Second Baptist Pumpkin Patch
We are extremely proud that the Second Baptist Pumpkin Patch has become a fall tradition for hundreds of individuals and families in East Memphis. For over fifteen years, volunteers, neighbors, guests and friends from the community have helped create a place of welcome, kindness, fun, and play in our church’s front yard. In our patch, for a month, all kinds of people representing all areas of the city say “yes 2 pumpkins” and come together under the umbrella of Christian hospitality.
In the book of Hebrews, the author writes, “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” This spirit is the foundation our patch and we hope the mutual love shared in our patch – from our first unload to the last sale – can overflow into the lives of our visitors and out into Memphis and beyond.
The Second Baptist Pumpkin Patch WILL be open this year with 100% of the proceeds supporting student missions and ministries. However, there will be some differences due to COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.) When will you open and what will be the hours of operation this year?
Our pumpkins arrive October 3. Our hours will be Monday – Saturdays (10 a.m. – dark) and Sundays (12 p.m. – dark).
2.) What COVID-19 precautions will be in place?
- We will design the patch in a way to allow more physically distancing between guests.
- We will move the hay to a different location. This will allow more space to spread out the pumpkins while also providing a separate space for those just purchasing hay or flowers.
- We have added an additional iPad to allow for more digital and contactless sales. iPads will be cleaned between shifts.
- Our volunteers will wear masks anytime they are interacting with guests and we recommend all customers wear masks while in the patch. We will even have Second Baptist Pumpkin Patch masks for purchase.
- We will have signage encouraging all guests to follow good community safety practices.
- We will have hand sanitizer stations available.
- Families will be encouraged to stay together
3.) What will you be offering this year?
We will still have our normal beautiful array of pumpkins and gourds in all shapes and sizes. We will have hay bales and (hopefully) cornstalks. We will have mums, cabbage, pansies, and compost for planting. We will have our super comfortable Pumpkin Patch hoodies. We will have our picture area for family photos. We will have carving kits as well as pumpkin granola and pumpkin cookies.
4.) Will you be offering pumpkin bread?
Yes! We plan to offer pumpkin bread.
5.) Will you be offering preschool story time and hayrides this year?
No. Unfortunately, out of an abundance of caution, we will not be offering story time experiences for local children’s groups or hayrides.
6.) Will you host a Pumpkin Festival year?
No. Because of an abundance of caution for our volunteers and the community we will not be hosting our annual Pumpkin Festival.
About the Patch
The Second Baptist Pumpkin Patch offers pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes, and colors along with hay bales, flowers, carving kits and more. We are your local, one-stop shop for fall decorations. We also have healthy compost from The Compost Fairy, a non-profit committed to helping Memphis become more sustainable.
You can also purchase delicious pumpkin spice granola produced by Thistle & Bee, a non-profit organization serving women recovering from prostitution and trafficking. Or, make the season sweeter by purchasing some amazing pumpkin cookies from Sweet Lala’s Bakery. On Saturdays, enjoy a great cup o’ joe provided by Cozy Coffee, an entrepreneurial effort that supports Adult & Teen Challenge and their ministry to those battling addictions.
Be sure to show off how much you love our patch by purchasing a Second Baptist Pumpkin Patch hoodie and don’t leave without sampling a complimentary slice of pumpkin bread – baked daily by a church member – and offered as a gift to all guests to the patch.
As always, all proceeds from the Second Baptist Pumpkin Patch support student missions for children and ministries. Over the years, the patch has supported student mission trips to Helena, Arkansas, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, New York City, Atlanta and South Africa. It has purchased literacy materials, school supplies and Christmas presents for children. It has funded local spring break mission projects for Memphis teens, empowering them to use creativity to make their neighborhoods safer and more beautiful. And so much more. All in the name of Christ and thanks to the generosity of our Memphis community.
If you have any questions about or would like to volunteer at the Second Baptist Pumpkin Patch, contact Daniel Johnson, Associate Minister for Congregational Formation and Missions.