2021 was our 27th year of having our Pumpkin Patch in the church yard!
About Pumpkin Patch
In 1994 we became part of the Pumpkin Patch Family. During the month of October the property behind our church is transformed into a Pumpkin Patch complete with pumpkins, corn, gourds, scarecrows, and hay bales. The Patch is lit at night and lanterns are provided for evening shopping. This unique concept of selling pumpkins has evolved into a community tradition.
Rejoice’s Annual Pumpkin Patch sells hundreds of pumpkins in every shape and size, plus a selection of festive fall and Halloween decorations. Beautiful photo opportunities are available throughout the display. Patch Hours: Mon-Fri 3:00pm to 8:30pm, Sat. 9:00am to 8:30pm and Sun. 12:00pm to 8:30pm.
Three mornings each week is reserved for Storytime. Over 600 children from the various community day care centers and early childhood development programs are treated to a morning of nature, stories and games. Storytime provides direct involvement with the community as well as providing children with a wonderful experience they will remember for a long time.
The Pumpkin Patch Celebration is a Ministry. It is dedicated to promoting and providing fellowship within the church and between the church and the community. It is also dedicated to providing community outreach and service. The funds raised at Pumpkin Patch benefit Rejoice Lutheran Church and community organizations of Coppell and surrounding areas. The success of The Patch is also measured by the positive impact it has had on our congregation and our community.
History of Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers
Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers began over 40 years ago in North Carolina. A farmer with some pumpkins (Richard Hamby) met a minister with a need for funds. The farmer agreed to let the church sell the pumpkins, and they would share the proceeds. There were no contracts, no legal proceedings – just a handshake and trust in each other.
Years later, the minister moved on. The congregation had changed, but that church is still doing a Pumpkin Patch every October to fund their goals. Their success and loyalty allowed the farmer (Richard Hamby) to offer the project to more churches. This partnership has been a key element in their growth.
Richard and his wife, Janice, still live in North Carolina. They now grow over 2 square miles of pumpkins on a Navaho Indian Reservation in Farmington, New Mexico (four corners region). They employ over 1000 Native Americans during the harvest months of September and October, and they grow over 28 varieties of pumpkins including corn, gourds and corn stalks.
Today the Pumpkin Patch Family of churches and other non-profit organizations are made up of over 1300 locations, over 300 denominations in 48 states and is still growing. The amazing part is the relationship between them (they are still the farmers) and us (the Pumpkin Patch family) remains based on faith and trust.
IT TAKES A WHOLE CONGREGATION TO RAISE A PUMPKIN PATCH!
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