“I am THANKFUL for…” This open-ended activity page allows people of all ages and abilities to write words, draw pictures or both. This page can be a fun way for families, religious education classes or small groups to reflect on gratitude or to use as a springboard for sharing. Perfect for Thanksgiving gatherings! FREE to download in color or black and white.
Cast in order of appearance:
The Rev. Amy Freedman, Consulting Minister, First Church Boston
David Ruffin, ministerial intern, First Church Boston
Schuyler Vogel, ministerial intern, First Church Boston
This all started when we added a fun candle with a spider design to our home chalice. After saying grace and lighting the chalice, Peter commented how much he liked our Halloween-themed candle. Then, a flash of inspiration crossed his face. “I have an idea! What if we made a chalice out of a pumpkin?” Well, we just so happened to have the perfect small round pumpkin to try out this crazy idea.
We are happy to report that it works! You, too, can have your very own Pumpkin Chalice to celebrate the harvest season or for Halloween festivities! This is a fun project for a family to do together.
Remember to always use caution with knives and open flames around children. Do not leave your pumpkin chalice lit unattended.
Find a small Pumpkin with a straight stem. The stem will be used to attach the top to the base. If the stem is curved, cut the end so it is as straight as possible. Note we do not recommend this project with larger pumpkins as they will not be as stable.
Stretch a Rubber Band around the middle of the pumpkin. This will help you make as even and straight a cut as possible. With a sharp knife, cut the pumpkin in half on a cutting board.
Here’s the fun part for little ones! Scoop out the pulp and seeds. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin so it is just a shell. If you wish, roast the seeds. Our favorite recipe is to toss seeds in melted butter and salt and roast in 300 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Place the bottom half of the pumpkin upside down on the cutting board. Trace the stem so you can cut a snug hole in the bottom of the pumpkin.
Fit the stem firmly into the hole to form the chalice. If chalice is not stable, make hole slightly larger so stem can be inserted further into base.
Place a votive or pillar candle inside!
“May the light of this chalice spark the magic and joy of this season!”