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What you need: Pattern, below, copied on white cardstock paper; scissors; 4-5" thin rubber band; and tape.
Copy and print the Christians are like Jack O' Lanterns , below, and give it to kids on Halloween night or at Fall Festivals.
Christians are like Jack O' Lanterns*
God picks you from the pumpkin patch and brings you into his home. He washes off all the dirt on the outside, which you picked up from being around all the other pumpkins. He cuts off the top and takes out all the yucky stuff on the inside too. He removes the seeds of sinfulness and carves you a new smiling face. He then puts his light inside of you to shine for all to see. You can either stay outside and rot on the vine, or have Jesus come inside and become something new and bright! God loves you so much! He sent his only son, Jesus, to earth to take the punishment for the wrong things you do. If you believe in Jesus and follow him, you will never die, but have everlasting life.
It is a great life to S.H.I.N.E. for Jesus=Share His Incredible
Directions to make the toy:
Cut out pattern, below. Fold in half. Tape 4-5" thin rubber band to the inside center of pattern (where rubber band line is marked). Tape pattern closed on the top and the sides next to the rubber band. Hold onto both ends of rubber band. Pull slightly and roll between fingers to spin the pumpkin to put a smile on it and make it SHINE!
Copyright 2005 Sarah A. Keith
* Adapted from various pumpkin analogies shared via the teacher's online newsletter.
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