Relevant Church hosts scavenger hunt

Published 9:09 am Thursday, April 18, 2019

NILES — Those who spot a bright orange Easter egg around the city of Niles, might want to hold on to it.

For the second year in a row, Relevant Church is putting a unique scramble on an Easter egg hunt turned scavenger expedition.

Those who find an egg and follow the instructions inside could be eligible to win a VIP Box from the church, containing a variety of gift cards to local downtown businesses and Relevant merchandise.

Sarah Shirk, Relevant’s ministry coordinator, said the church saw the event as a way to bring promotion to local businesses, while also doing something fun for their community.

“At Relevant Church, we like to say that ‘we are different,’ so we wanted to offer something different to the community in order to engage them in some excitement around Easter, as well as excitement about businesses that are available,” Shirk said.

To take part in the scavenger hunt, people must find one of the orange eggs scattered around the downtown, local parks and other parts of the city. Inside the eggs, participants will find directions to take part in the scavenger hunt. The challenge will take people to eight local businesses, where they must snap a selfie with a decorated egg created by store owners. Each selfie posted on social media must include the hashtag #easterinniles to earn entry into a drawing for a VIP Box, containing the prizes.

Shirk said the church hoped that by getting people trekking downtown Niles to explore the businesses could help more people become aware of what is available.

“We have included some businesses like Iron Shoe, that have just opened up,” Shirk said. “People are able to walk in there and see what it is like and then, possibly be drawn back just from this one experience.”

In addition to directions to the scavenger hunt, the eggs will also include tickets to Relevant Church’s Easter service at 10 a.m. Sunday at 33332 U.S. Highway 12 in Niles. During the service, the winner of the challenge will be announced.

Relevant’s service will include an Easter hunt for 10,000 eggs, bounce houses and carnival games.

Relevant church has been in operation for three years. Congregants seek to help give back to their community through a variety of efforts, including a Serve the City event where volunteers mobilize to support local nonprofits and residents with a variety of maintenance. The church has also been a partner in projects with the YMCA of Southwest Michigan, Ferry Street Resource Center and Life Plan.

Shirk encouraged people to search for the eggs or just visit their local businesses.

“We want to encourage people to open their eyes up to what is right here,” Shirk said. “New things are happening here in Niles, and I think we are on the cusp of something great.”

To learn more about the church, those interested can visit