Pumpkin patch time was always a fun time at various churches where we have been members. The concept is pretty simple. A big old semi comes and delivers crates and crates of pumpkins of various shapes and sizes and a fundraising project is underway.
It didn’t really matter what the money was going for – sometimes for the children”s department, the youth or missions – the fun was in working the pumpkin patch and meeting and greeting all the families that came to pick that perfect pumpkin.
And then Covid-19 came and everything changed. Pumpkin patches are not a great place to socially distance and in an effort to stick with all of the state mandates our local church had to let their annual pumpkin patch on the front lawn go. I must admit I always love to see churches that participate in this type of fundraiser because it is such a nice thing to see all of those pretty pumpkins.
This year, however, First UMC of Brevard has decided to present a virtual pumpkin patch on their front lawn and this past week it just got “planted”. The goal of the patch this year is to help raise some extra funds for the new Natural Elements Playground that is being constructed on the church property. We have a great little pre school and one of the things that those children love is the playground. Now there will be a bigger and better playground with a nod to using natural elements. Right now there are 42 locust posts that have been set in the ground that will be supporting the playground structures. Mulch and other items are arriving daily so things will change quickly. How fun is this going to be to watch it “grow”?
So in the meantime the cute little pumpkins will be sporting names of donors or designated names in honor or in memory of and I just love how the patch is going to grow over time. Thanks to all the volunteers who have already worked hard to make this a reality.
If you are interested in making a donation to help grow our beautiful little playground feel free to use this link to the GoFund Me site. Donations will also be taken on site in a donation box . The patch will be manned on Saturdays in October from 10 am – 4 pm. Checks can also be mailed to the church at 325 N. Broad Street, Brevard, NC 28712.
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