Opening October 7th, the Pumpkin Patch will run to October 31st and offer the Missoula community the opportunity to pick pumpkins in a festive fall atmosphere. The patch will be open from 2:30PM to 7PM Monday through Friday, 10AM to 7PM Saturdays, and 12:00PM to 7PM on Sundays.
How to Serve:
The Pumpkin Patch needs volunteers who are willing to assist with harvesting, setting up, general operating of the patch during the hours of operation and take down. There will be two shifts Monday through Friday where volunteers can sign up to work the patch, 2:30PM to 4:30PM and 4:30 to 7PM. Three shifts on Saturdays, 10AM to 1PM, 1PM to 4PM, and 4PM to 7PM. Sundays will consist of two volunteer shifts, 12:00PM to 3:30PM and 3:30PM to 7PM.
The setting up of the Pumpkin Patch will take place the week prior to the opening of the patch and will include setting up the pallets for the pumpkins, unloading the pumpkins, decorating, etc. Clean up of the Pumpkin Patch will take place when we run out of pumpkins or on Wednesday, November 1st, and, if necessary, Thursday, Nov. 2nd.
For a little more than three weeks in October, the community of Missoula willingly, and excitedly, comes up the hill to buy pumpkins and other fall goodies at MAC. For some individuals and families, this has become a yearly tradition.
Volunteering at the Pumpkin Patch allows for endless relational opportunities to meet, get to know and encourage individuals who would not necessarily walk through the church foyer on a Sunday. The atmosphere at the patch is always one of excitement, as the kids search for their perfect pumpkin, and opportunity, as members of the church have the privilege of being a part of a positive experience and memory with “church people” for those who visit the patch.
The Pumpkin Patch also serves our local schools and provides a free field trip experience to over four hundred preschool and kindergartners in Missoula. Year after year, teachers, parents and kids give feedback that the Pumpkin Patch is one of their favorite field trips. Serving with the kids as they learn how pumpkins grow and explore the pumpkin patch, looking for the items on their scavenger hunt list, is a way to again, enable individuals to have lasting positive experiences with a local church.
Lastly, answering the question of "why serve at the Pumpkin Patch?” would not be complete without knowing where the funds raised from the patch are going. This year, high school students who are going on the summer New York City missions trip, will be putting in hours at the patch to earn money towards covering their trip costs. Money will also be going towards meeting real practical needs in our community (specifics TBD).
Your time serving at the Pumpkin Patch has a high return on investment, spiritually speaking. You have the opportunity to be a part of someones journey towards Christ, someones fond childhood memory, someones need, and someones ability to go on a missions trip.
These reasons don’t even begin to include the potential personal growth the one serving may experience. However, that is the wonderful byproduct of serving. We hope to see you this year serving at the Pumpkin Patch!