Effectively communicating with young people is vitally important -- we are constantly challenged to share the story of God's love in a way that really connects with them. Using puppets is an increasingly popular method for establishing a rapport with children and capturing their attention. Puppets are much more than just another gimmick -- because children (and adults, too ) carefully listen to and absorb the messages presented, they can be a very useful teaching tool.
If you are interested in trying this captivating approach in your congregation, then "Peter And The Children" is just the resource for you. H. Burnham Kirkland has created 66 short pieces perfect for "children's time" in worship services or Sunday school classrooms. Employing witty dialogue between a presenter and a hand-held puppet named Peter, the frequently humorous and always instructive scenes can be used as written or to help generate ideas for your own presentations. Kirkland writes in a direct style that's easy for young people to understand, and makes the Christian faith relevant to their lives.
Some of the presentations include:
- Will Roast Pig Bring Us Luck?
- A Direct Line To Jesus
- I'm Allergic To That Word "School"
- Weather Or Not
- How Do You Catch The Christmas Spirit?
H. Burnham Kirkland, during more than fifty years in the ministry, served as the pastor of eight local congregations and as a missionary in the Philippines, as well as district superintendent, conference program director, and treasurer of World Missions of the United Methodist Church. A graduate of the College of the City of New York and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Dr. Kirkland also holds honorary doctorates from Philippine Wesleyan University and DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana). This is his fifth CSS book. Now retired, Kirkland lives in Lakeland, Florida.