The 26th annual Show Me Clowns for Jesus National Conference runs this weekend in Springfield, Missouri. It’s not just clown training for those who want to buy themselves some and dazzle the kiddies with their balloon twisting prowess, it’s clown training for those who want to
scare people straight encourage people to accept Christ in their hearts.
Interested participants will actually learn some clown tools of the trade in the process – face painting, painting balloons, balloon animals, safety instructions, that sort of thing. But the main aim of this event is to build people into tools of another kind.
Workshop sessions begin Friday and feature six to seven classes on varied topics, including “God’s Sense of Humor” and “How to Be a Balloon Entertainer,” taught by professionals from Missouri and across the country. There are five workshop sessions Sunday morning followed by contemporary praise worship, “clown worship” and a commissioning of the new clowns. The conference ends at noon Sunday.
On Saturday they’ll take their show on the road and display their new skills at senior centers, hospitals, a mission and a local Baptist church. The city, if you can believe it, has even declared the day a holiday — “Show Me a Smile Day” — for the second year running.
Their website provides a video of last year’s event under the “Highlights” button. Last year’s theme was hilariously kinky: “Let God Pump You Up!” I don’t know if I recommend watching this video. If the clowns don’t scare you into repenting for everything, the music might.
I will confess I only managed 1:47 of it before I had to shut it down. I was having some flashbacks…