the right direction. I believe that through the humility and humbling that my son felt after the egg drop, when we put things into perspective, I believe that was the answer to my prayers. Had he not felt the humility and been humbled he may not have received Christ yesterday. So, for all of you at River Ridge that feel bad for the turn out, don’t. My child’s soul was saved because of the experience you provided.

    Thank you!!

  9. Mom says:

    Sam, this is what your egg drop was about.Thank God for Mother’s like Ginger. Reading her story brought tears to my eyes.

  10. Tim O says:

    Thanks be to GOD always!!

    Ginger you got me good my gut and then my heart yea then the tears.

    See Pastor Sam this is why GOD sent Soooooooooooooo many people to us he wanted us to know “with him” we can do all things like move mountains or have no money and 30 or so people and pull off such an amazing thing as we did.
    And with out him making all this happen there would have been fists fights, cars and trucks smashing into one another, kids on the field being trompeled and who knows what else would of happened.
    I thank GOD for you and Rhonda and the rest of our River Ridge family.
    And can’t wait to see what’s next in store for this asume journey!!

  11. jennifer says:

    Thank you Ginger for sharing with us. We were all in tears and so excited that your child made that decision!!! Thank you for reminding us what this was all about!

  12. Richelle says:

    Oh, Tasha told me to read ‘Ginger’s’ blog entry and I am so happy I did! Glory to God for that!!!! I am among the parents whose children did not make it onto the field (ok, so that is not entirely true… he did make it, at the end, but there were no eggs left–I let him climb the fence in that last minute mommy desperation), but we still had a great time–seeing people we know from the community, seeing the helicopter drop those eggs (what a cool idea?!), and just seeing all those people that came out to a CHURCH event — Thank you River Ridge Church for a great Saturday–it obviously touched a lot of people in many, many different ways!!!! Now no more sleepless nights any of you! 🙂

  13. tasha says:

    Thank you for sharing your story Ginger.

  14. Wow, just wow. Ginger and Richelle, you both have no idea how much this means to all of us! It is blatantly apparent that Sam isn’t putting any bias into the comments he approves for this blog, and it really lifts my spirits to see the overwhelming majority of positive ones. I am very happy for you, Ginger, and also very proud of your son for making that decision! I pray that God leads Him to be a great follower of Christ and likewise for your other children!

  15. Melissa says:

    WOW!!!! Thank you Ginger for sharing your amazing story with everyone !!!! All the craziness was and still is worth it, for the sake of just one person…….your son!!!! I am so happy that GOD turned that egg drop event (which we had NO IDEA would be SOOOO BIG and negative for some) into the most wonderful day for your son and you!!!! Only God can turn going away with disappointed childred and frustration into the answer to your prayers!!!! God is AWSOME!!!!

    Also thank you to my River Ridge family for all the hard work and commitment to do this “egg drop” and letting myself and my family even my little 4 year old serve our Heavenly Father in this outreach to the community!!!!

  16. Tiffany says:

    Thank you River Ridge for hosting such a huge event!! For a church your size to host an event for just the people you were expecting speaks volumes for your church. What you did do was spectacular in itself. You reached people in a big way – what better way to get people’s attention by eggs pouring from a helicopter?!! I thank you for having an event so big my mom took a day off from work to be with her family on a holiday!! If you knew my mom – you would know that was a big step for her and she’s 60!! How awesome is that! P.S. My children didn’t get a single egg but it was a beautiful day to be with family and friends!

  17. Mandi Hilton says:

    For those of you that attend River Ridge, you know how important the egg drop was to Sam. He poured his time and his heart into making the Egg Drop become a reality. We knew the Egg Drop was going to be BIG, but we had no idea just how big until we were in a traffic jam at the round about! We parked down the road and walked with our two children (4 yrs and 10 months). On the way to the school, my daughter was so excited. Not only was she excited about the eggs and the helicopter, but she was excited about the people. She saw two of her classmates from Mother’s Morning Out. Then she saw a friend that she hadn’t been around in months. Needless to say the thought of getting a ton of eggs was far from her mind by the time we arrived. She watched the helicopter and didn’t make it to the field in time to get the eggs. She came back with 1/2 an egg. She was so excited to have watched the helicopter and all of the other children. We used the experience to teach our child that you don’t always get exactly what you want, but if you act nicely then you will see something positive happen. We rewarded her for not crying and acting rudely by having our own egg hunt. She invited her friend that she hadn’t seen in months to come over and hunt them as well. The experience was one of a kind. I have to say it was so rewarding to myself and my husband just to see the number of people because we knew how much Sam wanted the Egg Drop for the children. It brought tears to my eyes to see all of the people and to know that this crazy idea had become the biggest event in Douglasville!!! Thank you to everyone who helped with this truly wonderful event which I know will be a memory for many years with the children.