An online resource from The Prayer Bench, adapted and used with permission
Have you walked or driven past a farm or store with lots of pumpkins outside?
Did it bring back memories of being a kid and carving your pumpkin?
Perhaps you might enjoy this video, or sharing it with you children and grandchildren:
Reflection: We didn’t grow gourds when I (Rev. Gail) was growing up in England. Like Janet from The Prayer Bench, when I first saw a bin of these brightly coloured, bumpy and smooth, every shape imaginable gourds, I fell in love with them.
Janet tells the story of planting her first gourd garden:
I decided to plant gourds in my first garden. This “garden” was the size of a postage stamp outside a manse in PEI. My grandfather came to help. He was skeptical about planting gourds. I insisted on planting the whole package. Who knew they were a vine! I had a great yield, the only harvest as they took over the space. But I had bowls and bowls of lovely gourds that autumn.
Gourds might be just ornaments, but they still delight me. I do find, however, that choosing 2-3 fancy gourds each fall is enough!
What’s your autumn delight?
Today's practice is more of suggestions for fun activities to do with kids, or with your inner child!
1. Go and buy a pumpkin and have some fun carving it. Be creative, and delight in your childhood memories. If you do this - bring it along to church on Sunday 31st for our intergenerational service in Zion Hall - it will be great to see the different designs!
2. Turn a gourd into a birdhouse!
Follow these simple step by step simple instructions. With little effort you can turn a gourd into a bird house, and decorate with delight! Just click on the link below for details, and delight in having some fun!
How to make a gourd bird house
Peace, Rev. Gail
Each Wednesday we send out an inspirational message.