The King’s Characters Puppet Team ministers using puppets to present dramatized stories and music with a biblical message. Each year two different programs are developed, each lasting approximately 20 to 30 minutes. During the spring semester (mid January to the end of April), the programs are presented in Sunday schools, church services, AWANA or other club programs, and Christian schools usually within a 1–2-hour travel distance from the college.
The programs are geared both in timing and content for audiences age 6 (first grade) and above, with the target audience being elementary school children, grades 1–6. Some younger children are capable of following the entire program, but most younger children become restless before the end of the program after the novelty of watching puppets wears off!
We have a limited number of dates for the King’s Characters to be scheduled, as all of the team members are full-time students at the college. Contact Tim Gonzales, Ministry Team Itinerary Coordinator, to schedule The King's Characters.
2013 Ministry Programs
Man of the House
The 2013 King’s Characters Puppet Team from Appalachian Bible College are a group of four (possibly 3) young men and women who are serving God this year using puppets. Our program “Man of the House” is told by Eric, an 11-year old whose father has been sent to Afghanistan with the military. Eric’s 7-year-old sister, Allie, is upset at his leaving and wants to find a way to make him come back home. When Eric’s father tells him he is the man of the house, Eric thinks that means he has to make sure there aren’t any problems. Allie chooses misbehaving as her way of getting her father to come home, and Eric frantically tries to cover up and take the blame for everything she does. He doesn’t realize he’s wrong to tell lies when he’s trying to protect someone else. A crabby next-door neighbor and a lazy cat bring it all to a point where Eric and Allie both see the wrong they’ve done. Being honest, even if it means someone else gets in trouble, is the central idea of this story, which is suitable for children from first through sixth grades. The program is about 20 minutes long.
“Secret Missionaries,” which is approximately 30-35 minutes in length, is set in an unnamed country where Christianity is illegal. Sasha, a young girl in this country, has learned about Jesus from some “secret” missionaries who have come from America. Sasha tries to explain this to her friend Pietra, who is horrified that Sasha is breaking the laws of their country. But Pietra is curious and wants to find out more, but her actions cause the military government to capture the Americans and the Christians. Pietra feels terrible and goes to listen at the prison, where she learns more and accepts Jesus as her Savior. Pietra’s older brother, Cree, however, desires the punishment and eradication of Christianity from their city, so Pietra must become a “secret missionary” as well in winning others to Christ. This program is suited of elementary age children (first through sixth grades) and for whole churches.
During This Spring Semester, February thru April, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
6 PM Flat Branch Baptist Church, Arnett, WV
Sunday, February 17, 2013
2 PM - Harvest Baptist Church, Blacksburg, WV
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
1 PM - Rainelle Christian Academy, Rainelle, WV
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
6 PM - Campbell Memorial Baptist Church, Smythers, WV
Friday, March 15, 2013
8:30 AM- Greater Beckley Christian School, Beckley, WV
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
6 PM - Mt Tabor Baptist Church, Beckley, WV
Sunday, March 24, 2013
11 AM - First Baptist Church, Rainelle WV
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
6 PM - Fellowship Bible Church, Skelton, WV
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
6:30 PM - Red House Brethren Independent CHurch, Red House, WV
Sunday, April 14, 2013
11 AM - Grace Community Church, Lanark WV
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6 PM - Available for your Church, in WV
Sunday, April 21, 2013
10:30 AM- Silver Creek Church , Crum, WV