This morning a church in nearby Martinsburg, West Virginia (it’s actually called the Church at Martinsburg, in case anyone forgets) held an egg drop in celebration of tomorrow being Easter, a holiday of some importance to Christians, as I understand it. Over 20,000 plastic eggs were dropped from a helicopter onto a crowd of a thousand children too lazy to go look for Easter eggs. The lead pastor of the Church at Martinsburg, Jacob Atchley, called the egg drop “an opportunity for us to live our faith.”
Or, as it’s called whenever a non-religious outfit does something like this, a publicity stunt.
I’m not trying to piss on this parade. The kids who showed up had a ball, I’m sure. Shit, I remember when I was in fourth grade and the school arranged for a helicopter to land on the front campus of the high school across the street. Just getting to watch it from relatively close by was awesome, and that helicopter didn’t have any trash bags full of plastic eggs on it. But let’s not pretend, Jacob, that there’s anything behind this other than a desire to advertise.
The Church at Martinsburg is still pretty new. They meet Sundays at the Regal Cinemas in Martinsburg. But I bet with a little boost in membership they could afford to build themselves a more permanent home. Maybe one of those durable steel buildings they’re always advertising on the radio. Eh?
On its website, the church presents itself as a casual, modern, contemporary place to come and worship a 6,000 year-old Palestinian deity. “Expect a very casual atmosphere,” says the What to Expect page of their website. “Grab some coffee and as you make your way to your seat.[sic] Then experience connection with real people who are there for the same reason you are.”