Some of our puppet friends

FEBC has an active puppet ministry with annual programs that are very well attended and greatly enjoyed by young and old. Starting with a core of custom built puppets by Dr. Gerry Snelson and costumer Norma Jean Johnson and several others, the collection has grown to include commercially manufactured puppets that allow us to stage bigger productions. Our scripts are original writing by Pastor David Sandvick and others who bring a zany humor to the stage that makes the little audience members giggle and the older ones guffaw. These light-hearted shows have the Christian message at heart and promote human kindness, understanding, and the value of all in God’s kingdom. The pre-Christmas season show features all sorts of music and involves everyone who has an interest in participating.

Our Christmas Eve service always includes beautiful live music and a narrated nativity dramatization with commentary by our resident bigger-than-life mice, including two, Luminos and Sparky, who always face some new challenge (and who help to frame the accompanying illustration). The nativity puppets are constructed from scrap lumber from the construction of the Education Building and Fellowship Hall. The puppet performance precedes the candlelight conclusion when cast and audience members fill the aisles and ring the periphery of the otherwise darkened sanctuary with their candles in one of the most touchingly beautiful moments of the holiday season. This special service is our highest attended of the year. You are cordially invited to join the puppetry team in any capacity in which you believe you can make a contribution.