A big thank you to Durham Diocese for the funding we were awarded for our Praise Puppets. Without their generosity it would not have been made possible at this time. The Praise Puppet Team are overjoyed with their professional puppets. Our recent rehearsals have produced a lot of laughs.
Sunday 9th September was a special occasion at our church as seven members of our congregation were being baptised. It was also our first live performance and offered something completely different and refreshing for our congregation. In addition it offered an excellent opportunity for our non-Christian visitors to see a break from tradition, to see something both entertaining, engaging for people of all ages and to hear a modern secular tune with Christian Lyrics. Our rendition of ‘Everybody Praise Now’ proved a hoot and everyone is looking forward to our next performance. One of the surprising feedback comments was ‘It was really good, I didn’t expect it to be so professional’, a very high accolade. We are hoping at our next performance to do three songs from Sister Act.
Puppets are an excellent and versatile tool for evangelism in delivering a Christian message or topic in a fun and relevant way. The Puppets have an instant engagement factor with the audience and are very forgiving. There is freedom to make mistakes (even produce some extra laughs) as it does not detract from the performance. It also offers a great opportunity for others to take part in this ministry especially among the youth and those that might be difficult to reach. This is a ministry that engages people of all ages, requires only a couple of rehearsals and offers great results.