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Puppet caravan adds extra life, message to Greensboro church’s Children’s Daycomment (0)

July 13, 2006

By Lindsay Morrison

I’ll get a crown when the King comes around, I’ll get a crown …”

These words, accompanied by “surfer” music, engulfed audience members at Greensboro Baptist Church June 25 as they watched three neon-colored puppets imitate The Beach Boys’ song “I Get Around” by singing “I’ll Get a Crown.”

With its guitar-playing puppets, The Good News Caravan Puppet Ministry, out of the Tuscaloosa area, helped the Hale Baptist Association church celebrate its annual Children’s Day.

Greensboro Baptist Children’s Director Vickie King said the church celebrates the children’s promotion to the next grade each year with some type of fun event like the puppet show. The celebration serves as a sending off for the students who just completed the sixth grade and will move on to the youth group, she said.

King told parents the leaders enjoy working with the children at Greensboro Baptist. The children’s workers “enjoy sharing the Word of God with them,” she said.

The puppet show afforded children’s workers, children and parents the opportunity to experience God’s Word in a creative and fun way, together.

The puppeteers, led by Mary Garner, a member of Old Salem Baptist Church, Cottondale, performed several musical selections each addressing a biblical truth, whether the puppets were farm animals or members of a gospel choir.

“We try to do a variety,” Garner said.

The puppets the group used resembled little girls and boys, animals and even The Beach Boys.

Garner said she loves the children and enjoys hearing them respond to the puppets.

The Greensboro Baptist children especially enjoyed the song “Don’t be a Chicken, be Bold.”

While the puppeteers prepared for the next musical piece, changing puppets and backdrops, Kimberli Fondren spoke with the children about God.

“There is nothing you can do to make God love you any less,” she said.

Fondren told the children that God wants to spend time with them and encouraged them to ask their parents to sit down and read the Bible with them.

She also taught them about prayer.

“That is the best privilege that we have, after we become Christians, is to pray to a God who loves us,” Fondren said.

Sixth-graders Rebecca King and Hannah Hollingsworth enjoyed their final experience in the children’s department.

Both said they thought the puppet program was good. “I liked the music,” Rebecca King said. “I thought they (the puppets) were funny.” 

Hollingsworth said she learned from the puppets “that Jesus is always with you.”

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