Fall Block Party: Pumpkin Sign Up Sheet

Fall Block Party: Pumpkin Sign Up Sheet

It's that time of year again: Halloween.  Time for churches to decide how they are going to address this controversial holiday.  We've been doing a block party for about 3 years now (read my reasoning here).  This year, we're adding glow-in-the-dark balloons with our church's name imprinted on them, so I'm pretty excited about that (pictures to come!). As with last year, we decided to do our main recruitment with a pumpkin sign-up board.  However, we also included a sign up form in the … [Read more...]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fall! {Halloween and Fall Fun Round-Up}

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fall! {Halloween and Fall Fun Round-Up}

The weather is getting cooler and pumpkins are sprouting up all over the stores.  I have spotted Halloween decorations, fall leaves on wreaths, and apple cider galore.  I thought it was about time to haul out my old Fall and Halloween themed posts from years past to save you the time searching for them! Pumpkin and Pajama Party  This Halloween Alternative combines the unending appeal of wearing pajamas with the seasonal fun of pumpkins.  Click through to find games, snacks, and ideas for … [Read more...]

Pumpkin and Pajama Party {Halloween Alternative}

Pumpkin and Pajama Party {Halloween Alternative}

Looking for some Fall Festival ideas? Struggling to come up with a Halloween Alternative? Need a fun night during this autumn season? How about a Pajama and Pumpkin Party? Photo Credit: All rights reserved by Smooth Sailing Nancy Kids (and adults) come dressed in their pajamas (super simple), and you have a bunch of pumpkin related activities.  Here’s some ideas to get you started: Pumpkin Pie Tasting Contest This is a great way to get the adults involved in the party.  Select 3 … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Face Bulletin Board

Pumpkin Face Bulletin Board

Looking for an easy fall bulletin board idea to celebrate the kids in your class? Why not design a one-of-a-kind pumpkin patch? Let's Get Started! Here's What You Need: Orange Construction Paper Poster Board Pumpkin Template (Of course, I can no longer find the one I used!!!) Pictures of your kids Orange Sharpie Green Sharpie Here's What You Do: Print one pumpkin template and cut a small oval-like shape out of the middle to create a space for each picture. Trace this … [Read more...]

Grab a Pumpkin. Join the Team.

Grab a Pumpkin. Join the Team.

I've heard the bulletin is the worst place to look for volunteers.  Personally, I read the bulletin cover to cover every week, usually during offering, so I'm still a believer.  It's a great place to INTRODUCE the congregation to a serving opportunity, but it doesn't always provide them with an chance to make a commitment.  Usually by the time the last hymn is sung, the crayons are gathered, the Bibles are packed and the hellos are said, the average person has forgotten all about their intention … [Read more...]

Fall Festival Game Ideas

Fall Festival Game Ideas

I love Pinterest. Well, I love the idea of Pinterest.  I like bookmarking things and keeping collections of things I love.  I "pin" a lot of things, and then quickly forget about them and never glance in that direction again.  However, today, I thought I'd actually use this fabulous site for something useful -- finding great games for a Halloween Block Party or some other Fall Festival you'll be holding at church. Check out the list of games and needed supplies below. Toddler … [Read more...]