A Bit of Clowning around Is Allowed: Colourful Ministry Adds Playful Touch

By McSloy, Nancy | Anglican Journal, April 2006 | Go to article overview

A Bit of Clowning around Is Allowed: Colourful Ministry Adds Playful Touch


McSloy, Nancy, Anglican Journal


A cheerful beart is good medicine, but a crashed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22).

Clown ministry has a rich tradition in the church. In medieval times, services were in Latin, clowns were used to assist parishioners in understanding the service. In a "divine interruption," clowns used humour to explain what was going on or to explain a point of theology. Yes, clowns in church.

What is the purpose of clown ministry? A good clown is a funhouse mirror, a warped reflection of a person, trait or society. The purpose of ministry is serving your fellow human beings, and by doing so, serving Jesus Christ. We should be serving our brothers and sisters in the way that the Lord has called us to with whatever talents He has given us.

Combining the two words, then, clown ministry is serving our brethren (if brothers are brethren, are sisters cisterns?) through clowning. This might be in a church service, youth group, Sunday school, a church picnic or in outreach. In a "nut" shell, that is clown ministry--humbling ourselves to lift others up, which is the heart of a clown.

Clown ministry has had a rebirth--professional clowns are taking "a leap of faith" and teaching the Word of God through clown ministry. It started at my church, St. Mark's, a small parish in London, Ont. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

A Bit of Clowning around Is Allowed: Colourful Ministry Adds Playful Touch
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.