Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Reaching out with Bay Hills Community Church for Easter weekend

CMT Ministries had the opportunity to visit their new friends at Bay Hills Community Church in El Sobrante over the Easter weekend and what a weekend it was!

On Saturday Bay Hills hosted their annual Easter community outreach event, the Spring Fling, featuring jumpers, games, snacks and even a petting zoo! The CMT Ministry Team was invited to come and share their current program, "You Are Special," a 35-minute program featuring storytelling, audience participation, puppetry, blacklight, music, illusions and much more. The story closes with a powerful reminder of just how great God's love is for us and we encouraged families to remember the real reason we celebrate Easter.

On Sunday the team made the trek back to El Sobrante to teach the children how to make their own "sock buddy" puppets and techniques for puppet manipulation. The excited and eager children were a great fun to work with and their "out-of-the-box" creativity was inspiring.

Perhaps what was most powerful for the team was when we spoke with our host, Pastor Liinda Vannoy-Castillo, and thanked her for the opportunity. She spoke clearly to the team and reminded us to never forget that what we do has the potential to change lives, and who knew how many lives could have been changed over the weekend.

"What an awesome team, you ministered to my very soul. Kids came to know Jesus this weekend. Thank you for sharing your time & talents with us! We were blessed and next time, i'm snagging some of your worker's shoes-lol" - Pr. Linda

We are so grateful for the opportunity we had to spend Easter weekend reaching and teaching with the amazing Pr. Linda and the wonderful community at Bay Hills Community Church. They remain in our prayers as they diligently work to serve the little ones.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


June 10, 2012

The arts captured my interests at an early age and puppetry is probably my favorite medium. I remember being hooked when I was maybe 4 years old and I saw my mother and the children's ministries workers cutting, sewing and creating something that just caught my attention for some reason.

Once I joined my church's puppet team at 11 though, I truly immersed myself into puppetry and the creative arts. While I have learned much through personal experience, I have learned the most from others: those who I had the pleasure to watch perform, listen to lecture or even just interact with online.

This blog will focus on my thought processes, activities and experiences related to the creative arts group I direct, CMT Ministries. CMT stands for Create, Minister and Teach and I plan to include content relevant to equipping you in these areas so YOU can GO Create, Minister and Teach.

I can only hope that my work will help even just one person grow: be it in the creative ministries, their art form or as a creative thinker. It is a small token in comparison to the enormous wealth of knowledge others have so selflessly shared... still a drop of water raises the ocean. So, without further delay, let's go CMT!

- Gabriel
CMT Ministries Director