Christian Pumpkin Carving

The kids' Sunday school class gave them a handout that promotes learning the gospel through carving pumpkins. I thought this was a great way to turn a holiday that is historically represented as dark and scary and turn it into an opportunity to share the light.

Last night I tried to use some of the examples I liked, however I found my kids were just a little too amped up to really absorb much. Maybe it will work better for you?
Remove the seeds and slime from inside the pumpkin. God sent his son Jesus to do what we couldn't, take away our sins.
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
Look at the clean and empty pumpkin. Once the mess has been taken away, a new space has been created for something better.
"..throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God- truly righteous and holy." Ephesians 4:22-32
Cut a joyful face in the pumpkin. Joy is one of the first things that God uses to fill that empty space.
"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

Place a candle inside the pumpkin to represent that now God lives in our heart and when we obey Him, the light of His goodness shines through us.
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12
Put the carved pumpkin next to an uncarved one. When we trust Jesus to take away our sins, He makes us into a whole new creature, full of joy and light.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
Set your pumpkin out for all to see, but know that it will eventually rot and perish. Those with the real light of Christ will never perish because we have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

This was adapted from "Redeeming Halloween" by Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

4 comments:

Lacey said...

Next year, when I get to be home for Halloween, we are doing this!! Love it!! You are such a great Mom!!

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