I must say, even though in a not too recent post, I grumbled a bit about some of the details of church life, church doesn't half give you the opportunity to have a lot of fun...
Over Christmas I got to dress up as a Christmas tree decoration who later turned out to be a lost part of the nativity scene and then on Christmas Day I was a rather cantankerous King Herod in a game show called 'Guess the REEEAAL King....'
Anyway...I grew up a fan of many make-believe puppets - Bagpus, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Roland Rat, The Muppets etc.
Each friday, I bring to life a 1 ft high church mouse called Nick for our church's under 5s and I absolutely love it.
For some reason there are few people in my church who want to share conversation with our ministry puppets. They would rather watch them than interact with them.
When we were at our 'All age planning meeting', last month, I felt a little guilty with my eager - 'pick me, pick me' - (I didn't quite say it like that, but you get the idea) thinking surely lots of other people must want to chat with Sam and Lucy - our church puppets in the Sunday Service for epiphany ... but no ...there was only me.
So, I know, you might think I'm a little mad... but I can't wait 'til Sunday, I get to fulfil one of my career ambitions which have always fluctuated between teaching, ministry and kids TV work with puppets - Iknow... a bit odd...but I can't help it.
My favourite clip of my favourite film Madame Doubtfire is the bit where s/he interacts with the puppets and the dinosaurs in her own show - totally fab.
I will be thinking about Mrs Doubtfire (just a little), however crazy that sounds, when I talk with Sam and Lucy about the epiphany on Sunday. Perhaps this will be the start of a beautiful friendship.