Pumpkin Patch

First Presbyterian has been hosting a pumpkin patch since 2001. The pumpkin patch is the biggest fundraiser for the church's homeless outreach ministry, the Program of Hope.  This year, the pumpkins will be arriving on Sunday October 2, 2016.  To sign up to help, click here.

The Program of Hope is a holistic ministry that seeks to address the various needs of people who are without permanent housing.  Every Wednesday morning the sanctuary is staffed by volunteers and open to people in need of housing vouchers, clothing, counseling, spiritual guidance, compassion and healing, food, job placement and resume assistance, bus tokens, transition into housing, and much more.

The pumpkin patch is also a great activity that allows First Presbyterian to visit with our neighbors, to partner with other volunteer groups and schools (it's a big job and we need help!), to celebrate the beautiful fall weather with all of God's children in such a scenic and fun environment.  We love the pumpkin patch!

In recent years we have added a costume contest and movie night which has been a wonderful event fun for the whole community.  

We have been able to keep the pumpkin patch alive and growing with the help of of community groups and individual volunteers, including:

  • Ursuline Academy
  • Lusher High School Key Club
  • McMain Secondary School
  • Big Easy Kiwanis
  • Tulane and Loyola Greek organizations
  • New Orleans Moms Blog

If you'd like to learn more about volunteering, please email us pumpkinpatch@fpcno.org

About the Pumpkins

  • Supplied by Pumpkins USA, a non-profit partnership with 1,300 churches nationally.
  • Grown on Navajo land in the Four Corners area of New Mexico.
  • Pumpkins are provided on consignment - churches only pay for the pumpkins they sell, ensuring that the churches never take a loss on the patch.
  • Huge selection of sizes, shapes, textures and colors, including ornamental gourds and decorative corn.
  • Pumpkins are suitable for carving AND cooking!

Check out or photo albums on Facebook and our own gallery here.