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Puppets, Passages & Projects 25 Ways to Tell Bible Stories

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Puppets, Passages & Projects
25 Ways to Tell Bible Stories

Recycle materials into 25 Scripture-based puppet projects

What do plastic bottles, paper bags, aluminum cans, cardboard egg cartons, and daily newspapers have in common? They are all throw-away objects, recyclable items, environmental concerns, and puppet materials. But what do these things have to do with Old Testament heroes and heroines, New Testament subjects and stories, and Christian themes and topics? That's what this book is about!

This resource encourages care and concern for God's creation by emphasizing the use of re-usable materials for puppetry projects. It contains 25 learning experiences designed to help people of all ages—but especially children—discover and develop ways to use the puppetry activities to learn Old Testament and New Testament scripture stories.

In addition to clear preparation and step-by-step directions for constructing the puppet, each chapter includes one idea on how to use the puppet to share the scripture story. The presentation ideas include scripts, songs, action stories, and other creative approaches.

The book is designed to be used by:

  • Children
  • Teachers in church school classes, as well as in public, private, and parochial settings.
  • Parents
  • Pastors, priests, and laypersons, especially for children's messages.
  • Leaders of children's clubs, day care centers, youth groups, and vacation Bible school programs.

Puppets, Passages & Projects: 25 Ways to Tell Bible Stories is intended to supplement existing curriculum. It may also be used for a special puppetry or storytelling emphasis. May all who use this book become responsible for God's world as they respond to God's Word!

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Format: eResource
Product code: PW116
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 72 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Phyllis Vos Wezeman


As a religious educator, PHYLLIS VOS WEZEMAN has served as Director of Christian Nurture at a downtown congregation in South Bend, Indiana; Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center of Michiana; and Program Coordinator for ecumenical as well as interfaith organizations in Indiana and Michigan.

In academics, Phyllis has been Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department at Indiana University South Bend and in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an "Honorary Professor" of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University of Pedagogical Art where she has taught methods courses for extended periods on several occasions. She has also been guest lecturer at the Shanghai Teachers College in China.

As founder of the not-for-profit Malawi Matters, Inc., she develops and directs HIV & AIDS Education programs with thousands of volunteers in 200 villages and more than 1,500 schools in Malawi, Africa including “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education,” “Culture & HIV-AIDS,” and “Equipping Women/ Empowering Girls.”

Author or co-author of over 2,000 articles and books, she has written for over 80 publishers.

Phyllis served as President of Active Learning Associates, Inc.; a consultant or board member to numerous local and national organizations such as the American Bible Society, Church World Service, LOGOS, and the Peace Child Foundation; leader of a six- week youth exchange program to Russia and Ukraine; and Project Director for four Lilley Worship Renewal grants. She is the recipient of three “Distinguished Alumni Awards," the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association, and the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE).

Wezeman holds undergraduate degrees in Business, Communications, and General Studies from various institutions and an MS in Education from Indiana University South Bend.

Phyllis and her husband Ken (who met when they were in second and third grade in elementary school) have three children and their spouses, Stephanie (Jeff), David, and Paul (Deha); five grandchildren, Quin, Ayle, Lief, Ashley, and Jacob; and two great-grandsons, Maddox and Troy.

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