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Jesus-O'-Lantern

Children's Ministry Magazine

Teach your children about Jesus with this Christian alternative to Halloween Jack-O'-Lanterns During this time of year, you can teach your children about Jesus with this Christian alternative to Halloween Jack-O'-Lanterns.

You'll need grubby clothes, a pumpkin to carve, a carving knife, a large spoon, and a candle. Have kids carve as you share thoughts below based on the book The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs. Tailor this Halloween devotion to the ages of your children.

A pumpkin is round and shiny on the outside, and its skin is tough and hard to puncture. It looks perfect and wonderful. Sometimes we like to pretend we're all wonderful and perfect. (Read aloud Isaiah 66:2.)
The slimy stuff inside the pumpkin reminds me of our sins -- the things we need to confess and say, "I'm sorry, God, for..." When we ask God to forgive us for all the wrong things we've said, done, or thought, he forgives our sins. (Read aloud Isaiah 43:25.)
As we scrape all the slimy stringy stuff away, the pumpkin becomes clean inside. Jesus cleans our hearts, too, when we confess our sins. (Read aloud Psalm 103:12.)
Next we can begin to carve our designs in the pumpkins. Let's carve designs that can remind us of God, such as a heart, cross, fish, or butterfly. As we carve, the pumpkin slowly transforms into something new. We change too when God works in our lives. (Read aloud 2 Corinthians 3:18.)
Finally, we can put the candle inside the pumpkin. When we light the candle, what happens? (Read aloud 2 Corinthians 4:6.)
When we have Jesus in our lives, it's like having his candle inside us. We shine the light of Jesus so others can see and know him. (Read aloud Matthew 5:16 and John 12:46.)

Jesus, during this Halloween season, help us shine your light to our friends and neighbors, and please remind us to confess our sins and experience your forgiveness. In Jesus' name, amen.

Kathy Timberlake
San Antonio, Texas


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