ABC's of Performing Art: Leading People to Christ through Creativity is a collection of tools and information gathered to help clergy and lay people share Christ in a creative way. In addition to a lot of helpful resources, there is a script for a play, four bible studies, and a church service-all included in this one volume.
This illustrated 48 page book is designed for those who want to start a puppet ministry or for those who want to enhance their existing ministry. It is full of ideas that have been tested for many years and is designed for the trainer or puppeteer to use. It contains ideas on how to build your own puppet stage, how to start a ministry, history of puppetry, how to train and evaluate potential puppeteers, how to brush up on their skills. Included are three professionally written skits about repentance and two different song sheets that compliment perfectly with the plays. One song sheet is from the popular hymnal song "Leave It There" and the other song is written by the author titled "Backslider Blues."
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13) Think it takes a professional actor to have a puppet ministry? Think again. This book gives you a step-by-step plan and tons of tips on using puppets to tell children all about Jesus while entertaining them at the same time! Puppets are a wonderful teaching tool. They can be whatever you want them to be. Puppets can take on different personalities, exhibit various character traits, teach different lessons. Kids are drawn to puppets, opening doors and establishing instant trust. Tell a conventional story to kids and watch as their eyes glaze over. Their short attention spans cause them to squirm and by the end they've missed out on the whole point of the story. Use puppets to tell the story and suddenly every eye is on the stage. Your audience stays with you all the way through and weeks later you're still be hearing about the memorable things the puppets said and did--just like kids act when they're talking about their favorite videos or TV shows. Everything you need to start a new puppet ministry or breath new life into an existing one is in this book. The author, Susan Parsons, relates many firsthand experiences she has had during her substantial career as a playwright and puppeteer. Learn about creative ways of making puppets from all sorts of unconventional things. Find out how to build a nifty, professional-looking stage out of PVC pipe--lightweight, easy to work with and affordable. Get pointers on writing and presenting skits, on staging and lighting them, on recruiting people to help you! Also, the book contains puppet patterns and ready-to-present skits which you can use for practice or incorporate right into your ministry! After reading this book you won't just surviveas a puppeteer--you'll thrive! Product Update It has come to our attention that page 59 of The Official Puppet Ministry Survival Guide contains an error in the instructions for constructing the PVC stage. This error will be corrected when the book is next reprinted. Our apologies for the mistake. The correct numbers and dimensions of pieces appear below. 2.5 ft (8 pieces) 2 ft. 9 in. (8 pieces) 3.5 ft. (2 pieces) 4.5 ft. (6 pieces) 6 ft. (2 pieces) Also, page 60 incorrectly lists a 7 ft., 3 in. piece of pipe.
The older teens in your parish want a youth ministry program that exposes them to relevant, real-world topics in an active, engaging way. Horizons is an innovative, comprehensive approach to religious education. Its foundation is teacher-led, creative learning strategies that give students ample opportunities for discussion, reflection--and fun! Designed for grades 9-12, Horizons utilizes a module system so that you can combine courses and topics to meet the specific needs of your parish. Seven core courses set the stage for discussing central and foundational themes. Then choose from a wide selection of age-appropriate minicourses to round out your curriculum and craft summer courses, retreats, and youth-group activities. The Youth Ministry Strategies component features more than 65 creative youth activities to complement the Horizons curriculum. And on top of all that, Horizons includes outstanding training resources. You'll be able to create the most engaging and relevant youth ministry program for senior high that is available anywhere.
Weaving a variety of activities into each Firelight session is easy when you have the right resources. And you don't have to be an expert in art, drama, or computers to do it effectively. These books provide great background for deeper learning and plenty of ideas.
Holy days and holidays, special times and ordinary time, the celebration of the church year adds spiritual meaning and depth to our lives as Christians. Around the Year in Children’s Church is a resource created to help children understand and celebrate the entire liturgical year from the first Sunday of Advent through Kingdomtide. Around the Year in Children’s Church is filled with fifty-two active, hands-on programs. Each featuring a simple Christian message related to the season of the church year or a particular holiday; a Bible verse; a story; a prayer; a time for sharing; a snack; and a musical activity, a craft, or a game. The programs are structured to last from thirty-five to forty minutes. An additional activity is included for those who want to extend Children’s Church to a full hour. Supplies and set-up are kept to a minimum, and the easy-to-use format makes it just right for today’s busy teacher.
"Women are basically flawed. They are despicable creatures, unable to think, easily swayed." A man who had mutilated and then killed his wife, spoke these words from an open jail cell during a television documentary. His wife's friends appealed to viewers to focus world attention on her death and the plight of others like her, for whom it might not be too late. My novel tries to answer that appeal. In The Honour Killings, Sara and her two friends have just graduated from high school. They look forward with high hopes to career or marriage, or perhaps both. But their families lock them up and force unwilling marital choices on them. Sara flees from her family and gets away with her life. Her two school friends are not so lucky. Tani is sliced up with a carving knife and left for dead. Her husband sets fire to Minoo, who dies in Sara's arms. With the help of good friends, Sara fights for her freedom as her family pursues her across a continent. She knows that only by her own survival can she secure justice and world recognition for her friends.
I have written this book out of my experience working in small to medium sized churches. I address the great challenges of finding, training, and keeping volunteers. There are some simple techniques that I learned to have happy and engaged volunteers who do not get burned out. I also spend time describing how you can run a successful children’s ministry with a minimum of people and yet not overburdening any of them. I talk about ways to combine functions so that you still cover all the age levels but in an efficient and effective manner.
Classic tales of fairies and princesses, ducklings and dancing shoes from the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. All the best-loved fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, including “The Ugly Duckling,” “Thumbelina,” “The Red Shoes,” “The Princess on the Pea,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” fill the pages of this beautiful leather-bound collector’s edition. Also included is “The Tallow Candle”—one of the earliest stories written by Andersen, just discovered recently! A great book of bedtime stories or for rainy day reading, as there are both short and long anecdotes included. The attached bookmark ribbon ensures you’ll never lose your place as you wander through the imagination of one of the most popular children’s writers of all time. Curl up with this collection of classics and lose yourself in childhood memories.
“It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!”—Hans Christian Andersen, “The Ugly Duckling.” Fairy tales are timeless treasures passed from generation to generation, and few are as beloved as those of Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. From the princess so sensitive she is discomforted by a single pea beneath a tower of mattresses to the unfortunate-looking duckling who matures into a stunning swan, these are the stories that stay with us long after we leave childhood behind. First published in 1835, Andersen’s tales continue to delight the modern audience. Now part of the Word Cloud Classics series, Hans Christian Andersen Tales is a chic and affordable collection of these wonderful stories, complete with classics like “Thumbelina” and “The Little Mermaid,” plus some wonderful lesser-known gems to discover anew.
Tammy Faye is known for many things, including her steadfast faith, the scandal that rocked a nation, and those now-infamous eyelashes. But above all, she is a survivor. No matter how often life tried to push her down, Tammy Faye always landed on her high heels. From her appearances on national shows such as Larry King Live and Today, to her guest spots on Hollywood Squares and the award-winning documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye, she has proven that she is here to stay. Tammy Faye’s journey has been a bumpy one—including divorce, cancer, addiction, and depression—but she has triumphed over it all, with her makeup intact. In this book, she candidly recounts the lessons she’s learned, surprising and delighting us with her unique insight on such topics as forgiveness, faith, and fashion. Chock-full of lists, quotes, makeup tips, and “Tammy Faye-isms,” I Will Survive . . . is a one-of-a-kind handbook for living a fabulous life.
Willie’s World is a collection of Christian puppet skits written to encourage young boys and girls to carry God’s Word in their hearts. By doing so, they will be better equipped to face those trials and temptations that will surely come their way. Each week Willie manages to find himself in one sort of dilemma or another. And, also each week, God’s Word comes to the rescue. Whether it be through Willie’s Grandpa, who shares with Willie the true meaning of helping others, or through the delightful Miss Pickles, who teaches her class the importance of always telling the truth. Week after week Willie learns (usually the hard way) that by applying the principles found in the Bible, a fella can spare himself a whole lot of trouble. Throughout these skits, children will be taught valuable lessons to help strengthen their faith and better prepare them for life’s long, and often difficult, journey. Lessons about trust, obedience, responsibility, forgiveness and honoring their mothers and fathers. Lessons about God’s love for them and lessons about how they can live lives that will be pleasing to Him. This can best be accomplished when making those life decisions in the light of His Word.
Effectively communicating with young people is vitally important -- we are constantly challenged to share the story of God's love in a way that really connects with them. Using puppets is an increasingly popular method for establishing a rapport with children and capturing their attention. Puppets are much more than just another gimmick -- because children (and adults, too ) carefully listen to and absorb the messages presented, they can be a very useful teaching tool. If you are interested in trying this captivating approach in your congregation, then Peter And The Children is just the resource for you. H. Burnham Kirkland has created 66 short pieces perfect for "children's time" in worship services or Sunday school classrooms. Employing witty dialogue between a presenter and a hand-held puppet named Peter, the frequently humorous and always instructive scenes can be used as written or to help generate ideas for your own presentations. Kirkland writes in a direct style that's easy for young people to understand, and makes the Christian faith relevant to their lives. Some of the presentations include: - Will Roast Pig Bring Us Luck? - A Direct Line To Jesus - I'm Allergic To That Word "School" - Weather Or Not - How Do You Catch The Christmas Spirit? H. Burnham Kirkland, during more than fifty years in the ministry, served as the pastor of eight local congregations and as a missionary in the Philippines, as well as district superintendent, conference program director, and treasurer of World Missions of the United Methodist Church. A graduate of the College of the City of New York and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Dr. Kirkland also holds honorary doctorates from Philippine Wesleyan University and DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana). This is his fifth CSS book. Now retired, Kirkland lives in Lakeland, Florida.