Easter Workshop 1980
1) The act of communicating.
2) The imparting, conveying, or exchanging of ideas, knowledge etc.
The act of giving information
That has the quality, or habit of communicating; ready to communicate information etc., open, talkative.
Out of the same word comes COMMUNION
Fellowship: Body with common faith: Sharing
In this world today, how can we communicate with the people?
Spoken Word – Written Word – Picture – Actions
We can all speak. Books Sketch board Our Life
Tapes Letters Flannel- graphs Plays
Records Films Mime
Radio TV Dance
Singing, Music Ventriloquism
(Eph 5.19) Puppetry
We can only communicate with non Christians effectively, if we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. We need to be empowered as Peter was, on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
The Sketch board
Man has 5 senses with which he can understand the world around him. Learning ability through these senses equals- Smell 3%, Taste 3%, Touch 6%, Hearing 13%, Sight 75%.
“and the Lord said to me, write the vision, engrave it so plainly upon tablets, that everyone who passes, may be able to read it.” (Easily, and quickly, as he hastens by) Heb 2 (2)
1) Have a source- The Lord. Prov. 25 (11)
2) Should be recorded- Write in a book.
3) Should be impresses deeply – Learn.
4) Should be made plain – 3 Bs Big, Bold, Bright.
5) Should have good equipment – Paper, newsprint, powder, paint, ½” brushes.
6) Should be seen by everyone – Clear.
METHODS OF OPEN AIR PREACHING AND EVANGELISM
3 basic principles that govern out open air outreach:
1. A concern to win people for Christ
2. To reach people where they are.
3. To present the message in such a way, that people’s interest will be aroused, and they will clearly understand the message.
Paul’s motivation:- 1 Cor. 9: 19-23.
John Wesley:- door ways, barns, market places, market crosses, hills, workshops, forges, malt room, common market, butter market, Custom Houses, library, school and universities.
Where can we present Christ today?
1. Market precincts, streets, sea front etc.
Find places where people pass, with wide pavements, or where people go to get from
place to place etc. near shops, pubs, clubs, etc.
Use van or sketch board or straight preaching with team.
2. Factory and site canteens.
Outside factories, during lunch hour, or personal work.
For site canteens, get permission from the site foreman.
Use newspapers – object lessons etc.
Don’t outstay your welcome.
Outside where they congregate. Outdoor C.C. (Christian Union)
4. Teens at night.
Street corner gangs.
5. Children open airs.
Playgrounds, parks, housing estates etc.
6. Christian Films
You will need power supply or else generator, or inverter.
Rear projection, or straight forward projection on streets.
Camping and caravan sites.
7. Black light
8. Christian Conjuring.
9. Christian Festivals and Witness.
10. Shows, Galas, Racing etc.
(Open air campaigners)
THE GOLDEN RULE. VENTRILOQUISM IS ONLY AN AID, NOT A SUBSTITUTE TO A POORLY PREPARED MESSAGE WHICH HAS NO PRAYER BACKING.
Introduction to Ventriloquism
Latin: Venter = belly. Loqui = speak.
Ventriloquism is an illusion.
Four points that create this illusion:
1) The focal point.
2) A different voice.
3) Lack of lip movement.
4) Your acceptance of the situation.
(treat the doll as a real person)
Once the illusion has been created, it is important not to spoil the effect by:
a) Taking the head off dummy.
b) Allowing children to play with it.
c) Referring to the figure as a doll.
REMEMBER The children are not stupid. They know it’s not real. However, we all like living in the world of make believe e.g. cartoons, Flintstones, Mickey Mouse, Wombles, Peanuts etc., keep the illusion, and present the Eternal Gospel through it.
IN OPEN AIR WORK
It is an ideal means of attraction. Once the crowd has been attracted, and their interest aroused, then the door is open for the Gospel to go in.
The art of speaking without moving the lips.
a) Breath control.
c) Articulated organs.
4) Hard palate.
5) Soft palate.
It is important that two articulative organs come into contact to form a sound or words, e.g.
F or V are made by the upper teeth coming into contact with the lower lip.
On all good vowel work, the tongue must be flat A E I O U. E.g. Good, Roof, Foot, Soot, Soul, Roll
Note how the tongue raises on the consonants D, T, L
TRICK R Tongue raised to begin with, then must remain flat as in vowel work e.g. FIRE, DRAW, IT.
LABIALS B, M, W, PRO.
To overcome these difficult letters, extra breath is needed, and the back of the tongue, must come into contact with the soft palate (substitutes the position of the lips)
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT is the only way to overcome lip movement e.g. PETER, MONEY
Turning Ventriloquism into the Service of the Master
Ways of using vent dolls in Christian works:
c) Homely lessons
d) Teaching Christian Principles
e) Bible reading
IMPORTANT: Prepare your message, and then see how you can illustrate it.
“By every possible means, that I might win some to God.” (Paul)
“Ventriloquism from A-Z” by Douglas Craggs £1.40- obtainable from L. Davenport
& Co, 51 Great Russell Street, London WC1
“Teaching the Families” edited by Michael Botting, (includes some Gospel dialogues
from Christian Bookshop. Paperback £1.00
INFORMATION AND PUPPETS AVAILABLE FROM:
MR. JOHN LINTON
10, NORMANDY AVE.,
TEL. 01 -440 -3860
(Open air campaigners)
One never becomes too old to enjoy conjuring. It arouses curiosity in both young and
old. NO ONE should use conjuring in the pulpit or anywhere else until he has thoroughly
mastered its principles and techniques. ALL our illustrative means should be aimed at
bringing glory to Christ, and conjuring poorly done, cannot do this. Break the illusion
and the result is ridicule.
WARNING If you learn for The Lord, as well as the souls of those listening, and your
respect for the act of conjuring does not permit you to spend hours in initial preparation,
do not attempt to do it at all….conjuring is not a spring board from which to launch
material that is not wedded to it….conjuring is not simply an attention getter (though it
will get attention) but a window to transmit light to the mind of the listeners.
The 10 Thou Shalls of presenting the Christian Message through conjuring:
1) Always radiate an atmosphere of enjoyment
2) Never convey that you have some kind of supernatural power
3) Keep a relaxed and natural voice and attitude
4) Always maintain an attitude of reverence at a religious service
5) Keep your equipment plain and simple, not too elaborate
6) Audience participation can often break reserve
7) Try to avoid “sucker” ending effects when presenting spiritual truths
8) Never reveal the secret of a trick
9) Never let your equipment to lie around for children to handle or examine
10) When presenting spiritual truth, always conclude with the spiritual truth, the effect
must always take second place
Puppets in open air work.
THE GOLDEN RULE: THE PUPPET/S USED AN AID NOT A SUBSTITUTE TO A POORLY PREPARED MESSAGE WHICH HAS NO PRAYER BACKING.
TYPES OF PUPPETS Finger (Primary Children)
Paper bag or sack
Hand (bucket can make a fine stage)
Stick or rod
Marionettes or string
Ways of using puppets to portray the Gospel.
Hand puppet Disobedience
Missionary stories (Scripture Press)
Jungle Doctor Fables
Recommended Book: “You can be a Puppeteer” by Carolyn London 85p (Moody Press)
Obtainable from CLC or any Christian Bookshop
All types of animals, e.g. dog, monkey, worm, rabbit etc.
Pelham range Movements – arm and bottom jaw
Standard: eyes, and bottom lip
Extras; upper lip, blinking eye lashes