The PUMPKIN PATCH is our Youth Ministries annual fundraising event. Each year the church receives several semi-truck loads of pumpkins that turn our front lawn into a field of orange during the month of October. It takes the whole church involvement to support this huge event.
The patch has generated thousands of dollars to support our youth mission trips, retreats, and activities. These funds help to ensure that all youth can participate in experiences that develop friendships and draw them closer to Jesus.
The Pumpkin Patch is also a way for our church to be involved with the community. Friends and neighbors come year after year to enjoy the pumpkins. Many families mark the occasion with photographs of their children taken each year. As a part of the fall harvest celebration, several preschools and elementary schools also visit the patch.
Dates of the Pumpkin PatchOur shipments of pumpkins are scheduled for Sunday, September 30 and Sunday, October 14.
Patch Open: October 1-31, 2018
October 1-25 from 10:00 am-8:00 pm
October 26-30 from 10:00 am-9:00 pm
October 31 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm
How can you help?
1. Pumpkin Unload (or Pumpkin Aerobics, as it is fondly called at Due West UMC)
Pumpkin Unloading is an “all- church” event with people of all ages participating. Children, youth, parents, and members of the church come together to unload a big rig filled with pumpkins. We unload bucket brigade style. The more helping hands we have, the quicker we will finish! The pumpkins are straight from the garden so come dressed to get dirty. Our unloads this year will be on Sunday, September 30 at 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 14 at 12:30 pm.
2. Selling Pumpkins
Volunteers are needed to work 2-3 hour shifts throughout the day from October 1 – October 31. There must be at least one adult working at each shift. Middle-school students volunteering must be accompanied by a parent.
Who can help? Everyone! The day shifts are generally filled by with those with flexible daytime schedules, retirees, stay-at-home moms and dads, and home schooled youth. The late afternoon, evening, and weekend shifts are generally filled by youth and their parents. Many people have found that working the same shift on the same day each week works best for them. Figure how you and your family can help!
How are the youth "paid" for working?
Students (6th-12th grades) can earn money for their youth accounts by working the patch themselves or by having someone in their family work on their behalf. Family members can record the hours under that student’s name.
When students themselves volunteer for a shift, they must actually WORK to earn credit. When shoppers are in the patch, they assist by greeting shoppers, pricing pumpkins, and assisting with taking pumpkins to cars. At other times, they “turn” pumpkins, haul bad pumpkins to the Grave Yard, and keep the patch neat and organized.
Click here to sign-up for a Pumpkin Upload and Pumpkin Patch shifts.
Questions? Email Lora Parker-Gayler