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Is it a dusk or a dawn?

When people write about puppets in ministry the article title will be a variation on this; “Puppets – why we use them”. 

When you write ‘why’ in the title of an article you are doing it for a couple of reasons – either explaining a brand new concept or method to an audience, OR explaining just why a certain idea is still relevant when it seems to be declining.

I love the muppets. But even in their franchise ‘reboot’ movie in 2011 they had to prove themselves that puppets could still be funny.

Spend your energy on the new dawning idea rather than the idea in the twilight of it’s life.

P.S. I cried from overwhelming waves of nostalgia about 14 separate times in the Muppet movie. I like my puppeteers like I like my parents – they were around for my childhood.

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I Like His Punchline

Ran into this little gem online.

It kinda sums up corners of the internet that claim a monopoly on truth.

There is barely a reason for me to comment on intrigue and controversy in the Church/ministry world being a #kidmin blog, but also because I have any personal relationship with those involved… put it this way, there is usually 50 reasons not to post and only a few reasons to write something. Those numbers need to reverse for that to be validated.

I present Emo Philips:

Emo Phillips

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Escaping from Church

I’m sure you have had kids in your Church who don’t really enjoy themselves from time to time, well it probably didn’t get this bad.

TurboDally posted this news report over the weekend about a seven year who hated church so much, he did just that, stealing his dad’s Dodge. Police were called when a witness saw the kid driving through a stop sign.

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Conversations in Kids Ministry

At this years Kidshaper conference myself and my partner in crime Funny Man Dan created a special moment to parody the conversations that might happen in the life of ministers to children.

It was a blast creating this moment with Dan and took a little time to rehearse, but it was totally worth it to bring something special to every single person serving the kids of their Church!

Thanks to Andy Kirk at Kids R Us who put this up on their YouTube account you can enjoy the fruits of our labour! I hope it blesses you, I think you will be surprised at the end 🙂

CONVERSATIONS IN KIDS MINISTRY

 

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Happy Birthday

This blog space is sacred.

I mean, I spend hours pouring over exactly the wording and content of every single post just to make sure I honour the platform and influence that this little corner of the internet has given me.

37 readers, plus my Mum is not to be sneezed at.

So to use this blog to say a big Happy Birthday to someone should be considered an honour of such magnitude that it would make grown men weep, ladies swoon at the knees and grandfathers pin the medals of their youth on this blog post in gratitude and awe.

Happy Birthday Funny Man Dan.

He turns a year older today (not unusual an occurrence obviously), a year wiser (slightly more unusual) and a kilogram heavier (one can only assume upon imagining the food he will be consuming).

But to be serious for a moment:

  • There is not a man on earth I would trust more to bring laughter to kids
  • There is no greater writing partner of  scripts that connect with kids
  • I have have seen no greater transformation from ‘crusty student bachelor man’ to responsible, loving husband/father
  • He’s a man that goes above and beyond to ensure everyone feels included
  • A man who’s revelation of Jesus guides everything he does
  • A husband who makes the special celebrations very special (leaving approximately 3 days in the year that are normal)
  • A father that puts the well being of his wife and kids (one still womb bound) a top priority
So in short you all wish you had a Funny Man Dan in your life but you will have to find your own.
Love and kisses Daniel!

 

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Baby Plank

For those of you who know what planking is, the following image will create great amounts of external laughter and much merriment. For those of you who don’t then probably move on before you get sucked into a void of internet nonsensry and start looking at pages like this, or this, or find out what it is here.

Thank you small baby child for making my day 🙂

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Zoicks

When will the Z become ironic?

In 1987 a revolution happened. The Church of the Nazarene in Wynona, South Dakota changed the name of its children’s ministry to “Nazarene Xtreme Kidz” (perhaps alluding to the “Z” in Nazarene), they were following the lead of multiple youth ministries since the early 80’s to use the “Z” in place of an “S”. This seemingly insignificant event sparked a worldwide naming phenomenon with thousands of churches jumping on the great ‘Z’ bandwagon.

South African preschool’s, English after school programs, Australian sunday schools were proudly displaying their relevance to the world. And it continues to this day with “Z” prominently displayed on many a logo and clipart noticeboard around the world.

But I am still waiting.

You see most everything from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s has come back again as a cultural force. Flares, Midriff tank tops, Hula Hoops, Yo-Yo’s, George Bush, Rubix Cubes — even Michael Jackson was experiencing a resurgence towards the end of his life.

We take cultural influences from our past, and in bouts of nostalgia… reinvent them. Look for Hannah Montana in 2032 to make a comeback, mark my words.

But in order for something to return, even ironically (like a 30 year old hipster wearing a Knight Rider tee-shirt), it needs to go away.

And that’s the problem… Z never went away. It hung around like an Uncle who lost his job and is living in your basement.

So I wait. Wait for a death so I can experience a resurrection. For until I can name a children’s ministry – “Miraclez Sunshinez Kidz Ministriez” — and everyone gets the joke, I shall have no part of it.

P.S. Yes, much of this post is parody.

P.P.S. Please don’t make me specify which part.

P.P.S. The “Z” sensation was only eclipsed in significance and impact by the inclusion of the famous Comic Sans font in the release of Windows ’95, igniting a firestorm of imagination and whimsy in paper signs on the doors of preschools the world over.