Pickles Da Clown/Barbara Emery is a proud member of World Clown Association and is fully insured through Hampson Mowrer Kreitz Agency.
Are you looking to start a puppet ministry in your church or beefing up the one you already have? Barbara The Puppetlady will bring her thirty-plus years of puppetry skills to your church. She learned to create puppets from former Muppet builder, David Pannabecker and has been creating awesome puppets for sixteen years. Barbara has taught classes at the One Way Street Regional Puppet Festivals in Concord, NC and Arlington, VA to rave reviews. She has also taught a 2010 & 2011 summer camp in puppetry, balloon art and clowning for Westminster Catawba Christian School in Rock Hill, SC. Barbara has a relaxed, conversational, visual, comical teaching method. She makes you laugh while you learn. Contact Susan at One Way Street, Inc. (now known as Creative Ministry Solutions) events department, and Janice Delaney at Westminster Academy of the Arts, Rock Hill, SC for a reference.
This seminar is a three day event. On Friday night Barbara will teach puppetry basic & advanced techniques as well as script writing. On Saturday she will spend the first part of the day teaching your team how to be a "team", what music to use, improvisation, being a witness for Christ through puppetry, blacklight basics and more. By the end of this session...your team will have the basics to apply to their ministry. In the second half of the day...your team will be instructed on how to create their own puppets, which they will construct. On the third day, Sunday...Barbara will minister to your church family as Pickles Da Clown...Yes, Pickles will invade the pulpit...then your team will be able to finish the construction of their puppets and be ready to use them in their ministry.
See below a few of Barbara's custom creations.
The basic fee for the three-day weekend is $4000 for East Coast, $4500 for Mid-West, $5000 for Mountain, $6000 for West Coast and Canada for $8500. This includes the puppet building class, basic seminar and performance...includes puppet building kit and all curriculum for up to 12 participants (for construction class only). These fees do not include travel, meals, lodging and other related expenses. Lodging and meals can be provided by a host family. Call our office today for more information, (803) 412-1079.
I’m writing this letter to commend to you the high entertainment quality and evangelistic effectiveness of the ministry work of Barbara.
At our church, Goodwill Church (EPC) in Montgomery NY, Barbara ran a full-fledged puppet ministry as well as a clown ministry. I was never a fan of either ministry approach until I saw her work and the undeniable spiritual impact it had on people of all ages. The quality of her “Puppetlady” productions and her “Pickles Da Clown” work surprised and educated me as to how effective and powerful such ministries can be in terms of evangelism.
Barbara quickly gained a foothold in our church and other churches in our area as being a fun, reliable source of fresh shows and appearances which always added to whatever we were doing in any particular season. Since she is easy to work with and is superior with children, we also hired her to work in our nursery.
Though sorry to see her move to South Carolina, all of us here at her old church in New York are delighted that she has decided to take her two ministries to the next level. We know many will be blessed.
Rev. Dr. John L. Torres, Jr.
"I have recently enjoyed having Barbara (alias ‘Pickles Da Clown’) serving with us at Westminster as our Puppet Director and our favorite clown. Although we have had a fledgling puppet team for several years, this year (2009) has been outstanding due to Barbara’s unique ability to perform, lead and inspire our youth. Countless adults and children have indicated that they have never enjoyed the puppets as much as they have this year and they have enjoyed her presence at several functions as ‘Pickles’ too.
We recently enjoyed our annual Missions Festival where we always have a children’s entertainer. This year we invited ‘Pickles’ to co host by entertaining and leading the children in singing prior to each children’s session. She brought so much fun to each evening as she had the children up and moving while praising the Lord. There is no question that her gifts are fundamentally the tool through which Christ is presented and glorified. She is effortless to work with and fun to be around.
She also has the unique gift of being able to design and make puppets, props and costumes. She would be a great personality to use for seminars and workshops as well.
You really want to consider Barbara if you want a zany, knowledgeable puppetlady or clown. "In Christ Alone,
Olivia G. Williams
Former Director of Children's Ministries
Westminster Presbyterian Church
"Lately, I was remembering all the great ministry that you did at Goodwill Church, in NY, and wanted to thank you for it. The passion that you brought towards the creation of the Cornerstone Puppet Team was incredible. So many adults, teens and kids were drawn into making puppets, learning the skills and performing. I saw a transformation in many people who participated and watched, as their creative gifts were unleashed. You trained up a whole team of people to share the Gospel and make children laugh through puppets. It was an amazing ministry that had lasting effects on all who were involved in it! Who knew that puppets could change lives? Apparently you did! Thanks for bringing that to the church.
I also remember how impressed I was by your gifts in clowning. From the “birth” of Pickles Da Clown at Montgomery Day I knew that you had found a unique way to entertain and relate to people. Over the years I have seen you develop Pickles into a professionally hilarious clown and know that you will use her to brighten the lives of many people.
Keep doing what you are doing! May God bless you, your puppets and Pickles as you share love and bring light wherever you go."
Pastor Jordan Wong
Almaden Neighborhood Church
San Jose, CA
(Pastor Wong was Barbara's discipleship pastor when he was on staff at Goodwill EPC in Montgomery, NY)