Archive for March, 2011

What is the Main Emphasis in Your Puppet Program? Part 2

Develop a Main Theme for the Non-Christian The Bible says that the “natural man” (the person without Christ) cannot understand the things of God since they don’t have Christ living in them to help them. Therefore, if you try to teach unbelievers Biblical truths and encourage them to apply the truths to their lives, it […]

What’s the Main Emphasis in Your Puppet Program? Pt. 1

When we first started traveling, we didn’t have a huge selection of plays so when it came time to put a program together, I chose plays we had ready or were close to being ready and placed them in an order that seemed good. Sometimes we were asked to follow a specific theme and did […]

Use Your Puppets to Introduce New Songs

A couple of Sundays ago, we introduced a new song to the kids in our Junior Church program. Rather than tell them that we’ve got a new song and play it for them, we decided to be a bit more creative. We use PowerPoint® presentations during our children’s church time, and I put the words […]

Combating Burnout in Puppet Ministry

Burnout is a word that has become common and is often due to stress and busyness. If you’re not careful, burnout can creep into puppet ministry and usually shows up when mediocrity sets in and things have become predictable. Stress is often considered to be a large factor in burnout, but I tend to disagree. […]

Add Variety to Your Puppet Experience-Part 2

The last post talked about the importance of adding variety to your puppet programs. Here are some additional things we do. Balloon SculpturesYou can purchase balloons designed for sculpturing in most party supply stores along with instructions on basic twists and techniques. These work well because of the element of suspense they bring into your […]

Add Variety to Your Puppet Experience

The last post talked about how puppets are great tools for entertainment and teaching, but if that’s all you do, they will soon lose their effectiveness. If you use puppets for 30-40 minutes every week in your children’s church the kids will soon tire of them. To be truly effective in ministry you need a […]

Teach Children A Bible Verse By Teaching It To A Puppet

Puppets are great for entertainment purposes, but they are also wonderful teaching tools. This post will take a look at how you can use puppets to teach timeless Biblical truths and help the children hide the word of God in their heart at the same time. In Psalm 119:11, the Psalmist says that he has […]

3 Ingredients of a Successful Puppet Team – Part 3

The last two posts talked about the importance of teamwork and heart. This post gives the third ingredient, puppet skills. Puppet SkillsWhile the puppetry quality is important, notice that it’s third in the list. A quality puppet program requires great teamwork; skills alone aren’t enough. If the team doesn’t like each other or refuses to […]

3 Ingredients of a Successful Puppet Team – Part 2

The last post gave the first key ingredient for a successful puppet team. Here is the next one. HeartA second key ingredient I look for in puppet teams is their heart. During the set up and preparation I observe their heart and attitude toward other team members and the director. In the teams that shine, […]

3 Ingredients of a Successful Puppet Team – Part 1

For about 10 years now, I’ve had the privilege of judging at an event called Teens Involved where teens compete in various ministry aspects, puppetry being one of them. Each year I’m impressed with the quality and caliber of the presentations, but there are usually one or two teams that stand out. In this and […]

Do You Enjoy Your Puppet Shows?

Nerves can greatly reduce the quality of your puppet shows. On our first team there was a puppeteer that got so nervous while performing that his arm actually shook. It didn’t take long for the problem to go away, but his first few performances were interesting. You show your best quality puppetry skills when performing […]

10 Tips to Help Develop a Ministry Mindset in Your Team

In an earlier post, I talked about the difference between a ministry and a performance mindset. Here are 10 ideas on how you can develop a ministry mindset in your team. Emphasis ministry instead of performance. Instead of talking about doing puppet shows, call them ministry opportunities. When giving encouraging words about how well a […]