WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Members of the St. Luke AME Zion Church are reaching out to the community and trying to make a difference. Friday they hosted a Youth Day full of Easter fun. There were Easter egg hunts, live music, food and even balloon hats and animals.
"Right now, with all of the violence that has happening in the community, we need to show the kids that there is good," said Pamela Evans with the St. Luke AME Zion Church. She said because of that violence, this year they opened the annual Easter event up to the whole community, holding it for the first time on the grassy fields next to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.
"With all of the violence we are having in New Hanover County, it was important that as a church we take a stand and let the community parents and kids know we are here and we are loving them," Evans said.
Pastor Jermaine Armour with the St. Luke AME Zion Church spoke about the violence affecting everyone, not just those being harmed. "There are a lot of people who are doing the violence or who are victims of the violence and might not feel like there is a place where they can go," Armour said. "We want to tell them, ‘Hey there are people that love you, and we don't have to be related to you, it doesn't matter what faith you believe in, we just want to show you we love you and have a good time."
Church members said they hope to hold more events like this in the future.
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