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Pumpkin Parable


As an activity tied to the fall season


Uses a holiday tradition to shine the light of 


Make sure you have the following on hand:

  • A large pumpkin and carving utensils
  • A small candle and matches
  • A Bible


Follow these steps for a great experience…

  1. Conduct a typical pumpkin-carving activity, but use each step as part of the overall “pumpkin parable” by adding Bible reading and questions.
  2. First, have the children help with the clean out portion of the carving—reaching their hand into the open pumpkin to pull out seeds and other “gunk” that will feel yucky to their hands.
  3. Pause to read Matthew 23:25–28 and ask the children how the inside “gunk” is like our sin (yucky, smelly, etc.).
  4. Once you have cleaned out the pumpkin, read 1 John 1:9 together and explain that confessing our sins enables God to take away the “yuck” of our sinful hearts.
  5. Now draw and carve a happy face (not a scary face) on the pumpkin.  Then read 2 Corinthians 5:17 and/or Ephesians 2:10 and explain that Jesus wants to make us into a “new creation”—just as the pumpkin filled with yuck became a jack-o-lantern with a joy-filled face.
  6. Now read Matthew 5:14-16 while lighting and inserting a candle into the jack-o-lantern, and turn down the lights to show how God wants to use us to shine His light, even on what is normally a dark and scary night.
  7. Memorize the jingle: “On a dark and scary night, we will shine Jesus’ light!” 

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