ONE WAY UK CREATIVE MINISTRIES
We have been providing training and resources to equip churches since 1991 in the UK, Europe and all over the world. The purpose of our ministry is to encourage and inspire others to use puppets and other creative arts to share the Good News of Jesus. We have been made in the image of a creator God and we want to share the Gospel of Jesus creatively using puppets and in other creative ways including; Gospel Illusions, Drama, Storytelling, Ballooning and many other art forms. Puppets are an incredibly powerful way to reach and connect with children from just a few months’ old to children over a hundred years old! The truth is that anyone of any age or background can relate to and engage with puppets.
ONE WAY UK CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS
Our Creative Productions team design and build many of our puppets here in the UK where we have developed a growing reputation for high quality custom built puppets to meet customer’s own bespoke requirements. These are not only for churches, but also many for professional entertainers, theatre productions, holiday parks, music videos, TV advertising campaigns and more!
MEET OUR TEAM
Ian started and has been director of his Church puppet team in Grimsby since 1998. With over 20 members they have a busy programme in churches and also outreach in the community and care homes and schools. He has also coordinated mission trips abroad for his team to Romania, Bulgaria and Burkina Faso. Ian's heart lies in reaching out to children and through his years of experience in puppet ministry, he is passionate about inspiring others to use their creativity to share the Gospel too! Ian joined One Way UK in 2006 becoming the Managing Director in 2009 when the head office moved to Grimsby.
Jenny joined her church puppet team in 2000 and has travelled with them throughout the UK and to many countries around the world. Jenny founded and led her church Tots group for over 10 years growing it into the established it is today. Jenny joined One Way UK in 2006 and is our Training/Events Co-ordinator and and is responsible for putting together our busy training programme. Jenny also heads up our orders and administration team, and does her best to keep the team under control!
David has been involved with puppet ministry for the last 19 years since he joined a team when he was 9 and has travelled to Africa and Romania as well as all over the UK. He joined One Way UK as a director in April 2009 and works full time at the Head office in Grimsby. David also has a passion for working with children and young people within various groups in his home church and completed his Degree in Children's and Youth Mission and Ministry in June 2012 after studying at Cliff College, Derbyshire.
Lead Designer and Builder
Cam is an experienced puppeteer who began performing in his church at the young age of six and is very passionate about puppet ministry. He started working for One Way UK in February 2014 and has advanced to the role of lead puppet designer. He has a great love of receiving a puppet brief and immersing himself in the project to see how his knowledge and expertise can be pushed further.
Admin & Production Assistant
Beckie has been involved in puppet ministry since the age of eleven and has travelled all over the UK and further afield to Africa and eastern Europe. She had volunteered for One Way UK for many years before joining the team full time in 2013. She works with David and Cam in the Creative Productions workshop and also takes on additional admin duties.
Hannah has been in her Church puppet team since the age of eleven and has travelled with them all over the UK and to Africa and Bulgaria. Hannah has a passion for children and youth work and is involved with many of the church children's groups. Hannah joined One Way UK in September 2017 as she is taking a gap year before she goes to Moorlands College to study Theology (youth and community work).
Professional Sewer/Sewing Machine
I’m Barbara, I’m eighty years young and have been sewing all my life. During the war I did my bit for the war effort and I won’t let my colleagues forget it. David likes to think he is in charge but everyone knows I run this workshop. They use me the most as I'm the best at sewing but don’t make me go backwards too far, I get dizzy and I can’t be doing with all that fur clogging up my gears!
Professional Sewer/Sewing Machine
Hello, I'm Sandra, I've been at One Way UK the longest (even longer than Ian and Jenny), but you wouldn’t think it the way Barbara speaks to me. She likes to think she’s the best just because she’s older. But they always use me to sew the fur because Barbara is not up to the task, but I do get along with her she says...