Teachers and educators,
If you would like to schedule a visit to the Grace Pumpkin Patch, please contact Alan McMillen at 437, 7640 X 409 for more information.
Here's a little bit of history of how the pumpkins came to Grace. The very first load of pumpkins arrived here in the courtyard in the fall of 1996 to help the youth group as a fundraising project. The group was very active and needed some resources to help them with projects such as restoring homes for those who could not afford to do so as well as traveling to serve meals and delivering comfort items to the homeless. All ministry takes money to thrive, so the pumpkin patch has been ding that for almost two decades for the youth of Grace, affectionately called GUMY.
As we look ahead to our 21st year of this annual event, it has come a long way. This event has also become a tradition within the community we serve. Grace has become the "Pumpkin Church". People look forward to the arrival of the pumpkins and the fellowship our patch creates. We have pre-schools, day cares, and elementary schools that come to the patch each year to enjoy the pumpkins along with a puppet show and story time during the week. Last year alone there were over 1200 kids who came to our church. That number doesn't include the many others who come with parents, grandparents, or our annual Family Day at the Patch and Trunk or Treat. It is hard to put a number to the people who come and visit us each October but we know that thousands come to Grace which provides a festive atmosphere and shows the love of Christ through our outreach.
An exciting and important outreach to our community is the annual Grace Pumpkin Patch.
We are looking for a few good men, women, and youth, to help setting up the grounds, unloading the pumpkin truck and finally, to sell pumpkins. This is the opportunity for our youth group to fund their activities. But we need your help, especially during school hours. If you can volunteer your time during the daytime hours please sign up now. The book will be in the hallway outside the south side of the sanctuary on a table well marked. If you sign up early, you get the best pick of your choice of days. Don’t delay, act today…..
Below is an important timeline for volunteer opportunities. We appreciate all your help to make this project be a great success.
Set up the patch day. It takes many hands to set up fencing, and decorate the entire courtyard, and place the picture boards out and more . This will take place from 11:00 AM until completion and lunch will be served to all volunteers.
The truck is supposed to arrive at 12:00 PM on this Saturday. Those of you who are available to unload , it helps if you have gloves, a wagon or wheelbarrow to cart the pumpkins to their temporary home in the patch. We have a forklift and pallet jack to help with the unloading.
Official patch day open to sell pumpkins and volunteers are need to sign up and help out for just two hours shifts during this 3 week sales period. (Puppet and story time with take place this year on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. With the first day to start October 16th. If you sign up to work at the patch during those days and times your help reading a story to the visitors touring the patch would be greatly appreciated along with pumpkin sales.
Family Day At the Patch : Help is needed to ensure the events for the day are staffed and runs smooth. Also if you are willing to bake anything with pumpkin in it, then items are needed for the bake sale. So try out your baking skills and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Contact Alan McMillen if you have any questions or would like to volunteer a this time
For the many wonderful activities that are taking place @ The Patch this season.
437-7640, ext 105 : Thanks for your support.
Alan McMillen, Youth Director
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