I need ideas for an indoor church harvest festival. It is for children, ages 4-12.
By Aimee from TX
When I was in the Methodist Youth Fellowship we used to call it a "Booth Festival," but it is the same thing. I thought if you knew this other name for it, you might be able to do a web search under both names.
You might want to look in the Old Testament to see what happened at Harvest Booth Festivals in Biblical times. I know it is a Jewish tradition. I think it's celebrated even today in that faith. As I remember it, it's somewhat like our Thanksgiving, where God's people gave thanks for the bounteous harvest.
I would try to create some sort of booths for the children to travel between. I'd set up a table and try to surround it with a curtain or room divider, but that isn't necessary. At each table or booth, I'd have one activity for the children to participate in. One might be guessing the number of beans in a clear glass container. The next booth or table would have something like dunking for apples. The next would be using a magic marker to make a face on a pumpkin. The last booth or table would have harvest themed refreshments. I suggest muffins and juice or milk. I believe one of our responsibilities as parents is to teach our children how to eat nutritiously. No cupcakes please. I know they are cheaper and easier, but there is nothing that can take the place of good homemade food.
I am sure now that I have you started, you'll be able to build on my ideas. Best of luck and God bless you in your endeavors.
PS. Are you sure you don't want to make this an inter generational event? (11/02/2009)
By Carol in PA
After I posted my feedback, I realized I should have explained more about it being an inter generational event. I believe grandparents have much to teach children and children have much to teach adults. Children have a way of seeing things much more clearly than adults. I believe it is good for children to see adults living their faith. And I think it's especially good for children, especially boys, to see men participating in faith-based events.
Additionally, I'd try to think of ways to use all of the senses - touch, smell, taste, and hearing as well as sight. Can you think of a way to include music? (The music booth might need to be in a different room from the others.) Maybe you can do face painting. I'd even paint the faces of the adults present to make it a fun event. Have fun. (11/02/2009)
By Carol in PA
I got some great church fall festival carnival ideas from VolunteerSpot.com/ebooks on Carnivals. We did a hula hoop contest -- so much fun. (06/14/2010)
What we do is decorate the church with fresh produce that is handed out to the needy families in the community. The children are encouraged to bring along non-perishable items of food to donate to the needy families that our church feeds. We then have a harvest breakfast with the kids at Sunday school by sharing apples, oat cookies, water, sandwiches, oranges, etc. We then share with the church as well by setting plates for them to have with their tea after service. (08/14/2010)
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