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Glory Fingers

One of the most uniquely creative, cultural gems of the Buffalo Grove community is Kingswood United Methodist Church’s Glory Fingers Creative Ministry Team, created by Director Sheri Brubeck.

While completing a certificate program in children’s ministry at Children’s Ministries University, Brubeck fell in love with the art of puppetry. In 1994, she formed the Glory Fingers Puppet Ministry at Kingswood UMC with a group of six youth and adults. Today, Glory Fingers has tripled in size, boasting a team of 18 active participants, which includes 7th-12th grade youth and adult volunteers.

“We have grown from a simple, small, amateur stage and cassette recorder to a full professional stage with lighting and sound production,” explained Brubeck. “We have added new creative arts techniques and even created some of our own.”

Glory Fingers offers an outstanding outlet for youth to participate in and further their faith outside of the church. Prior to becoming an established member of the group, each participant is required to attend a six-week puppetry training course. Members of the team devote two hours each week to practice their puppetry skills and perfect their performances, which are free of charge (though a “love offering” is appreciated).

And these performances are more than just puppets. In addition to puppetry, Glory Fingers presentations feature blacklighting, dowel rods, hand miming, humanettes, human video, interpretive dance, interpretive signing and more. Two musicals are created each year for audiences; a Christmas musical and a spring musical, with approximately 12-15 total shows presented throughout the suburbs and beyond.

“We are always striving to do our best and stretch ourselves creatively to bring the message of God’s love in a fun and entertaining way,” said Brubeck.

Since its founding, Glory Fingers has garnered numerous awards and accolades for its quality presentations of a theme, superior techniques, creativity and originality. The team regularly competes at the regional, state and national levels and is a fixture at various festivals, including the International Festival of Christian Puppetry in Kankakee and the local Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration.

For further information on the Glory Fingers Creative Ministry Team, visit Kingswood UMC’s website at or call 847-398-0770.

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