At first glance, the pumpkin patch in the big picture above, featuring green and white pumpkins scattered throughout, gives the illusion of a casual management. To click on the picture and study the enlargement is to see the patterns of a tightly controlled organizational scheme. Such carefully calculated placement of every pumpkin and gourd could only come from one Christian congregation. This is the melon motif of Methodists.
At Grace United Methodist Church, parishioners like to "praise the gourds!"
The sign pictured above proves that this pumpkin patch presentation came from the mind of a Methodist. The picture also reveals that the manger stable, used for the Christmas nativity scene, can also make a serviceable pumpkin patch sales shed. Especially if it is managed by a Methodist monkey...
Detail from the big picture shows that the Methodist pumpkin patch is manned by a monkey.
The Methodist monkey can be seen busy at his work table in the center of the picture above. While the rest of the photo details the precise organization of the pumpkin patch. The perfectly round pumpkins sit on the green bench to the right. In front of the bench, the small, squat gourds are arranged in impeccable grids. In addition to the creche stable, the Grace Methodist United Church also uses elements of snowman design in their pumpkin display...
Humpky Pumpky sits on the wall...
The pumpkin pair pictured on the wall above seem alive with animation. Perhaps it's the wall on which they sit, but it looks like a scene from Sesame Street just one second before Maria arrives to sing a song about composting...
Beneath the great Pumpkin Tree.
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Life in a tightly controlled and expertly organized patch isn't easy for a pumpkin. Not every pumpkin makes it to the level of jack-o-lantern or pie. The photo above shows how the broken pumpkins are tossed into a pumpkin graveyard at the back of the patch to rot.