The Pumpkin Gospel for Kids

Did you know pumpkins can teach us about Jesus?

One of the things I love about this time of year is driving around and looking at the way people decorate their homes. I’m not a big fan of the scary houses (yes, I’m 36 and I still get nightmares), but I like the creativity, fall decorations, and pumpkins.

Pumpkin carving always reminds me of fall-themed ways I’ve seen over the years to share the Gospel with kids. Here are some of my favorites.


The Pumpkin Patch GospelThe Pumpkin Patch Parable, by Liz Curtis Higgs, tells how a farmer takes a pumpkin, cleans out the yucky stuff inside, and puts a light in it for all the world to see. God does that for us too. Jesus died on the cross and rose again so we can turn to Him, have our sins forgiven, and tell others about Him as we live for Him. This book works better for elementary aged kids. (You can find this book here on, or in your local Christian bookstore.)

If you’d rather carve the pumpkins than read about them, you might check out this guide from Children’s Ministry Magazine. Basically, it takes you step by step through carving a pumpkin, pausing here and there to tell the lessons of the Pumpkin Parable while adding appropriate Scriptures.

The Pumpkin Gospel boardbook


The Pumpkin Gospel is a board book by Mary Manz Simon. This shorter book tells how God changes us into new creations who glorify (“shine for”) Him.



Christian Pumpkin Windsock

If you’re not into the mess of pumpkin carving, Julie has on her Happy Home Fairy blog two craft ideas that use the Pumpkin Gospel Poem.

No matter what your family does during the month of October, have a wonderful fall! Don’t forget to let the light of Jesus shine through you.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

This post is part of the Titus 2 Tuesday Linkup Party. Titus2Tuesdays

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