Puppet Ministry

Reinforce Your Play With An Object Lesson

Puppet plays are effective because they allow the children to see and hear the truths you want to impart and it’s all done is story fashion. A play by itself will convey important truths, but the impact is even stronger when those truths are reinforced with an object lesson. This post will show how you […]

Applying Your Puppet Plays, Part 5

This post concludes the steps to giving a specific application to your puppet programs. We’ve talked about the first two application times, now we’ll focus on the third and final one.  The third time you present the application should be as close to the end of the program as possible so it will be fresh […]

Applying Your Puppet Plays, Part 4

The last post talked about the first time to introduce your application teaching. This one emphasizes the second time. The second time you present the application will be in a similar manner, but this time, answer two different questions from your study. Give the audience a brief summary statement of the play or program item […]

Applying Your Puppet Plays, Part 3

We’ve looked at what an application is and how to develop one, now on to part 3. How Do I Teach the Application in the Program?Once you have a specific application set, plan to teach it at least three times during the entire program. Each time, you’ll give the specific application, but approach it from […]

Applying Your Puppet Plays, Part 2

The last post focused on what is an application and this one moves on to developing one. How Do I Develop an Application?Think about the basic questions: who, what, how, why, where, and when. When developing your application, ask these questions about the main theme. Who should the application be toward? (Believers? Those who don’t […]

Applying Your Puppet Plays, Part 1

What is an Application?The application is where you take the truth presented in the play and give the audience a specific way to use that truth in their own lives. In the introduction and during the play, you helped them learn the truth. In other words, you imparted knowledge. Knowledge is good and important, but […]

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 […]

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 […]