The Pumpkin Gospel
I have recently been thinking about how I want our children’s childhood to be growing up. As a follower of The Most High God, a Christian, it is easy to say “we don’t do this … you can’t do that”… but do we give them an alternative?
The 31st October comes and goes each year, and usually we just say we don’t do Halloween. But this year we came across the amazing Pumpkin Gospel, also known as the Pumpkin Parable.
Usually pumpkin carving is associated with Halloween, but this allows my family to see the carved pumpkins and think about The Most High Gods light… His light in us. Not only that, it gives them something else to talk to their friends and family about when they ask do you celebrate Halloween.
It no longer has to be a “no” and end of conversation, but instead it’s a “no, but would you like to know about the Pumpkin Gospel?” a beautiful chance to witness for The Most High.
What if we started something new and allowed people to learn more about how Jesus wants to change us, inside and out and let His light shine through us.
It is so exciting!
Halloween doesn’t have to be a day we fear, tip-toe around (and yes my husband and I used to tip toe around it all the time) or hide from anymore. Instead, we can reclaim the day. The day God created, and the marvelous pumpkins He created for us to enjoy.
I believe there is an object lesson in everything. That is exactly how Jesus taught the people, and how we aim to teach our children.
How to prepare
You will need a table and cloth (it can get messy) Or you can use a tuff tray (I use my tuff tray for all messy things)
You can get a bowl of water and some cloths (optional) but great for little ones to get involved.
Print off the bible verse cards (optional) great if you have older children.
Candle and matches
You will also need a medium to large sized pumpkin
- cut a hole at the top of the pumpkin, take out some of the cleaner pumpkin seeds and leave them on a plate
- Then you need to cut a smiley face out of the pumpkin, but put the pieces you removed back in place so it looks like it hasn’t been cut
The aim is to have the majority of the work completed before you start the story.
The Pumpkin Gospel Story
There was once a gardener who planted a seed. (Get your children to plant the seed). He cared for the seed, watered it, weeded the garden. (Let your children act it all out).
The seeds started to grow, until they became a seedling… the seedling grew and grew into a plant, the plant flowered and soon produced beautiful pumpkins.
The gardener looked at His garden and said “It is good!”
(Ask your children who else created in something in the Bible and said “it was good”?)
The Most High God is the gardener.
Making us clean on the outside
One day the gardener went to pick one of His pumpkins. He placed it on the table (place the pumpkin on the table). It was a bit dirty so He cleaned the pumpkin (have the children clean the pumpkin). He smiled as He looked at how clean the pumpkin now looked. Now the outside was nice and clean…. but what about the inside?
Cutting the pumpkin
The gardener cut open the top of the pumpkin and looked inside. It has lots of gooey, gloopy, slimy things inside. (Let your children look inside). He put His hand in and cleaned out all the goop. (Let your children put their hands in. (Ask them how it feels, if they like it, do they enjoy cleaning it out?) Once the inside was all clean, the gardener smiled! Now it was finally clean inside and outside. But something still wasn’t right.
Sin is just like this gooey, icky, slimy inside of the pumpkin. It is sticky and really hard to get off. This is how God sees our sin. But He loves us so much that He doesn’t mind cleaning it out… even though it is all gooey and icky.
Read Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Read Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life”
Talk to your children about how God wants to clean us of our sin. Just like you need to wash your hands in water in order to clean your hands, so Jesus came to clean us with water. to cleanse us from our sins.
A smiley Face
The gardener carefully cut out eyes, a nose and a smiley mouth (use the knife to dig out the pre-cut smiley face) AH HA! The gardener said, that is so much better. Now it is clean inside and outside and looks so happy.
Just like the gardener gave the pumpkin a new face, God promised to make us a new creation
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.”
But the gardener still thought something was missing! So He put a light right in the middle, inside toe pumpkin. (Place the lit candle right in the middle of the pumpkin)
He step back and looked at His new creation. He smiled! The pumpkin was perfect.
When neighbours came by and saw the pumpkin, they looked in amazement at how the gardener had taken and ordinary pumpkin and turned it into something so beautiful and so amazing.
The pumpkins light shined to all.
Just as the gardener put the light into the pumpkin, so The Most High God places His light in us and wants to shine through us.
The Most High God wants our light to shine to those around as well. (Ask your children how they can shine their light: answers – being kind, giving a smile, telling someone about Jesus)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16, ESV
Father, thank you for loving me and sending your son to die on the cross for my icky, gooey sin. I know that sometimes I do the wrong things, and no matter how much I try, I can’t make myself clean.
I ask that you will clean me on the inside and the outside. May your light shine through me to all those around. May others know about you through me.
Thank you for the creating me new, just like the gardener.