- Pumpkins — 1 pumpkin with the top already cut open;
- For a large group presentation, precarve 4 pumpkins with
different Christian symbols. (You can do simple carvings or find
carvings of Jesus on the web. Crosses and hearts, dove, praying
hands, etc; save the pumpkin guts to pass out to
- Sharp carving knife;
- Large spoon for scooping out the pumpkin “guts”;
- Bowls — filled with pumpkin guts;
- Wet wipes — one per participant. (divide wipes into several
ziplock bags for quick distribution);
- Candles for the pumpkins;
- Matches or butane wand lighter;
- Bible — You might want to ask an assistant to read the verses
because your hands will be a mess!!!!
- A worship song to sing as a group.
What to Do:
Say, “A pumpkin is round and shiny on the outside. Its skin is
tough and hard to puncture. It looks perfect and wonderful.
Sometimes, we pretend that we are all perfect and wonderful.
But we know that’s not true. We have all made mistakes. We have
all done bad things, but we keep them hidden inside thinking no one
can see past our tough exteriors.
But God knows each one of us from the inside out.”
Psalms 139:1 says “For you have searched me
and you know me.”
Take top off the pumpkin & begin scooping out the pumpkin.
Collect in the bowl and begin passing the pumpkin guts…
Say, “God loves each one of us, but our SIN ‘the bad things we
have done’ make God sad.”
Romans 3:23 says “For everyone has sinned, we
all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
Say, “The slimy inside of the pumpkin reminds me of the bad
things we’d done that we keep hidden away inside. As you touch the
slimy insides of the pumpkins, think of the wrong things you have
done. These things make us feel yucky, don’t they?”
Show the pumpkin guts on your own hands and demonstrate how
difficult it is to get off your hands.
Say, “No matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to get rid of
those guilty feelings by ourselves. Alone, our SIN keeps a death
grip on our lives. I know that when we do bad things, we deserve to
be punished, to suffer and pay for our sin.”
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is
death, (that’s bad news!” BUT there is more…” the free gift of
God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Say, “That is Good News! As we scrape all the slimy stringy
stuff way, the pumpkin becomes clean inside.
In the same way, as we tell God we are sorry about, lying,
cheating, unkind words we said that hurt others feelings — he
forgives us for the wrong things we have done. He can make us clean
on the inside.
How is that possible?
God sent his very own son, Jesus, down to earth to tell us how
much God loves us and wants to wipe us clean of our sin. That was
really good news.”
CUT INTO THE PUMPKIN WITH THE KNIFE… carve a simple smiling
Say, “Then Jesus took the punishment for all our sins. He did
that by dying on a cross. He suffered when we should have suffered.
He paid the price…when we should have paid ourselves. After Jesus
died, he was buried in a tomb.
That sounds like bad news, doesn’t it?
BUT I have MORE Good News. Three days later, Jesus came out of
the tomb — alive! He conquered death so that we could have
Believe that Jesus is God’s son and that he died on that cross
to pay the price for your sin, then came back to life three days
later. Tell him you are sorry for the wrong things you have done
and he will forgive you.”
LIGHT THE PUMPKIN and dim the lights, too!
Say, “When he takes away all that sin, you are not only clean
inside — you’re a new creation! Jesus, through God’s word, the
Bible, will teach you how to live a new life God’s way.
When we have Jesus in our lives, we SHINE! It’s like having a
candle inside us. We want to share the Good news to all those
Turn the pumpkin around to show the carved smiling face.
For a large group, turn the precarved pumpkins one by one as you
say John 3:16.
“God so loved the world… that he gave his only son… so that
whoever believes in him should not die, but have eternal life.”
Sing a worship song together.
Close with a Prayer!