Thursday, July 3, 2008

Uncle Maurice - Children's Christian Entertainer

Uncle Maurice and "George"

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Ministry Update.

Recently a number of local newspapers in the Auckland region published an article about my ministry entitled "From Scientist to Children's Entertainer." This article, which is reproduced below, resulted in my receiving a large number of new bookings for a variety of events. However, the main focus of my ministry remains the advancement of God's Kingdom through "Teaching Bible truths to children in a fun filled way."

Please contact me if you think I can assist your Church or Christian organisation in any way. Maurice Sweetsur Tel. 09 5572728. Email :-

From Scientist to Children's Entertainer.

Dr Maurice Sweetsur spent almost 30 years working as a Research Chemist at a Scottish Dairy Research Institute. Today, he travels throughout the Auckland region entertaining children with his fast moving shows.

In 1993 Dr Sweetsur took early retirement from his work as a Scientist, emigrated to Auckland, and began gradually entertaining groups of children to fill in his spare time. Under the name "Uncle Maurice" Dr Sweetsur has, in the last twenty years, developed many 'fun' Children's programmes, using a variety of techniques such as Ventriloquism, 'Magic' tricks, balloon modelling, puppetry and stories.

Although Uncle Maurice does entertain at a few birthday parties, he is more often found at such places as School Assemblies, Kids clubs, Sunday schools, Holiday programmes, Children's camps and Uniformed groups such as Boys Brigades and Girls Brigades.

Uncle Maurice presently resides in Papakura, and teaches regular, weekly, Religious education classes at ten primary schools.These classes are designed to teach children values and help them make good life choices. Maurice has also taken special "Assembly" type programmes at over a hundred other schools throughout the Auckland region.

Dr Sweetsur says that although he enjoyed his career as a Research chemist, it gives him far more satisfaction to be able to make a child laugh or smile at one of his jokes or tricks. As he doesn't charge for his presentations, to make a child happy, he says, is his reward.

When asked which of his numerous magic tricks get the greatest response, Maurice says "The most baffling one is when I draw a face on a white board and then walk away from it. Suddenly the face "comes alive" and begins to talk! "Pinocchio's nose" also causes amazement. A tiny 5 inch stick is suddenly transformed into a long 5 foot pole if one of the children should tell a 'little lie'. We have a lot of fun with that trick, but probably the most popular illusion is when a jar of sugar is instantly transformed into lollies. However the popularity of this one may have something to do with the fact that the lollies are distributed to the children afterwards!"

Maurice says that he has many wonderful memories of entertaining children over the last seventeen years, and he is planning to continue for some time yet, but that things do not always go exactly according to plan. He recalls that once a book he was showing the children at one South Auckland school suddenly burst into flames (which was expected), but then the heat from the flames set off a smoke alarm (which was not expected). This resulted in the school being evacuated and the Fire Brigade called out. However Maurice says he was forgiven for this and has in fact been invited back to that school a number of times since.

"Uncle Maurice" says that he is prepared to do a free show for any group in the Auckland area, large or small, and can be contacted at 09 5572728 or by email at

More information about his programmes may be found on his web site at

Uncle Maurice in action.

Story time with Uncle Maurice

Uncle Maurice and "Shaun the sheep"

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"Teaching Bible truths to children in a fun-filled way."

*Gospel Illusions
*Balloon Modelling
*Fun Stories

Primary school assemblies - Sunday schools - Kids clubs - Family services - Holiday programmes - Uniformed organisations - Birthday parties - Church camps, dinners, outreaches and picnics.

(No charge made within the Auckland area to Christian groups)

Uncle Maurice has ministered to over six thousand groups during his sixteen years in New Zealand. He has also worked in association with Churches Education Commission, Christian youth camps, Open air campaigners, Scripture union, Sunday school union and Kidsreach.

Other Ministries.

1. An exciting, free, 6 part Discipleship programme for your Sunday school or Holiday club. This is designed to teach in a 'fun' way the importance of perseverance, prayer, the Church, the Bible, sin and forgiveness , and love. (These programmes are designed to fit into either six 30 - minute slots, or three 1 - hour slots).

2. Three training programmes are offered for your Children's workers : A - Exciting object lessons. B - How to do illusions. C - Fun storytelling and balloon modelling.

3. Web Sites (Free Resources for Children's ministers):-

All teaching material (All published Newsletters) -

Object lessons and Illusions -

Bible lessons and Teaching tips -

Stories, skits and puppet plays -

Bible answers for kids -

To access all my material on major teaching themes, check out the 'Special Blog' sites below :-

1. Creation.

9. Teaching Memory verses.

11. Object Lessons (using natural laws).

12. Lessons involving balloons.

13. Lessons involving fire.

Kidzone (Children's site. Stories, how to perform illusions, question answered, laugh break, quizzes etc.) -

Kidzone - Archives (All previous Kidzone postings) -

Maurice Sweetsur

Telephone - 09 5572728 Email -

Who is Maurice Sweetsur? - A brief testimony.

 I was born and brought up in Stoke-on Trent in England, but spent all my working life as a Research Chemist in Ayr, Scotland. I hold a PhD degree in Food Science from Strathclyde University (Glasgow), and am the author or co-author of over 60 scientific papers.

For most of my life I was an atheist, but then in 1980 I had a dramatic personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and was gloriously saved. I have been endeavouring to follow Him since. I fellowshipped at an A.O.G. church in Prestwick, Ayrshire, where my Christian interests included leading a children's group (Crusaders), personal evangelism, and writing articles on Evangelism, The authority of the Bible and Creation for three national Christian outreach newspapers ("Challenge", "New Life", and "The Challenger").

 In 1993 I took early retirement from my job in Ayr and emigrated with my wife Margo and son Paul to New Zealand. I now fellowship at Harvest Christian church in Papakura, Auckland. On arriving in New Zealand I was amazed and thrilled to discover that "lay" Christians are allowed to teach Bible lessons (usually 30 minutes per week) in many State Primary schools. I now spend most of my weekdays preparing for and taking these classes, averaging about 12 per week in schools throughout the South Auckland area.

In 1998 I began to develop "fun-filled" special lessons for children using ventriloquism, Gospel illusions, puppets, balloon modelling and 'fun' stories. Under the name "Uncle Maurice", I now take these lessons to various groups throughout Auckland and beyond, e.g. Sunday schools, Family services, Kids clubs, Holiday programmes, School 'break-up' Assemblies, Uniform organisations, Church camps etc.

As I have a private pension from Britain, I am able to offer these lessons free of charge to groups in the Auckland area. More recently, I have also been offering four training workshops on Object lessons, Illusions, Storytelling and Balloon modelling. I am committed to reaching and discipling children for Christ, and to help equip Children's workers for their ministry.

Please feel free to contact me if you think that I could assist your (or your church's) ministry in any way.

Maurice Sweetsur

Uncle Maurice has taken programmes at the following churches :-


Connections church, Whangaperoa.
Equippers, Auckland
Generations church, Hamilton
Generations church, Takapuna
Life Equip, Thames
Pukekohe Community church


All Souls, Clevedon.
Christ Church, Ellerslie.
Good Shepherd, Massey.
Holy Trinity, Devenport.
St. Aidans, Remuera.
St. Chads, Meadowbank,
St. Mary by the sea, Torbay.
St. Peter's, Pakuranga.
St. Peter's Takapuna.
St. Philip's, St. Heliers.
St. Stevens, Whangaparaoa


Assemblies of God.

Albany City Church
Glen Innes P.I.C.
Grace Assembly, Birkenhead
Grace International church, Glen Innes
Harvest Christian Church, Papakura
Harvest Christian Church, Pukekohe
Indian C.L.C., Papatoetoe
Lincoln C.L.C., Henderson
Mangere Samoan
Mission India, Pt. Chevelier
Victory christian fellowship, Kelston


Blockhouse Bay
Emmanuel Community, Penrose
Glen Eden
Hillside Community church
Long Bay
Manurewa Chinese
Mount Albert
Royal Oak. Sunnynook
Swanson Community
Te Atatu
Windsor Park, Mairangi Bay


Bethany Bible Chapel, Massey
Birkdale Bible Chapel
Eden C.C.
Lynfield C.C.
Manurewa Bible Chapel
Manurewa C.C.
Ngarie Av.
Northcross C.C.
Papatoetoe Bible Chapel
Papatoetoe C.C.
Papatoetoe Samoan Pukekohe C.C.
Rosgrove Chapel, Mt. Albert
Thames Gospel Chapel
Tuvalu Brethren, Ranui


Forrest Hills

Life Churches.


First Presbyterian Church, Papakura
Forrest Hill
Greyfriars, Mt. Eden
Kawakawa Bay Community Church
Mahurangi, Warkworth
Mount Albert
Papakura East
St. Aidans, Conifer Grove
St. Andrews, Manurewa
St. Andrews, Otahuhu
St. Andrews, Waiuku
St. Columba, Botany Downs
St. Cuthberts, Browns Bay
St. Heliers

Salvation Army.

Browns Bay

Wesleyan Methodist.

Cession Community, Pakuranga
C.O.M.E., Manukau
East City, Pakuranga


Hellensville Community church
Auckland International Avondale
Reformed Becon Baptist, Papakura
Christian and Missionary Alliance
Christian Covenant Centre,
Papatoetoe Cornerstone
Celebration Centre, Beachaven
Devenport Christian Family Church
Faith City, Manukau
Howick Community church
Liberty, Avondale
Life City, Glenfield
Life Connection, Ponsonby
Mairangi Bay Community church
Mercy Gates Christian centre
New Hope Community church, Dannemora
Oasis, Ngatea
Pakuranga Christian Fellowship
Red Beach Fellowship
Reformed Church, Bucklands Beach
Shalom celebration centre,Henderson
Southgate Christian Centre, Papakura
Shore Christian Community Church, Albany
The Gate, Papakura
The Life church, Penrose
Waikowhai Community Trust
West City Christian Church
West Harbour Missionary Alliance

Other Denominations.

Avondale Union
Epsom Methodists
International Christian Centre, Pakuranga
New Life Reachout centre, Papakura
Harbour Vineyard, Takapuna
Howick Congregational
West Vineyard, Henderson
New Lynn, Nazarene
Takanini, Nazarene
Crossroads Methodists, Papakura
Church by the Seashore, Methodists, Clarks Beach
Three Kings Congregational
St. Austells Congregational, New Lynn
Papatoetoe S.D.A.
Covenant Presbyterian, Manurewa
Trinity Presbyterian, Takanini
Redeemer Trinity Presbyterian, Flat Bush
St. Thomas, Marthoma church
Samoan New Life, Ranui.
Holmstead Community, Pt. Chevalier.
Rosebank Peninsula.

What they are saying.


"Thankyou so much for coming to Forrest Hill to give such a wonderful presentation to our children.
Everyone enjoyed your show and we have had wonderful comments regarding the whole evening."
Leigh Clark, Forrest Hill Presbyterian church.
"I've talked to parents who's kids couldn't stop talking about your visit....especially the Bible that was on fire!!"
Karen Fountain, Children and Families' Pastor, Mt. Albert Baptist church.

"It was a delight watching the expressions and rapt attention of both children and adults."
Ann Marshall, Internationals ministries Pastor, Blockhouse Bay Baptist church.

"You are such a gem, and the children in "Heartbeat" here at Liberty Christian church have not only enjoyed hanging out with you, but have also benefited hugely from your awesome ministry to them."

Helen Ridler. Children's Ministry Team Leader.

"Everyone really enjoyed your programme. You had them all in fits of laughter. It was great to see the children paying so much attention to your story. I do hope they remember it." Linda Duxfield, Jumpstart Supervisor, Northcross Community Church.

"Thanx again … really giggled and had a great time today and the kids REALLY enjoyed it. Your programmes are definitely going up levels in effectiveness, relevance and content. Well Done!"
Glen Cleary, Children's Pastor,
Titirangi Baptist church.

"I would like to say a big thank you for the wonderful presentations that you gave to our children over the two Sundays of the last school holidays. I was impressed with your material and presentation. It was neat to see the children responding so well to you and what you had to give them. We are so fortunate to have people like yourself who have been blessed with such creative gifts and give them so willingly to grow God's kingdom."

Rosa McLean, Co-ordinator for Oasis Superkids, Shore Community Christian church.

"Thank you so much for your entertaining and inspiring presentation at our service last Sunday. Everyone I have spoken to, both children and adults, thoroughly enjoyed it and are full of praise for the content and your expertise. Thank you for adding so much to the effectiveness of our special service." -- Red Beach.

"Thank you for your ministry to the children at our church. You gave them a delightful programme full of variety, interest, and great Biblical content -------- The children still talk of your visit, and remember the lessons you taught." – West Auckland.

"We were really amazed at your items. You have a wonderful gifting in entertainment, and it is good to see it being used for the Lord’s work. We hope to have you back again in the near future." – VJ Patel. Pastor, Indian Christian Centre, Point Chevalier.

"Our school holiday project benefited immensely from your experience, expertise, and sheer fun that you make out of the Bible stories. You are by far the best in your field and the adults and children alike enjoy the stories and puppetry that you do."
Rev. Colin Neal, Clevedon Anglican Parish.

"Hi Maurice, many thanks for today, it was great and the feedback from mum's & dad's and the kids was very positive. We had over 80 people and at least 55 of those were kids, probably 45 of whom we had not seen regularly before, so we are hoping there will a good spin off for a future ongoing children's work at the Church. So THANKS for your help in giving us a 'kick start'. " Pastor Ray White, Manukau Apostolic church.

"Just wanted to say thank you so much for Sunday. Our kids had such a great time, you were a real hit! I especially loved the Joe-Joe story, very pertinent for my kids." Shona Hamilton, Children's Pastor, Life (South).

"Thank you so much for the wonderful entertainment you provided on Sunday! We all thoroughly enjoyed the tricks, puppets and stories. It was great to see you involve the kids as well, and to hear all the different links to Biblical truths and stories. I will certainly invite Uncle Maurice around again! Thank you so much!!!" - Northshore.

"I can't even begin to imagine how many lives you have changed because of your message, love and object lessons." - Andie Bennett, Children's Pastor, Auckland Christian City Church.

"I would like to thank you sincerely for your programmes at Windsor Park Baptist Church yesterday. We were delighted as the children were too! They are still talking and asking how you did the tricks!! Thank you once again for your willing heart and wonderful message to the children. I know that they will remember the story about opening their Bibles." - Susie Johnston, Children's Pastor.

Uncle Maurice has presented programmes at the following school Assemblies :

North Shore.

Browns Bay, Dairy Flat, Glamorgan, Greenhithe, Kauri Park, Marangai Bay, Northcote, Orewa North, Riverhead, Sherwood, Torbay, Waioneke, Warkworth.

Auckland - Central.

Cornwall Park, Epsom Normal, Glenavon, Glendowie, Glen Taylor, Halsey Drive, Hebron Christian college, Hillsborough, May Rd., New Windsor, Royal Oak, Victoria Av., Waikowhai,


Birdwood, Henderson, Henderson North, Henderson South, Henderson Valley, Hobsonville, Kauri Park, Lincoln Heights, Marina View, Royal Road, Titirangi, Waitakere, Western Heights, West Harbour. Whenuapai.

Pakuranga - Howick.

Beachlands, Bucklands Beach, Cockle Bay, Elm Park, Mellons Bay, Owairoa, Riverhills, Sunnyhills, Tyndale Park, Willowbank.

South East.

Bailey Road, East Tamaki, Fairburn, Favona, Flatbush, Jean Batton, Mayfield, Panama Road, Panmure Bridge, Sylvia Park, Yendarra.


Clayton Park, Everglade, Finlayson Park, Hillpark, Leabank, Manurewa Central, Randwick Park, Weymouth.


Ararimu, Brookby, Clevedon, Conifer Grove, Cosgrove, Hunua, Karaka, Orere Point, Papakura Normal, Papakura South, Paparimu, Ramarama, Takanini, Te Hihi.


Akaaka, Awhitu, Buckland, Harrisville, Hill, Mauku, Onewhero, Paerata, Patamahoe, Pollock, Pukekawa, Te Kohanga, Tuakau, Waiuku.


Ohinewai, Waeranga, Waiterimu.


Aorangi, Glenholme, Kawaha Point, Malfroy, Mamaku, Ngongotaha, Sunset, Westbrook, Western Heights.

What they are saying .


"Thank you for your passion to reach children with the story of Jesus. We thank God for your creativity, gifts of entertaining and communicating." - West Auckland "Your visit was a real delight both for us and for the children." – Rotorua.

"Thank you so much for using your wonderful talents to entertain the children." – Rodney district.

"Our sincere thanks for making our end-of-year Assembly so memorable and special." – East Auckland.

"Thank you for your wonderful contribution to our R.E. Assemblies. It goes without saying that the children thoroughly enjoyed your performances. I have also had nothing but positive feedback from the R.E. teachers in attendance. We do hope that you will be able to return to the schools in future years." – East Auckland.

"The children loved you so much the first time, they wanted you back again. Your message is spot on." – Franklin district.

"The children were obviously very impressed. There was also very positive feedback from some of the school staff." – Rodney district.

"Thank you for taking such an exciting program for us. I know the children really enjoyed everything you did, and will remember the messages associated with each part of your program." -- Epsom.

"You made our end of year Assembly so memorable and special." - Howick.

"The most lively show in Auckland - - - - - - making Jesus real and fun." - Henderson.

"We have had other Presenters at our Christmas Assemblies, but they usually just entertain the children. You really relate to them." - Northshore.

Thank you for taking our "Bible in schools" Assembly at Manurewa Central school for the second time this year. Your programme was great. Jill Hall, Chairperson, Churches Education Commission, Auckland.

Uncle Maurice has taken regular (weekly) Bible lessons at the following schools :

Bombay, Brookby, Buckland, Clendon Park, Clevedon, Conifer Grove, Cosgrove, Drury, Edmund Hillary, Everglade, Hill Park, Karaka, Kelvin Rd., Manurewa Central, Opaheke, Paerata, Papakura Central, Papakura Normal, Papakura South, Papatoetoe Central, Park Estate, Puhinui, Pukekohe Hill, Pukekohe North, Ramarama, Takanini, Te Hihi, Valley, Weymouth.

What they are saying :

Children, parents, and schoolteachers.

"I am 23 years old now and have been attending and serving at Equippers Church in Manukau for the past year and I officially got baptised in April this year which was amazing! I did mention your name in my testimony as I first learnt about Christ through you. So THANK YOU very very much for everything that you have taught me at Everglade Primary as I still remember your teachings and hold those memories in my heart. Everytime I think about you I want to cry because I am filled with so much gratitude. Thank you for placing God in my life and thank you God for placing Maurice in mine." ------------------- Diana.

"I've had a lot of questions throughout my life, and you have helped me answer them. I've definitely moved closer to God spiritually." ----------- Gabrielle (aged 11).

"Thank you so much for teaching me about God, and thanks to you I am now going to church." ---------- Belinda (aged 10).

"Now that you taught me how to pray, I pray all the time." ------- Ethan (aged 11).

"Thank you for teaching me about the Man above and about good and bad. It has changed me and I feel great." ------- Sue-Elyse (aged 10).

"I have learned a lot of values and to respect everyone, even people younger than me." ----- Ying (aged 11).

"I liked how you explained things through tricks." ------ Tim (aged 8).

"You made stories in the Bible relate to us." ------- Ashley (Aged 11).

"Thank you for all the effort, time and love that you have put into Bible in Schools whilst teaching Amanda-Sheri. She has continually come home with only special words of you and your teachings of the good Lord. You have made an impact on this young girl."

"Thank you for giving Room 7 an amazing year of lessons. I have really appreciated your imput into the lives of my class. Your visits were the highlight of my week."

"Thank you for taking Jona for R.E. He has certainly enjoyed your lessons, and has a positive attitude because of them." "Thank you very much for coming and sharing the gospel with my class. It is wonderful to see them so enthusiastic about 'Bible' each week, and to hear the conversations it sparks later on."

"At the beginning of the year, three pupils were withdrawn from 'Bible' lessons by their parents. By the end of the year, they were all attending your class!"

"You made 'Bible' so interesting, funny and enjoyable. Learning about Jesus and God was a lot of fun. Now this year you teach my brother, and he always comes home and tells us what you have taught him. I enjoy listening to him to see what you have been getting up to _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ." Olivia (aged 13).

 "I really enjoy your tricks and Memory verses. They are a lot of fun. When I got home I forgave my sister, and now we seem to be getting along a lot better. I pray for my family and other people like you, and for people who are sick." Danielle (aged 10).

"Please come back next year. If you hadn't come this year, most of us wouldn't know how much fun 'Bible' can be." Breanna (aged 9).

"You are such a cool Bible teacher and a good trickster. Thank you for making us believe that God is real." Toni (aged 8).

"You are such a cool teacher with your tricks and stories. Thank you for leading me to a good and happy life." Katerina (aged 9).

"I have learnt that Christmas isn't about presents. Christmas is Christ. I love your tricks and George was cool. The best trick was when your Bible caught fire." Sharnalee (aged 9).

"I learnt a lot about the Bible that I didn't know, and you made it lots of fun.My favourite trick was when you got the guillotine and we thought you would chop our hands off, but it wasn't for real." Tessa (aged 8).

Uncle Maurice has taken programmes at the following Christian Camps :

Coopers Beach,
Hunua Falls,
Kaeuranga Valley, Thames,
Kidsreach, Waikanae
Ngaruawahia C.Y.C.
Peter Snell Youth Village, Whangaparoa
Salvation Army, Snells Beach,
Sonshine Ranch.
Willow Park.

What they are saying.

Christian Camp.

"Your programmes at our camp are a real highlight for the kids." - Ted Muir, Director, Christian Youth Camps, Ngaruawahia.

Discipleship Programme.

"I Just wanted to let you know that we have had 4 Baptisms in the last month as a result of your visits. You are doing awesome work for the Kingdom! Thanks so much for coming to visit us!" Rachael Fisher, Children's Pastor, Orewa Baptist church.

Newsletters and Blogs. (A selection from the hundreds I have received).

It is an excellent newsletter and I will definitely be using material from it.
David Goodwin (Kidsreach)

It was good to open my emails this morning to read your newsletter. You so inspire me with your brilliant ideas, I regularly use your material in schools and church.
Shirley Watts UK

"Thank you for that wonderful article, “What Proof Would Satisfy.” It comes at a perfect time. I have been teaching apologetics in my church and wanted something to share during the Holiday season. This will work perfectly. Pastor Wally Leyerle First Baptist Church The Colony, TX, USA.

"This is AMAZING! (sorry our Creator is Amazing). This will be very helpful for me to use during Royal Rangers meeting.
Your work is helpful for me and my wife in our work with children."

Darek Kilan, Poland.

"I have never met you nor wrote to you before. BUT I have read all (or mostly all) of your newsletters and have learned much from them. I have traveled all over eastern Europe and Turkey teaching "Creative Evangelism" using my Christian clown character. I owe much of my knowledge and skills to YOU.

I thank you for your years of serving the Lord and passing on your knowledge to others like myself. The WORD continues to go forth because YOU have decided to share it. May the good Lord continue to bless you, your ministry, and your family. Richard Huntley, Auburn, California.

"I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful object lessons and teaching aids you e-mailed to me (and to all the others). God has given you a very special gift and it is most encouraging to see that you use it to the fullest -- and then share it with others!! What a blessing these things will make in the education of the children in our church!"

"This was an absolutely GREAT newsletter. I have forwarded it to all my Children's teachers. It is wonderful to know that powerful teachers are out there teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that kids will relate to the Truth."

"I wanted to stop and thank you for continuing to share your wonderful newsletters. I share them with my staff, and they are using the lessons as they are appropriate with our lessons."

"I am a Chinese pastor from Malaysia. I find that your teaching tips are very much different from the rest. And they have been very helpful to my wife, the children pastor. Can we have all your materials so that we can translate into Mandarin for the benefits of the Mandarin speaking children."

"I have personally used your object lessons in some occasions and in other occasions, I have passed it down to my folks in Africa and they all come back to say that the newsletters were great treasures."

"I just wanted to drop a line and let you know what a blessing your blog has been to my ministry. Your site has been an awesome resource and each time I use one of your lesson ideas, skits or object lessons I get such a positive response from the kids (as well as the other leaders in the room). Last night I used the Good Samaritan skit, the kids had so much fun! Thank you so very much for giving others access to your terrific ideas, your doing more for the Kingdom than you could ever imagine!!

"I haven’t written to you in a long while, but I wanted you to know we regularly use your ideas, and we presented the Easter story, “Jesus Understands” last weekend to 500 children.....and 57 children accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord as a result!!!!"

" I am speechless at the quality & quantity of your work! Thank you SO much for sharing with others. I have already forwarded the link to your website to several other children's pastors/workers in our community. You are a blessing!"

"Thank you for all the effort you put out to make your materials available. You have been a blessing to my church here in California, and I deeply appreciate you." "You won’t find out until eternity how many lives you have affected through the sharing you have done so openly and freely. You are a blessing, Maurice, to me and my staff. I forward your newsletters to all of them, and inevitably I find that they are being used in one way or another. "

"I do so value your ideas, they are inspiring and the kids and fellow children's workers love them. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. God is using you to impact kids lives not only yourself but the world over by sharing your ideas."

"These are awesome ... I wish I had found your site years ago."

"I just wanted to say thanks once again for this stuff, it's brilliant. My teaching has come on leaps and bounds since I started acting like an idiot (to any outside sane person). The children love it."

"Again I want to thank you for your newsletters. I think the 3 steps to forgiveness is very good. And although teachers have been teaching "Love your neighbor as yourself" for years, your lesson makes it so much more understandable to small kids. Thanks for everything!"

"Your site looks great! Thanks for letting "Your Favorite Places" know about it. All of your lessons in The Vault have been such a tremendous blessing; you are gifted by God in your writing!" Ailsa J. Linn, Children's Ministry Today.

"I wanted to let you know that at our children's club on Friday we used your idea about the gift, we made an appeal after and out of 54 children there, 31 asked Jesus into their hearts. Praise God! Be encouraged your work, ideas and effort is amazing!"

" I found your plays quite by chance, and thank God I did. We have performed both the Xmas and Easter plays. It makes it all so much clearer to our children when these stories are performed by puppets."

"I am really excited about (Kidzone) as I think it will really help children who want to learn to grow in their particular giftings and to evangelise and above all to grow in their walk with God. I recommend you introduce your children to it." David Goodwin, Kidsreach.

"Your articles and ideas ministered to thousands of leaders around the globe. - - - - Your ideas really have made a global impact on children’s ministry!" Gary & Ailsa Linn, Children's Ministry Today.

Uncle Maurice has presented programmes for the following Christian organisations :

Postal Sunday School Movement
Sunday School Union
Open Air Campaigners (OAC)
Emmaus Road group
Drug Arm, Auckland
Evangelism Discipling Centre, Penrose
Boys Brigade groups
Girls Brigade groups
Royal Rangers
Family Life International
Interserve, N.Z.

What they are saying :

  You were the highlight for the kids on IS (Interserve) Day. We really appreciated your time and labour of love in serving us the way you did. The kids absolutely loved you and you made their day. I hope you will be at IS Day again next year J You’d be a crowd puller because parents would attend IS Day because they know their kids will be well cared for and entertained.
Juliana Eu. Exec Assistant to National Director Interserve NZ

 "We really liked your tricks and ventriloquism." Sir Michael Hardie-Boys, New Zealand Governor-General.