Balloons for Jesus

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balloon sculptureBalloon Sculpture
Ideas, illustrations and instructions for use in children’s ministries
Watts
1986

This isn’t your average balloon sculpture book. This book is all about using balloons in children’s ministry. My first thought was about making a balloon crucifix. That just seems wrong. Thankfully, there were no such sculptures, just basic animals and other objects. Even with some scripture suggestions, I wasn’t seeing the whole balloons/Jesus relationship.

I am underwhelmed on the sculptures. They seem to be virtually the same and I think the suggested scripture is sometimes a reach. This book isn’t necessarily a weeder for certain collections. Your mileage may vary depending on your audience. Based on the title, balloon artists would be disappointed at the scope and Christian educators would find the book lacking serious education objectives and direction.

Mary

back cover definitions

6 comments

  1. I suppose the intent is to keep the audience interested in what you are saying by providing something visual, which is the same as using puppets. felt boards, picture books, or (horrors!) clowns. That being said, as someone who has been involved in children’s ministry in various forms, I have no desire to learn how to stretch balloons to create a wiener dog, which is about the only thing I’ve ever seen created with balloons. And don’t they require a special type of balloon too? They also make a lot of noise as you’re manipulating them. I’ll stick to my popsicle stick crosses and tissue paper stained glass windows, and will leave the balloon sculptures to the clown buskers at the local fair.

  2. I’ve seen a balloon crucifix complete with balloon Jesus on the cross. I’m not religious and always think Jesus on the cross is kind of weird, if I’m being honest, but I thought the balloon version was weird too. This was at a wake, and a family member of the deceased had made it.

    1. You would need a second coffin because I’m pretty sure I would die if I saw balloon Jesus at a funeral.
      The funniest things I saw (at the same funeral, by the way) were a tramp stamp and an old lady Halloween sweater withs ghosts and witches. My dad and I were snickering like schoolgirls and those sweaters are forever called “funeral sweaters”.

      1. Say, I have a sweater like that. I wear it on Hallowe’en to scare the trick-or-treaters. With a witch hat.

  3. I was starting to move on and caught the term “Clown Ministry” on the definitions page. What the Hey? What unholy mash-up is that? I share Mary’s clown phobia and now I picture roving groups of prostilytizing clowns.

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