The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Faith

June 28, 2013

Wuzzles, skunks and coneheads

Pastor's puppet ministry delivers message with fun

ELWOOD — Ralph and Elmer are an over-sized, goofy-looking pair. After all, one’s orange and the other’s blue, and their hair sticks straight up. They sound kind of silly when they talk to each other, too.

But they wouldn’t have a word to say if it wasn’t for Pastor Roger Gardner standing between them. That’s because Pastor Gardner is the puppeteer that makes the two characters come alive.

Gardner, who serves as senior pastor at East Main Street Christian Church in Elwood, has been puppeteering for decades. He’s found that puppets are a great way to get his message across.

“People love singing puppets,” said Gardner.

This year, Gardner celebrates 20 years of the puppet ministry known as “Praise Puppets” at the Elwood church.

“We do shows any time people want them,” said Gardner. “We do a lot in the community…. We’ve puppeted all over.”

Gardner’s puppet team involves youth from sixth through 12th grade who actually man the puppets. Gardner teaches and directs the team, which currently has 11 puppeteers.

“I enjoy it. It’s kind of a hobby. It gives me a lot,” said Gardner. “A lot of senior pastors don’t get a chance to work with kids.”

The kids rehearse during the school year, September through May, on Sunday afternoons just prior to youth group. Kids joining the Praise Puppets for the first time go through a three-week puppeteering boot camp right up front. There, they learn the basics.

“It’s a lot of fun but it’s also a lot of work. It’s not that easy to do it well,” said Gardner. The puppeteering pastor first learned the art himself when he was in high school. He later attended some workshops to learn to do it well.

Text Only
Faith
  • FEA hb0802 World Race 1 Called to serve Life right after college is a time of uncertainty and scrambling for a full-time job for a lot of recent graduates, but Holly Smith has known in her heart for a while what she was destined to do after commencement.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Davis, Verna mug Verna Davis: Peace is worth fighting for Some people say they know how to find peace. We should “simply” follow our hearts, search for meaning in our lives, and fulfill our dreams. Sad to say, those things may bring us a bit of satisfaction, but they certainly don’t bring us peace.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • JamFest set for Aug. 3 at Christ Lutheran Christ Lutheran Church, 2751 N. Scatterfield Road, will host JamFest from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.

    July 26, 2014

  • Verna Davis: Seek peace by turning from evil and doing good There's something we all want: peace. World peace. Family peace. Personal peace. We yearn for peace, a feeling of freedom from commotion and antagonism, of harmony in our relationships, of lack of strife or dissension. What would we do to have peace in our lives?

    July 25, 2014

  • Church News: July 26 The following are brief Church News items of local interest.

    July 25, 2014

  • NWS-HB0720-GivesBack-JC1.JPG Helping those in need

    Nine-year-old Skylar King was not a volunteer or even a member of Greater Light Church, which Saturday gave away free school supplies, clothing and food during its annual Greater Light Gives Back event. The boy had played games to win tokens, and then he used them to buy each binder, saying he was giving his prizes away because he wanted to help other people.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0719 - Pathfinders - 05 Anderson Pathfinders seek supplies to host Kenyan group Flashlights, toiletries, pillows and batteries are just some of the simple items the Anderson Pathfinders are trying to collect in the upcoming weeks.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News: July 19 A compilation of local church news as published in the Saturday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 18, 2014

  • Davis, Verna mug Verna Davis: Like pecan pie, words from our mouths should be sweet I know that today is only July 12 and we are four months away from Thanksgiving dinner. I know that it's hot and you might not want to heat your oven for an hour to bake a pie. Nevertheless, today, July 12, is National Pecan Pie Day.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News: July 12 The following are brief Church News items of local interest.

    July 11, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin